About the organisation
Platform for Dutch Design
Design makes the world smarter, more innovative, more beautiful and humane.
We want recognise and celebrate this impact. Dutch Design Awards (DDA) has been leading in the recognition of excellent Dutch design for years. DDA not only looks to the future, but also to the past: to our design traditions and the significant impact the Dutch design mentality has on the world. Dutch design is now a global concept and perhaps even a figure of speech. Our aim as an organisation goes much further than rewarding the best design: we want the discussion about Dutch design to continue. We therefore use openness and curiosity to facilitate exchanges between designers and curators, audience and professionals. In doing so, we can continue to emphasise the desired impact of design on society and thus further contribute to the development of the profession. Dutch Design Awards came into being in 2003 thanks to the BNO and DesignLink. The DDA office has been located in the design capital of Eindhoven since 2005. With the competition, the Award Show and an exhibition, DDA presents and rewards the very best in the field of Dutch design and brings winners into the attention of professional colleagues, the press and a wider audience. DDA is part of the Dutch Design Foundation and forms one of the highlights of Dutch Design Week, that attracts over 350,000 visitors every year.
The Dutch design community is invited every year to submit its best work for a Dutch Design Award. Commissions of independent experts select three nominations per category, based on the open submissions and scouted work. An eight-piece jury then selects the winner of each category.
The very best creations from the last year of Dutch design are celebrated with a varied programme during the Award Night in June. This is where the winners of Dutch Design Awards in the categories Product, Fashion, Habitat, Communication, Design Research, Service & Systems, Young Designer and Best Commissioning are announced.
The work of all winners and nominees can be seen during Dutch Design Week (DDW) in a nine-day exhibition. This tells the stories behind the designs, places the works in their social-cultural context and thus clarifies the impact and meaning of the designs. Visitors can vote for their favourite design at the exhibition. The design with the most votes will be awarded the Public Award at the end of DDW.