Each year Flanders DC hosts the Henry van de Velde awards to honour excellent design in different ways. Belgian products, projects and services are rewarded for their contribution to the design world and are judged on various aspects. This year there were 198 submissions competing for an award, which were categorised in seven different categories. The categories represent the social, economical and aesthetic values of design and show these values to the public at large: Business Innovation Award, Climate Change award, Consumer Award, Crafts Award, Digital Product Award, Graphic & Communication Award and Habitat Award. Each category has one winner. There are five other awards to be won (i.e. Company Award, Ecodesign Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Young Talent Award and Public Choice Award). This year, the award ceremony was held on February 5 and was held with a virtual ceremony.
The submitted products, projects and services included a wide aspect, ranging an e-bike to an Arts and Music Festival, and from string instruments made from flax to a smart lamp. The variety of products and services is broad, all include high-quality, innovation and are made to inspire others.
This year the Public Choice Award was granted to ELLIO ELITE. This e-bike gives the driver an intuitive riding experience, has a outstanding battery life and is constructed in a reliable and maintenance-friendly manner.
You can find more information on this winner and the other winner here.
There is no affiliation between the Henry van de Velde awards and the Henry van de Velde foundation. The jury consists of sixteen different people in the design work field. The awards have been issued since 1995.
2019: 100 years of Bauhaus
In 2019 it was100 years ago that Walter Gropius founded Bauhaus. The origin of the school of design lies in Weimar, where Henry van de Velde realized the main building of the University. For more information on 100 years of Bauhaus, please visit the Bauhaus Kooperation website.
The Henry van de Velde-award goes to.....
Each year the Henry van de Velde awards are distributed in Belgium. They honor a designer for good and meaningful design and have been a prestigious Belgian award over the last 25 years. This year, the HvdV Lifetime Achievement Award has been granted to Vincent van Duysen. Just as Henry van de Velde, Vincent van Duysen intertwines architechture, interior design and aesthetics in his designs. Find out more about Vincent van Duysen, his work and the award here.