Along with a cash prize, we attached several symbols of success to the Henry van de Velde Awards, such as a silver trophy and a calligraphic certificate. We wanted these to emphasise the prestige of the awards. The first trophy was designed by Siegfried De Buck, whose work made him an icon of Belgian silversmithing. We used his design of a staff for the first five editions. The next trophy was designed by Nedda El-Asmar and the third by David Huycke, recently the first designer/artist to become a Doctor of Arts. Helena Schepens, one of our youngest silversmiths, is now the fourth talented designer to design and make the trophy for us. Each of the trophies is used for five years. The certificate had to be calligraphic to illustrate, as does the trophy, the importance of the craft aspect. The first calligrapher was Bert Binnenweg, and the second was Brody Neuenschwander, the Texan from Bruges, who worked with Peter Greenaway on films such as “The Pillow Book”, “Prospero’s Books” and others. This year Brody is again doing the calligraphy for the certificates that the winners take home with them. The cash prizes for the awards are EUR 5000 for the Henry van de Velde Lifetime Achievement, Young Talent and Company awards. The winner of the Public award receives EUR 2500.