Dutch electronics giant Philips uses cutting-edge technology

“The way we worked on the museum could not have been more Amsterdam. It was about bringing together technologists, designers and experts on art in one solution.” (Rogier van der Heide, chief design officer for lighting, Philips)

“We chose LED lighting as it allows the art to be viewed in the best light possible, bringing out all the colours and details that the artist intended us to see.” (Tim Zeedijk, head of exhibitions, Rijksmuseum)While Philips is an international company, with research facilities in San Jose, California and Eindhoven in the south of the Netherlands, its head is in the cluster of design and technology companies to be found in Amsterdam.

The Rijksmuseum, in short

Since reopening in April 2013, the Rijksmuseum is once again being feted as one of the world’s greatest art museums. In total it holds around one million artefacts and artworks from the year 1200 to 2000, with around 8,000 on show at any one time. It’s ten-year, Ä375 million refurbishment has seen 2.2 million visitors through the door in the last eight months of 2013 alone. It holds the greatest collection of Dutch Golden Age artworks to be found anywhere on earth, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen and Frans Hals. The refurbishment has re-established the grand vision of original architect Pierre Cuypers, whose museum opened in 1885 on what was then the outer canal of the city, and marked an entrance gateway from the south.

Philips Lighting, in short

Electronics giant Philips was founded in Eindhoven in 1891 by Gerard Philips and his father. In 2001 the firm moved its HQ to Amsterdam, from where it runs operations in around 60 countries and with more than 120,000 staff. It divides its business into three main divisions: Philips Consumer Lifestyle, which sells everything from hair clippers to food fryers; Philips Healthcare for medical equipment; and Philips Lighting, which is the largest manufacturer of lighting in the world by revenues sold.

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