The Henry van de Velde Awards started in 1994. Since then, society and design have changed considerably.
The focus of the Henry van de Velde Awards remains on the designer and the companies. Designers, because creative people remain the driving for for creation, and companies, because they enable a lot of creations. This means that Flanders DC (before Design Vlaanderen) keeps awarding the Henry van de Velde Lifetime Achievement Award, the Henry van de Velde Company Award and the Henry van de Velde Young Talent Award. These winners were awarded on 19 January 2017 in Bozar.
As an answer to the changing society, Flanders DC, in partnership with the OVAM, focusses on products, projects or services (partially) based on a design methodology or design attitude, that offer an answer to contemporary questions. In other words, we focus on the value and impact of design on our economy, our society and on the climate, today and the future. Enter the Design Solution Awards. These are the categories of: OVAM Ecodesign PRO, Efficiency, Life Quality, Feel Good, Communication, Better Health, Collective en Design Research.
1400 people attended the award ceremony on January 19th in Bozar, Brussels. That same evening, a free exhibition was opened in Bozar, running from 20 January until 19 March 2017. 21.000 visitors saw the exhibition.
Klara De Smedt is the manager of De Winkelhaak. After obtaining a master’s degree in product development, she worked as a designer and then at Design Flanders for two years before moving to De Winkelhaak. In 2008, Klara De Smedt came up with the co-working concept Bar d’office. Since 2014, she has been one of the driving forces behind ANTWERP. POWERED BY CREATIVES.
Heleen Van Loon works as a project manager at Z33 in Hasselt. Among other things, she coordinates FORMAT, a path for promising designers and architects. In addition, she helps product design students at LUCA School of Arts Genk formulate their identity as designers.
As the coordinator of ikinnoveer, Eveline Borgermans of VLAIO tries to bring the Flemish SME manager one step closer to a future-proof innovative company by putting together and providing innovation training courses and webinars. As a product designer, “design” with the associated methods continues to form a common thread in her life and work.