1. Organiser

    Flanders District of Creativity (Flanders DC) and Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO)
    in collaboration with The Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM), BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts and Z33 - House for Contemporary Art, Design & Architecture
    Partners: BOKRIJK / VAKlab - Flanders Environment Agency (VMM)

  2. Mission

    The Henry van de Velde Awards showcase and applaud national and international Flemish designers, enterprises, products, projects and services which, as a result of their design or their solution of a given problem, have a positive impact on the economy and society. The Henry van de Velde Awards are widely supported thanks to the shared vision of a professional jury with considerable expertise in the industry. The official award ceremony, exhibition and accompanying publication make the Henry van de Velde Awards a true platform for Flemish design.

  3. 14 Henry van de Velde Gold Awards 2022

    There will be 14 Henry van de Velde Gold Awards and 9 Henry van de Velde Silver and Bronze Awards:
    The categories Company, Ecodesign by OVAM, Lifetime Achievement, Young Talent and Public cannot be entered. These will be indicated by the jury.
    For the other 9 categories, a product, service or system can be entered. Within each of these categories a maximum of 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Award will be granted. These are all eligible for the Public Gold Award.
    The different categories are further described in art. 7. The participation, procedural and selection criteria can be found under art. 4, 5 and 6.

  4. Participation and nomination criteria
    1. The competition is open to products, projects, services and systems that meet the criteria set out in Article 5.4 of these regulations.
    2. Entries will be made in the prescribed manner, in full and within the prescribed time limit. In addition to a motivation as to why an entry falls within 1 of the 9 categories, you also need to provide an explanation of the sustainability of the entry. If the entry does not meet these requirements, the organisation is entitled to exclude it.
    3. The entries have a Flemish link, either via the designer or design studio, or via the producer or the editor, or via another client.
    4. The participating designs/projects meet the following criteria: "good design" has an impact, is meaningful, innovative, functional, formally well thought-out, environmentally friendly and sustainable, professionally finished and with respect for the techniques and materials used.
    5. Submitted service, systemic, research and social design projects will be judged on the basis of the result and what is characteristic of this method or attitude: the human being is central; solutions arise from collaboration; the entire context is taken into account; design techniques provide concrete thinking and problem solving; it is a step-by-step process in which regular testing and evaluation takes place.
    6. The product in its current form was launched on the market between 1 April 2020 and 31 May 2021, and the services trajectory was completed after 1 April 2020.
    7. Prototypes or pathways without a final report are not eligible.
    8. The entrant is willing and able to make the work available and to arrange its own transport to the location of the second selection round at the end of August 2021 and to the exhibition at BOZAR (Brussels) during the months of January, February and March 2022.
    9. The participant provides all requested information and is responsible for the truth and accuracy of the information provided. The organisation has no obligation of investigation.
    10. The entrant agrees to these terms and conditions.
  5. Participation procedure
    1. Participation in the Henry van de Velde Awards 2022 is possible via the designer, design agency, producer, editor or other client. Entries can be made online on the website from now on to 31 May 2021 (included).
    2. Entering one project in multiple categories is allowed, just as participation with multiple projects is allowed.
    3. For each category for which an entry is submitted, the added value and impact of the project within this category will be clearly described and substantiated.
    4. Registration automatically means that the participant agrees with the provisions of these regulations. The organisation will check whether the entries meet the procedural criteria. Any entry that does not meet the conditions set out in the rules will be excluded from participation.
  6. The categories

In the 2022 edition, products, projects and/or services may compete for a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award within the following nine categories:

  • Business Innovation Award: a design prize for innovative solutions in industry or in professional settings that ensure optimisation and efficiency of logistics and production processes and better working conditions and which also contribute to a healthier planet.The focus is on efficiency gains, dismountability, modularity, automation, new technologies, robotisation,...
  • Consumer Award: a design prize for new or improved (semi-)industrial end products and smart solutions that improve and ease individual lives, within the realms of lifestyle, well-being, food, mobility, media and leisure.
  • Crafts Award: a design award for a meaningful product or object or project that is raised to a higher level through design driven craftsmanship in its production process, choice of materials, form, finish. "Meaningful" is a product that pushes boundaries, creates added value in a broad social context, an object that moves and what you cherish, is not initially meant for mass production and that's special in his DNA.
  • Digital Product Award: a design award for a new or improved digital product in which design was used strategically. The focus is on putting the user experience at the heart of the entire product development process, developing a well thought-out product identity that strengthens the emotional relationship with the user and an interface that facilitates a seamless & optimal interaction between user and technology. This can include: web platforms, mobile applications, software solutions, device interfaces, etc.
  • Design Research Award: a design prize for useful, inspiring and visionary scenarios and concepts that are the result of a design practice based on sound research and which offer opportunities for the future of people and the planet.
  • Environment Award: a design award for an elaborate (spatial) holistic concept, with a positive impact on the climate (climate adaptation). This can be immaterial, possibly with a service or product as a lever. The solution is the result of design thinking and/or a systemic design process, and is a system that directly or indirectly, partially or completely, provides an answer to a complex environment-related problem, such as climate change, overexploitation of natural resources, health threats, threats to external security, degradation of the living environment, etc.
  • Graphics Award: a design prize for a product, service or system, analogue or digital, in which the form of communicating or the communication medium brings evident added value, stands out and ensures clear and effective communication to the target group.
    This can include: the design of letters, books, catalogues, brochures, magazines and newspapers, announcements and posters, invitations, calendars, but also illustrations, storytelling and infographics, web design and motion graphics, corporate identity, campaigns and signage.
  • Habitat Award: a design prize for a new or improved product that ensures pleasant living or comfortable teleworking and by so doing contributes to personal well-being.
    This can include: indoor and outdoor furniture, interior textiles, lighting, interior objects and tableware.
  • Spaces Award: a design prize for systems or services that shape, organise or co-organise a private, public or professional environment/space and make being in this space more pleasant and fluent. This can include on the one hand the furnishing of homes, office spaces, shops and green infrastructure, but also modular concepts and project lighting. In short: systems or services that help to determine the functioning of a space.

