The winners of the Award’s third edition were announced during the dedicated prize-giving ceremony on Friday 23rd September.
The Design Innovation Award was established by the Italian Marine Industry Association and I Saloni Nautici in 2020 with the aim of supporting excellence throughout the yachting industry and enhancing innovation by promoting exhibitors through their latest, cutting-edge products. Nine winners for nine categories were selected by an independent Jury made up of national and international experts from different sectors - professional designers, industry journalists, academics, shipowners, and representatives of the industry’s bodies and institutions - to allow for a cross-sector vision and evaluation. In identifying the winners, the Award highlights the designers’ and manufacturers’ ability to conceive and implement design, research, innovation and sustainability.
Nabil Farhat – Editor-In-Chief , The World of Yachts & Boats
Silvia Piardi – Head of the Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
Andrea Ratti – Chair M.Sc. Yacht & Cruising Vessel Design, Politecnico di Milano
Luisa Bocchietto – Senator, World Design Organization.
This year’s winners
Sailing boats up to 10m LH: Dufour 37 by Dufour Yachts for the ability to transfer top-of-the-range performance and comfort into a boat of limited size and cost
Motorboats up to 10m LH: SQ 240i by Capoforte Boats for the proposal of a streamlined boat with electric propulsion
RIBs: Inagua S by Rio Yachts for the stylish line, the simplicity of the solutions and the attention to details
Sailing boats over 10m LH: Grand Soleil 72 Performance by Cantiere del Pardo for its ability to combine the brand’s construction experience in a boat that is balanced in terms of sailing performance and interior space quality
Honourable mention for interior design: Y7 di Y Yachts for interior design for the refined exploration of a contemporary nautical language through attention to detail in shapes and materials
Multihulls:Prestige M48 by Prestige Yachts for the search of a new typology that combines comfort and efficiency in performance
Honourable mention for the research and use of materials: Excess 14 di Excess for the achievement of sailing performance through a careful study of shapes and materials
Boating equipment and components: Lascala Art. Spe 607 by Besenzioni for technological research related to electric operation with a simplified use
Motorboats over 10m LH: Ferretti Yachts 860 new by Ferretti Yachts for the elegance of the exterior lines and interior design consistent with the quality that the brand represents
Superyachts over 24 m LH: SP 110 by Sanlorenzo Yacht for the continuous ability to innovate spaces, languages and ways of living the sea, inspiring emotions
Special Prize for Outstanding Innovation: Betty Buoys for their commitment to the integrated search for sustainable solutions to a problem of great urgency
Special Prize for Outstanding Career: Hydrographic Institute of the Italian Navy to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Institute, specifically for the great innovation efforts in the digitisation of processes in the field of nautical cartography
Special Prize “Regione Liguria”: Indoor Air Quality Monitoring for Yachting by Permare for bringing on board an environmental quality monitoring system.