EINDHOVEN, 29 October 2016 – 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. All Dutch Design Awards (DDA) were presented on Saturday 29 October during Dutch Design Week. Prizes were awarded in six main categories. Special awards were also given – not only for young talent (Young Designer), but also for clients (Best Client Award), and the Public 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. 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. The jury looks forward to following the growth of this designer, and his company.