Finalists 2015 announced

June 8 2015

The finalists for the 13th edition of the Dutch Design Awards are announced. Three committees consisting of independent experts came together and were led by chairmen Jan Konings (Habitat – Design Research), Richard van der Laken (Communication – Service&Systems) and Joost Alferink (Product – Fashion). They selected 28 finalists in the mentioned categories. The winners will be announced on Saturday, October 24th during Dutch Design Week.


The selection committees of Dutch Design Awards decided upon this shorlist after judging a total of 380 submissions. An international jury will appoint the winners in each of the 6 categories (Product, Fashion, Communication, Service & Systems, Habitat and Design Research). All awards will be presented on Saturday, October 24th during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. The work of all finalists will then be on show in a nine-day exhibition.

See the full overview of all finalists here.


In the submissions this year there is a lot of attention for social issues. However, many of them lack a critical approach. The right institutes are missing to support designers in their knowledge development en to implement this in society. This is where the challenge lies for designers: to take initiative and to create the right connections with the industry and businesses. Amongst the nominations especially realistic projects with a down-to-earth approach are appreciated. Striking is the attention that goes out to proper research and editing, with much attention for crafts, techniques and esthetics.

The division between product design for industry and autonomous design appears to have widened. New manufacturing methods are increasingly competing with traditional ones.

The committee agrees unanimously: the quality is high and the finalists are equals to international stars.


Dutch Design Awards are prizes for the best in the field of Dutch design. The prize-giving with exhibition during Dutch Design Week and the publication of the Dutch Design Yearbook (in cooperation with the publisher’s nai010) form a platform for the full spectrum of Dutch design.

Note for the editor (not for publication): Images of all 2015 finalists can be downloaded via: For additional information or high res material, please contact: Lisa Hardon T: +31-40-296 11 50, E:

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