Daring Dutch Design Awards finalists 2017

June 8 2017

The 27 nominated projects for the 15th edition of the Dutch Design Awards have distinguished themselves through their daring. They dared to take the initiative, responsibility, and think about the long term, while having the courage to opt for social relevance. Independent design experts nominated projects in which they recognise these characteristics for the six main categories: Product, Communication, Habitat, Fashion, Design Research and Service & Systems. The work of all the nominees can be seen in the retrospective exhibition during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven (21-29 October). The winners will be announced on 28 October.

During the last 15 years projects have been awarded prizes that we use today or experience as our daily reality. This year’s nominated designers have the intention and potential to shape the future too. It has struck the committee that the Dutch designers can be characterised by their social engagement and the competency with which they offer solutions to complex problems. On the other hand the committee wonders if the emphasis on responsibilities of designers regarding social issues is desirable. In addition to relevancy there is a need for good designs that, visibly and invisibly, find their way to functional, daily use. This discussion also colours the list of 27 nominations.

In addition to the main categories DDA presents special prizes for young talent (Young Designer Award) and clients (Best Client Award). In cooperation with BNO the biannual Piet Zwart Award will be presented again in this anniversary year. The most promising design for the future will be crowned with the Future Award.


Klik hier om alle finalisten van Dutch Design Awards 2017 te bekijken.


Three committees comprising a total of twenty design experts selected from all the submissions and scouted projects. They evaluate projects based on the criteria aesthetics, impact, innovation, method of manufacture and collaboration. The determining factor for a nomination is the degree to which the design is innovative and/or makes a relevant contribution to society. These are the design experts forming the committees this year (in alphabetical order): Angelique Spaninks, Anne Hoogewoning, Bas Raijmakers, Bert Hagendoorn, Carolien Ligtenberg, Eline Strijkers, Erwin van der Zande, Ewoudt Boonstra, Iris Ruisch, Joost Alferink, Karin van den Brandt, Lonny van Ryswyk, Matthijs van Dijk, Michiel van Schie, Milou van Rossum, René Boer, Richard van der Laken, Roosje Klap, Sabine Wildevuur and Ulf Hackauf. An international professional jury chooses the winners from the nominees in October.