Announcing the 6
finalists of the Young Designer of the Year Award 2016


Baoqi Xiao

Six finalists have been chosen for the 2016 Young Designer of the Year Award, after a long day of deliberation by our esteemed panel of judges.

The 2016 task asked young designers to expand a concept for a 45-metre motor yacht into a fully thought-out design that included the deckhouse (or deckhouses) and a complete general arrangement plan for the cockpits and all enclosed spaces.

Baoqi Xiao’s entry, pictured above, is influenced by the structure of knitwear fabric. The shape of threads interlocking with each other, and the zig-zag pattern of knitwear fabric have both been highlighted by Baoqi Xiao in his entry. “The zig-zag pattern has been enlarged and assigned colour to become an iconic design language in the fashion industry,” he explains. “The zig-zag shape feature is the main styling design language of this concept.”

Baoqi Xiao’s Young Designer of the Year Award entry includes the general arrangement, which features good use of outdoor space. The beach club on the lower deck leads up to the main deck, where outdoor seating has been placed by a teppanyaki grill.

The interior is also interesting – the upper deck is designed solely for the owner’s cabin, with access into the cinema below on the main deck. Aft sits the main saloon, with guest cabins forward. The lower deck features a spa and sauna, with the rest of the space dedicated to the crew.

Baoqi Xiao is currently studying automotive and yacht design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. 

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