DesignEuropa Awards 2020
Now in their third edition, the DesignEuropa Awards celebrate excellence in design and design management among Registered Community Design (RCD) holders.
Organised every two years by the EUIPO, the Awards have two categories open for applications and nominations: Small and Emerging Companies and Industry. The Lifetime Achievement category is reserved for designers with a significant body of work, developed over the course of a career, who have had a significant impact on the design profession.
The DesignEuropa 2020 call for entries ended on 8 May.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, the DesignEuropa 2020 ceremony, which was due to have been held in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, on 20 October 2020, has been postponed.
The ceremony will now take place in Eindhoven in October 2021.
This decision has been taken in close collaboration with the Dutch authorities and with the organisers of Dutch Design Week, during which DesignEuropa 2020 was to have taken place.
The safety, health and welfare of all our guests, finalists and jury members is of the utmost importance to us, so after careful consideration and close monitoring of the current situation, we decided to postpone the ceremony by 12 months, so it could take place during Dutch Design Week 2021.
We would like to thank all our jury members, the Dutch Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, and our colleagues in the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property for their support at this time.
Design is a vital motor of economic growth and job creation. It supports innovation and creativity, and will be an important tool in overcoming this current crisis. Europe’s designers and design-intensive companies, both SMEs and large enterprises, will play a key role in kick-starting the economic recovery. The DesignEuropa Awards were set up to celebrate and honour them, and we look forward to doing so in Eindhoven in 2021.
“I’m so honoured to be standing here … design can also make a big difference in a sector like ours, and it’s being recognized all over the world.”
Sara Clement, Lead Industrial Designer at Marcus Pedersen, winner of the DesignEuropa Small and Emerging Award 2018.
“We want to thank EUIPO for making our lives easier, so we can focus on making great products rather than bureaucracy”
Magnus Welander, CEO and President of the Thule Group, winner of the DesignEuropa Industry Award 2016.
“We were impressed by the standard and quality of applicants – it was a highly competitive field“
Luisa Bocchietto, President of the World Design Organization, Chairperson of the Jury DesignEuropa 2018.
“Throughout my professional and entrepreneurial life, dating back more than 50 years, I have always tried to design and create unique and distinctive designs and products. In this context, I believe the protection activity carried out by the EUIPO is of primary importance for every designer.”
Giorgetto Giugiaro, Designer and founder of Italdesign-Giugiaro, winner of the DesignEuropa Lifetime Achievement Award 2016.