Future Food Design Awards

Design for the future of food to be awarded prize during Dutch Design Week

This year the first Future Food Design Awards will be presented at the 2017 Dutch Design Week. The award is the foremost international prize intended to encourage and spotlight innovative and disruptive designs for sustainable future food. More and more designers are involved in creating our food system but at international design conferences the emphasis is still too much on purely aesthetic designs. That’s why Agri meets Design and The Dutch Institute of Food&Design have initiated the Future Food Design Awards.

We are proud to announce that 73 projects applied from 24 different countries. We have been overwhelmed by the number and quality of the projects we received from talented designers all over the world. Three nominees are selected by our jury. Now it’s up to you to decide who deserves the public award of €2.500! You can see the three nominees and vote for your favourite on this page. During Dutch Design Week our renowned jury will announce the winner of both the jury prize and the public award to the most promising, innovative and disruptive idea concerned with a sustainable food future.

Future Food Design Awards 2017

Through the Future Food Design Awards the search is now on for change designers, artists and food professionals from all over the world who are exploring the current food system, turning it upside down and redesigning it. Three nominees will be selected by an internationally renowned jury, whose members include eat designer Marije Vogelzang, design journalist Nadine Botha, philosopher Koert van Mensvoort, innovative farmer Jeroen Klompe and researcher Hans Dagevos. The winner will be awarded a cash prize of €5,000 and international media exposure. An audience award worth €2,500 will also be presented for the design that receives the most votes.

From scenes at the table to food chains

We are looking for designs that challenge concepts ranging from our eating culture to our food chain. Issues such as managing land use, fresh water reserves, the influence of agriculture on climate and the use of scarce raw materials are all concerns about food security that are shared worldwide. Themes could also include contemporary domestic table customs, migration, technology and eating habits. We invite designers to create designs that hold up a mirror showing humans how they eat.

The audience award

This autumn the three nominees will be announced and an international campaign will be launched for the audience award. All around the world people will be able to vote for their favourite design. During the Dutch Design Week itself visitors will also be able to cast a vote. The design that garners the most votes will receive the audience award, worth €2,500.

Assessment criteria

The jury will judge the entries on several criteria, the most important of which are:

  • The impact on a healthier, fairer and/or more sustainable future for food → this is open to broad interpretation as in: raising awareness, contributing to a debate, reaching a wide audience, changing agricultural practices, an extremely innovative or radical idea, etc.
  • The extent to which creative design and design thinking has been applied in the project and/or the process → is the design striking, unique and distinct in the field of design, does it demonstrate vision?
  • The degree of urgency and social engagement of the project design → does the design pose an interesting question at this point in time for society in general?


The prizes

  • The winner will receive a cash prize of €5,000. This prize money is only to be used for further developing the design or a follow-up step.
  • The audience award consists of a cash prize of €2,500. This prize money is only to be used for further developing the design or a follow-up step.
  • International exposure which we will do our utmost to secure.


The Future Food Design Award is an initiative of Agri meets Design and The Dutch Institute of Food&Design and is sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, ZLTO and the Province of North-Brabant. See all the details at www.agrimeetsdesign.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: #FFDA17

Download the press kit nominees Future Food Design Awards

Download the press kit Future Food Design Awards.

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