June 21, at the ShowBoats Design Awards gala evening, saw Oceanco’s Fleet and Public Relations Manager, Paris Baloumis, reveal the winner of the sixth annual Young Designer of the Year Award in front of an international audience of yacht owners as well as leading superyacht designers.
The Young Designer of the Year Award is a worldwide initiative launched to uncover the industry’s up-and-coming creative talents, celebrating the best of superyacht design from the boards of student and trainee designers.
This year’s judging panel were delighted to receive 40 entries from students or newly graduated designers, with each contestant hoping to take home the €5,000 prize money. Additionally, the winner and the top five competition finalists benefit from a host of fantastic opportunities aimed at advancing their early design careers, including complimentary access to the two-day Superyacht Design Symposium to be held in Kitzbühel, Austria on 24 – 25 February and an all-expenses paid trip to visit Oceanco shipyard in Allblasserdam, The Netherlands.
The task, set by the Chairman Roger Lean-Vercoe, called for the development of the exterior lines, interior layout and interior design concept for a new 65-metre motor yacht based on a series of ‘client’ specifications. This was a challenging brief that, due to the universally high standard of the entries, posed a particularly difficult problem for the jury; an elite panel of internationally known yacht designers including Tim Heywood, Peder Eidsgaard, Jonathan Rhoades and Adam Lay.
The winning entry was judged to be project Granturismo yacht, designed by Stefano Inglese, a student at Roma Tre University in Rome, Italy. The judges considered that his design fitted the parameters detailed in the set task – particularly in the exterior design of this yacht – which met the hypothetical owner’s love of ‘masculine and stylishly edgy’ design, while the interior layout also fulfilled the ‘client’s’ many demands.
‘I would like to thank Oceanco and Boat International Media for recognising young designers. Both confidence and recognition for designers entering the industry are fundamental and this award supports that. I felt pure joy when I was announced the winner and receiving the award has inspired me to work and study even harder. It was exceptional to meet the industry leaders, especially the icon John Munford, in an incredible location. I look forward to developing the fantastic connections I made at the ShowBoats Design Awards both professionally and, more importantly, personally.’ 2013 Winner, Stefano Inglese
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