The Henry van de Velde Awards are the most prestigious design awards in Belgium. They put Flemish designers and companies in the spotlight, generate press attention and a great deal of public interest. Have you launched an innovative product or sustainable, innovative project or research? The call for entries for the Henry van de Velde Awards 24 was closed on 31 May 2023. The jury will analyse all projects and will decide which projects will be selected for the second selection round.
The call for entries for the Henry van de Velde Awards 24 is open.
Designers and companies can submit their best work from the past year for free.
The jury meets a first time to go over all the projects submitted. The best projects from each category are selected to go to the next round.
The jury will meet a second time to physically view the selected projects from the first round and determine the winners.
The 27 award winners are announced and people can now vote for their favorite project for the Public Gold Award.
You can vote for your favorite project until December 15.
The annual festive presentation of the Henry van de Velde Awards takes place at Bozar in Brussels and is followed by a reception in the Horta Hall.
Chris Baelus was a professor of product development at the University of Antwerp. He graduated in 1981 as an industrial designer from the NHIBS/Henry van de Velde Institute. After working as an independent designer for several years, he opted for education and research in product development. Until his emeritus status he has been affiliated with the Faculty of Design Sciences at the University of Antwerp.
Alexis Jacoby studied product development and worked for 20 years both in the corporate world and within education. He received his PhD in product development in 2012 and today chairs the Product Development Department of the Faculty of Design Sciences, University of Antwerp. He teaches design methodology and strategic design. With his research team, he focuses on complex problems and the role design can play in them.
Bart De Waele is passionate about the Internet, new technology, communication, transhumanism and entrepreneurship. He was co-founder and CEO of digital agency Duke & Grace, where he edited the digital trend report for many years. He is currently a digital strategist at Springbok Agency and invests in several digital start-ups.
Bart Lens is the founder of Lens°Ass studio and works on projects ranging from architecture and interior design to product and concept development. He designs for companies such as Moome, Jongform, Eden Design, and was asked to lead Bokrijk into a new era. He became curator with the task of developing an innovative and contemporary view of museum operations for the various crafts. As Bokrijk Master Builder, Bart helps watch over the DNA values from an overarching vision of craftsmanship.
Bas Sturm studied industrial design at TU Delft. He worked for DAF, Philips and GE Plastics, among others, and was a partner at the design agency NLA Industrial Design. In the meantime, he taught part-time at Design Academy Eindhoven. As a business advisor at VLAIO Team Bedrijfstrajecten, he is intensively involved in innovation projects at Flemish companies.
Becky Verthé is a lecturer and coordinator of Howest's Industrial Product Design program. She develops projects with her team, students and companies around the new themes driving the design landscape, such as circularity, smart technology & AI, human-centered design and product-service systems. Until 2009, Becky worked at Designregio Kortrijk. Since then she has been committed to a strong connection between (manufacturing) industry and education. She is also a board member of Trendvision.
Bie Luyssaert started as the Head of Public Relations & Communication at the Design Museum Ghent in 2020. At Design Flanders since 1999, she discovered her love for design in all its aspects. Promoting and supporting Flemish designers for more than 20 years has provided a thorough insight into the Flemish design landscape.
Brigitte Mouligneau studied law and worked for the Leuven Faculty of Law and the Flemish Government. Her interest in sustainable transitions and network management grew from her focus on the more complex long-term challenges. For example, she was able to work at Vlaanderen Circulair in 2016, where she has been focusing on the transition to a circular economy in Flanders as the Transition Manager since 2018.
Erik Sijmons is European Design & Innovation leader at Samsonite, where he started his career in 1986. He studied product development at the NHIBS in Antwerp where he graduated in 1982. In 2020, Erik received the Henry van de Velde Lifetime Achievement Gold Award. He is convinced that the most ultimate solution for product experience in this rapidly changing world is still in growth, from a sustainable point of view.
Fabienne Beernaert is a lecturer, researcher and coordinator of the Design for Impact programme at LUCA School of Arts Ghent. She supports creative people in tackling complex social challenges and solving 'wicked problems' together. Fabienne believes in the cross-fertilisation of disciplines, in empowering students, in the cross-over between education, research and the creative field.
Hugo Puttaert is a graphic designer, curator, lecturer and reviewer. He organised the Integrated conferences, curated exhibitions, published Addmagazine and gave various workshops. He currently teaches at Sint Lucas Antwerp and has co-authored several books on graphic design. In 2014 MER Paper Kunsthalle published the book Think in Colour about his studio visionandfactory, written by Steven Cleeren and introduced by Rick Poynor.
Inge Gobert is a lecturer, researcher and coordinator within the Media & Information Design program at LUCA School of Arts Brussels. She was for many years artistic programmer of the lecture series Shapeshifters – Lectures on design, art, nature and experiment, and is co-author of the publications Shaping Voices and Thoughts on Designing Information. She is also a graphic designer and support consultant for a variety of book and identity projects.
