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2009 Rotterdam Design Prize nominees announced

Studio Makkink & Bey, Christien Meindertsma, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, Customr and Studio Joost Grootens are among some of the designers nominated for this year's Rotterdam Design Prize.

By Editor /asdf 21-09-2009

The Rotterdam Design Prize is a biennial national prize which concentrates on the shared qualities of Dutch design and intensifies the design debate.

The Rotterdam Design Prize 2009 nominees were announced by Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam, and the chairman of the nomination committee, Peter van Ingen. Since the previous competition, the focus has shifted from the autonomous product to the vision of the designer. Simultaneously the exhibition was opened at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

The nominees for the 2009 Rotterdam Design Prize are:

Atelier NL en Maarten Kolk
Christien Meindertsma
Damen Shipyards T&W Designteam
Jair Straschnow & Gitte Nygaard
Royal Tichelaar Makkum
Studio Makkink & Bey
Studio Joost Grootens
Studio Wieki Somers

The winner of the Rotterdam Design Prize 2009 will be chosen by an international panel of judges during the exhibition and will be awarded €15,000 to spend as they wish. The judges are Alice Rawsthorn (journalist with the International Herald Tribune and design critic, UK), Rick Poynor (writer and design critic, UK) and Patrizia Moroso (artistic director of Moroso, IT).

Prior to the prize-giving on 20 November, the Rotterdam Design Prize Foundation in association with Premsela – Dutch Platform for Design and Fashion will be staging a symposium on the current position of Dutch design seen from an international perspective. A number of renowned guest speakers from other countries will be sharing their views on the progressive nature of cutting-edge Dutch design.

This year a public prize will be awarded in addition to the regular prize. Visitors can vote on the website and at the exhibition. From 19 September onwards, the nominees, their work and their vision will be presented in a series of video portraits made by Hans Wessels. The series can be seen on the website and visitors can leave their vote and reactions.

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