Dutch Design Awards
The Dutch Design Awards are the prestigious awards for the best Dutch Design available. The selection committees select the finalists per sub-category from the total supply of the work scouted and the online entries. For the 7th edition of these internationally recognised professional awards, 74 finalists were selected from more than 700 projects. The winners - competing for a total of 20 Awards in the main categories of Communication, Product, and Spatial – were chosen by an international jury and announced during a festive Award Show on 17 October 17, 2009.
“A vase without flowers is like a motherless chiId, we know, but when you do have a Iuxuriant bouquet, it's even nicer and handier if you can adapt the vase to suit it. The FlexVase consists of a basic porcelain form with three different, exchangeable top pieces. You attach them to the basic vase with clamps like those on preserving jars. This gives the vase a contradictorily nostalgic quality, which we are not accustomed to seeing in this product.”
The international jury led by Karien van Gennip was greatly impressed by the diversity and high quality of the entries and the individuality and typically Dutch ‘identity’ of the designs:
“Dutch design has much to offer, and in our day and age it is especially important that design should be inspirational. And that is what it was, technically, aesthetically, and in terms of engagement. From these superb entries, we have chosen the true winners in the various categories. We are pleased with our choice and we congratulate the winners on having achieved the best in the field of our successful Dutch design.”
The 20 Dutch Design Awards were presented to the award winners in Muziekcentrum Frits Philips during a dazzling and festive Award Show attended by an international audience of professionals. The spectacular show in Studio Dumbar’s event style was presented by Andrea van der Pol.
During the Dutch Design Week, the designs of all finalists and winners were exhibited from 17 through 25 October in the Brainport Greenhouse on the Stadhuisplein in Eindhoven. After that, the exhibition travelled to several international destinations.