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Super exiting moment discovering the panels of the « 4 visions on the Anthropocene » box we made for the Vienna Biennal 2021! Work in Progress

12.05.2021 at 12:00 by Lea Chenot

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A big empty space, right before installing all exhibits at WeTheCurious! Project What If

01.02.2021 at 12:19 by Ina Meininghaus

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Safety vs. functionality: looking for the best headphones to use in a factory Expedition HVC

07.01.2021 at 17:39 by Roel Bolhuis

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The new temporary exhibition in House of European History is 'under construction' Fake (f)or Real

07.01.2021 at 17:32 by Tsur Reshef

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The last steps before the Coronel Pavilion at the Portuguese-Israeli Cemetery Beth Haim is opened! Coronel pavilion

29.11.2020 at 14:30 by Remco Swart

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All in good hands with Fiction Factory Museum of the Mind

07.11.2020 at 17:32 by Femke Bijlsma

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"Who Cares?" The first model for a personal story in the upcoming exhibition on the Mind Museum of the Mind

20.08.2020 at 11:45 by Robert van der Linde

Visiting Paleis Het Loo together with Ina, to get an impression of the new exhibition spaces that are currently under construction. Het Loo palace

22.06.2020 at 14:08 by Robin Schijfs

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Last trip before Corona Lockdown: Usomo from Berlin calibrating their audio tracking system in the Polder of Texel next to the bunker. Torn Island

22.06.2020 at 10:32 by Michel de Vaan

How to become invisible? Prototyping together with WeTheCurious at Bruns Project What If

17.03.2020 at 15:33 by Ina Meininghaus

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Prototyping a rainbow crystal sphere for one of the new exhibit constellations at WeTheCurious. Project What If

12.03.2020 at 09:51 by Ina Meininghaus

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Workshop at IJsfontein together with the Museum of the Mind - Work in Progress Museum of the Mind

06.02.2020 at 12:26 by Julia Meyerrose

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Typo test for Museum of the Mind Museum of the Mind

23.01.2020 at 09:19 by Sietske Sips

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Julia sketching for the new permanent exhibition at the Museum of the Mind Museum of the Mind

22.12.2019 at 15:43 by Lieke Ketelaars

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Walk-in interactive sound space demonstration by Usomo in our office in Amsterdam... Torn Island

16.12.2019 at 15:10 by Mark de Jong

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David Vroom is taking new portrait images for our new website... In progress…

10.12.2019 at 15:10 by Lieke Ketelaars

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This is the Introduction pavilion for the Beth Haim cemetery in TAPE Coronel pavilion

10.12.2019 at 10:05 by Herman Kossmann

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Doing some research for a new project ;-) In progress…

19.09.2019 at 09:50 by Maaike Sips

We are
Kossmanndejong
We are
Kossmanndejong

We design narrative spaces. Spaces that inspire, move you and stay with you. We design for cultural institutions, public space and companies.

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What we do

What we do

Do you have a story to tell?
Then let’s get started!

Creating a spatial experience involves a lot more than a design alone. From strategy to production: at Kossmanndejong, we control the entire process. We tackle the project holistically. Everything is interconnected and that contributes to the quality of the result.

We are all-round thinkers and all-round creators with infectious enthusiasm. We bring together the right expertise for each assignment; from our own firm, the client, and the field.

This is how we do it

1 — Beforehand

We want to know everything about you. Which story do you want to tell? Together, we discuss the available resource, time, expertise, and ambition level. How sustainable can we make it? What do we want to achieve? When do we consider the project a success? If it’s up to us, we'd like to go the extra mile.

2 — Getting started

We experiment with the wildest ideas. We open, turn upsidedown, scrutinize, connect things and search for social relevance. Why here and why now? We view the assignment as part of a bigger picture. Together. Only co-creation is creation for Kossmanndejong.

3 — The best team

Every assignment is different, so the team also differs per project. We involve the most renowned specialists to lift your project to a higher level. Specialists from the client, our studio and our network of trusted partners.

4 — Concept

We define the guiding principles for narrative structure and visitor experience in a Concept Design. We identify and list what is needed to achieve this. We sketch ideas and make a rough outline of the plan. It is the foundation upon which the following phase is built.

5 — Development

We develop everything into a beautiful and layered plan. In a Preliminary Design and in a Definitive Design thereafter. We estimate building and production costs and plan the process. We deepen the design, develop content, work out spatial and graphic designs and prepare them for production.

6 — Realisation

The best contractors and technicians set to work for us. The designs take shape; things are built, printed and audio-visual productions are made. We direct the process, test important elements, monitor the quality and ensure that everything comes together.

