Design White Carnation Award 2020

Ten KABK alumni from the BA Interior Architecture and Furniture Design took part in a design competition to determine who would get the honour of designing this year's White Carnation Award. The participants were: Aref Dashti, Hatice Kilinc, Bianca Meilof, Gabriel Holysz, Anna Sitnikova, Maria Beaumaster, Pien Post, Maja Pop Trajkova, Zsofia Kollar and Tommy de Moor.

They started the competition at the beginning of April 2020 with an introduction of veteran and White Carnation Award winner 2019 Maaike Hoogewoning and former jury member Dayrohn Wiesken. The artists were given two months to come up with a concept for the jury day on June 30th.

Witte Anjer Prijs 2020 design contest participants
Witte Anjer Prijs 2020 design contest participants - photo Kwadwo Amfo

Jury day design contest

During the jury day on Tuesday, 30 June 2020, all artists presented their concepts to the five members of the jury: Angelien Eijsink, Jan Rijken, Joost Roozekrans, Stef Fridael and Jaap Willem Kleijwegt.

Zsofia Kollar was finally chosen as the winner. Her design will be presented to the winner of the White Carnation Prize 2020 on 22 October during the second Veterans' Day.

Zsofia Kollar winner design contest Witte Anjer Prijs 2020 & jury
Zsofia Kollar winner design contest Witte Anjer Prijs 2020 & jury - photo: Kwadwo Amfo
the winning design for the White Carnation Prize 2020 by Zsofia Kollar
The winning design for the White Carnation Prize 2020 by Zsofia Kollar - photo: Kwadwo Amfo
‘It is a special challenge to create a meaningful object for someone who has contributed to our freedom and security while risking their life. For me, freedom means security and trust; when individuals have the right of self- expression and when such rights guarantee the growth of a society and stimulate individual development. Freedom is acceptance and growth.’

The White Carnation Award (Witte Anjer Prijs)

The White Carnation (Witte Anjer) was introduced in the Netherlands in 2005, as an expression of appreciation for Dutch veterans who have been sent to peace missions in the past and present. In 2018, the National Committee Veterans' Day established the White Carnation Award (Witte Anjer Prijs) to be awarded annually to someone who plays a special role in the lives of veterans.

Concept designs for the White Carnation Award 2020

Maria Beaumaster (CA) graduated in 2019 from the bachelor Interior Architecture & Furniture Design (specialisation Furniture Design).

‘I like to hear and understand stories from people I don't know. By participating in this competition I hope to learn more about the emotions and motivations of veterans'.’

Maria Beaumaster - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020
Maria Beaumaster - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020
Maria Beaumaster - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020

Anna Sitnikova (RU) graduated in 2017 from the bachelor Interior Architecture & Furniture Design (specialisation Interior Architecture).

‘It would be an honor for me to contribute to this inspiring and connecting event by designing a prize that embodies as much recognition and appreciation for the candidates and winner as possible.’

Anna Sitnikova - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020
Anna Sitnikova - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020
Anna Sitnikova - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020

Maja Pop Trajkova (MK) graduated in 2019 from the bachelor Interior Architecture & Furniture Design (specialisation Furniture Design).

‘I have the feeling that we never really hear the stories of veterans in their entirety.’

Maja Pop Trajkova - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020
Maja Pop Trajkova - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020
Maja Pop Trajkova - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020
Maja Pop Trajkova - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020

Zsofia Kollar (HU) graduated in 2017 from the bachelor Interior Architecture & Furniture Design (specialisation Furniture Design).

‘I participate in this competition because I understand the importance of appreciation and recognition of veterans. This in combination with creating a work of art for an event where art is usually hard to find, really appealed to me.’

Zsofia Kollar - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020
Zsofia Kollar - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020
Zsofia Kollar - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020

Gabriël Holysz (PL) graduated in 2014 from the bachelor Interior Architecture & Furniture Design (specialisation Interior Architecture).

‘The reason that I am taking part in this competition is the curiosity about the subject and the emotions that go with it.’

Gabriël Holysz - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020
Gabriël Holysz - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020


Aref Dashti (IR) graduated in 2018 from the bachelor Interior Architecture & Furniture Design (specialisation Interior Architecture).

‘I think there is a certain degree of humanistic ethics in the work of veterans. Something that transcends country or nationality.’

Aref Dashti - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020
Aref Dashti - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020
Aref Dashti - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020
Aref Dashti - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020

Bianca Meilof (NL) graduated in 2017 from the bachelor Interior Architecture & Furniture Design (specialisation Furniture Design).

‘My initial motivation to enter this competition comes from the object we have to design: An award. From a designer's perspective this is a special task because it is not the object, but an object that is part of a ritual. Next to that I also get the possibility to deepen my knowledge in the context, where this object relates to'.

Bianca Meilof - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020
Bianca Meilof - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020
Bianca Meilof - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020
Bianca Meilof - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020

Hatice Kilinc (NL) graduated in 2015 from the bachelor Interior Architecture & Furniture Design (specialisation Interior Architecture).

‘I think it's important the kind of work veterans do or have done. For me it was an honor to show people who do a lot for others that they are very special.’

Hatice Kilinc - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020
Hatice Kilinc - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020

Pien Post (NL) graduated in 2019 from the bachelor Interior Architecture & Furniture Design (specialisation Furniture Design).

‘It is a challenge to be allowed to think about this meaningful symbol.’

Pien Post - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020
Pien Post - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020

Tommy de Moor (NL) graduated in 2017 from the bachelor Interior Architecture & Furniture Design (specialisation Furniture Design).

‘The White Carnation Award and the presentation of such a prize are symbols of gratitude, respect and honor. That is why I find it a challenge to be able to create such a meaningful symbol.’

Tommy de Moor - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020
Tommy de Moor - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020
Tommy de Moor - Witte Anjer Prijs ontwerpconcept 2020

The final design for the Witte Anjer Award 2020

Designer Zsofia Kollar on the concept and final design of the Witte Anjer Prize 2020.

Witte Anjer Prijs 2020
Design by Zsofia Kollar

The symbol of the white carnation is clearly depicted on Zsofia's design. The carnation originates from a circular rod bearing fingerprints of veterans, appending the prize with a personal touch. The object is made of a heavy metal and weighs about 5kg. The object's heavy weight symbolises the importance of the missions veterans carry out and the 'weight' they often carry afterwards.

Project details

Partner

Nationaal Comité Veteranendag

Assignment

Design of the Witte Anjer Prize 2020

Year

2019-2020

Programmes