1. Organiser

    Flanders DC is the organiser of the Henry van de Velde Awards 17.
    Design Flanders is headquartered at Leuven, Diestsevest 76 and Brussels, Kanselarijstraat 19.

    The Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM)
    The Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR)

  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. 10 Henry van de Velde Awards 17

    There are 10 Henry van de Velde Awards issued for:

    1. Lifetime Achievement
    2. Company
    3. Young Talent
    4. Public 
    5. Communication
    6. Design-led Crafts
    7. Ecodesign
    8. Efficiency
    9. Everyday Life
    10. Healthcare

    Entries cannot be submitted for the categories 1 - 3, as the winners of these awards are chosen by the jury of experts.
    Entries can be submitted for the categories 5 - 10.
    We describe the categories below (art. 6.4), as well as the various participation, procedural and selection criteria (art. 4, 5 and 6).
    All nominations across the 6 categories (max. 18) are eligible for the Public Award.

  4. Participation
    1. Participants may enter multiple projects and products. Each entry may be made under several categories. For each category selected, however, reasons must be given for the entry’s value and impact in that particular category.
    2. Participation is open to any product, project or service in relation to which at least the designer or design studio, client or manufacturer is based in Flanders (Brussels included). There must always be a Flemish connection.
    3. The competition is open to products, projects and services which satisfy the criteria listed in article 5.4 of the present rules.
    4. The participant will provide any information requested by the organiser and guarantees the truth and accuracy any such information. The organiser does not have a duty to verify the information.
  5. Participation and nomination criteria
    1. The entry is to be submitted in the manner prescribed, as a complete whole and within the term set. The organiser is within its rights to exclude any entry which does not satisfy these criteria.
    2. The entrant is willing and able to present the work for the 2nd selection round on 15 June 2017 and for the exhibition period between 5 January and 31 March 2018.
    3. The entries must have a Flemish connection, either through the designer or design studio, through the manufacturer or editor, or through another client.
    4. Participating designs/projects must satisfy the following ‘good design’ criteria: good design has impact, is worthwhile, user-centred, functional, contemporary, professionally finished, takes account of the environment and is respectful of the techniques and materials used.
      Service and social design project entries will be assessed according to their results and the characteristics of the methodology or attitude: people take centre stage; solutions arise through collaboration; account is taken of the overall context; design technique leads to specific and problem-solving thinking; a step-by-step process involving regular tests and evaluations is applied.
    5. The product was placed on the market in its present form after 1 April 2016. Where services are concerned, the service was completed after 1 April 2016. Prototypes or (in the case of service design) pathways which do not culminate in a final report will not be taken into consideration.
    6. The participant agrees with the terms of these rules.
  6. Participation procedure and categories
    1. Participation in the Henry van de Velde Awards 17 shall be in relation to the designer, design studio, manufacturer, editor or the client who commissioned the design, project or service. Participants may enter online between 1 March and 20 April 2017 inclusive at the website
    2. It is possible to enter a single product, project or service in several categories and it is also possible to enter several products, projects and/or services.
    3. Entry automatically implies that the participant has read and accepts the provisions of the present rules. The organisers will check the entries to verify their compliance with the procedural criteria. Entries which do not satisfy the provisions of the present rules will be excluded from participation.
    4. In the 2017 edition, products, projects and/or services may compete for an Award in the following categories:
      1. Communication Award: a prize for the innovative development and design of letters, packaging and printed media, and for new media or new applications of existing media that have improved and/or altered communications directed at the consumer in an original manner.
        This can include: the design of books, brochures, magazines and newspapers, announcements and posters, invitations, calendars and/or infographics, web design and websites, interfaces for appliances, apps, motion graphics and animations, illustrations, games, corporate identity, campaigns and signage.
      2. Everyday Life Award: a prize ffor digital or non-digital products, services and systems intended for private use or use in public spaces, and which improve our everyday lives or make them easier.
        This includes products that relate to how we live, work and learn, or to leisure time and mobility. Examples include furniture, floor covering, lighting, textiles and accessories for indoor and outdoor use, heating, office furniture and equipment, tools, school furniture and equipment, toys and play equipment, everything for leisure time, sports clothing and equipment, audio equipment and all equipment or devices for the transportation and carrying of people or objects.
        This could also be services or systems that help organise the everyday lives of individuals or groups of people, i.e. that simplify life and ensure that individuals or groups of people are able to find one another and can help one another through loan or sharing.
      3. Design-led Crafts Award: a prize for a unique object or one produced in limited series with an exceptional design and aesthetically combined with excellent craftsmanship and innovative use of materials, intended for consumers to whom sustainability, originality, exclusiveness, aesthetics and a high-quality finish are of paramount importance.
        These objects can include items of jewellery, items that are produced by means of metalworking or silversmithing, items of furniture, ceramics, or objects made from glass, wood or textiles.
      4. Ecodesign Award by OVAM: a prize for products or services which are created in accordance with the principles of eco design or have a positive effect on the environment.
        These are products or services that optimise their functionality, make use of alternative raw materials, make efficient use of materials or resources, and are produced in an efficient and sustainable manner. They have a small ecological footprint throughout each phase of their life cycle.
        This guarantees a long lifespan and the material from which they are made can be reused at the end of their life cycle.
      5. Efficiency Award: this award recognises the innovation or improvement thanks to which a product or service can be used or produced more efficiently, or thanks to which entirely new products, methods or services can be developed.
        These can be products to which a patent applies, such as in the past: the multifunctional pram that parents could put in numerous different positions, the original wind-proof storm umbrella, the Senseo coffee maker, or items such as a lighter travelling case or a better ventilation system, etc.
