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BNO Piet Zwart Prize

Designer Marijke van der Wijst receives a Life Time Achievement Award for her contribution to professional field.

By Editor /asdf 21-09-2011

This year, the BNO Piet Zwart Prize / Lifetime Achievement Award of the Dutch Design Awards 2011, will be awarded to Marijke van der Wijst.

The award - which represents a value of € 4,000 - will be presented during the award show on October 22 in Eindhoven. The jury has decided to grant the prestigious Award to Van der Wijst because she “cannot be captured in any design discipline.” The jury also praises her contribution to the professional field.

During Dutch Week, Design Academy Eindhoven will issue a publication about Van der Wijst’s role in education in honour of this Award. Among the winners of previous editions are photographer Willem Diepraam, graphic designer Gert Dumbar, industrial designer Friso Kramer, graphic designer Jan van Toorn, graphic designer Wim Crouwel, photographer Eva Besnyö, interior architect Nel Verschuuren, graphic designer Jan Bons and product designer Bruno Ninaber Van Eyben.

The jury (chairman Martijn Sanders, Rob Huisman, Bruno Ninaber van Eyben, Paul Mijksenaar, Trude Hooykaas, Hans Dirken, Reinier Gerritsen and Tet Reuver) explain the unanimous preference for Marijke van der Wijst as follows: “Marijke van der Wijst is an exceptionally disciplined designer, who cannot be captured in any design discipline. Her oeuvre is extensive and wide in scope; the design itself attests to severity and restraint. We commend the way in which she shapes her collaboration with clients, her contribution to the education of young designers – encouraging, inspiring, and critical – and her role in the board of BNO. She has made a significant contribution to the development of the professional field.”

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