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SMALL TALK: Chris Kabel wins Material prize 2009, James Veenhoff is recognised for his services to Dutch fashion and Willem Velthoven receives a Fonds BKVB Oeuvre prize for design.

By Jeanne Tan / 22-10-2009

SMALL TALK

The winners of the DOEN | Materiaalprijs 2009, launched by the 'Materiaalfonds voor Beeldende Kunst and Vormgeving' and 'Stichting DOEN' were announced during Dutch Design Week. Awarded for the first time this year, the prize seeks to promote the sustainable and innovative use of materials in the fine arts, design, fashion and  architecture. Winning first prize of €15 000 was Chris Kabel with Seam Chair / Seam Bench. The jury commented, "Chris Kabel’s project is original, ingenious and shows great potential. He used just one material for his product: polypropylene, which is cheap, non-toxic and fully recyclable. Using an innovative technique, Kabel is able to transform this material into a lightweight  yet sturdy chair." The incentive prize of €5000 was awarded to Heleen Klopper with Wool Filler which is a D-I-Y kit for repairing holes in woollen jumpers and rugs. The jury consisted of Ursula Tischner, Ruud Koonstra and Arnout Visser.

In other award news, Amsterdam International Fashion Week founder James Veenhoff has been recognised with the IJ-prize 2009 for his contribution to the furthering of the Dutch fashion industry in Amsterdam. The entrepreneur's prize is an initiative of PricewaterhouseCoopers and the City of Amsterdam, recognising achievements of those promoting the economic development of Amsterdam. The prize comprises a painting from artist Iris Le Rütte and prize money of €12 500.

Lastly, Fonds BKVB have awarded several prizes, with graphic designer and Mediamatic magazine founder Willem Velthoven winning the Oeuvre prize for design. Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy co-founder was awarded the Benno Premsela prize for 2009. Winners receive prize money of €40 000.

Main image: Chris Kabel, Seam Chair / Seam Bench
Image: Heleen Klopper, Wool Filler

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