Finalists announced for 2009 Dutch Design Awards

08 September 2009
Eindhoven (The Netherlands) - The 74 finalists in the 2009 Dutch Design Awards were announced on Thursday, 3 September. The winners - competing for a total of 20 awards in the main categories of Communication, Product, and Spatial - will be chosen by an international jury and introduced to the design world during the Award Show on 17 October 2009.
Eindhoven (The Netherlands) - The names of the 74 finalists in the 2009 Dutch Design Awards were announced on Thursday, 3 September. The finalists in this 7 edition of internationally recognised professional awards have been selected from more than 700 projects by committees comprised of experts in the design field. The winners - competing for a total of 20 awards in the main categories of Communication, Product, and Spatial - are chosen by an international jury and introduced to the design world during the festive Award Show on 17 October 2009, together with the winners of Awards in the following special categories: The Golden Eye  (most successful design of 2009), the Audi Design Award (public award), the  Rado Young Designer Award (incentive award for young talent), the Best Client Award, and the BNO - Piet Zwart Life Time Achievement Award. The designs of all finalists and winners will subsequently be exhibited for one week in the Brainport Greenhouse on the Stadhuisplein in Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week.

Dutch design has for many years now maintained a leading position among the very best design in the world, both nationally and internationally. Like previous years, the quality level of the work competing for one of the internationally renowned Dutch Design Awards was high. Dutch designers are trained to follow their own way in the interplay of forces between the demand of the market and the wishes of the user and the authorities, and in doing so, increase the quality and social relevance of their designs. In these areas, they are often trendsetters. In this 7 edition of the Awards, too, a number of recurring themes could be identified. In their designs, a number of the participants, for instance, clearly focus on authenticity: both the origin of the product and the development process receive renewed attention. Also issues such as sustainability and ease of use are highly recognisable in all categories. Furthermore, the organisation has noticed a shift in the role of design. Design is recognised as an important factor for the success of a product at a much earlier stage in the design process, and constitutes the bridge between advanced technology and intuitive ease of use.

A complete listing of the finalists can be downloaded here.

Selection procedure competition and festive Award Show

The selection committees consisting of professionals from the fields of Communication, Product, and Spatial will select the finalists per sub-category from the total supply of the work scouted and the online entries. The international jury led by Karien van Gennip (Chairwoman, the Netherlands) is comprised of Li Edelkoort (France), Cara McCarty (USA), Marcus Fairs (UK), Christoph Zellweger (Switzerland), Ilse Crawford (UK) , James Woudhuysen (UK), Rajesh Kejriwal (India), Ravi Naidoo (South Africa), Axel Enthoven (Belgium), Will Erens (Belgium), Timo de Rijk (Chairman selection committee Product), Bert van Meggelen (Chairman selection committee Spatial), Ton Kooymans (Chairman Rado Young Designer Award), and Vincent van Baar (Chairman selection committee Communication). They will ultimately decide who will be holding a Dutch Design Award on the stage on Saturday, 17 October 2009 in the Frits Philips Music Centre. The designs of all finalists and winners are subsequently showcased for one week during the Dutch Design Week. The exhibition of the Dutch Design Awards is on view in the Brainport Greenhouse on the Stadhuisplein in Eindhoven.

Dutch Design Awards

Dutch Design Awards are the prestigious awards for the best Dutch Design available. The annual event comprises the competition, the international travelling exhibition, and the production of the Dutch Design Yearbook 2009. These activities ensure a platform for the presentation and recognition of the best of Dutch design - across the full width of the design field. Design Connection Brainport in Eindhoven has been commissioned by the City of Eindhoven to take on the project management of the Dutch Design Awards. The cities Eindhoven (the Netherlands) and Helsinki (Finland) are in the race for the title of World Design Capital 2012.



About the Dutch Design Awards

The Dutch Design Awards is made possible by: Municipality Eindhoven, BNO, Design Connection Brainport, Audi, Rado, Studio Dumbar, Lecturis printing company, BuhrmannUbbens, NCDO, Brainport Development, Dutch Design Week, Eigen Huis & Interieur.

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