7 — Opening

As soon as the visitors enter, the exhibition comes to life. We define together if everything turned out as we imagined and we fine-tune if necessary. The result is a beautiful project that everyone is proud of!

How we see it

How we see it

We create a three-dimensional narrative that touches visitors and sparks their imagination; that provokes thoughts. They start a journey of discovery, in the space and within themselves. The story becomes their story. Because no person is the same, we build each narrative in layers, so everyone is engaged. Each time this requires a unique mix of collection, installations, multimedia, interactivity, sound, light, text and art.

Form and content are attuned to each other in such a way that everything, down to the smallest detail, is interconnected. An exhibition is not a static arrangement of objects to us. Space is not the scenery – the space is the theatre play itself. An immersive experience.

Our rules of play

Expedition

A spatial narrative is a story that unfolds in space and time. A journey in which the visitors intuitively choose their path. A story does not have to be linear and multiple stories can be told simultaneously. Every visit is unique, but because of the cohesion in the design, everyone understands the essence.

Layers

We’re not all the same. People differ in terms of character, age, background, gender, knowledge, and interests. Through layered stories and perspectives, we create spaces where every visitor feels personally engaged. Whoever wants to can dig deeper. But someone can also have a meaningful experience in half an hour.

Tension

Good novels, films, and plays have an arc of tension. That also applies to a narrative space. The visitor is the main character. With our narrative techniques, we immediately draw the visitor into the story and we ensure that spaces and setups work as ‘page-turners’. Strategic moments of pause and reflections reinforce this effect.

Encounters

We make contact. Encounters contribute to a sense of connection. They are an opportunity to open up thoughts with new perspectives; to set something in motion. Often, these are the moments that stay with you the longest. That is why we invite interaction – with friends and strangers. We don’t take visitors at face value and challenge them to enter into discussion with each other.

Interaction

Visitors are active participants. They bring the space to life. Interaction must be simple, intuitive and inviting. We provide the conditions for a safe space where people dare to venture out of their comfort zone. A place that provokes playfulness and experimentation. Building, doing, and touching, and it’s OK to laugh. There must be energy aplenty!

Ratio and Emotion

A narrative environment is only successful if it touches your mind and heart – if it offers a combination of information and emotive, sensory impressions. A well-balanced composition of precision and ambiguity, poetry and factuality, where ideas and emotions are given free rein. Due to the new insights and feelings, the experience stays with you.

Imagination

Everyone has the imagination to get lost in a story. That imagination must, however, be triggered. In a narrative space, you enter a world where reality and imagination reinforce each other. Poetic elements like metaphors and abstractions are an essential part of that. They increase the magic of the ‘suspension of disbelief’.

Transformation

We are critical of society and try to push boundaries. However, we don’t operate in a vacuum.  In what type of place are we? In what time? What’s on the mind of our visitors? How does our story relate to the bigger picture? We like to zoom out, connect with the context and, above all, find the relevance.

Our
team

Alejandra
Calderon

alejandra@kossmanndejong.nl

“As an architect, I am very detail-oriented. Research is always my first step; it answers all the design questions! My aim is to translate research into experiences that encourage people to do, learn, and dream more. What I love most at KDJ is the transdisciplinary magic that happens within the team and being surrounded by talented people – it feels like everything is possible! Personal motto: Don’t stop until you are proud!”

 

Benjamin
Koolstra

benjamin@kossmanndejong.nl

“There is an atmosphere of generosity here, KDJ always gives you more than you asked for – I experienced it when I was one of KDJ’s clients. That’s why I joined the team – I wanted to be a part of it. As KDJ’s managing director, I support the work processes and manage the finances. Not one single project is the same. The result is always new and meaningful.”

 

Costanza
Profumo

costanza@kossmanndejong.nl

“I was born in Italy and lived in New York City, Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Milan, and Arles before moving to Amsterdam. Working in a highly creative environment inspires me to approach business development in an innovative way. I love working at the intersection of art and architecture. In my free time I practice modern dance.”

 

Dinalbert
Ortega

dinalbert@kossmanndejong.nl

“I take care of the financial part of the studio and our projects. I like having the overview of what happens at KDJ. I work on very diverse projects, with different countries, sizes, and levels of complexity. Next to my work I am pursuing a degree in Business Economics and give volleyball training to kids. I love watching them grow and develop their talent.”

