Change is the catalyst for the winners of Dutch Design Awards 2018
June 28 2018
EINDHOVEN – For the 24 winners of the Dutch Design Awards 2018, bringing about change is the most important motivator. None of the designers bow to the pressure of prevailing conventions, structures, systems or patterns (of thinking). Designers draw upon traditional design traits such as playfulness, or inventive narrative concepts as easily as their socially-engaged and disruptive view of the world according to the jury. This 16th edition of Dutch Design Awards presents several prizes per category. The work of all category winners will be shown during Dutch Design Week (20-28 October 2018), when the overall winner of the Future Award will also be announced.
Circularity, technology and trust
This year, three themes stand out. Circularity is currently seen as the way to achieve (climate) goals and designers address these sustainability issues in radically different ways. The designers also speculate about the way technology is increasingly affecting our lives and, to a large extent, restore power to the source: the human being. And, in a time of fake news and Instagram, impact and trust are of the utmost importance. In response to this, many designers are developing an alternative image or new language.
The rise of digital innovations presents encouraging opportunities for devising solutions to some of the most urgent issues facing today’s society. Such innovations and societal challenges call for cooperation between different disciplines and industries. Many of the current designers focus on researching and developing innovative and alternative work and production methods. The young generation of designers increasingly ventures beyond the boundaries of their own discipline(s) and continues to search for (new) forms of collaboration, with a variety of (also commercial) parties, and on the basis of other business models.
This year’s winners of Dutch Design Awards are the following (in alphabetical order):
AN EXPERIMENT WITH PARABOLAS | JOHANNES OFFERHAUS CIRCA | ROBERT BRONWASSER DESIGN x CIRCA COMPULSORY SHENANIGANS' SHOW (S/S 2018) | SCHUELLER DE WAAL COW&CO | ANASTASIA EGGERS x OTTONIE VON ROEDER CUSTOM 3D WOVEN TEXTILE BLOKO | ALEKSANDRA GACA FAUXMOSAPIEN (THE EVOLUTION) | MAISON THE FAUX LISA KONNO | YOUNG DESIGNER LOWLANDS 2018 | HANSJE VAN HALEM STUDIO MACGUFFIN MAGAZINE | MAGAZINE N° 5 – THE CABINET MANON VAN HOECKEL | YOUNG DESIGNER MICRO HUIS SLIM FIT | ANA ROCHA ARCHITECTURE HET GROOTSTE MUSEUM VAN NEDERLAND | MUSEUM CATHARIJNECONVENT X FABRIQUE MX3D BRIDGE | JORIS LAARMAN LAB x MX3D OLIVIER VAN HERPT | YOUNG DESIGNER PAPERSTORM.IT | MONIKER PEOPLE’S PAVILION | BUREAU SLA x OVERTREDERS W ROYAL DELFT: AUGMENTED BLUEWARE | ROYAL DELFT x FLEX/DESIGN x TWNKLS/AUGMENTED REALITY SOCIAL LABEL x VARIOUS DESIGNERS | SOCIAL LABEL SWAPFIETS | SWAPFIETS TRANSPARANTE LAADPAAL | THE INCREDIBLE MACHINE URGENTCITY - TOWARDS A NEW VOCABULARY OF TERMS | AMATEUR CITIES x NEW GENERATIONS VIIA - GRONINGEN AARDBEVINGSBESTENDIG | FRESHHEADS WAT NU, KOETSIER? | CHIVES ARCHIVES x RENÉ PUT ZALIGEBRUG | NEXT ARCHITECTS
For hi-res images of all winners, go to https://we.tl/vGtMFwSIhh
The committees of the Dutch Design Awards 2018 consist of 30 design experts who select the winners under the direction of jury chairman Job Meihuizen (DDA). They assess projects based on the following criteria: aesthetics, impact, innovation, production method and cooperation. The decisive factor is the extent to which a design is innovative and / or makes a relevant contribution to society.
This year’s committees included the following design experts (in alphabetical order): Pieter Aarts, Joost Alferink, JaapJan Berg, Remco van Bladel, René Boer, Karin van den Brandt, Vanessa van Dam, Matthijs van Dijk, Henk Haaima, Bert Hagendoorn, Rita van Hattum, Anne Hoogewoning, Mark van Iterson, Jeroen Junte, Roosje Klap, Georgette Koning, Carolien Ligtenberg, Bjarne Mastenbroek, Jeroen van Mastrigt, Rachid Naas, Shay Raviv, Luuk Ros, Milou van Rossum, Iris Ruisch, Lonny van Ryswyck, Michiel van Schie, Angelique Spaninks, Roel Stavorinus, Saskia van Stein, Sabine Wildevuur, Erwin van der Zande.