Step into our ‘Engaging Spaces’

“Kossmann.dejong knows how to address the significance of an exhibition in a compelling, spatial way, from overall view to specific details”. We are pleased with these kind words from the jury of the Harrie Tillieprijs, that has been awarded yesterday in the Cuypershuis in Roermond (NL). Winner of the award was Atelier Van Lieshout, but all five nominees show their work in a special exhibition. Kossmann.dejong invites the visitor to step into one of the ‘engaging spaces’ to find out more about the work of the studio.

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Designing new exhibition Royal Air Force Museum

“We are thrilled and honoured to design the ‘Now and the Future’ exhibition and collaborate with such a renowned institute as the Royal Air Force”, says Mark de Jong, creative director of Kossmann.dejong. To mark the Centenary of the RAF in 2018, the Royal Air Force Museum is undertaking an ambitious programme to transform the London site into a world-class National Museum. Kossmann.dejong will design an exhibition that focuses on the future of the RAF.


Micropia Best of Year Honoree

Micropia received a Best of Year (BOY) Honoree Award in the category ‘Exhibit’ during a festive event in New York! The award celebrates the interior design industry’s best projects and products across a spectrum of categories. Winner of the ‘Exhibit’ category is ON OFF Plus from Inspiration Group in Guangzhou.


Architecture award for NMM

Felix Claus Dick van Wageningen Architecten have been awarded the Abe Bonnema Architecture Award 2015 for the design of the National Military Museum in Soesterberg (NL). According to the jury, the building provides ‘an excellent entourage to get in dialogue with the audience about piece, freedom and safety’. The jury is impressed by the art of engineering of the whole design team, through which one gesamtkunstwerk has been realised. Read the full jury report here (Dutch).


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Filling Pierre Cuypers’ shoes

Kossmann.dejong is nominated for the Dutch ‘Harrie Tillieprijs’. This prize is awarded once in two years by the municipality of Roermond to a contemporary designer who’s work is linking to the interior designs of the famous Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers. The award criteria, like craftmanship, persuasion of content, originality and social engagement, are matching his oeuvre. The other award nominees are Aldo Bakker, Atelier Van Lieshout, …,staat, and Christien Meindertsma. There will be a special exhibition dedicated to the nominees in the Cuypershuis in Roermond (NL) from 13 December 2015 until 13 March 2016.

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Ellen Schindler guest editor Dude

“To make it happen” is on the cover of the new issue of the Dutch Designers Magazine Dude. It is the device of Ellen Schindler – partner and CEO at Kossmann.dejong – invited to be the guest editor of this autumn edition. Schindler talks about personal growth, entrepreneurship and business education. ‘Entrepreneurship is something that needs to grow’, says Ellen, ‘in the end, it is almost a kind of game, and it’s a game that can be learned.’ To read the full magazine, click here

Dutch Public Archaeology Prize for Time Stairs

The Time Stairs in the Markthal in Rotterdam (NL) has been awarded the Dutch Public Archaeology Prize 2015! Kossmann.dejong has used the stairwell to design a journey through time. Abstract graphic prints show the different layers of soil visitors move through and the spaces underneath the escalators have been transformed into exhibition vitrines. The exhibition is visible to the general public for free.


‘ZieZo Marokko’ now open!

Last Friday October 16th Jet Bussemaker, the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, opened the new children’s exhibition ‘Ziezo Marokko’ in Tropenmuseum Junior in Amsterdam (NL). Kossmann.dejong designed the exhibition as an interactive exploration, in which children and families are taken on an exciting tour of discovery through Morocco. During the joyful opening ceremony guests got a sneak preview and could board the plane to Morocco to experience the unique adventure that Kossmann.dejong created in which all senses are stimulated.



Kossmann.dejong in the spotlight at Hands On! Conference

Today Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will open the international Hands On! Conference, focussing on the development of children’s education in museums. During the conference, taking place from 13-16 October in Amsterdam, Kossmann.dejong invites participants to get inspired by the children’s exhibitions we designed. Participants can join a museum study tour to one of our projects such as ‘ZieZo Marokko’ in  Tropenmuseum Junior, attend the lecture of Herman Kossmann and Jet van Overeem on the Wonderkamers, visit Kossmann.dejong at the inspiration market or schedule an appointment with Ellen Schindler. Click here to find the programme.

Jubilee exhibition Het Dolhuys open!

Today ‘De Maakbare Mens’ [UK: Manmade Man] opens to the public in Het Dolhuys in Haarlem (Netherlands). The museum celebrates it’s 10th anniversary with this special jubilee exhibition. Ten years ago, Kossmann.dejong already designed the permanent presentation of the museum that is still on view. Now the studio is also responsible for the spatial and graphic design of ‘De Maakbare Mens’. In this new temporary exhibition the discussion about the artificiality of the human being, about being perfect or blemished, about image and self-image takes center stage.


Award season

Earlier this month, the exhibition design of Micropia from Kossmann.dejong was announced as one of the finalist of the SBID International Design Awards 2015. Now the office also made it to the shortlist of the FX International Interior Design Awards 2015 with the design of world’s first microbe zoo. In addition, the National Military Museum in Soesterberg (NL) has been nominated for the international Design Week Awards in the category Exhibition Design. Kossmann.dejong feels honoured to receive all these nominations. The winners of the three awards will be announced end of November 2015.

