The winners of the Dutch Design Awards 2006 have been announced and the resulting products are impressive. Two designs in particular caught our eye, both...

The winners of the Dutch Design Awards 2006 have been announced and the resulting products are impressive. Two designs in particular caught our eye, both great examples of combining beauty and practicality; Velina Volante by Jannita van den Haak and Heklucht by design studio HiMom.

Winner of the Public Prize 2006, Velina Volante-Travelling in Style is Jannita van den Haak’s graduate work from the Design Academy, Eindhoven. With inspiration from the elegant yet tough image of the twenties woman, Jannita has redeveloped the backpack into a sexy and elegant travel bag for the modern female traveller. A fusion of style, luxury and the reliability, the bag comes in shiny bronze and anthracite shades, is extendable through the pleated side pockets, and is made of breathable, high quality water-resistant fabric. The upper pocket can also be detached and reversed to transform into an evening/ handbag. Practical and chic, we love it.Jannita van den Haak

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