The New Material Award introduces the designs of the future. The biennial award challenges visual artists, designers and architects to use new materials and innovative techniques. The resulting designs will contribute to a better and more sustainable society.

The prize has two distinctions: the New Material Award with a cash prize of € 15,000 for a finished product, and the New Material Fellow, a fellowship at Het Nieuwe Instituut plus € 5.000, for a detailed idea to which a research question has been linked.

For the registration form go to Registration.

Exhibition nominees
From all the submissions a committee of experts will select sixteen to eighteen designs. The selected designs will be exhibited from 20 to 28 October during Dutch Design Week 2018 in Eindhoven. The jury will announce the two winners at the opening of the exhibition on 20 October in Eindhoven.

In April 2019 the selected designs will be exhibited during Salone del Mobile 2019 in Milan.

How to use this website
Every material has several specific features like hardness, transparency, weight etc. Six main features are assigned to each design and translated into two layers of overlapping ‘infographics’ which create an individual pattern/logo per contribution.

For a legend of the features click here.

The homepage of the website with the overview of the nominees and winners of 2009 – 2016 functions as archive, all assigned features appear as a list and can be used as filters. For example, to easily find all designs (also those of previous years) related to the feature 3d printing.

The New Material Award is a joint venture between Stichting DOEN, Fonds Kwadraat and Het Nieuwe Instituut. The biennial prize was first organized in 2009 and will have its seventh edition in 2018.