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8 Young Designer of the Year Award winners – where are they now?

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Fadi Pataq Ydoy

Fadi Pataq, 2008 winner

Design: Pelagia, 70.26m steel/aluminium motor yacht

Words by Rebecca Cahilly

The inaugural Young Designer of the Year competition saw 40 entries from 12 countries, but it was American product design student Fadi Pataq and his 70.26 metre steel and aluminium motor yacht design, Pelagia, who took home the prize. At a time when 70 metre projects were few and far between, Pelagia was not only beautiful and artistic in design, but received a nod for her careful balance of form and function. 

Since receiving the Neptune in April 2008, Fadi worked with Chicago-based information technology firm TZ Intevia, but followed his passion for yacht design when a chance introduction at the Monaco Yacht Show led him to Abu Dhabi Mar. Much of his early work was on military vessels and patrol boats, but Fadi’s first superyacht project was significant — he was responsible for the exterior styling of the the 141-metre Swift141, Yas, one of the ten biggest superyachts in the world. Fadi is currently the Creative Director of Nobiskrug in Germany.

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