      6. Healthcare Award: a prize for products and services that promote the physical or mental wellbeing of individual persons.
        This can include products such as medical equipment and devices, spectacles, prostheses, resources for care and rehabilitation, adjusted furniture and modes of transportation (and accessories).
        Services in this category include digital and other services that tackle issues like social or emotional isolation, that look out for or support the elderly in their own environment, guarantee safety at work places or public spaces, improve the living conditions of refugees, migrants and other groups of disadvantaged persons, and promote collaboration between various hospitals, etc.
    5. For every category entered a clear description must be given as to why the product, service or project has an impact, as a design solution, in this particular category now or in the future.
    6. Aside from these six prize categories, Henry van de Velde Awards are issued for:
      1. Lifetime Achievement: this award honours a designer or design studio which has operated for at least 30 years and has had a national, and certainty international, impact at the economic, social and/or cultural level as a result of his/her/its design activities. The task of selecting a winner is reserved for the members of the Jury. Participants cannot enter for this Award.
      2. Company: a prize for private or public sector organisations which make strategic use of design and designers in their company or institution. The aim is to reward good commissioning in relation to design. The main criteria are professionalism, strategy, sustainability and innovation. The task of selecting a winner is reserved for the members of the Jury. Participants cannot enter for this Award.
      3. 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, who also make 3 nominations for this Award. Participants cannot enter for this Award.
      4. Public Award: The public award goes to the product or project which receives the most votes from the members of the public. Votes can be cast online for any nominated products, projects or services from the six categories described in art. 6.4.
  7. Jury and assessment
    1. Design Flanders appoints one jury to assess the 9 Awards. The members of the jury are acknowledged authorities in the sector and are professionally active as teachers, curators, design critics, journalists or promoters.
    2. Members of the public vote for their favourite product, project or service online via to decide the winner of the Public Award.
    3. The members of the jury assess the entries by means of the “good design” criteria. From each category a maximum of 3 products, services or projects is nominated. From among the nominees the jury selects a winner for each category. If no entries satisfy the criteria in a given category the jury may decide not to issue an award or a nomination for that category.
    4. The participants will be notified of the jury’s selections at the end of May 2017. On 15 June 2017 the members of the jury will give the nominated entries a final comprehensive test based on the “good design” criteria.
    5. Products which, owing to their size, cannot be delivered for the 2nd selection round will be presented in an alternative manner. This will also apply to intangible projects and services.
      Products are to be delivered to the former Design Flanders Gallery (Kanselarijstraat 19, 1000 Brussels) on Monday, 12 June or Tuesday, 13 June 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Products delivered after 13 June will not qualify.
      The products can be collected at the same address on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
    6. The award nominees and winners will be decided by a majority of votes. The organiser will guarantee the objectivity of the assessment procedure and will produce the jury’s report.
    7. The nomination report is open to the public and will be published on the Henry van de Velde Awards website and communicated to the national and international press.
    8. The decisions of the jury are final. There will be no written or verbal discussion of the results. The members of the jury are bound to maintain discretion in respect of the selections.
  8. Award ceremony and trophies
    1. All nominee designers, companies or other parties involved in the nominated entries are expected to attend the celebratory ceremony at BOZAR in Brussels on Thursday, 18 January 2018.
    2. At the official ceremony the winners of the 9 Henry van de Velde Awards, and the Public Award, will be announced.
    3. The 10 winners will receive their trophies at the official ceremony.
  9. Communication
    1. The nominees are entitled to make use of the official “Henry van de Velde Award Nominee 17” logo. After the award ceremony on 18 January 2018 the 10 winners will be entitled to make use of the “Henry van de Velde Award Winner 17” logo.
  10. Liability
    1. Participants in the Henry van de Velde Awards 17 declare that their design entry does not infringe upon a third party right: copyright, drawing, trademark or model right or other rights. The design must satisfy, where applicable, the legal safety requirements. Neither Design Flanders, nor the members of the jury may be held liable in this matter. The participant indemnifies the organiser and the jury against third party claims in this respect.
    2. The organiser of the Henry van de Velde Awards reserves the right to exclude entries which do not satisfy the conditions set out in the present rules and to do so before, during or after the jury has made its assessment.
  11. Publication and availability of the design during the selection period and exhibition period
    1. Once the entry has been nominated the participant agrees that the organiser of the Henry van de Velde Awards may freely use the visual material and information provided relating to the design for the purpose of publication in the context of the Henry van de Velde Awards.
    2. The participant holds the organiser of the Henry van de Velde Awards harmless from all third party claims in the matter of publicising the material submitted.
    3. Should an entry be nominated the entrant will make the design available for the Henry van de Velde Awards exhibition in BOZAR in the months of January, February and March 2018.
    4. With regard to the product and exhibition material, participants will receive details on the time and place of delivery to and collection from the exhibition.
    5. At the beginning and end of the exhibition period the participant will bear the costs and arrange transportation (and packaging) of the design to and from BOZAR, at his/her/its own risk.
    6. The submission must be the same as the entry that was originally presented to the jury.
    7. The participant is responsible for supplying additional digital visual material on the design and will bear the cost of any such material.
  12. Insurance
    1. Following delivery to BOZAR the product will be checked by the organiser (possibly with the designer or company). A record will be made of any damage.
    2. The organiser of the Henry van de Velde Awards cannot be held liable for damage to the design resulting from hidden defects or construction faults.
    3. Once delivered the design will be insured by the organiser of the Henry van de Velde Awards for the period between delivery and collection, at the latest 3 days after the exhibition. If the participant does not collect the design by the final collection date, he/she/it will forfeit any entitlement to claim damages under the Henry van de Velde Awards insurance policy.