Jill Vanparys is a game designer and user experience expert. She builds bridges between people and ideas, between knowledge and games, between clients and developers. Over the years, she has created several educational games and experiences. She loves to explain difficult things. She enthusiastically shares her experience by coaching start-ups and bringing game makers together.
Jynse Cremers was the academic director of the Digital Design & Development bachelor’s programme at Howest Kortrijk for 10 years. She now teaches Digital Design and passionately guides the next generation of digital makers through our complex and extremely connected world. She is convinced that digital innovations have great added value for our society. She is also a member of the Management Board of School of Arts Ghent.
Kate Stockman is an experienced brand and business strategist, future researcher and innovation coach and leads FUTURE BUSINESS STUDIO, where she drives strategy and creative innovation projects for (inter)national design, fashion, food, hospitality and entertainment brands, helping them to see their blind spots and engage in sustainable growth. She is also a professor of Trend Implementation (Erasmushogeschool Brussel), keynote speaker and has a background as a photographer and creative director.
Michaël De Moor is a lifestyle journalist. He writes about photography, fashion, design and social trends for De Morgen Magazine, Sabato and Knack Weekend. After earning a master's degree in art science, he quickly entered the world of journalism. He is a big fan of art and architecture from the interwar period, although he can also more than appreciate some contemporary architects and designers.
Nansi Van Geetsom, interior architect and educational scientist, is the founder and training manager of the postgraduate Space and Service Design at Thomas More Mechelen. Her research focus is on the systemic approach of the designing services and ervice environments, and how this influences design education and design practice.
Thomas Crombez is a lecturer, author, translator and publisher. His areas of expertise are philosophy of art and history of graphic design. He works at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (AP Hogeschool Antwerp) and at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Tilburg). In 2016, he founded publishing and design studio Letterwerk.
Christophe Slagmuylder studied art history at ULB. He began his career as a teacher at La Cambre. Since 1991, he has been active in the broad arts sector. He made his name at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, where he worked from 2002 to 2018, succeeding Frie Leysen as director in 2007. In 2018, he became intendant at the Wiener Festwochen. Since February 2023, he has been CEO and artistic director of Bozar. Slagmuylder regularly serves on various working groups, committees, seminars and juries.
As an art historian, Elien Haentjens has been writing about design, art and architecture for various magazines, publications and websites for 15 years. In addition, she has been curating and organising exhibitions and residencies for designers since 2012, especially in Brazil, and since 2018 she has been affiliated with the KASK School of Arts in Ghent. Every year she’s a member of various juries and committees.
Nedda El-Asmar completed her training in jewelry design and silversmithing at the Royal College of Art in London. She designs for Hermès, Puiforcat, Eternum, Gense, Villeroy&Boch, Robbe&Berking, Serax, Demeyere, Obumex and Maison Vervloet, among others. From 2007 to 2019, Nedda taught and was head of the Jewellery department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Since 2019, she has been working in the same position at the PXL-MAD School of Arts Hasselt.
Pascal Cools worked for eight years at consulting firm Accenture on organisation and process design and change management. He started at Flanders DC in 2005 and became managing director there in 2007. Today, Flanders DC is the Flemish design and fashion center. Flanders DC supports designers, entrepreneurs and companies from the design and fashion sector in Flanders with advice, tools, inspiration and help with internationalisation. It is also the organiser of the Henry van de Velde Awards.
Sang Vandenbosch is art director and graphic designer at Bureau BoschBerg. The team has developed great expertise in designing visual identities. Typical is the combination of image and typography in a personal way, with great attention to content, challenged by the vision of the client. Bureau BoschBerg designs for Toneelhuis, STAM, Modemuseum Hasselt and Werchter Boutique, among others, and won the Henry van de Velde Young Talent Gold Award in 2021.
Sep Verboom has a background in product design and international collaboration. He is a pioneer in broadening the definition of design, founder of the Livable Platform and lecturer in sustainable design at KASK School of Arts Ghent. For the past decade, he has worked as a practitioner expert on multidisciplinary, cross-sectoral design methodologies. His collaborative approach designs context. He has been recognized internationally, with numerous lectures, exhibitions and awards.
Vanessa Yuan is a product designer, born in Taiwan, and her career started in Milan and evolved into shopfitting project managing for luxury fashion houses. In 2011, with Joris Vanbriel, she co-founded the design studio VYDC in Antwerp. Since 2016, they manage their own circular design brand ecoBirdy. As the creative director of ecoBirdy, Vanessa has a patent in her name for recycling and manufacturing plastics, and her designs are on display in international museums.
Vic Cautereels is a product designer of people-centered design experiences. He is also head of Studio TurnAround at the Design Academy Eindhoven. During his international career, he developed a particular affection/aversion for plastics. He was active as Global Vice President Design in DeSter, supplier of food-service solutions to the aviation industry, and before that Director Design EMEA for Tupperware Brands. He studied industrial design at NHIBS Antwerp.