A poster published in a limited edition of 250 in conjunction with the exhibition Florachromes at Huis Marseille Museum of Photography, Amsterdam 2019 -2020.


Client:  Arja Hop + Peter Svenson

Printer: Drukkerij Tienkamp

Text: Nina Svenson Art Projects



In 1954 there were about 300 playgrounds in Amsterdam designed by Aldo van Eyck (1918-1999) which gave him the opportunity to start the making of one of the most important buildings in modern architectural history: the orphanage in Amsterdam (1955-1960). Every detail, material, colour of this highlight with several pavilions, picturesque domes and ingeniously connected patios is to be found in a new richly illustrated book. Already before it was finished the architects Buckminster Fuller, Louis Kahn and others visited this masterpiece and wrote about it in a lyrical way. Contributions Janno Martens, Laurens Otto, Suzanne Fischer, Jaime Alvarez Santana and Christoph Grafe.


Client: Architectura & Natura Publisher/ BPD

Bookdesign: Ricky Rijkenberg

Illustrations:  Ricky Rijkenberg in collaboration with Piotr Kalabryzek

Photographs: Walter Herfst (color) and Violette Cornelius (bw)





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Cover of black cardboard with die-cut letters in a modified form of the Lyon Text initially recalls (converted into a stencil) a heavy black stone with engraved letters. The spot color blue forms a coherent interest guideline. Throughout the book, you will find some special presents, such as the timeline that puts the philosophers in the perspective of highlights in
history and in the art movements. It is designed so that the potential
reader has the need to grasp, feel, and open it. Only then will the information be disclosed. My design triggers the reader to look for the
story behind the art.


The Murder of Art: A historical introduction to the philosophy of art: a historical introduciton to the aesthetics

redesign book


Author:  Thomas Crombez

Client: Plantin Institute of Typography

Exhibtion: Plantin Moretus Museum Antwerp





The Schatkamer within the Burgerweeshuis pays tribute
to Aldo van Eyck’s impressive building. In this space, the history of the building comes to life through words and images. Elements found in the Schatkamer reflect the body of thought and designs of Aldo van Eyck (1918-1999).


The Schatkamer was designed on the initiative of BPD.
In it, a large walnut table incorporates a scale model of the Burgerweeshuis itself, as an abstract representation of an aerial photograph of the building. “The scale model is based on the well-known aerial photograph of the Burgerweeshuis, which went on to inspire many architects, designers and artists,” explains Ricky Rijkenberg. “The table serves as a meeting point and invites you to enter into conversation – about the Burgerweeshuis, if you like.”


Detail Table 


The cabinet, with its many drawers and doors, was custom-made for the Schatkamer and was inspired by cabinets found elsewhere in the Burgerweeshuis and designed by Aldo van Eyck. The cabinet displays  scale models of original and historically significant elements of the Burgerweeshuis has been carried out into how the original elements looked in their original settings, in every detail. Using a great deal of care and precision, these elements were then reconstructed as scale models. Every single detail – shape, colour, texture – has been taken into account.

Visits to the Schatkamer are by appointment.


Client:  BPD

Concept: Ricky Rijkenberg in cooperation with Architectura & Natura

Design Space: Ricky Rijkenberg

Craftmenship Furniture: Tim March (Cabinet)
Tim March & Roel Huisman (Table)

Models: Franziska Loeding, Ricky Rijkenberg and Piotr Kalabryzek



28 writers and photographers on the Dutch landscape Tommy Wieringa . P.F. Thomése . Theo Baart . Walter Herfst . Wout Berger .  Roel Bentz van den Berg  . Kim Boske  . Jeroen Bosch .  Maarten van der Graaff  . Piet Gerbrandy . Arja Hop Peter Svenson .  Scarlett Hooft Graafland .  Sasja Janssen . Marie-José Jongerius .  Cynthia Lapp .  Jan Kempenaers .  Marcel Möring .  Arjen Mulder .  Iduna Paalman .  Gerco de Ruijter .  Albertina Soepboer .  Dirk Vis . Joost de Vries  . Peer Wittenbols


Client: Architectura & Natura Publisher

Bookdesign: Ricky Rijkenberg

Photographs images website : 

Marie-José Jongerius, Arja Hop + Peter Svenson (Cover)


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The Artinstallation 'Lettre des Pays Bas' which is placed at the Waterloozaal in Paleis Soestdijk reflects ons the way how men deals with history itself.


