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The Henry van de Velde Awards 17


The Henry van de Velde Awards show and award national as well as international Flemish designers, companies, products, projects and services with a positive impact on the economy and society. The ecodesign Award by OVAM is one of the categories.

At this moment the jury is deliberating numerous projects. We hope to meet you in January at the ceremony in the Bozar in Brussels. 




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 salvaged, including false ceilings, floors, flamed-granite wall cladding, doors, light fixtures, furniture and a staircase made of tropical wood among other items.

Prior to demolition, an inventory of ‘significant’ materials is drawn up and circulates to potential buyers: only items which can be sold prior to the demolition date are salvaged.  Each choice requires careful consideration to avoid salvaging unsaleable items which would be costly to dismantle and store.

An example of the activities of Rotor is the dismantling of the interior of the former headquarters of Generale Bank, now BNP Paribas Fortis. The building dates from 1971 and boasted beautiful interiors featuring work by Jules Wabbes, amongothers. The salvaged ceiling was used for several purposes, it was for example incorporated into the new auditorium of the Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe municipal library. 

In contrast to recycling, reusing items/materials means retaining as much of their practical and cultural value as possible. Rotor Deconstruction embodies a sustainable economic model which allows other players to get involved and which can also create jobs.




Nominees category OVAM Ecodesign PRO 2016:


ETAP asked MAXIMALdesign to design a LED continuous-row lighting system for use in large areas. The new design was to combine the very latest LED technology with a unique lens technology to provide enhanced luminosity and more balanced light distribution.



MARTA is more than a traditional market: it is the only market in Antwerp bringing together small-scale farmers and makers of local products, chefs and curious connoisseurs alike. Participation and cooperation are the goal.



RE-DO was established a year ago by Antwerp-based graphic designers Linde and Tille, and produces unique, handmade items out of waste printer paper.



Also this year the OVAM Ecodesign Award PRO is included in Design Flanders' Henry Van de Velde Awards. After 10 years the Henry van de Velde Labels were replaced by different categories. With these categories Design Flanders wants to join the latest developments in design and they wish to focus even more on the value and impact of design on our economy and society and on the environment, today and in the future.