New Material Award mission completed

In 2020, the New Material Award will be concluded. Over the past 10 years, material development and innovation has evolved. From a relatively minor subject within design research, it has become an increasingly fundamental aspect of sustainability and technological innovation, among other areas. With concluding the prize the sucessful collaboration between Fonds Kwadraat, Stichting DOEN and Het Nieuwe Instituut will come to an end.

When Fonds KwadraatStichting DOEN, and Het Nieuwe Instituut joined forces in 2014, there was little professional or public recognition of the field’s importance. Now that this is widely acknowledged, the stimulating power of the award is no longer necessary. For this reason, Fonds Kwadraat, Stichting DOEN and Het Nieuwe Instituut have decided to discontinue the prize in this form.

The conclusion of the award is an excellent moment to honour the achievements of all participants, and to underline the continuing importance of material innovation. Starting in the autumn of 2020, a number of international gatherings and presentations will be organised with the aim of permanently connecting the many branches of the international network that was established in recent years. At the same time, the innovations that the award has stimulated will remain visible and accessible.

From 2009, the New Material Award was an initiative of Fonds Kwadraat (known as Materiaalfonds until 2015) and Stitchting DOEN that aimed to bring more attention to an aspect of design that was increasingly developing, yet remained outside the professional field of vision. In 2014, Het Nieuwe Instituut became a partner and more attention was paid to the public conversation, the physical presentation both nationally and internationally, and to the development of an international materials network. With expanding possibilities for interest-free loans at Fonds Kwadraat and the connection to the sustainable entrepreneurial network of Stichting DOEN, the entrepreneurial side of designers could be addressed. The common goal has since been achieved: there is now a greater social appreciation of, and attention to, the broad perspectives of the development and application of sustainable materials.

Award Ceremony 20 October

On 20 October the jury will anounce the two winners. The award ceremony and the opening of the exhibition are in the Veem, 3rd Floor,
Torenallee 86-02 in Eindhoven. Welcome to visit.

Jury New Material Award 2018

The jury of the New Material Award 2018 is complete. The members are

  • Irene Colicchio,  sustainability engineer at DSM
  • Rianne Makkink, founder and director Studio Makkink & Bey
  • Arnold Tukker, Professor of Industrial Ecology and Director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) at Leiden University

The jury operates under the independent chairmanship of Lex ter Braak.

New deadline 6 May

We want to give everybody who wants to apply for the New Material Award some extra time. The new deadline is 6 May. You can apply until Sunday 6 May at midnight.

Nomination committee and jury

The nomination committee and jury are on the website now.

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Information event 22 March

On Thursday 22 March from 16.00 – 17.00 there will be an information and networking event for the New Material Award 2018 at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. Andrea van Pol will talk to Diana Scherer (winner 2016) and Simone Post (nominated in 2016). Furthermore, there is ample opportunity to ask questions and enter into discussions. Later that day there is a booklaunch at 17.30 and a program under the name ‘New Materials, New Businessmodels’, from 19:30 – 21:00. A conversation about business strategies for material innovation from a sustainable perspective with designers Bastiaan de Nennie, Heleen Klopper, Jo Meesters and Lilian van Daal. Also under the direction of Andrea van Pol.

For the information event you can register hier.

More information about the other events:

New launch 22 March

Due to the storm, the launch of 16 February was postponed. The new date is 22 March. This will not be a launch, because the registration is already open.  But we will inform you about the edition of 2018. The information meeting will be in the afternoon, in Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. Do you want to stay informed? Than please send an email to

Launch New Material Award 2018

The New Material Award 2018 will be launched on 18 January at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. Are you interested to join the launch? Please send an email to

New edition in 2018

The New Material Award is a biennial award. The next edition will be in 2018. The launch will be in December 2017 or January 2018.

If you want to be kept informed, please send an email to and we’ll put you on the mailinglist.

New Material Award in Milan

Het Nieuwe Instituut presents the New Material Award at Atelier Clerici from 4 to 9 April, celebrating the designs of 18 makers during Salone del Mobile in Milan. The exhibition presents a rich tapestry of research, experimentation and transformation that celebrates the role of the designer. Following the successful awards ceremony during the last Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, Het Nieuwe Instituut is giving the designers an international podium in Milan to spark debate and imagination.

For more information, go to Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Winners announced

On 22 October 2017 Jet Bussemaker, minister of Education, Culture and Science, announced the two winners. Olivier van Herpt won the New Material Award. The New Material Fellow is for Diana Scherer. The exhibition of the eighteen nominated designs is open until 30 October, in De Kazerne in Eindhoven, during Dutch Design Week.

Awardceremony 22 October

We are glad and proud to announce that Jet Bussemaker, Dutch minister of Education, Culture and Science, will announce the New Material Award and New Material Fellow, on 22 October in The Kazerne in Eindhoven.

Eighteen nominations 2016

This year, the nomination committee selected eighteen nominations out of 88 submissions.

Launch New Material Award 2016

Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Foundation DOEN and Fonds Kwadraat will launch the edition 2016 on January 14 at 3.00 pm in Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam.

Launch New Material Award 2016

January 14 at 15.00 is the launch of the edition 2016, in The New Institute in Rotterdam. Fore more information, please go to

Edition 2014 at ARTtube

Do you want to know more about the designers who where nominated or won the New Material Award in 2014? Please watch the film about the edition 2014 on ARTtube/New Material Award.

Exhibition New Material Award

From November 20 onward, Het Nieuwe Instituut presents the work of the sixteen designers, artists and architects who are nominated for the New Material Award 2014.  For more information: hetnieuweinstituut.