Finalists for Young Designer Award announced

June 22 2015
Fotografie © Bo van Veen
Fotografie © Bo van Veen

Designers David Derksen, Barbara Langendijk and Teresa van Dongen are this year’s contenders for the Dutch Design Awards - Young Designer Award. The winner will be announced on Saturday 24 October during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven.


Dutch Design Awards (DDA) presents and rewards the best in Dutch design each year. The Young Designer Award is the special encouragement prize for young talent. From a total of 95 submissions the committee, chaired by Saskia van Stein (Bureau Europa), selected three finalists: David Derksen, Barbara Langendijk and Teresa van Dongen.


The selection committee spotted great attention for form and aesthetics among the submissions this year, and an increase in the number of cooperative ventures. Young designers are increasingly showing their awareness that working with experts, often from outside their own field, lends added value to the final result. Designers even appear to be moving towards a more all-round approach; and correspondingly a growing number produce their own small-scale projects facilitated by the increasing number of technologies, and attention for the entrepreneurship component of working as a designer is on the up. The committee praises the general level of submissions, but emphasises that with the diversity of schools of discipline it is essential that design is not just aesthetically brilliant but also socially relevant.

Check the Young Designer Award finalists 2015 here.