Aside from these nine prize categories, Henry van de Velde Awards are issued for:

  • Company: a design award for companies that use designers and design strategically for their company or institution. This rewards good commissioning in relation to design. Important criteria are the degree of professionalism, strategy, sustainability and innovation. This Award is nominated by the members of the jury.
  • Ecodesign by OVAM: a prize for a company or designer who functionates as a role model for other designers. This innovation convinces the jury through a well-considered choice of principles of ecodesign throughout the whole company structure and strategy and/or throughout the designed products and services. Important criteria are the impact, potential growth, vision and continuity within a sustainability theme. This award is nominated by the members of the jury. 
  • Lifetime Achievement: a design award for a designer or design agency that has been active for at least 30 years and has had a national impact with its design activities on an economic, social and/or cultural level and is an international player in the sector. This Award is nominated by the members of the jury.
  • Young Talent: this is the incentive prize for a young talent or bureau which has been active in the industry for no more than 10 years. The assessment focuses on the designer or bureau and looks at the quality of the portfolio as a whole. The task of selecting a winner is reserved for the members of the Jury.
  • Public: the public prize is awarded to the product or project with the most preferential votes of the public. Votes can be cast online for all award-winning products, projects and services from the nine categories described in art. 6. The laureates Lifetime Achievement, Young Talent, Company and Ecodesign are not eligible.

7.     Jury and assessment

  • Flanders DC puts together a single jury that identifies all the Awards. The members of the jury are recognised authorities within the sector and are professionally active as teachers, curators, design critics, journalists or promoters, each with their own expertise(s).
  • The public chooses their favourite product, project, service, system for the Public Award online via This can be done in the period between 16 November and 22 December 2021.
  • The jury members will judge the entries on the basis of the "good design" criteria. Per category a maximum of 3 products, services, projects will be selected and will receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award. If there are no entries within a category that meet the criteria, the jury may decide not to give an Award. The jury also reserves the right to adjust the number of Awards within a category according to the number of entries and the quality.
  • Participants will be informed of the jury's choice at the beginning of July after the first selection round. At the end of August 2021 (second selection round), the selected entries will undergo a thorough test by the members of the jury.
  • Products that cannot be delivered for the second selection round due to their exceptional size, for example, will be presented in a different way. This also applies to the intangible projects.
  • The products will be brought in on dates and locations yet to be communicated. Products that are delivered too late will no longer be considered.
  • The day after the selection (date yet to be determined) the products may be picked up again at the same address between 9:00 and 15:00.
  • The laureates are appointed by majority vote. The organisation will oversee an objective assessment procedure and will be responsible for drafting the jury's report.
  • The decisions of the jury are binding. No correspondence can be entered into concerning the results. The members of the jury commit themselves to all discretion regarding the selection.

8.     Award ceremony and trophies
All nominated designers, companies and possibly others involved in the nominated entries are expected at the festive ceremony in BOZAR (Brussels) in January 2022.
During the official ceremony the 14 Henry van de Velde Gold Awards will be announced.
The 14 Henry van de Velde Gold Award winners will receive their trophies during the official ceremony.

9.     Communication
The prize-winning entries will receive the official Henry van de Velde Award 2022 logo. The 14 Gold Award winners will be able to use the Henry van de Velde Gold Award Winner 2022 logo as of the award ceremony.

10.     Liability

  • Participants in the Henry van de Velde Awards 2022 declare that the participating project does not infringe any third party rights: copyright, drawing, trademark or design rights or other rights. The design complies, where applicable, with legal safety regulations. Neither Flanders DC nor the members of the jury accept any liability in this respect. The participant indemnifies the organisation and the jury against claims from third parties in this respect.
  • The organisation of the Henry van de Velde Awards reserves the right to exclude entries that do not fall within the conditions set out in these regulations, both before, during and after the judging has taken place.

11.     Publication and availability

  • Once the entry has been nominated, the participant agrees that the organisation of the Henry van de Velde Awards is free to use the visual material provided and the data about the project for publication within the context of the Henry van de Velde Awards.
  • The participant indemnifies the organisation of the Henry van de Velde Awards for all claims by third parties regarding the publication of the submitted material.
  • If an entry is honoured, the entrant will make the product in question available for the Henry van de Velde Awards exhibition in BOZAR during the months January, February, March and April 2022.
  • All participants will receive further information about the time and place of delivery and collection of the product or exhibition material.
  • At the start and at the end of the exhibition period, the participant is responsible for the costs, transport and packaging of the design to and from BOZAR.
  • The submitted project must correspond with the entry as presented to the jury.
  • The participant is responsible for providing additional digital visual material about the design and bears the costs himself.

12.     Insurance

  • After delivery in BOZAR, the product is checked by the organizer (possibly together with the designer or the company). Any damage will be noted.
  • The organisation of the Henry van de Velde Awards is not liable for damage to the product caused by hidden defects and construction faults.
  • The delivered design will be insured by the organisation of the Henry van de Velde Awards for the period between delivery and collection, no later than three days after the end of the exhibition, and this only when the insurance value for the delivery was given to the organisation. If the participant does not collect the product before the final collection date, the right to claim damages from the insurance of the Henry van de Velde Awards expires.

For more information contact


Hanne Debaere, +32 (0)476 89 31 14

Inge Vranken, +32 (0) 497 59 33 20,

Communication and press

Natascha Rommens, +32 (0)473 89 80 16