Van de velde awards 2020

Henry Van de Velde Award Winners 2020

These are the 21 Henry van de Velde Award Winners. Vote now for the Henry van de Velde Public Gold Award 2020!

The Henry van de Velde Awards showcase and celebrate both nationally and internationally Flemish designers, companies, products, projects and services that have had a positive impact on society and the economy through design, whether solution-oriented or directional. The Henry van de Velde Awards are widely supported thanks to the shared vision of a professional and independent jury with significant expertise in the sector. With the official award ceremony on 22 January 2020, the exhibition in BOZAR from 23 January to 29 March 2020, the publication and the company website, the Henry van de Velde Awards is a platform for Flemish design. There are 12 Henry van de Velde Gold Awards and 14 Awards. Designers, companies and organisations can apply in the following categories: Business Innovation - Collaborative - Consumer - Design-Led Crafts by Bokrijk - Digital Product - Graphic & Communication - Habitat. It was not possible to apply for these five categories: Young Talent - Ecodesign Award by OVAM - Company - Lifetime Achievement - Public.

On 22 January you will find out who wins the Henry van de Velde Gold Award in each category. 11 of the 12 Gold Award Winners have been decided by the jury, but the Henry van de Velde Public Gold Award is in your hands. Vote for your favourite and make a difference.



  • Demetra — Verhaert (5X5® participant) - Barco (Kortrijk)
    Barco brings a flexible, wireless handheld digital measuring device for dermatologists on the market. With just one device, dermatologists can take any kind of photo, from dermoscopic to clinical close-up and overview photos, making the follow-up and comparison of skin images smoother and smarter.
  • Gymna Pro — Yellow Window (5X5® participant) - Gymna
    At Gymna the motivation is that an everyday product can be special. During the development of the new treatment table the needs of the patient and physiotherapist were taken into account. Using new techniques, materials and improvements, innovative solutions were devised and presented for everyday problems.
  • The EMC — Yellow Window (5X5® participant) - Timbtrack
    The Timbtrack EMC (Electronic Meter Connect) is an electronic meter with a cable and GPS localisation, which digitally transmits the measured data of trees in the forest to a platform for the organisation of forestry managers.


  • IXZO! — Knight Moves - Community Education (GO!)
    A learning platform for innovative schools that pursue a pupil-centred approach. This means that there is more autonomy for pupils and that teachers are supported to work in a more coaching way towards groups or individual pupils.
  • Oase — Bailleul Design Office - The GielsBos
    Sensory spaces for people with physical and/or mental disabilities. The rooms provide the necessary tools for carers to nurture their clients, make them laugh and stimulate, challenge them or just relax them.
  • TEK STIEL — Studio Linde Hermans - client: Stad Genk - partners: STEBO, Vrouwencentrum Genk
    A social-artistic project of the city of Genk where co-creation comes first. A multicultural group of women is brought together to exchange knowledge and crafts. The project results in a series of carrier bags made from old fishing nets, beautiful (portrait) photos and a publication.


  • Vibe — pars pro toto — Jabbla, we all have a voice
    The Vibe is an inclusive communication tool developed for the growing group of mobile young people with a speech impediment. In the design of the tablet, the user and his environment were central. During the research, a number of pain points came to light that were solved in this new speech computer.
  • Morrow — Achilles Design — Morrow NV
    Interactive glasses where the focus can be changed with a simple push of a button, neatly integrated into the frame. This technology can be integrated into almost any frame so that everyone can express their personality.
  • Zyzo — Hybrio (het collectief van de ontwerpbureaus Namahn, KAN, Ixor, Voxdale & Fosfor) — Zyzo nv
    Zyzo is a new social (family) network designed to connect senior citizens (80+) with their children and grandchildren. Family members can send photo and video messages to the Zyzo device. You can also send appointments or reminders with the app. It is primarily a family social network, but can also be used in the care sector.


