Winning Dutch designs

Tonight in Eindhoven, the 11th edition of the Dutch Design Awards (DDA) named Iris Van Herpen the most successful designer of the last year.

From the Series

The DDA takes place every year during Dutch Design Week (DDW) and celebrates the best Dutch design created in the past year. This year the event's creative direction was by multidisciplinary design studio La Bolleur. Designers and entrepreneurs network during DDW, during which time the Dutch Design Yearbook is also launched. “Thanks to DDW, Eindhoven is the beating heart of the Netherlands,” says Jaap van Zwet, a partner at Marks Wachters Notarissen.

In order to select the DDA’s 36 finalists, the selection committees assessed more than 650 projects, of which the prevailing trends were for social responsibility design and cross-sector collaboration. The finalists were grouped into three main categories: product, spatial and communication. An international jury of 11 representatives from the design industry, including Design Indaba chief executive Ravi Naidoo, crowned a winner in each of the three main categories along with two special categories – Future Concepts and the MINI Young Designer – and the Golden Eye Award for the most successful designer of the last year.

The work of all the winners and finalists is on exhibition until 27 October 2013.

Product design

Best professional product: Blocker | Life and Mobility Development

Best consumer product: Design Line HDTV | Philips/TP Vision

Best fashion winner: Voltage | Iris van Herpen

Best autonomous design: Het Verzameld Breiwerk van Loes Veenstra uit de 2e Carnissestraat | Christien Meindertsma


Best graphic design: Chanel No. 5 book | Irma Boom

Best motion design: Do Not Touch | Moniker

Best digital media: Rijksmuseum website | Fabrique


Best interior: Tower of Uitwierde | Onix

Best exterior: De Fundatie | BiermanHenketarchitecten 

Future Concepts Award

for designers that show the way to the future

Visions & Concepts: The Incredible Shrinking Man | Arne Hendriks

Best Client Award


BNO Piet Zwart Award

Ulf Moritz

MINI Young Designer

an incentive prize for young talent

Femke Herregraven (Bitcaves) for projects such as Taxodus, a serious game on offshore economy and corporate tax avoidance

Golden Eye

for the most successful designer of the last year

Voltage | Iris van Herpen

With her Voltage collection, the young fashion designer was not only the winner in the subcategory Fashion, but she also carried off the prestigious Golden Eye. By awarding the Golden Eye to Voltage, the ten-member jury, chaired by Frits van Hout (Executive Vice President ASML), expresses its great appreciation for designer Iris van Herpen’s innovative interpretation of the concept of fashion. The jury shows itself impressed by the designer’s interdisciplinary approach and praises her cooperative efforts:

With Voltage, Van Herpen gives the world a view into the future of fashion. It is impressive to see how she, at such a young age, succeeds in giving so much body to her work, without any loss of experiment and challenge. With her designs she shows better than anybody else what is going on in the Netherlands at the moment.

Product category winner Christien Meindertsma spoke at Design Indaba Conference in 2011. Watch her speaker talk here >

Watch the Talk with Christien Meindertsma