Ellen Schindler speaker Graphic Design Festival Breda

Ellen Schindler, partner | CEO Kossmann.dejong, will be giving a lecture at 100SEATS at the Graphic Design Festival in Breda on Wednesday 7th of October. During this evening, organised by the Association of Dutch Designers (BNO), professionals will discuss their rol as actor, journalist, scientist or catalyst. Ellen Schindler will present about her work at Kossmann.dejong and she will share her experiences about leading a business in the creative sector. Lectures will be in Dutch. 

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New exhibit in Micropia revealed

Last week the new interactive exhibit ‘gladiators of the greenhouse’ is revealed in Micropia. This exhibit shows to a broad audience how microscopically small insect hunters, so-called nematodes, are being used to protect organic crops. Via a special designed 3D-microscope with joystick attached, developed in collaboration with ART+COM Studios, the visitor can get real life views of these nematodes in action and an interactive screen offers more in-depth information about this innovative way of the use of natural remedies. ‘Gladiators of the greenhouse’ is supported by BASF, the largest nematode producer worldwide.


Micropia finalist international design award!

Micropia is announced as one of the finalists of the SBID International Design Awards 2015 in the category ‘Public Space’. This annual prize is awarded to interior projects that outshine in both technical content and aesthetic creativity. Besides a panel of judges, also the opinion of the public counts. So are you also full of enthusiasm about world’s first microbe museum, please vote via
The winner will be announced during a special award ceremony in London at the end of November.


New website!

We are proud to present our new website! Offering ample space for (moving) images, the site invites you to go and explore. Simultaneously we are introducing a new, crisp house style and a new logo.

Journey through time in Open Air Museum

Kossmann.dejong has been selected to provide the spatial and graphic design for the ‘Canon of Dutch History’ at the Netherlands Open Air Museum in Arnhem. The new interactive exhibition will be realised in the entrance pavilion, which is designed by Mecanoo. The dome called ‘HollandRama’ will be transformed into a multi-media time machine. The ‘Canon of Dutch History’ will open to the public in 2017.


‘ZieZo Marokko’ under construction

Kossmann.dejong is designing a new interactive exhibition for the Tropenmuseum Junior Amsterdam: ‘ZieZo Marokko’. By way of an interactive adventure children are led through the alleys and passages of a Moroccan medina. By opening doors, for instance, they can enter a fashion souk or a fragrant kitchen. Famous Dutch Moroccans recount their personal experiences in guest rooms they have designed themselves. The opening of ‘ZieZo Marokko’ will take place in October 2015.


American entertainment award for Wonderkamers

Wonderkamers in the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag has been awarded a THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement. With this annual prize the American Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) acknowledges the best attractions in the entertainment industries worldwide. According to the jury: “The blend of art, storytelling, themed environments and gaming elements makes Wonderkamers unique within the world of art museums. The creators did a great job in blending all these elements together into one experience.


Micropia ‘Highly Commended’ Museums + Heritage Awards

During the awards ceremony in London (UK), Micropia was ‘Highly Commended’ by the specialist jury at the Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2015. The world’s first microbe zoo was one of five  for this prestigious museum prize in the ‘International Award’ category. This international acknowledgement is the crowning achievement of an intense collaboration process to make the invisible world of micro-organisms visible for a large audience in an interactive way.


European museum prize for Maritime Museum Helsingør

The National Maritime Museum in Helsingør (DK) received a ‘Special commendation’ because of its creativity, high level of museological interpretation and professionalism during the Luigi Micheletti Award ceremony in Italy. According to the jury of this prestigious museum prize, the National Maritime Museum provides “a strong personal experience induced by an emphasis on storytelling with the help of high performance multimedia and interactive displays. The museum has broadened the traditional themes of a maritime museum and brought into focus additional aspects of the life and work of people who earn their living at sea.


‘Geisha’ extended

Never before a temporary exhibition in the Museum of Ethnology in Leiden (NL) attracted as many visitors as the exhibition ‘Geisha’. Already more than 85.000 people visited the exhibition about this controversial phenomenon and style icon from Japan’s elite culture. Because of this success ‘Geisha’ is extended for more than 1,5 month until 25 May 2015.


A lot of attention for NMM

The National Military Museum in Soesterberg has attracted ample attention in recent months. The museum, which opened at the end of last year, received special positive attention in the national and international press with features in, among other platforms, ‘Mark magazine’, the German ‘AIT magazine’ and ‘Bauwelt‘ and the Dutch magazines ‘De Architect’ and ‘Museumvisie’. Visitor numbers exceed all expectations; the target of 200.000 visitors a year has been reached already.


Come in during Architecture Day Amsterdam

The Vinke & Co building at De Ruyterkade 107 in Amsterdam, in which Kossmann.dejong’s offices are located, has an interesting history. The premises were completely refurbished by architect Marius Duintjer in 1955. He added a fully glazed canteen on the top floor, a flagpole with illuminated signage and a stairwell with stained glass windows produced by Bogtman manufactury in Haarlem. Kossmann.dejong will have these windows, which depict the history of the Vinke & Co shipping company, reconstructed with special foil. The building will be accessible during special tours on 21 June, Architecture Day Amsterdam.



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