Keep an Eye and Dutch Design Awards (DDA) believe that this financial support can make the difference at the beginning of a designer’s career. During the Dutch Design Awards Night, they were also proud to announce their new, multi-year cooperation. Martijn Paulen, director of the Dutch Design Foundation, the organisation behind DDA: “We grab every opportunity to support talent with both hands. The cooperation with Keep an Eye is a very special one. Our committee selects the winners with extreme care and consideration. So that we can give them a serious helping hand thanks to Keep an Eye and make a real difference.”
Young Designer Award
The Young Designer Award is the development prize for young talented designers who graduated no more than five years ago. The designer is central to the assessment and the quality of the entire portfolio is considered. The committee for the Dutch Design Awards 2018 Young Designer Award comprised three design experts, Saskia van Stein (committee chair), Jeroen Junte, Jeroen van Mastrigt and Georgette Koning, who selected the winners under the supervision of jury chair Job Meihuizen (DDA).
The three winners of the Young Designer Award each use their design strengths to challenge industry or society to reflect. Each in their own way, these young designers have found a way to unite different worlds. Investigative, unique and passionate, these talented designers have managed to put together an impressive body of work in a relatively short time.
The Young Designer committee have the following to say about the winners (comprehensive report in the appendix):
“With the Nobu collection, Lisa Konno succeeds in blending two cultures without falling into clichés.”
“Olivier van Herpt designed a machine with which he prints shapes that are many times larger, more complex and nuanced than previously possible.”
“In her social design projects Manon van Hoeckel reveals the transformative power of art and design in a completely natural way.”
Keep an Eye Foundation
The Keep an Eye Foundation keeps a watchful eye open for young, promising talents. These talented musicians, artists, photographers, designers and filmmakers are given opportunities through various scholarships, prizes, workshops, shows and festivals to develop their talent, create new opportunities and above all realise their creative dreams. Keep an Eye strives for the further exchange between the various disciplines and courses. To show the work of the students from a different perspective.
Dutch Design Awards
On Thursday 28 June the Young Designer Awards will be presented during the new Dutch Design Awards Night. The work of all the winners will be exhibited during Dutch Design Week (20-28 October 2018). Since 2003 Dutch Design Awards (DDA) has rewarded Dutch designers for the most impressive, innovative and ground-breaking design projects. The competition itself, the Awards Show and the (travelling) retrospective exhibition make the Dutch Design Awards a unique platform for Dutch design. Since 2008 DDA has had its office in design capital Eindhoven. dutchdesignawards.nl
Dutch Design Foundation
Dutch Design Foundation (DDF) is optimistic and believes in the problem-solving abilities of designers for advancing the world. Which is why DDF offers designers opportunities, support, publicity and a platform. DDF organises Dutch Design Week and Dutch Design Awards, and is active far beyond the Netherlands. Throughout the year they organise debates, lectures, exhibitions and meet-ups. Putting the best and most promising designers in the spotlights and introducing their ideas and designs to the world. Read more about DDF on dutchdesignfoundation.com.