The festival concludes with the ceremonial announcement of the Designblok Awards (formerly the Editors-in-Chief Awards). The awards for the best products, concepts, and presentations are decided by a jury composed of freelance foreign journalists, designers, curators, and other professionals from the world of design and architecture. The aim of the awards is to highlight the most successful works from the hundreds of exhibitors in attendance in the categories of best installation by a manufacturer, designer, school presentation, furniture, luminaires, home accessories, and Grand Prix (Prize for Outstanding Contribution).
The international jury of the 2023 Designblok Awards will be chaired by unorthodox Dutch designer Ineke Hans, who is responsible for the composition of the jury and the voting process.
The Sustainable Design Award has been a category of the Designblok Awards since 2021, a separate expert jury deciding on the winner, who has the chance to attend Designblok 2024 for free. The winners of the Designblok Awards will be announced at a gala evening on Sunday 8 October 2023.
The AGC Glass Europe Sustainable Design Award, a new category in the Designblok Awards, recognises designers and motivates them to create sustainably, and to come up with projects that reflect topical environmental issues. Every year, a separate jury of journalists and other professionals in the field of sustainable design is assembled especially for this category. The winner of the award receives a free chance to be presented at Designblok 2024.
This year's jury of the AAGC Glass Europe Sustainable Design Award consists of: Tereza Bíbová (deputy editor-in-chief, CZECHDESIGN); Soňa Klepek Jonášová (founder and director of the Circular Economy Institute); prof. Ing. Vladimír Kočí, Ph.D., MBA (head of the Institute of Sustainability and Product Ecology of VŠCHT Prague); Lucie Mádlová (founder and executive director of the Association for Social Responsibility); Huy Pham (materials consultant and designer, matériO).
The first year of the Designblok Award for Sustainable Design came in 2021, when Czech project “Balance is Motion” won the award. Winning the award meant that the project had the opportunity to take part in the international RoGUILTLESSPLASTIC competition, organised as part of the Milano Design Week festival by leading Italian gallerist Rossana Orlandi. The NOVA VITA studio won the Designblok Sustainable Design Award in 2022.
President of the Designblok Awards Jury 2023, Designer and Teacher (NL)
Ineke Hans is a Dutch critical designer of furniture, products, exhibitions, and spaces with content. She explores new design strategies and works for clients and leading international manufacturers on product typologies to fit our future social context. Ineke has a studio in Arnhem (NL), a small workshop in Berlin, and is a teacher of Design & Social Context at the Berlin University of the Arts.
Architect, Editor, Curator, Founder of Alcova and Space Caviar, Creative Director of Design Academy Eindhoven (UK)
Joseph Grima is the founder of Space Caviar in Genoa, a research collective that operates at the point where architecture, technology, design, and politics all intersect. Graduating from the Architectural Association in 2003, he broadened his international experience as a curator, publisher, and writer, most notably as editor-in-chief of Italian magazine Domus.
Creative Director, Designer and Strategist (DE)
Focusing on cultural context and strategic thinking, Birgitta Homburger has built up an impressive portfolio of work that spans the international stage, taking in collaboration with brands such as Mattiazzi, Wästberg, Volkswagen, and Laufen Bathroom. Her contributions to the development of creative direction and product design have been recognised by visiting professorships at Kunsthochschule Kassel and several other institutions, such as Universität der Künste in Berlin and Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. In 2023, her dedication to her craft led her to become creative director of and partner to Analog, an innovative glass brand based in Berlin.
Journalist, co-CEO of Dezeen (UK)
From 2012 to 2018, Benedict led Dezeen's in-house creative team, Dezeen Studio, which produces the online magazine's original video content and delivers projects as diverse as print publications, exhibitions, talks, and events for prestigious clients all around the world. He held the position of Chief Content Officer from 2018 to 2022, which saw him oversee Dezeen's editorial, video, and social media output and spearhead Dezeen's digital development strategy. Benedict is an experienced public speaker and digital media consultant and has spoken at events in cities that include London, Beijing, and Sao Paulo. He has hosted talks and panel discussions, organised workshops, and been a member of panels of judges all around the world. Benedict was appointed co-CEO at Dezeen together with Wai Shin Li in 2022.
Multidisciplinary Designer (NL)
Simone Post, based in Rotterdam, is a Dutch multidisciplinary designer whose roots lie in textiles. She graduated with honours from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2015 and has since won numerous national and international awards. Her work has been recognised and exhibited worldwide, some works having become part of renowned collections such as those at Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Centraal Museum in Utrecht, MAD in Paris, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), and Cooper Hewitt in New York. Her clients include Hermès, Vlisco, Kvadrat, and Adidas.
Architecture and Design Critic, Contributor to Publications such as Architectural Record, L'Architecture d'aujourd'hui, Detail and Architectural Review (GB)
President of the Designblok Awards Jury 2022, Design Critic, Freelance Journalist and Creative Strategy Consultant (FR)
Freelance Journalist, Writer and Design Curator (ES)
Editor-in-Chief of IDEAT Magazine (FR)
General Manager, Magis (IT)
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