Bill Dixon, Chairman of the DAME Jury introduced the overall winner of the prominent DAME Award 2011 at the start of METS this morning – the Revolving Portlight from S.C.M. (Stampaggio Costruzioni Meccaniche) based in Italy.
The Jury felt that the Revolving Portlight from S.C.M. delivered an outstanding and exceptional combination of inspired practicality, delightful aesthetics and first-class engineering. The window frame of the Revolving Portlight opens and closes along the same plane as its fixed frame, eliminating the major problem inherent in traditional portlight design – intrusion into the cabin space.
A single rotation pin allows the window frame to be easily swung and safely secured at any position up to 110° to the left or right of its closing station. The Jury believes that this exceptional design-led innovation will offer new and welcome options for designers looking to maximise internal volume, most notably in the area of curtain positioning, as well as for yacht owners who will undoubtedly enjoy the Revolving Portlight’s good looks and highly flexible ventilation management.
S.C.M. Stampaggio Costruzioni Meccaniche can be found during METS at stand no. 01.544.
Chairman of the DAME Award’s Jury, Bill Dixon, says he has been delighted with the quality of this year’s entries. “The 2011 DAME Design Award entry list was one of the best we’ve seen in years and it was a real challenge trying to decide which nominated products should become the eventual winners. Each category had its fair share of diverse and well-executed ideas, and the judges’ favourites ranged from simple gadgets to highly engineered machinery. Although manufacturers are clearly very conscious of their price points during these difficult economic times, it was great to see that the marine industry is still as inspired and creative as ever.”
Overall DAME Winner 2011
Revolving Portlight – S.C.M. Stampaggio Costruzioni Meccaniche S.r.l – Italy
stand n° 01.544
This year’s Category Winners are
iAIS Digital Yacht – United Kingdom – stand n° 01.242
Interior equipment, furnishings, materials and electrical fittings used in cabins:
Revolving Portlight – S.C.M. (Stampaggio Costruzioni Meccaniche) – Italy – stand n° 01.544
Marina equipment, boatyard equipment and boat construction tools and materials:
Sentinel One Star – Forniture Nautiche Italiane – Italy – stand n° 01.651
Deck equipment, sails, and rigging:
Constrictor – Cousin Trestec – France – stand n° 01.718
Clothing and crew equipment:
Ballistic Eco Pants – Harken Sport – USA – stand n° 11.533
Life saving and safety equipment:
Deckvest LITE – Spinlock Ltd – United Kingdom – stand n° 03.300
Machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems and fittings:
Stabilis Electra 18BR-2X – CMC Marine – Italy – stand n° 10.418
Marine related software:
TimeZero Trident – MaxSea / MapMedia / Nobeltec – USA – stand n° 04.322
This year’s Special Certificates were awarded to:
‘Most ECO-Friendly Product’ certificate:
GO2 – ECOsuperyacht – Spain – stand n° 10.421
‘Most Innovative Product’ certificate:
Constrictor Cousin Trestec – France stand n°01.718
The 21st annual Design Award METS competition attracted 133 products from 21 countries. A total of 43 products were short listed for final consideration and these are the ‘Nominated’ products that appear in the DAME stand at METS. The Jury then selected the Overall DAME Winner, together with 8 outright Category Winners, one special certificate for ‘Most ECO Friendly’, one special certificate for ‘Most Innovative’ product and 11 Special Mentions.
When making any assessment under the DAME rules the most important aspect, central to the final judgement, is design in its fullest context — the degree to which the overall styling, construction, functionality (the capability of the product in relation to its intended use) and level of innovation are seen as equally balanced features of the entry. Originality, use and ease of human operation are also taken into account, as well as other considerations such as the ratio of price to performance.