The Design Innovation Award was established in 2020 by the Italian Marine Industry Association and the company I Saloni Nautici to celebrate the 60th edition of the Genoa International Boat Show, aimed at supporting and encouraging the highest standards of innovation and excellence on behalf of exhibitors and their most recent products. The Awards are assigned each year by an International Jury that selects the winners from among the new products exhibited at the Genoa International Boat Show.
This way, the Design Innovation Award aims to promote and encourage the commitment of Italian and foreign exhibitors alike, who have distinguished themselves in the fields of research, innovation, formal and technical quality and sustainability – the last of which is of key importance to the future of the industry. In identifying the winners, the various Awards highlight the planning and implementation skills of designers and manufacturers, while also providing the winning products with international visibility and showcasing tangible indications of how the sector is evolving.
This year, the Design Innovation Award, divided into 9 categories, has reached its Third Edition. The prizes will be handed to the various winners during the dedicated event on Friday 23rd September as a key part of the 62nd Genoa International Boat Show, scheduled to take place from 22nd to 27th September 2022.
The Award is divided into 9 categories:
The Jury is composed of seven industry experts, to be selected each year by the Steering Committee from among individuals renowned in the fields of boating, design and culture.
The Jury acts autonomously in order to ensure the independence of their judgement.
The members are selected from the following categories for their respective qualifications:
THE STEERING COMMITTEE
A Steering Committee, composed of organisers and external members whose track record and experience are deemed worthy of the role, exists to define and develop the guidelines for the Award each edition.
Members will be as follows:
The Steering Committee’s duties include the following responsibilities: nominating the Jury, evaluating and resolving any points of contention with regards to participation and access to the Award, ensuring no conflicts of interest arise during the selection phase, and working with the Organisers and the Jury to uphold the core values of credibility and independence that define the Award.
SWAN 65 – NAUTOR’S SWAN
Awarded for the technical and formal quality of the solutions offered, which guarantee the continuity of an industrialised manufacturing system of high-end yachts. For the ability to enhance the design approach while remaining committed to the company’s traditions.
MYLIUS 80 FD – MYLIUS YACHT
Awarded for the coherence achieved during the design phase between the construction technique and the formal language adopted, both for the exterior and the interior, for the successful research and application of innovative materials ensuring high performances.
TT460 – INVICTUS
Awarded for attention to detail and a truly innovative shape. For successfully responding to the challenge of making maximum use of technologies to allow a greater variety of spaces, enlarging them and allowing them to provide 40% more space.
SX112 – SANLORENZO
Awarded for the formal innovation that distinguishes the yard and that continues to evolve, proposing distributional research that enhances the experience of making the most of the sea. For the technical quality of the finishes and solutions adopted.
COASTER 650 PLUS – JOKER
Awarded for the ability to consistently respond to a wider market of users, providing a high-quality, highly functional product in a small size.
BOAT SEADRIVE ELECTRIC POD – SAIM
Awarded for versatility of use, which makes the design adaptable to different types of boating units and functions, for its increased manoeuvrability, for its compact design and for its sustainability, due to its reduced impact on marine flora and fauna.
ECOPRIMUS – NORTHERN LIGHT COMPOSITES
Awarded for the in-depth research carried out into the eco-compatible materials used and the attention paid to recovering materials at the end of a product’s lifecycle; for the interest devoted to a boating unit category that promotes sailing among younger generations; for the passion and competence demonstrated by a start-up.
MAMBO – MOI COMPOSITES
Awarded for advanced research in the field of CFM technology combined with the advantages of 3D printing, which have reduced investment requirements for moulds and created the possibility to experiment with innovative shapes. Worthy of particular recognition is also the collaboration between the different industrial partners involved.
F.LLI RAZETO & CASARETO
Awarded to a company keenly involved in the production of boating equipment, an active exhibitor at the Genoa International Boat Show, a company celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020. For its passion and continuous investment in innovation and in expanding its range of products, introducing new materials and constantly tackling new areas of research.
ECORACER – NORTHERN LIGHT SRL
For the progress achieved researching sustainable solutions for materials and components and the creation of a boat capable of racing while also spreading impactful design and construction techniques.
MOMI 80 – VISMARA MARINE CONCEPT SRL
For having combined solutions to the needs of ocean sailing with those of high-performance racing and for having integrated innovative and effective technology with design choices of exceptional quality that perfectly blend interiors with exteriors.
BMA X 277 – RIBITALY srl
For developing innovative concepts in terms of comfort and use of space and for the research aimed at creating a contemporary hull design without deviating from the brand’s hallmark style.
BG72 – BLUEGAME SRL
For the developments achieved in cross over designs, successfully combining the open and flybridge concepts and thus allowing for much greater visibility throughout outdoor spaces; for the quality of the materials used, for the design choices made and for the balance between high performance and low consumption.
GRANTURISMO CRUISET 11.0 – LOMAC NAUTICA
For the exceptional level of continuity throughout the design phase, allowing for the addition of new interior spaces without compromising the exterior design.
AZIMUT GRANDE TRIDECK – AZIMUT YACHTS SRL
For the balance achieved between the development of tall decks and determination to maintain a dynamic design. For the quality of the design’s spaces, each tailored to providing exceptional liveability even while at sea. The distinct style of the model’s interior furnishings is also worthy of note.
SWAN SHADOW – NAUTOR’S SWAN
For the flexibility provided by the model’s diversified offer of available interior furnishings and for the large variety of custom solutions from which owners can choose. For the quality of materials and elegance of solutions tailored to the specific needs of each owner.
SCAFO MULTIMODALE – GERRISBOATS SRL
For developing a new approach to how the hull is used, allowing for a broader range of uses. For the implementation of fully electric propulsion systems, with hydrogen variants as well, and for the design’s reduced drag, allowing it to travel much greater distances.
MICRO PLASTIC COLLECTOR -. SUZUKI ITALIA SPA
The proposed microplastic filter and collection device opens up a plethora of new opportunities for solutions that we hope will soon become industry standards. The simplicity of the device’s design allows for easy reproducibility.
FUTURE – UNIBOAT ARGONAUTS TEAM
Futura is a single-handed competitive catamaran that uses integrated zero-CO2 propulsion systems, created by a team of students from the University of Bologna who had previously won the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge. The design is the outcome of a significant deal of research focused on propulsion systems, construction techniques, materials, recycling and digital data management, providing a new perspective on the future of the boating industry as a whole, all while remaining within a limited budget.
AMER 120 – PERMARE SRL
For experimenting with building techniques aimed at reducing the quantities of fibreglass used in hull construction, replacing it with recyclable materials. For the constant search for sustainable solutions with regards to materials and components.
SANITANK – IGEA BIOCHEMICAL SRL
For creating a product that is easy and quick to use and which reduces the environmental impact of sanitisation practices onboard. For finding new ways to implement natural materials instead of more traditional solutions.
ENERGY PACK – H2BOAT SRL
H2Boat is a spin-off project by the University of Genoa’s Mechanical Engineering Department, aimed at integrating hydrogen technology onboard, providing a source of clean and safe energy. The product is patented.
GIUSEPPE BALDUCCI – CANTIERI OVERMARINE
Born in a town synonymous with boating, Limite sull’Arno, Giuseppe Balducci has been a hallmark name throughout the history of the Italian leisure boating industry. His keen entrepreneurial spirit and honed ability to predict the market’s needs allowed Giuseppe to create Mangusta, the Overmarine Group brand that to this date is still a world leader in the development of open designs.