Honours and awards

For our tirelessly search for excellence in know-how and surpassing oneself


NIYONA and the high-end eyewear workshop Lunetier Ludovic are the founding members of the Gabriel association. A group of Belgian ateliers of excellence.
Gabriel represents Belgian ateliers aiming for excellence in craftsmanship, decorative arts and the art of living. These artisans have the desire to perpetuate and promote their craft, to change the perception of creative craftsmanship among their customers and the general public.

HOMO FABER, Michelangelo Foundation

Nina Bodenhorst, and Jonathan Wieme, are both recognized and awared by the title “master-artisan” by the Michelangelo Foundation and his guide Homo Faber. This platform celebrates fine craftsmanship and excellence all over the world.
More info : www.homofaber.com (Profile page : Nina & Jonathan)


Belgian Federal Public Services has officially recognised NIYONA and their founders as a crafts(wo)man.
Rewarding our authenticity, craftsmanship, the handmade character of our products and knowledge.


La Vitrine de l’artisan / Ambacht in de kijker” has rewarded Nina Bodenhorst and 10 other crafts(wo)men.
A national contest who rewards ‘the best’ crafts(wo)men of the year.


Our flagship store, previously known as Hello James, in the Rue de Laeken (Brussels) has been awarded by a Commerce Design Brussels award. Meaning we are one of the 6 best-designed shops in Brussels that year (2012). On top of that we are proud we also won the public prize!


Unizo, the association of Belgian entrepreneurs, rewards NIYONA with the new label Handmade in Belgium. This label acknowledges the makers of authentic and qualitative craftsmanship. (And who’s the first to get such a label in Brussels? That’s right, NIYONA!)


Los Angeles, CA (May 1, 2012)
Third Prize in Accessory Competition for the entry titled, ” Le Jacky
IDA winner page

The International Design Award exist to celebrate the world’s most visionary designers, discover new and emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of design worldwide. Architects and designers of interiors, fashion, products, and graphics submitted entries from over 65 countries throughout the world, proving IDA’s global emphasis. Judging was a rigorous process, with winners receiving publication of their work in the 2010 International Design Awards Book of Designs, to be distributed nationwide; promotion to 100,000 design professionals and potential clients worldwide; year-long coverage on the International Design Awards website; and critical acclaim by our distinguished panel of judges.