Born in 1942 in Amersfoort (The Netherlands)
A Dutch jewellery and industrial-designer, Bakker’s designs span jewellery, home accessories, furniture, interiors, public spaces and exhibitions.
Together with Italian gallery owner Marijke Vallanzasca, Bakker founded the Chi ha paura…? (Italian for ‘Who is afraid of..?’) Foundation in 1996.
They wanted to show the international design world that a piece of jewelry is more than just a decorative fashion accessory.
Through Chp…?, he challenged the widespread and common fear for contemporary artist jewelry.
His retrospective exhibition “Gijs Bakker and Jewelry” is on display in various museums around the world.
Necklace – Gold-plated brass, PVC-laminated photograph, diam: 28.3 cm
Coll. Diane Venet