Dutch Design Award 2013
Iris Van Herpen overall winner; MINI Young Designer Award goes to Femke Herregraven
This weekend, the awards ceremony of the Dutch Design Awards took place in the Eindhoven Klokgebouw. The annual design awards were presented in the three main categories of Spatial, Communication and Product. Big winner is Iris van Herpen. With her Voltage collection, the young fashion designer was not only the winner in the subcategory Fashion, but she also carried off the prestigious Golden Eye.
By awarding the Golden Eye to Voltage, the tenmember jury, chaired by Frits van Hout (Executive Vice President ASML), expresses its great appreciation for designer Iris van Herpen’s innovative interpretation of the concept of fashion. The jury shows itself impressed by the designer’s interdisciplinary approach and praises her cooperative efforts. ‘With Voltage, Van Herpen gives the world a view into the future of fashion. It is impressive to see how she, at such a young age, succeeds in giving so much body to her work, without any loss of experiment and challenge. With her designs she shows better than anybody else what is going on in the Netherlands at the moment.’
This year, the MINI Young Designer Award, the incentive award for young talent, goes to Femke Herregraven. The jury characterises the designer, who applies graphic design in a journalistic way to question the society and the power structures therein, as a ‘subtle and intelligent social activist who is not afraid of complexity and proceeds in a thorough and restrained manner’.
Winners in other categories are Museum de Fundatie - Bierman Henket architecten (spatial exterior), Toren van Uitwierde - Onix (spatial interior), Do Not Touch - Studio Moniker (communication motion), Rijksmuseum Website - Fabrique (communication digital), Chanel No.5 - Irma Boom (communication graphic), Blockerwheelchair braking system – Life and Mobility Development (product professional), Designline HDTV – Philips/TP Vision (product consumer), and Het Verzameld Breiwerk van Loes Veenstra uit de 2de Carnissestraat - Christien Meindertsma (product autonomous design).
The Future Concepts Award went to The Incredible Shrinking Man by Arne Hendriks, due to the bold statement and new perspective that he offers. Heijmans took home the Best Client Award.
Textile and interior designer Ulf Moritz was awarded the BNO Piet Zwart Award by the Association of Dutch Designers (BNO) and Dutch Design Awards.