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Henry van de Velde Awards

Published in Member News
15 January 2013

9_VandeVelde_awardsHenry van de Velde Awards & Labels 2012

The Henry van de Velde Awards & Labels are an annual highlight in the Design Flanders calendar, leading the way in Flanders and beyond. The design awards, which have been presented every year since 1994, honour young talent, established talent, a company, ecodesign and extraordinary products. They are an initiative of Design Flanders. The prize-giving ceremony took place on January15th 2013 at the Flemish Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.

The Henry van de Velde Label is a quality label for Flemish design. The label recognises the authenticity, innovation, creativity, finish and added value of the product and functions as a quality guarantee for the general public.

Four Henry van de Velde Awards were presented at the prestigious ceremony: the Lifetime Achievement Award 2012, the Young Talent Award 2012, the Company Award 2012 and the Public Award 2011. Two OVAM Ecodesign PRO Awards were also presented at the same time: the award for ‘Product on the market’ and the award for ‘Product in development’. The winners of the Henry van de Velde Awards receive a cash price and a trophy, a design made by the Belgian artist Helena Schepens.

The award ceremony was attended by Kris Peeters, Minister-President of the Flemish Government and Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister for Environment, Nature and Culture. The ceremony goes hand-in-hand with an exhibition, which runs from January 16 until the 2nd March in De Loketten of the Flemish Parliament. The doors are open to anyone who would like to come and view the prize-winning products.

In 2013, Henry van de Velde would have celebrated his 150th birthday. The Henry van de Velde Awards & Labels 2012 herald the start of the Henry van de Velde year. The special exhibition ‘Henry van de Velde – Passion, function and beauty’ will open later this year at the Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels to celebrate this extraordinary architect.

2012 Henry van de Velde Award Winners are:

  • Lifetime Achievement: Ever Meulen (Brussels) 
  • Young Talent: Maarten De Ceulaer (Brussels) 
  • Company: Indera (Dilsen-Stokkem) 
  • Public 2011: Cyclo, carpet, by Christophe Vervaeke for Papilio (Prado Rugs) 
  • Ecodesign Product on the market: Beams, aluminium radiators with accessories, by Wim & Bob Segers (Studio Segers) for Vasco 
  • Ecodesign Product in development: Quinny Jet, mobility solution for a new generation, Studio Peter Van Riet & Quinny Team for Quinny


Published in Member News
15 January 2013

GuySchockaert Guy Schockaert, (1949-2013)

André-Yves Coenderaet, President of UDB and BEDA member asked us to announce the decease on 11 January 2013 of his good friend, colleague and UDB member Guy Schockaert known in the design world as Mr. ICOGRADA. (Guy served on the Icograda Board from 1993 to 2001, and was Icograda President from 1997 to 1999.)

Born November 6, 1949, Guy was a passionate and generous man in everything he did. His biggest passion however was the "letter". As a typographic and book designer he passed on this passion to his students national and international.

He has worked  both in industry and cultural institutions in Belgium and worldwide in order to take the profession of designer to new levels of understanding. He was a much appreciated jury member.

Red Dot Award

Published in Member News
1 January 2013

14_RedDotCentral activities of Design Zentrum NRW: supporting young professionals and inspiring children and youth

Each year, in the course of the “red dot award: product design”, fifty free applications for up-and-coming talents are given away by the Design Zentrum NRW. This is a great chance for young professionals to participate in one of the most prestigious and largest design competitions in the world, together with established designers.

Since access to the industry is usually quite difficult for creative newcomers, i
t gives them the chance to receive credit for their work and to communicate their success. Participating in the competition thus does not only give them a start in the world of design, it is also a great opportunity to strengthen the trust of potential clients in their creative achievements. 

In the “red dot award: communication design”, experienced designers are also called upon to prove their knowhow. The best work of a young communication designer is given the “red dot: junior prize” and the winner receives a prize of 10,000 euros – one of Europe’s most highly remunerated cash prizes for creative minds in design.

In addition to its red dot activities, the Design Zentrum NRW is also involved in the EU project PROUD (People Researchers Organisations Using Design for co-creation and innovation) which aims to make Europe a better place by co-designing for all and by all. With regard to the added value of design thinking and design, the PROUD partners work on innovative solutions for today’s problems. In this context, together with its partners, the Design Zentrum NRW develops learning and teaching programmes for design museums. They focus on children and youth as well as on establishing the museums as inspiring places and inspiration sources for learning and research.

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Picture (credit: red dot): In 2012, Mathias Hahn was the first young professional to accomplish the feat of winning a “red dot: best of the best” within the “red dot award: product design” category. He received the competition’s highest single accolade for his table and floor lamp Jinn.

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