The Henry van de Velde Awards are given by Design Flanders every year in Belgium to honor the best design of the year. And it’s only logical that an awards ceremony celebrating good design should have a uniquely designed trophy! Design Flanders turned to us to create twelve trophies for the winners of 2016.
Held for the first time in 1994, there are four permanent categories in total, including the Young Talent Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Company Award and the Public Award. We’re no strangers to the Henry van de Velde Awards – we were honored with the Company Award in 2015, and we were delighted to make the trophies for the 2016 edition.
The initial concept was designed by Belgian artist Geoffrey Brusatto, and our engineers worked together with him to come up with something that was both esthetically pleasing and optimized for 3D Printing. Finally, the team came up with the shape of a three-dimensional sphere cut in half, with the name of the trophy and winner on the flat side of the print. Our Design & Engineering department then recreated the design digitally in 3D, and sent it off to our printers!
The row of 3D-printed trophies | © Michael De Lausnay
Each sphere was 3D-printed in resin on our Stereolithography machines and filled with PU resin. The text was also printed on separate sheets of plastic and then attached to the finished trophy. Finally, the spheres were post-processed with copper-gold lacquer for a premium finishing touch. Not only did 3D Printing allow the trophies to be produced at a lower cost than conventional technologies like molding or milling, we were able to manufacture them much faster.
“We were very pleased with the result and how the trophies echoed the hemi-spherical design motif of the Henry van de Velde awards,” Inge Vranken from Design Flanders told us. “The design embodied the subtle, yet elegant esthetic of the awards ceremony, very fittingly for a design award.”