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The New Material Award brings together the work of eighteen designers and artists in the Netherlands who are pushing the boundaries of material potentials. 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.

The winner of the New Material Award is Olivier van Herpt and the winner of the New Material Fellowship is Diana Scherer.

New Material Award designers

Adrianus Kundert, Antoine Peters, Bastiaan de Nennie, Bureau SLA & Overtreders W, buro BELÉN, Christien Meindertsma, Diana Scherer (winner of the New Material Fellowship), Eric Geboers, Maarten Baas, No Mad Makers, Officina Corpuscoli / Maurizio Montalti, Olivier van Herpt (winner of the New Material Award), Roel Deden, Rosanne van der Meer, Rudolf Romero Borgart, Simone Post, Studio Dirk Vander Kooij, Studio rENs.

New Material Fellow Diana Scherer

Alongside the New Material Award exhibition, Het Nieuwe Instituut highlights on the New Material Fellow, Diana Scherer. She was awarded the fellowship for her project Interwoven, in which she manipulates plant roots to create a textile-like material. Het Nieuwe Instituut provides mentorship and support for the further development of her project and features her work in a solo presentation at Atelier Clerici.

International Materials & Design Network

Het Nieuwe Instituut founded the International Materials & Design Network to organise collaborative projects with international partner organisations, to support knowledge exchange on innovation in materials, design and sustainability, and to help talented Dutch designers in this field to expand their international network. The New Material Award is a joint venture between Stichting DOEN, Fonds Kwadraat and Het Nieuwe Instituut.


Note for editors:

New Material Award
4-9 April 2017
10 am - 8 pm

4 April 2017
6 pm - 8 pm
Please register here

Atelier Clerici 
Via Clerici 5, Milan

For more information or images please contact Justin Hahury by email or by telephone on +31 (0)10 440 1254.