Antwerp: In the fully packed Teatro Palladio at Vicenzaoro, the reinvented design competition came to its conclusion with the announcement of the 3 category winners, the two runners-up and the overall competion winner. That final honor falls upon the young and new talent Wang Xuerui from China. CEO Ellen Joncheere also launched a new initiative to support young designers worldwide: the young Designers Community.
9 stunning pieces of beauty selected out of more than 1.600 designs:
The jury, under the professional guidance of CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri, selected 3 winners that made a design within the selected theme: peace. Storytelling, technical skills and the ability to translate this into the design were the decisive factors that led to the choices of the jury. More than 1500 participants entered about 1600 designs, which is a big jump from the 800 contestants we had at the last edition.
The global winner of the competition is the Chinese Wang Xuerui. Wang Xuerui’s piece called “Mutualistic” is a stunning work that symbolizes peace at the core of its design. Her story is what inspires other talented people around the world and why we organize this competition.
Ellen Joncheere – CEO HRD Antwerp said, ” I’m very excited that this competition creates the opportunity for so many talented designers to make their dream come true and make an idea that they have but can’t afford as a designer, come to life. In general, we were surprised by the high level of the designs that we received and it’s proven that with the right platform you eliminate all obstacles and make room for new potential designers.”
- Global winner 18th edition HRD Design Awards: Wang Xuerui – China
- Category winner accessories: Wang Xuerui – China
- 1st runner-up: Jun Yuying Zhang – China
- 2nd runner-up: Yi-Wen Chen – Taiwan
- Category winner gemstones: Amelia Rachim – Italy
- 1st runner-up: Maho Nozawa – Japan
- 2nd runner-up: Chao Yu – China
- Category winner diamonds: Indika Wjayarathna – Sri Lanka
- 1st runner-up: Benoit Schrijnemakers – Belgium
- 2nd runner-up: Lily Leung – China
HRD Antwerp launches new Young Designers Community:
HRD Antwerp launches a brand new designer community that supports and nurtures creators by providing them with the right network and resources they need to succeed. A collaborative environment, bringing fairs, industry stakeholders, field experts, and designers together, to drive progress. To provide the needed educational tools to help young designers grow their business.
Ellen Joncheere – CEO HRD Antwerp said, ” The new generation is the future of our industry. It’s essential that, if we want to keep attracting new and young talent, that we provide them with the necessary tools and surround them with the expertise and network they need to grow their talents. I see at as my responsibility to connect Antwerp with the best designers worldwide and the Young designers community is a perfect platform to support that mission.”
For example, our newly created digital jewelry design course, using Procreate as an affordable and eco-friendly tool to create and sell collections. On top of that we start by offering flexible online courses that fit it into their busy schedules. To support our Young designers community, we built a new website and platform to share our knowledge globally and to provide designers with the necessary tools and expertise.
Last but not least, with the help of ambassadors and partners form within the industry, true captains of change in their own right, we create a community that will inspire, share and grow talent around the globe.