This year's Henry van de Velde Young Talent Award goes to Sep Verboom! Sep sees himself more as a connector than as a designer. Sep collaborates with smaller communities that work with a certain technique of craft. "I see a product as a channel of communication to tell stories or to outline situations." The jury sees Sep Verboom as a textbook example of what today’s designers should be: not just producers and innovators, but people who inspire and connect, and, of course, people who make the world a better place.