“With an approach that demonstrates courage and the passion of a true artisan”, Tom van Soest is the winner of this year’s Young Designer Award.

From the three nominated young designers (Tom van Soest, Marius Jopen and Sophie Hardeman) the international jury (led by Giovanni Colauto, CEO of De Bijenkorf) selected Tom van Soest. The jury: “What makes Tom van Soest’s work so admirable is that he presents a usable product that offers true impact. In doing so, he stands out through his keenness to look beyond the end product and design the production process, too. Van Soest is all the more praiseworthy for getting a grip on frequently time-consuming and complicated legislative processes for (new) construction materials, in a short space of time.”

Tom van Soest
Tom van Soest


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Brabantia wins this year’s Best Client Award. The jury: “Brabantia pursues a contemporary approach, with a focus on leadership, creativity and the input of different disciplines and experts. Partnerships with Proud Design, Bovil and Studio Aandacht have successfully rebranded this family company, earning Brabantia this year’s Best Client Award. ”

The Best Client Award is the special prize awarded by Dutch Design Awards (DDA) for clients who employ design strategically in their organisation.

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