Vanessa Palsenbarg January 14, 2016

Last night found a well-dressed group of people from Materialise at an illustrious awards ceremony at the BOZAR, the Center for Fine Arts in Brussels. The reason why is that yesterday, Materialise was named the 2015 recipient of the Henry van de Velde Company Award!

Accepting the award on behalf of Materialise – in front of a crowd of 1,300 people – was Founder and CEO, Wilfried Vancraen. Design Flanders has been presenting the Henry van de Velde Awards since 1994, with the award serving to confirm the high quality of the work produced and encouraging prize winners to continue to tread the path of experimentation and inventiveness in the creative sectors. The 2015 award recipients also included the iconic designer Paul Verhaert for the Henry van de Velde Career Award, and the design and innovation studio, Made, for the Henry van de Velde Young Talent Award.

Receiving the Henry van de Velde Award
Receiving the Henry van de Velde Award

But wait…there’s also an exhibition!

As the 2015 recipient of the Henry van de Velde Company Award, Materialise is also participating in the accompanying exhibition at the BOZAR. Contributions to the exhibition from Materialise include:

Arne Pauwels’ Wakati project, the Trimble UX5 Drones from Trimble UAS (formerly Gatewing), and Phits insoles from RS Print
Arne Pauwels’ Wakati project, the Trimble UX5 Drones from Trimble UAS (formerly Gatewing), and Phits insoles from RS Print

Arne Pauwels’ Wakati project, the Trimble UX5 Drones from Trimble UAS (formerly Gatewing), and Phits insoles from RS Print are on display. You will also spot the Cabrio Eyewear Collection from Hoet Design Studio. For visitors to the exhibition, you will actually be treated to two appearances by Hoet Design. The company was also the recipient of an OVAM Ecodesign Award Pro 15 nomination in the category ‘Product on the Market’, for their Hoet Couture collection. A congratulations to our friends at Hoet Design for this!

Bieke Hoet, designer of the Cabrio collection
Bieke Hoet, designer of the Cabrio collection

And last but not least, a display showing the incredible array of materials that people are putting to use through our consumer service, i.materialise.

The Henry van de Velde Awards & Labels 2015 exhibition runs from January 14 to March 24, 2016 and admission is free. And, while you are there, don’t forget to vote for the Henry van de Velde Public Award – which will go to one of the 19 Labeled products in the exhibition. Ballots are available at the exhibition.