 

Elise van
Wolfswinkel

elise@kossmanndejong.nl

“We mix content and spatial design into one clear and visible story. When story and design come together, a whole new world opens up. I studied spatial design, I love stories and I’m a good listener. This combination strengthens my ability to translate content into an entertaining and understandable exhibition. I like to participate in the content-making as much as possible. I enjoy getting involved in ‘how’ and ‘what’ we want to tell the visitor through the spatial, interactive, and digital design as well as in storytelling, text, and audio.”

 

Femke
Bijlsma

femke@kossmanndejong.nl

“I’m vegetarian but when it comes to my interests, I’m an omnivore, a glutton even. Before I starting at KDJ I worked as an architect in Japan, I wrote about art for an Italian newspaper, designed interactive art installations, founded an organization for refugees in the creative industry, and set up a climate change class at the Rietveld Academy. As content developer, I try to turn this jumble of experiences into an advantage, creating ever richer multi-dimensional experiences for real people.”

 

Herman
Kossmann

herman@kossmanndejong.nl

“I am co-founder of Kossmanndejong. Besides the exciting projects we realized and are working on, being a member of a skilled team of different disciplines and making places of drama, entertainment, and intellectual challenge is a daily inspiration. Thinking holistically, innovating, and challenging the boundaries of the ‘exhibition’ as a medium have become part of our DNA. I am proud we have developed such an adventurous place.”

 

 

Ina
Meininghaus

ina@kossmanndejong.nl

“I studied spatial design in Groningen, where I was trained in both interior and furniture design. I discovered exhibition design when I visited ‘the Darkroom’ by KDJ in the Dutch Photography Museum in Rotterdam. My work is very inspiring. There is a ‘family feeling’ among the colleagues and we motivate each other to act in a sustainable manner. I am also training to becoming a yoga teacher.”

 

Jikke
Vermeulen

jikke@kossmanndejong.nl

Julia
Meyerrose

julia@kossmanndejong.nl

“To design beautiful spaces is simply not enough for me. While studying interior architecture in Germany and the Netherlands, I realized that while it is wonderful to create pretty spaces, they become even more meaningful when you add content. I prefer to use a pen to shape my ideas and set the computer aside for a while. I am never afraid of a white sheet of paper. Even better is the back of an old sheet of paper from the recycling bin. Because reusing materials is really what gets my creativity going.”

 

Lea
Chenot

lea@kossmanndejong.nl

“I’m studying design for play at the Design School Kolding in Denmark. At KDJ I want to experiment with integrating play to different parts of the agency. Play is already present in the exhibitions and the visitor experiences KDJ develops. Thus I’m trying to implement play in the conception process. With the team, with our clients, and internally – in the agency’s systems. Play is positive and universal. It can improve collaboration and create bonds between people. It is also an easy way to learn!”

Lieke
Ketelaars

lieke@kossmanndejong.nl

“Working with top-notch designers is such a pleasure. They are extremely creative, passionate, dedicated, and have an insane work ethic. As a communicator, I learn a lot here. I can combine my background in cultural heritage and marketing and I’m pushed to try new things and experiment. The energy I get from this makes me do silly bike dances on my way to work and back.”

 

Lucandrea
Baraldi

lucandrea@kossmanndejong.nl

“I am fascinated by how people relate to their environments in a way which goes beyond simple function, I am interested in the emotional, social, cultural and imaginative nuances of the things that surround us. I studied visual communication in Italy, product design in the UK, and graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven. I like to wear many hats, among which the designer’s, the artist’s, the musician’s, the lighthearted explorer’s.”

 

Maaike
Sips

maaike@kossmanndejong.nl

“As a writer and documentary film maker, my focus is on the content. I love the magic that happens when it merges with the spatial design into a complete new world. Personal stories are my favorite; they can bring any topic to life, no matter how abstract or complicated it looks at first. Each project is a new adventure. We plunge ourselves into the subject. We explore it from every angle to analyze the essence before we start designing.”

 

Mark
de Jong

mark@kossmanndejong.nl

“I am the DJ of KDJ. I am trained as an architect and a self-taught graphic designer. But it takes much more than just these two disciplines to create narrative spaces: we operate and move between lots of different media and collaborate with so many interesting people. It is truly inspiring to be able to define this profession with each new project, together with all these people.”

Martijn
Sas

martijn@kossmanndejong.nl

“Having worked at KDJ for almost 20 years, I have seen it grow from four guys to over thirty people. I’m involved in almost every project in some way, from 2D design and 3D design to visualizations. Between designs I take care of basic IT stuff. Sometimes I miss the construction aspect of the exhibitions we design. I also build things for the office, such as a modular magazine rack made of found objects.”

