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Finnish Designer Awards 2014

Published in Member News
7 February 2014

16_FinishDesignAwardsFinnish Designer Awards 2014
7th February 2014

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The winners of the 2014 Finnish Designer Awards, presented by Ornamo and Grafia:

Kirsi Svärd works as Design Director of ED Design, in Turku. In her work she comes up with solutions for everyday problems. Throughout her career she has designed countless home appliances and devices, well-known to Finns. The diverse skills of ED Design are apparent in many levels of society, from the design of domestic products and services, to the planning of parts for waste disposal systems in developing countries.


Maarit Salolainen is an experienced Design Director and Textile Designer who, in her work, is responsible for the development and management of concepts and product portfolios. She designs fabric collections for international and domestic companies, and also works as Creative Director for an Indian interior textile company. In addition, she is a professor at Aalto University.

Using wood, Ilona Rista designs spectacular artwork that also functions as acoustic wall elements. Rista is used to working with architects and acousticians. She is well acquainted with the properties of wood, so in her hands woodwork traditions combine seamlessly with new possibilities brought about by information technology.

Daniel Palillo treads his own path when it comes to design. His clothes, which employ large patterns inspired by the environment, have created their own subculture in Asia. Even superstars like Lady Gaga have discovered the Daniel Palillo brand.

Mikko Laakkonen designs products with a focus on everyday items: furniture, lighting, glass, etc. In addition to aesthetic value, Laakkonen appreciates the functionality, durability and meaningfulness of products.

Anna Ahonen and Katariina Lamberg are great examples of courage and skill in the field of graphic design. Their company is situated in Paris, with an international clientele which ranges from fashion houses and journals to record companies.

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15_HenryVanDeVeldeHenry van de Velde Awards & Labels 2013

Design Flanders presented the 20th annual Henry van de Velde Awards & Labels in the Flemish Parliament building on 21 January 2014. The Henry van de Velde Awards & Labels are the highpoint of the Flemish design year. Each year the Flemish Community’s quality label is issued to a number of products in celebration of their innovative design. Prizes are also awarded to young and established names from the design sector.

The prizes were presented by Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister for Environment, Nature and Culture. On the same evening there was also the festive opening of the exhibition in De Loketten, which runs until 8 March 2014.

2013 Awards winners:

  •  2013 Henry van de Velde Lifetime Achievement Award winner: Luc Landuyt (car designer)
  •  2013 Henry van de Velde Company Award winner: Jongform (furniture)
  • 2013 Henry van de Velde Young Talent Award winner: Caro Van den hole (experience designer)
  • 2013 Henry van de Velde Public Award: Nomad, a lamp designed by Alain Gilles for O'Sun

OVAM Ecodesign Awards PRO

  • Product on the market: “O Mr. President”, design and production by BULO work table for children of all ages
  • Ecodesign Product in development: Daily Needs, design by Studio Segers a range of modular outdoor elements

The exhibition in De Loketten also shows the Henry van de Velde Labels 2013, 16 outstanding design products.

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DBA Design Effectiveness Awards

Published in Member News
4 November 2013

11_DBADesignEffectiveness2014 DBA Design Effectiveness Awards shortlist announced

The Design Business Association (DBA) has announced the shortlisted winners of this year’s Design Effectiveness Awards, selected after two rigorous rounds of judging. The judging panels are made up entirely of clients and consist of heads from brands such as Kimberly-Clark, GlaxoSmithKline, Unilever, Diageo, and Samsung.

A record-breaking 65 winners have been selected this year and both client and agency are jointly recognised for their success. The announcement of whether they have received Gold, Silver or Bronze status will take place at the glamorous Awards evening on 13 February 2014 at Tobacco Dock, London, UK. A special prize for International Export will be presented, along with the prestigious Grand Prix.

View the full shortlist and book tickets for the ceremony here


The 2013 Hungarian Design and Design Management Awards

The 2013 Hungarian Design and Design Management Awardswere announced on the 30th September in Kunsthalle Budapest. A leading programme of Budapest Design Week, the award ceremony is also the opening of the exhibition displaying the awarded and the most distinguished works of the competition.

Announced for the fifth time, the Design Management Award was presented by Dr. Miklós Bendzsel, president of the Intellectual Property Office and the Hungarian Design Council, to the leader of Cserpes Cheese Workshop Ltd. Three more entrants to the competition received a certificate: the Hungarian State Opera, BKK (Centre for Budapest Transport) and LOFFICE. In connection with this year's contestants, the jury stressed that these companies significantly differing in size, structure, and field of operation, all found it important to have a corporate image deliberately developed by experts from the fields of design, marketing and communication.

