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16 ShowBoats Design Awards 2016 winners

16 ShowBoats Design Awards 2016 winners

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ShowBoats Design Awards winners


Interior Layout & Design Award - Motor Yacht Below 500GT winner

Interior Design: Sorgiovanni Designs

Builder: Alia Yachts

The hotly contested ShowBoats Design Award for interior layout and design of yachts below 500GT always draws a lot of entrants and this year was no exception, thus the shortlisting committee was hard-pressed to limit the number of finalists to just 10.

The interior designers ranged from newcomers to well-known industry stalwarts and their concepts ranged from traditional to industrial chic. What excited the judges most was the design by Australian Sam Sorgiovanni for a compact five-stateroom yacht that lives large thanks to a nearly nine-meter beam and features smart flow for excellent crew service. Among Rüya's interior features is a three-deck atrium staircase clad in a marble surround.

The owner’s brief was for a casual, family-oriented yacht with an upscale yet unpretentious resort ambiance. Sorgiovanni’s design keeps things fresh and lively with a broad array of materials and textures used to geometric effect and a colour palette of ochre and turquoise blue inspired by northwestern Australia. The open grains of the wood surfaces — primarily bamboo and Australian silky oak — and patterns of hand-hewn stone are allowed to take center stage to create a compelling and modern backdrop for exploring the world.

This award is sponsored by Boutsen Design.

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