 

Matt
Vermeulen

matt@kossmanndejong.nl

“Kossmanndejong is a pressure cooker for creativity in which I feel like a fish in water. The horizontal corporate culture. The ambition to strive for the very best at all costs. Our clients share this, creating conditions where you can fly high as a designer. Moving from being a theater/TV maker to designing exhibitions, I have even more tools at hand and a wider audience. I love telling stories, touching people in their heads and hearts. I like to incorporate a little excitement, some humor, desire, and to ruffle some feathers. Everything starts with a good concept.”

 

Michel
de Vaan

michel@kossmanndejong.nl

“I have a broad interest which is really useful when being an exhibition designer. As an industrial designer I’m trained in designing products and services for people and I’m always focussed on how visitors will interact with exhibits. I see myself as an all-round designer with a very critical view on everything I make. I love the intense process of creation and the social interaction with all people involved. There is always room for humour in those processes. I think KDJ is an office where we really realise special projects. Seeing visitors having a meaningful experience in our designs is the most rewarding feeling ever.”

 

Niels
de Jong

niels@kossmanndejong.nl

“I’m keen to learn, explore new subjects and transfer knowledge to visitors. At KDJ, form always follows content – nothing is incidental. I always enjoy seeing the first physical expression of a design like a sample or mockup. I keep a good overview in large projects with lots of parties. As an architect, I see the possibilities of a space. I’m able to advise the architect on how the experience can best take shape. Two truths about exhibition design: No amount of money ever bought a second of time and nothing goes right automatically.”

 

Nils
Mork

nilsmork@kossmanndejong.nl

“As a 2D designer, I translate content into a visual form – to inform visitors or teach them something in a comprehensible way. As a result, I learn something new every day and no two days are the same. Working together with such a fun and talented team is very inspiring, motivating, and educational. Whether it’s drawing, painting, cutting and pasting, or using the computer, I love creating colourful illustrations, letters, and patterns. After working hours I happily continue.”

Pauline
Fer

pauline@kossmanndejong.nl

“I studied visual communication at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. I like the moment when a new project starts, when everything is still possible and we look for the best way to tell a complex story. We don’t take assignments as they come, but question the brief when it’s for the best. I like to travel to step out of my usual environment, to be confronted with different perspectives and to immerse myself in another cultural context.”

Remco
Swart

remco@kossmanndejong.nl

“What I like about my work is sharing and combining ideas and skills to create immersive experiences for visitors. I am a multidisciplinary 2D/3D thinker. My work is to apply graphics in an architectural/spatial context. I make (very) large scale graphics and create clear infographics and icons. I love food and music. My way of working is to question everything, always.”

 

Robert
van der Linde

robert@kossmanndejong.nl

“As a designer at KDJ I combine my education in interior architecture with a bachelor in anthropology. For me it’s all about space, atmosphere, and story. When you play with these three parameters the possibilities are endless. I’ve been working at Kossmanndejong since the early days. The good thing about this studio is that we are thorough, and we don’t stop until we are completely satisfied. And that’s when something really happens to the visitors and they are transformed in some way.”

 

Robin
Schijfs

robin@kossmanndejong.nl

“Designing a narrative space is like putting together a giant puzzle. As a trained teacher and designer, I combine both skills at KDJ. I love to dig deep, find patterns and create order out of chaos. Whether it’s typographic details or the structure of a concept: things have to make sense as a whole. And that doesn’t mean things can’t be funny or extreme, very minimalistic or a feast to the eye. Besides my work at KDJ, I design theater sets and installations. One thing is always the same: it’s about putting your all into a project.”

 

Roel
Bolhuis

roel@kossmanndejong.nl

“After graduating in musicology, I worked as a producer for opera and music theater, broadcast facilities, and digital productions. Since 2008 I work as a project manager in the exhibition sector. I apply my experience in digital media and performing arts within our projects. As a link between business management and the project leaders I play a central role within our team – that’s my favorite place!”

 

Selma
Hofstra

selma@kossmanndejong.nl

“I found my dream job at Kossmanndejong. As a project manager with a background in history, I dive enthusiastically into all interesting projects alongside a dedicated team of designers and content developers. I find it important that content and design become one. After all, this is the strength of KDJ. Every project is an exciting challenge that I like to take on and accompany, because I believe that life is about doing what you love to do.”

 

 

Sietske
Sips

sietske@kossmanndejong.nl

“Before becoming a graphic designer I worked as a teacher. I used to tell the children stories of all sorts. This is something I still do but now in a graphic way. It feels good to see the stories come to life in the spaces we create. Working in a team provokes the best in me, we inspire each other and go for the best. After work, I design prints for children and make illustrations for imaginary stories. There is so much in life that makes me curious and eager to learn. I feel privileged to be able to dive into a new topic every time we start a new project.”