A stack of 20.000 folded pieces of paper draped in a landscape inspired on the area around the place of Waterloo reflect the letters which where written from, to and inside the palace. Correspondence which was written around the era of King Willem the II of the Netherlands. The hero of the country. Personal emotional stories about hopes and dreams, love and lost but also about politics and daily life. A paper landscape, a temporary monument to written “conversations” are a way of archiving, interpretation or preserving the past is taking over the space.


The main conversations and stories which where collected are about the women behind the heroic agent men in the paintings. Like Anna Paulowna the Russian Princess and later Queen living thousand of kilometres far away from home and family in a foreign country received every day a letter of her mum empress Maria Fjordorova from Russia giving her advice how to behave as a future queen.


The papers sheets are folded in the way letters where folded in the 18 th centuries. The way the paper had been folded showed the intention of the message. A sign. In the stack of paper the visitor can discover fragments of the original sent correspondence and translate it into a new story.


The words and sentences in the found correspondence transform the heroic actors of the paintings in the saloon into fragile personal people and asking the question who had been the heroes of the past ? Visitors are invited place there own personal message into the stack and be a part of the future history of the Waterloozaal. The founder the visitor is interpreting them into a new story – a new timeline in history of this room/space.


The installation 'Lettre des Pays Bas' is a part of the group exhibition !Het Bal curated by Anne van de Zwaag. 


Curator: Anne van der Zwaag

Design: Ricky Rijkenberg

Typographie:  Carsten Klein

Text: Mahalia Mc Neil



In Forgotten Spaces / Hidden Places – The Photogrammetry of Spatial Experience, Ricky Rijkenberg tries to capture this same sense of spatial ambiguity. To explore this she photographed several abandoned buildings which have also essentially been forgotten, or 'contaminated' by their pasts. She then recalls her encounters with these spaces through architectural drawings and scale models. This process allows Rijkenberg to translate her own spatial experience into new images; it provides her with a way of imagining new spaces.


In her work Rijkenberg references the traditions of both photography and architecture. Her photographs are quiet studies of architectural space. They are images of ambiguous structures stripped of all belongings and void of human activity. Yet lingering in these images are traces of something else: untold stories perhaps; forgotten narratives subsumed by the interplay of light and shadow; experiences hidden in the space just beyond the frame.


Forgotten Spaces / Hidden Places is a ongoing project which searches to represent the place between physical space and it's photographic image.

A document of "spatial narrative" between real and imagined space. 


Text: Mahalia Mc Neill

Special Thanks to:  Creative Industrie Funds NL




In the early nineteenth century, the Colonies of Benevolence were witness to an exceptional, large-scale Utopian experiment that aimed to fight poverty in the Netherlands and Belgium via an agricultural investment system.


In collaboration with landscape office karres+brands Ricky Rijkenberg is working at the moment on an art piece in front of the entrance area of the Benevolence House in Frederiksoord—the future visitor centre and beating heart of the Colonies of Benevolence in Drenthe.


With the theme "The Illusion of Regularity", karres+brands’ design connects to the experimental colony’s unique history and remarkable landscape. The colony’s distinctive allotment and orthogonal lines from different time periods become visible once again, and the artwork tells the unique stories of the colonists, civil servants, free farmers and their relationship with the environment. Together, the artwork and entrance area represent the colonies’ multi-faceted history: from the wide, over-arching landscape to the individual colonist.


status: work in progress



Buildings of the Amsterdam School (1910-1930) are characterized by brick construction with complicated masonry with a rounded or organic appearance, relatively traditional massing, and the integration of an elaborate scheme of building elements inside and out: decorative masonry, art glass, wrought ironwork, spires or "ladder" windows (with horizontal bars), and integrated architectural sculpture. The aim was to create a total architectural experience, interior and exterior. This photobook with new photographs of Walter Herfst and graphics by Ricky Rijkenberg shows the richness of a special architectural period.


Client: Architectura & Natura Publisher

Illustrations:  Ricky Rijkenberg 

Photography: Walter Herfst




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