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The Henry van de Velde Awards honor both national and international Flemish designers, companies, products, projects and services that have a positive impact on the economy and society on the basis of design and solutions.

The Henry van de Velde Awards are widely supported thanks to the shared vision of a professional jury with important expertise in the sector. With the official award ceremony, exhibition and publication, the Henry van de Velde Awards form a platform for Flemish design.


When the OVAM partnered up with the Henry van de Velde Awards, now more than 10 years ago, it was absolutely necessary to have ecodesign as an separate category within the awards, to give it the attention it needed. Nowadays, ecodesign has become mainstream, it has become a logical part of good design practice. In all submissions, ecodesign will be a criterium as part of the good design practice.

To keep inspiring, excellent ecodesign practices by designers or companies, will be, from 2020 onwards, rewarded with a Henry van de Velde Ecodesign by OVAM Award, given by the jury.




As the first producer of phosphate-free household products, Ecover has been a pioneer for 40 years. They want to present themselves as pioneers with an infectious degree of innovation. They inspire and show that it is possible. To this day, their sustainability story remains valid and they invest in new projects to guarantee an environmentally friendly approach. The foundation of their company is innovation in the field of bio-based detergents, packaging and refilling systems.

'We believe that the design of our products must have a positive impact on the planet and its inhabitants.'

The clean revolution

Ecover launched several projects based on their 'clean' principles. For example, recently a new dishwashing product was launched, made from 25% waste released during the production of non-alcoholic beer. They worked together with beer producer Inbev. To produce non-alcoholic beer, alcohol is extracted from the beer. This alcohol is processed in Ecover's 'Too good to waste' dishwashing detergent.

But the company goes even a step further: they also encourage other organizations to look at waste differently and want to start a 'Clean World' revolution. In short, ecodesign is not only in production at Ecover, but in the entire organizational DNA.

Ecover is currently working on a detergent that will restore clothes. This innovation must make the client aware that we wash too much. "Wash less, wear longer" is the message here.

And last but not least, Ecover specifically focuses on combating single-use plastic. They want to make consumers more aware and ban this type of plastic from our everyday environment. They offer refilling stations where you as a consumer can refill your empty bottle.

The cornerstone of Ecover is innovation, their entire core business is inspired by this and the search for innovative solutions never stands still. They deserve the name of 'the catalyst of innovation'. A good example of innovative decisiveness with a view to a better future, Ecover can call itself a well-deserved winner.




In addition to the Ecodesign by OVAM, there are three other Gold Awards.


Erik Sijmons from Samsonite, the well known luggage producer, wins the Lifetime Achievement Award. With, among other things, the revolutionary Curv® technology, they made one of the lightest suitcases. This is an advanced shock-resistant, recyclable composite material. Not unimportant when the suitcase has to be airborne when traveling.


Young talent goes to the duo of Studio Plastique. With projects such as Common Sands and Out of the Woods, they want to provide ecologically responsible alternatives from forgotten raw materials and waste to the industry in these harsh climatic times.


Niko, the Belgian market leader of electrical installation material and home automation, can call itself the winner of the Company Gold Award. They, too, attach great importance to the environment, not only in their business operations, but also in their products and production.


Overview winners from previous years


Tuesday 29 January 2019

The innovative, sustainable HNST jeans collection is the result of the collaboration between a creative start-up and many other partners. In an initial phase there was the extraordinary collaboration…


Tuesday 29 January 2019

EcoBirdy produces furniture for children made exclusively from sustainable materials and on an industrial scale. Thinking on a large scale also increases the impact exponentially. The aim with the co…


Tuesday 29 January 2019

With the Velda Resleep concept, Veldeman Bedding is introducing the first 100% circular sleeping system in the international furniture industry, making it the leader in its sector. And it’s not arriv…


Tuesday 30 January 2018

XANT M is a midsize turbine for powering communities and industries. A wind turbine that is easy to install, easy to transport and more adaptable to the landscape than other wind turbines. A wind …


Tuesday 30 January 2018

A qualitatively functioning and well-designed public space is the motor of social life in a city or village. Relaxation, meeting new people and communicating is of vital importance in a healthy socie…


Tuesday 30 January 2018

Clothing is increasingly being treated as a disposable product. Its production is aimed at increasing numbers and maximum reduction of the price. What does this way of producing mean for the future o…


Thursday 19 January 2017

The dismantling of equipment and recycling of the dismantled components in new projects, is the core business of Rotor Deconstruction. Untill now, a total of 200 tonnes of items and materials were sa…


Wednesday 13 January 2016

If car sharing could be a success, so could buggy sharing. This thought led to Frank Verheijden championing the idea. And in 2014, Buggybooker started commercially sharing children's buggies. In the …


Tuesday 13 January 2015

When people think about energy savings, they immediately think about a reduction in comfort levels. As if they have to forfeit something. That's a shame because it is more to do with having an overvi…


Tuesday 13 January 2015

Woodface is a vertical wall cladding made from a unique combination of wood and aluminium. It offers the possibility of combining three differ - ent widths and thicknesses of wooden strips. The alumi…


Tuesday 13 January 2015