  • Hey Jute — Alexander Marinus — Zigmund Pront
    The Hey Jute cushion is a high-end craft product for which a new application for a "forgotten" material was developed, resulting from the extensive research into the context, value and application of jute.
  • Lunair — Filip Janssens — Developed within the framework of Maakbaar (Forest+)
    Lunair is a unique light object made of recycled material from residual flows of wood, natural stone or marble. The floor-standing wall lamp gives off a soft indirect light and highlights the beauty of the imperfections of waste material.
  • Twin Mirrors — Conversation piece —Ben Storms
    Twin Mirrors has a reflective function, literally and figuratively. The mirror itself already gives a distorted picture of reality, because of its convex shape and because a mirror image can never be objective. The black mirror is a copy of this distorted reality and puts a haze over it. The hard reality fades away, leaving more room for a (subjective) interpretation of the facts.


  • Toddler Zoo — Next Apps
    Toddler Zoo - Mix & Match is a fun and educational puzzle game for small children that can be downloaded directly from the Apple Store. It teaches them about animals, their names and their sounds while they play. They can try to find a particular animal or just be creative and build funny animals.
  • SportKompas — Studio Dott. — Client: SportaMundi vzw - with the support of Sport Vlaanderen
    By participating in Sportkompas, children and parents get a clear picture of which sports they are good at and would like to do. This provides more fun and motivation for the children.
  • Woningpas — Leap Forward — clients: Flemish Energy Agency, Public Waste Agency of Flanders, Wonen-Vlaanderen Department of Environment
    A free digital passport that brings together all the information about your house. Citizens can find data about inspections, certificates, permits, data from the energy performance certificate (EPC) and so on. With the woningpas, the government is striving for a single, unique and integral dossier on the home.


  • B401 Bruggenbouwers — Heren Loebas — Stad Gent - Urban Renewal Department
    As part of the completion of the B401 viaduct in Ghent, the city launched a campaign to inform the inhabitants and users of Ghent about the process. Among other things, 14 portraits of inhabitants of Ghent and their vision of the future were hung around the viaduct as art objects, metres high on the pillars of the viaduct.
  • Helblauw, Thomas Meinecke — Graphic design: Dear Reader - translation from German by a collective edited by Arne De Winde and Kris Latoir - publisher: het balanseer - scripting: Frederik Berlaen
    For Helblauw, Dear Reader was developed, a transforming typeface that highlights and reinforces the storyline of Thomas Meinecke's novel. Gradually, the text transforms from a classic serif to a broken script in order to drive the concept of corruption.
  • Opera Vlaanderen seizoen 2018/2019 — Bureau BoschBerg (Sang Vandenbosch) - images: Hans Op de Beeck - client: Opera Ballet Flanders
    For the theme 'transience', we worked together with Hans Op de Beeck. The stills from his film Staging Silence formed the campaign images. A new, intriguing image emerges that quickly attracts attention in the street scene. The creation of illusions is central.


  • The Light Machine — Bernard Rommens (RotorGroup) — Re-Volt (Oostende)
    A high-quality light source in a timeless design. With this, the makers have set themselves apart from the disposable culture. The Light Machine is inspired by a mix of film set lights, army jerrycans and mechanical details of a machine where a dimmer provides the desired voltage.
  • The Waterbench — Barbara Standaert — producent: Ebema N.V.
    The Waterbench is a bench, planter and rainwater barrel in one. The bench allows rainwater to seep through the porous concrete seating area and be collected in a watertight concrete reservoir in which the plants find their water and food. The porous concrete guarantees a dry seat, even in rainy weather.
  • Touchswitch — In house team Niko — Niko
    A recurring problem in interactions with an electrical installation is that it is often not clear to users what each button is for. A second resulting problem is that the large number of buttons takes up a lot of space on the wall. Niko solves these problems with the innovative digital Touchswitch.

On 22 January, 7 of these 21 winners will receive the Henry van de Velde Gold Awards, plus 5 other Gold Awards. Almost all Gold Awards are chosen by the jury, but for the Henry van de Velde Public Gold Award 2020 we need the help of the public. That is why the public can vote for their favourite from 14 November to 19 December at