Iris van Herpen Takes the ANDAM Prize-------
Conceptual Dutch designer Iris van Herpen has won the 2014 ANDAM prize, beating out talented nominees Fausto Puglisi, Steven Tai, Rad Hourani, Yiqing Yin, Études Studio, and Jean-Paul Lespagnard. Van Herpen, best known for her complex, hyper-sculptural, often futuristic wares, joins the ranks of such former winners as Alexandre Mattiussi, Giles Deacon, Richard Nicoll, and Gareth Pugh. A panel of judges including Ellen von Unwerth, Caroline de Maigret, Condé Nast France president Xavier Romatet, and Style.com’s own Nicole Phelps sat on the 2014 judges panel. Van Herpen has earned a €250,000 prize, a yearlong business mentorship courtesy of Kering’s François-Henri Pinault, and €10,000 worth of Swarovski crystals.