This year again, the Henry van de Velde Awards showcases projects, products and services that demonstrate the added value of design in its most varied aspects. The jury selected 17 winners from 198 submissions in seven categories. From a mobility app to a smart lamp and a philosophical children’s book series: each and every one a fine example of innovative, high-quality and inspirational design.
The public can now cast their vote and determine the winner of the Public Choice Award. At the Henry van de Velde award ceremony, on February 5th 2021, along with the Gold Award in each category, the Ecodesign by OVAM, the Company, the Young Talent, the Public and the Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented.
Just like every year, the Henry van de Velde Awards are a recognition of the work of designers and companies that integrate design in their business in an intelligent manner. This year once again, Flanders DC has put together a jury of 16 experts that selected the 17 winners in seven categories. The final Gold Award winner in each category will be announced during the presentation of the awards on February Th 2021 in BOZAR, Brussels.
The public can now determine the submission that will win the Public Choice Award. You can vote online at henryvandevelde.be until Friday the 18th of December 2020.
These are the 17 winners in the 7 Award categories
The Business Innovation Award showcases innovative devices, installations and systems in a professional context. The winners selected in this category are: Nobi, a smart lamp that lightens the work of caregivers by taking over a number of tasks such as fall detection and pattern recognition. Nobi was designed by Studio Dos Santos for Nobi. Aloxy Pulse, a revolutionary, wireless sensor that remotely monitors the status of valves and taps at petrochemical plants. Aloxy Pulse was designed by Studio Dott for Aloxy. Smappee EV Base, a charging solution that enables a number of electrical charging points to be combined with the energy requirements of an adjacent building. Smappee EV Base was designed by the in-house Smappee design team.
The Climate Challenge Award honours holistic concepts that have a positive impact on the climate. This year, the prize winners include: the ethical fashion concept by Soraya Wancour for Studio AMA; BC materials with an ecological range of clay applications developed by the BC materials team and the resource map Circle Sector by Ben Hagenaars and the Interactions Research Group from LUCA School of Arts, in which local, ecological materials are mapped out.
The Consumer Award rewards products related to lifestyle, food and leisure that make life easier for individuals. In this category the winners selected by the jury are: Nobi, a smart lamp that lightens the work of caregivers by taking over a number of tasks such as fall detection and pattern recognition. Nobi was designed by Studio Dos Santos for Nobi. The intuitive speed pedelec Ellio Elite, designed by the IntuEdrive Design Team in association with Achilles Design for IntuEdrive BV and the wearable Lopos SafeDistance by Lopos designed by Pilipili, which accurately monitors the distance between two employees.
The Crafts by Bokrijk Award goes to useful products or objects that are elevated to a higher level thanks to design-driven craftsmanship. In this category the Lyne porcelain water jugs by Margot Thyssen were selected as well as the String instruments made from Flax designed by Tim Duerinck, in association with KASK & Conservatory of HOGENT and Howest, Ghent University and Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) and lastly the Caméléon tapestries designed by Les Monseigneurs in co-creation with Verilin.
The Digital Product Award goes to new or improved digital products that integrate design in a strategical way. Only one winner in this category: Smart Ways to Antwerp, a campaign launched by Leap Forward for the City of Antwerp and the corresponding app that aims to simplify the mobility puzzle faced by Antwerp citizens.
The Graphic & Communication Award honours a printed or digital product or system in which the form of communication or the communication carrier clearly offers added value. In this category the following projects were rewarded: the philosophical picture book series Wijze Weetjes by Katrijn De Wit, Laura Bergans, Inge Rylant for Pelckmans Uitgevers; the graphic campaign by Ronny & Johny for Horst Art and Music Festival and lastly the graphic design by Corbin Mahieu and Lennart van den Bossche for the cultural centre Pilar at the VUB.
The Habitat Award highlights products, services and systems for the home and work space. The three winners in this category are: the multifunctional construction system ME&ER by Bram Kerkhofs, the Caméléon tapestries by Les Monseigneurs on co-creation with Verilin and the VLAS rug by Anita Kars for Casalis.
The Special Awards
During the Henry van de Velde Award ceremony, one Gold Award winner will be announced for each category. During the award ceremony in BOZAR on February 5th 2021, this winner will be presented with an award designed by Geoffrey Brusatto in association with Materialise. In addition to the seven categories, the Ecodesign by OVAM Award, the Young Talent Award, the Company Award, the Public Choice Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented.
Flanders DC is presenting the Henry van de Velde Awards for the 27th time and was supported in selecting the winners by a varied jury of design experts: jury chair Francis Carpentier (Curatorial Project Coordinator - Architecture & Design, BOZAR), Chris Baelus (Professor of Design Sciences at Antwerp University), Ronald Bastiaens (Academic Director of Industrial Product Design at Howest University College of West Flanders), Max Borka (Design journalist & curator), Wim Buts (Head of the Department of Product Design at LUCA School of Arts), Katja Craeghs (CEO and Innovation Manager of Greenpoint), Siegrid Demyttenaere (Creative director, co-editor, co-owner DAMN° Magazine), Chris De Roock (General Manager of WOOD.BE), Hilde Francq (Founder of Francq Colors), Thomas Joos (Founder & CEO of Hypernova), Katrien Laporte (Director of the Design Museum Ghent), Marie Pok (Director of Grand-Hornu Images), Annelies Thoelen (Head of Program Z33), Liv Vaisberg (Founder of the Office for Art and Design, Co-founder/partner of Collectible fair), Johan Valcke (Former Director of Design Flanders & Founder of the Valcke Art Gallery) and Isabel Van den Broeck (Managing Director of Creative Belgium).
All award winners and Gold Award winners will be allocated a place in the Henry van de Velde Awards 2021 exhibition which, if circumstances allow, will be organised from February 5th through March 28 2021 in BOZAR, Brussels. Entry to the exhibition will be free of charge and will have an online extension for the very first time.
About de Henry van de Velde Awards
The Henry van de Velde Awards are presented every year by Flanders DC and have represented an established value in the design landscape since 1994. This year, the awards were made possible thanks to the support of our partners: Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO), BOZAR, The Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM), Flanders Environment Agency (VMM), Bokrijk VAKlab and Z33. - House for Contemporary Art, Design & Architecture.
Detailed information about the awards, the winners and the jury members is available at https://www.henryvandevelde.be/
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