Innovation meets user-friendliness at My Add On. Our second Henry van de Velde Award that we could put on hold with our myBlanket rain blanket. Specially designed for wheelchair users, myBlanket not only offers protection against rain and wind, but also redefines it freedom, just because you make it simple and can use without help.
Our CEO, Marie Van den Broeck, shares her enthusiasm about this recognition and explains how myBlanket is transforming users' lives.
Read on to find out why myBlanket now just as special and read about its origins, namely from the needs of our users
Great news - because we have won a second Henry van de Velde Award! 🌟 This time it's myBlanket, our brand new rain blanket for wheelchair users, which won this prestigious award.
Why our rain cover is so special? Because you can put on without help or upright - how cool is that!
You may be familiar with the Henry van de Velde Awards; they are also called the "Oscars of design in Flanders". It is the place where innovative products and services are put in the spotlight.
On 15 November 2022, Flanders DC announced that our myBlanket is one of the 27 projects that emerged as winners. The final award ceremony took place at BOZAR on 7 February 2023. A unique evening when we discovered that we snatched the top prize in the Consumer category and proudly stood on stage to receive the gold. 🏆💖
Our founder, Marie Van den Broeck, is naturally over the moon. For My Add On from Aalst, this is already the second Henry van de Velde Award. "What makes this leg cover really special is that we made it together with wheelchair users have developed. Their input and feedback were our main guide through this process."
The professional jury was particularly enthusiastic about the myBlanket. They called it "a simple, ergonomic and cleverly conceived concept". Marie says enthusiastically: "We have every detail scrutinised to make it as easy as possible for our users. From fabrics, to zips, to even the snap buckles - we have searched for the best materials."
And let's face it, if you don't have myBlanket yet, what are you waiting for? 😄
It is not only an award winner, but also a gamechanger for wheelchair users. As a wheelchair user, thanks to the myBlanket go outside independently, even at the risk of rain. No hassle standing up from the wheelchair; just put on and go!
Marie: "I feel honoured. We really want to make a difference for our users. This award is extra recognition for us." And we are not done yet - we are already working on three other variants: Kids, XL and Handbike*. So there is something for everyone!
Marie hesitated to submit the project until she myBlanket-users at the Reva fair in Ghent. Their gratitude convinced her that myBlanket is so much more than just rain protection. Above all, it gives wheelchair users back a bit of freedom. And that is priceless. That was the turning point, and now we are standing here with a gleaming Henry van de Velde Award!
Oh, and don't forget that we also won awards in 2019 with mySleeve, our colourful cover for crutches that prevents hand pain and also helps prevent falling crutches thanks to integrated magnets. We are delighted that our innovations keep getting recognition!
Don't wait any longer and discover our prize winner now in our webshop. 🛒✨
Thanks for your support - together we make a difference! 🌈