22.08.1938 Rotterdam – 16.06.2015 Chateau la Trousse, France
The cremation will take place on Friday 19 June at 3:30 pm in Le crematorium de l’Arche à Mareuil, ZAC de la Haute Born, Avenue des Fortes Terres, 77100 Mareuil les Meaux.
In 1958, Siep Wijsenbeek, Rotterdam 1938, studied Industrial Design at the KABK Royal Academy of Fine Arts The Hague and from 1959 to 1963 at the Royal College of Art in London. Back in the Netherlands, he worked at the architectural firm Van der Grinten in Amersfoort and as scientific assistant at the Department of Industrial Design of the Delft Technical University. In 1965, in addition to his work in Delft, he started working part-time for the Dutch Railways in Utrecht. Here he started with the set-up of the NS House Style, arranged the design, joined the company in 1968 and supervised the introduction of the NS House Style. In addition, he was the industrial designer for the NS trains, buses station equipment etc. Because of the great pressure of work at the NS, he left the Delft University of Technology, but returned as a lecturer in the period 1970-1974.
In 1984, Wijsenbeek moved to Great Britain, worked there for a short time as Director of Transportation Design at Ogle Design and started his own design office in 1986. This design office developed into Design Triangle, a consultancy in Design, Engineering and Ergonomics. Design Triangle was a partnership that grew rapidly with contracts in Europe, Hong Kong, Australia, Indonesia and the United States. As a partner, Siep’s work responsibility as a designer increasingly often turned into the task of a “Design Manager”. In 2010, after 47 years of work, he left Design Triangle.
Book ‘Droom van Helderheid’
A Clear Dream: Visual Identity, Design Agencies and Modernism in The Netherlands: 1960-1975
Chapter 6 – Customer in the train, branding and signage at the NS
Author: Wibo Bakker
Publisher: nai010 publisher