 

Tsur
Reshef

tsur@kossmanndejong.nl

“I love going on adventures such as (sky)diving & traveling. For me, creating an exhibition is an adventure in itself. I have been designing experiences, exhibitions, and media for more than twenty years in some of the most prominent museums in the Netherlands before joining KDJ in 2018. I graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, worked for the architecture firm Concrete, and founded my own design studio. Technical knowledge and concept development go hand in hand in my work.”

 

Wendy
Snoek

wendy@kossmanndejong.nl

“I very much believe in inspiring each other. Where one thought leads to another, bringing each design a step further. Theater fascinates me: the way a minimal decor can suggest a whole world. This elusiveness touches me; I try to incorporate it in my designs. After work I do pottery. Being able to work with my hands and switch off every thought is a wonderful feeling. The total concentration, feeling immersed in another world, being in the moment, is a feeling I hope to give visitors.”

 

OUR
SERVICES

Strategy

Master planning
Strategic consultancy
Concept and visualisations
Content strategy
Cost estimations
Fundraising consultancy
Evaluation and impact assessment

Design

Art/Creative direction
Spatial design
Graphic design
Content development
Wayfinding
Catalogues and publicity

Production

Art/Creative direction
Production supervision
Script writing and storyboarding
Media direction
Graphic design / DTP
Project management
Contract management

OUR
CLIENTS
BE
House of European History
CH
Museum für Kommunikation
CH
Stapferhaus Lenzburg
CN
World Expo Shanghai
DE
Historisches Museum Frankfurt
DE
Judisches Museum Berlin
DE
World Expo Hannover
DK
ECCO Shoes
DK
Maritime Museum of Denmark
FR
Salon du Livre
ID
Coral Triangle Center
IS
Maritime Museum Reykjavík
JP
Tokyo International Book Fair
NL
Afrikamuseum
NL
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
NL
Amsterdam Museum
NL
Amsterdams Historisch Museum
NL
Artis
NL
Beth Haim Cemetery
NL
Bolidt
NL
Bureau D'ARTS
NL
Centraal Museum Utrecht
NL
De Groene Boog
NL
Design Museum Den Bosch
NL
Drents Museum
NL
Frans Hals Museum
NL
Gemeente Amsterdam
NL
Gemeente Rotterdam
NL
Grachtenmuseum
NL
Havenbedrijf Rotterdam
NL
Hotel/Restaurant Bazar
NL
HVC Energie en Hergebruik
NL
Joods Historisch Museum
NL
Koninklijke Bibliotheek Den Haag
NL
Kröller-Müller Museum
NL
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
NL
Laurenskerk Rotterdam
NL
Luchtvaart & Oorlogmuseum Texel
NL
Maritiem & Jutters Museum
NL
Maritiem Museum Rotterdam
NL
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen
NL
Museum Catharijneconvent
NL
Museum Sophiahof
NL
Museum van de Geest / Het Dolhuys
NL
Museum Volkenkunde
NL
Nationaal Militair Museum
NL
Naturalis Biodiversity Center
NL
Natuurmonumenten
NL
Nederlands Architectuurinstituut
NL
Nederlands Fotomuseum
NL
Nederlands Letterenfonds
NL
Nederlands Openluchtmuseum
NL
NEMO Science Museum
NL
Paleis Het Loo
NL
Portugese Synagoge Amsterdam
NL
Provast
NL
Rijkswaterstaat Utrecht
NL
Rotterdam Culturele Hoofdstad
NL
Spoorwegmuseum
NL
Stadsarchief Amsterdam
NL
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
NL
Stichting AIR Rotterdam
NL
Stichting De Nieuwe Kerk
NL
Stichting Dudok Manifestatie '96
NL
Tropenmuseum
NL
TU Delft
NL
Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal
NL
Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht
NL
Vedute
NL
Wereldmuseum Rotterdam
NL
Zaans Museum
SE
Etnografiska Museet
SE
Världskultur Museet
UAE
Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority
UAE
Qasr Al Hosn Festival
UK
Florence Nightingale Museum
UK
London Book Fair
UK
Royal Air Force Museum
UK
Royal Shakespeare Company
UK
The Newt in Somerset
UK
WeTheCurious
Our
Publications
Engaging Spaces
Kossmanndejong e.a.

Creating a good exhibition is about telling a multidimensional and interactive story with a balanced and wide range of media. The challenge is to translate complex and scientific information into a narrative environment that appeals to a wide audience. Engaging Spaces focuses on 30 narrative spaces designed by Kossmanndejong, including the Urbanian Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.