Bas Pruyser


Bas Pruyser was born in 1950. After secondary school he studied product design at the Rietveld Academy. On completing his studies in 1976, he worked part-time for Ahrend as a designer.


In 1996 he set up his own studio, Bas Pruyser Design BV; he also works on a freelance basis for the waste management group Bammens and for other clients outside Ahrend’s industry. His work for Bammens included the design of waste paper bins, street furniture and parking barriers. In 1992 he was commissioned by Velopa to design the cycle park Rickshaw. For Ahrend, he designed school furniture, ranges of tables and chairs, screens and a bench for the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, among other things. Bas Pruyser received the Lundia Prize in 1974 for his furniture designs, and the prize of the municipality of Amsterdam 1975 for his litter bin. He also won the highest Dutch design award, the Kho Liang Ie Prize, in 1982. An exhibition devoted to his work was held in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1983, and in the NMB Bank in Amsterdam in 1984. In 1983, he was a member of the jury for the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and for the Kho Liang Ie Prize. His Ahrend 22 series of tables and textile designs won a Red Dot Award from the Design Zentrum in Essen, while he received Dutch GIO (good industrial design) awards for the Ahrend School set, Ahrend 320 conference chairs, Ahrend 310, Ahrend 22, S32, Bammens Capitole waste paper bin and Bammens Freevole parking barrier.