Droog Design

Gijs Bakker & Renny Ramakers


Established in 1993 by Dutch product designer Gijs Bakker and design historian Renny Ramakers, Droog is a conceptual design firm based in Amsterdam. Known for their dry humour and sense of wit, the firm is known for entering into collaborations with independent designers to realise products, publications, exhibitions and events. They have worked with some of Europe’s most laterally creative designers, including Marcel Wanders, Hella Jongerius and Tejo Remy. 

As the first partnership to be invited to take part in the Conran Foundation Collection, Droog’s selection showcased both Gij’s and Renny’s invididual interests, as well as the shared fascinations that underlined the design firm’s idiosyncratic and collaborative approach. It showcased conceptual projects such as Bouroullec Brothers’ TV Vase and Jurgen Bey’s Tree Trunk Bench alongside examples of everyday design, from an IKEA whisk to a collapsible colander. The result was both disarmingly simple and unexpectedly surprising, but always thoughtful.


The following items from the collection have been donated to the Design Museum By the Conran Foundation


Ring Soap (1994) - Sebastian Bergne - Authentics, Germany 

Treetrunk Bench (1999) (x3 chair backs) - Jurgen Bey - Droog/The Products Matters, Netherlands 

DK Wall Clock (1980) - Paul Schudel - Designnum, Netherlands 

‘Undressed' underwear (2002) - Marlies Dekkers - Atelier Marlies Dekkers, Netherlands 

Green Sink (1990) - Joep van Lieshout - Atelier van Lieshout, Netherlands 

‘1cm Love' necklace (1995) - Otto Kunzli - Chi ha Paura…? Netherlands 

‘Gold makes blind' bracelet (1980) - Otto Kunzli - Chi ha Paura…? Netherlands 

DIM brush key (2000) - Marti Guixe - Di Imaginare Manufacktur, Germany 

French fries fork (1999) - Sophie Lachaert - Gallery Sophie Lachaert, Belgium 

Chasenn tea-beater - Japanese shop, Netherlands

Circular motor-jacket (2000) - Martin Margiela - Maison Martin Margiela, France 

Soft Urn (1994) - Hella Jongerius - Droog/The Products Matters, Netherlands 

Swiss Army Knife - After an original design by Karl Elsener - Victorinox, Switzerland 


Shaker box set - Manufactum, Germany 

Dishwashing brush - Manufactum, Germany

Arare teapot - Manufactum, Germany 

Plate rack - Mast, Greece 

10 FrancSwiss banknote (1997) - Jorg Zintzmeyer - Bank of Switzerland, Switzerland 

War carpet (1988) - Afghanistan

‘Sunday morning, March’ (2000) - Bas Princen - Bas Princen, Netherlands 

TV Vase (2001) - Ronan + Erwan Bouroullec - Galerie Kreo, France 

Collapsible colander - Manufactum, Germany 

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (2001) - Chris Ware - Published by Pantheon, USA 

Porcelain switch - Busch-Jaeger, Germany

Tableware (2000-1) - Vincent de Rijk - Vincent de Rijk, Netherlands 

Logitech pocket camera (2002) - Logitech, Japan 

Hot Pad hand-warmer (2000) - Crazy Creek Products, USA 

Waterjug, funnel and filter (2001) - Alberto Meda - Arabia, Finland 

Water carafe and glasses (2001) - Aldo Bakker - Aldo Bakker, 

Wine carafe and glasses (2001) - Aldo Bakker - Aldo Bakker, 

Pedal bin (1974) - Brabantia, Netherlands

Tabletalk (2000) - Nel Linsen - SAAM Products, Netherlands 

Paperbag (1991) - Jos van der Meulen - Goods, Netherlands 

Idealwhisk (1999) - IKEA, Sweden 

Telleler (2001) - Christopher Vaillant - Majolika Manifaktur, Germany 

Glove (2002) - Konstantin Grcic - Cor Unum, Netherlands 

Flow (2002) - Gijs Bakker - Keltum, Netherlands 

Copypaste (1998) - MVRDV - Cor Unum, Netherlands 

Everybody's Friend (1994) - Gijs Bakker - Chi ha paura…? Netherlands 

Digital IXUS V2 (2002) - Seiichi Omino - Canon, Japan 

Gardening set - Tony Cragg, UK - Fabrik, UK 

Music Pillow - Manabu - Pioneer, Japan 

Cutlery (1998) - Renzo Piano Workshop - Hackman, Finland 

Rescue board - Planning Department, Japan - Adachi Shiki Kogyo, Japan 

Bone china spoons - Axis, Tokyo 

Copernico Casseruola (various sizes) - Enzo Mari - Zani & Zani/Industria Dell'Acciaio, Italy 

Large portable cooking stove - Japan