The Hungarian Design Awards, the most prestigious recognition of the Hungarian design profession, were announced for the 34th, this time by Gábor Orbán, State Secretary responsible for tax and financial policy at the Hungarian Ministry of National Economy, and Dr. Miklós Bendzsel, president of the Intellectual Property Office and the Hungarian Design Council.

Two winners were announced in the product category of the Hungarian Design Awards: DSI Inhalo is a dry salt inhalator that is a real treasure in the contemporary world of health-consciousness. The jury stressed the elaborate design process based on the cooperation of several experts; according to their opinion the product proves that “design is not ‘simply designing the product itself’, but a very complex process”. Petra Földi also received a product category award for her raincoat collection that is characterised by a clear, functional design and high quality material use, as well as professional technology.

In the concept category a logical game called Faces, designed by Zsanett Benedek and Dániel Lakos using the basic elements of spatial forms, more precisely triangular disks modelled by computers, received an award, while the visual communication category was won by an interactive book adapting the classic tale of Little Rooster and his Diamond Halfpenny.

In the student category the LightMe lamp collection, inspired by stacks of wood used when setting up a fire, was awarded. According to the jury, its strength is the completeness of its design that involves designing all the elements needed, an idea for brand-building, as well as economic packaging. The DORA bicycle helmet designed by Balázs Filczer was also acknowledged in the student category. The work of the young designer makes cycling, increasingly popular nowadays, safer, and also offers a very functional solution of high aesthetic value and simple use.

The special prize of the State Secretariat for Culture of the Ministry of Human Resources was given to Anna Farkas, graphic designer for the visual communication of her Starry Light by Anagraphic lamp, the magical result of her product design experiment. The special prize of the State Secretariat for Higher Education of the Ministry of Human Resources announced in the student category was awarded to two graphic image designs: Klára Balázs received it for her JAT project, the documentation material of the Attila József Plan, while Zsófia Szabó was awarded for the Concise Guide to Hungarica series, an exciting novelty in the world of Hungarian souvenirs.

For the special prize of the HIPAVILON Hungarian Intellectual Property Agency, putting a work that is ready for production into the limelight was a very important aspect. The designer of the Shin Eco Furniture family that fits well in the most recent international trends, György Gyimóthy received the prize for his elaborately developed plan that also takes production issues into consideration.

The special prize of the Hungarian Design Council was awarded to Péter István Varga and Renáta Paunoch for their Zigza concrete bench system. By turning, mirroring, and so on, a unique, coherent group of benches can be created.

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DBA Design Effectiveness Awards 2014: enter now
With a special offer for BEDA members:

As budgets have tightened, everyone is looking for more evidence of design’s contribution to their bottom line. The DBA have been championing design with real worth through the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards for over 20 years. The Awards recognise the return on investment that a coherent, well-thought-out and professionally executed design strategy can achieve.

Crucially, they are all about what your work achieved, not how it compares to someone else’s, with each entry judged on its own merits by a panel of senior figures from the business community. There are therefore an unlimited number of Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in each category and even if this is your first year of entering, there is absolutely nothing to stop you from taking home a Gold, regardless of how popular your sector of design might be.

A DBA Design Effectiveness Award will look great in your trophy cabinet, but it will also contribute so much more than that to your business. Each win is an independent endorsement of the value of your work, a great PR story, a motivator and reward for your team, and may even earn you a coveted place on the DBA Effectiveness League Table.

So if you can prove that your design work has delivered tangible results for your client, then it's time to enter and get the trophy to prove it.

Entry deadline: 5pm, Friday 28 June 2013.

Find out more and download an entry pack at:

BEDA members can extend the discounted DBA member rate to their own members. Simply quote ‘BEDAmember’ on the entry form.

Design Effectiveness Awards

Published in Member News
7 February 2013

6_DBA_AwardsDesign Effectiveness Awards at the Design Business Association

The Design Business Association has announced the winners of this year’s DBA Design Effectiveness Awards at a ceremony attended by 450 guests in London on 7th February.

The prestigious Awards celebrate the significant impact design can have on business success and this year a record 61 winners were recognised across a range of disciplines from packaging to product design.

16 Gold, 24 Silver and 21 Bronze awards were presented along with 3 special awards. The Grand Prix is presented to the project demonstrating the most significant and impressive evidence of design effectiveness, and this year was awarded to Brand42 and The Daily Mail Group for MailOnline. After the redesign, MailOnline became not only the UK’s but also the world’s biggest newspaper website with revenue up 455% from £4.5million in 2008 to £25million in 2012.

Blue Marlin and client Cadbury Kraft Foods India were presented with the International Export Award for Cadbury Bournvita’s brand expression and packaging redesign, and Elmwood extended their lead at the top of the DBA Design Effectiveness League Table for an impressive fourth year.

As the Chairman of the Judges, Andrew Summers of Design Partners says, “These Awards are vitally important in demonstrating the critical contribution good design plays in business, government and society.”

To view all of the winning case studies visit:

The Finnish Designer Awards

Published in Member News
18 January 2013

13_Finnish_designer_awardsThe Finnish Designer Awards ’13 highlight public design and art

The Finnish design organisations Ornamo and Grafia announced The Finnish Designer Awards ’13 on 18th January in Helsinki. The professional touch left by the six award-winning designers can be seen in Finnish society e.g. schools, hospitals, public transport and service systems. The awards also highlight the strength of quality design underpinning Finnish industry.

Competitiveness and growth targets steer designers’ work in industry - but independent designers have also presented their own public projects whose purpose is to enhance wellbeing. The Finnish Designer Awards ’13 expose the diversity of the design field in Finland.

Finnish Designer Awards ’13:

  • Textile Artist of the Year Maiju Ahlgrén
  • Fashion Designer of the Year Saila Härkki
  • Ceramic Artist of the Year Outi Leinonen
  • Industrial Designer of the Year Reijo Markku
  • Interior Architect of the Year Päivi Meuronen
  • Graphic Designer of the Year Kasper Strömman 

To view The Finnish Designer Awards brochure:

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

Observeur du Design

Published in Member News
5 December 2012

051212_Observeur The Stars of the Observeur du Design 13 are announced! 

Considered as the French National Design award, the Observeur du Design is a showcase for innovation and design. Organised by the APCI since 1999, every year it brings together and rewards the best designs (products, spaces and services) from all fields of activity, whether commercial, looking for a publisher, or prospective.

The Observeur du Design is open to companies and designers in all sectors, so that they may present their best, most innovative and recent designs during a four-month long exhibition in Paris.

Find out more about the stars here:

The DME Award

Published in Other News
5 December 2012

051212_DME The DME Award: Winners, and plural perspectives on the contribution of design to business

The Design Management Europe (DME) Award was launched in 2007 by a consortium of European design support organisations, with initial funding from the European Commission. Since 2009 it has been supported through the commitment of many of the founding partners.

The award rewards excellence in the inclusion of design in businesses of any size, as well as public services or other non-profit organisations.

More than 500 applicants have entered the award since its inception. Although the last four editions have suffered from a lower number of entries, the economic crisis being partly to blame, we can proudly say we have noticed an increase in the level and depth of the integration of design by businesses. The selection is too scattered over sectors and regions to be able to draw any solid conclusions from any quantitative sample. This doesn’t mean that qualitative working hypotheses cannot be made:

The first is that all sectors can benefit from design management. This statement should not be misinterpreted: it is not a claim that a single generic model can crossover fields of activities, but a pledge for tailored, bespoke, crafted models. Priorities differ, stakeholders vary, design cultures are diverse, but what remains is the idea that how clients will perceive the offer cannot be left to chance or to marketing. The genuine commitment of the design team, and through it, of the whole staff - including top management - shows in the background of all applications for the award.

Secondly, the NGO/NPO category for public organisations has proved one of the most exciting. I personally believe that it offers fresh alternatives to the stubborn way of running public sector activities as if they were businesses.

Most of the posters and other material are available through the project’s website. I invite all BEDA members to use these to promote design and design management. The project partners are also familiar —in fact most of them are also BEDA members— so can be approached easily for support.

Finally, let me say that I have found my three years as chairman very challenging - trying to keep a consortium and its assets alive when the budget dropped to zero has been a lesson. My term ended with my capacities as well, and I am glad to see that a new board is in place to drive a fresh vision.

Jean Schneider

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The winners and honourable mentions for the Design Management Europe Award 2012 were presented November 15th 2012 at Casa da Cultura in Paredes, Portugal.

The winners and honourable mentions in each category are:

Best management of design in a large company:
Beiersdorf (Germany) -

Honourable mentions:
Kale Group (Turkey) -
Schneider Electric (France) -

Best management of design in a medium-sized company:
Leborgne (France) -

Best management of design in a small company:
Tyromotion (Austria) -

Honourable mention:
Shadelab (Italy) -

Best management of design in a micro company:
GMG (the Netherlands) -

Honourable mention:
Bolin Webb (United Kingdom) -

Best management of design in a public or non-profit organisation:
Design Silesia (Poland) -
Tallinn Transport (Estonia) -

Best poster (1st time awarded):
GMG (the Netherlands) -

To view their design management strategy posters, visit
For more information about DME, contact Barbara Cruz (European Design Centre):
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