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Join us for the Superyacht Design Festival 2021

8 April 2021

The work of designers has been forced to evolve more rapidly than usual this past year, giving way to a broader spectrum of radical new shapes, lines, layouts and purpose to superyacht design. To help celebrate this, the Superyacht Design Festival, taking place in Milan, Italy on 15 - 16 July 2021, is set to not only bring together the frontrunners of the industry, but to discuss the world of design with the experts.

So far, the 2021 edition is to be held in collaboration with Event Partners Oceanco, Azimut Benetti and Videoworks. Plus, Viraver is a Supporting Partner.

The Superyacht Design Festival has been successfully informing, connecting and entertaining the superyacht community and beyond for over a decade. This year in vibrant Milan, Alberto Alessi and Patricia Viel are just some of the handpicked panel of industry superstars that will gather to discuss the following topics:


Household name Alberto Alessi will outline what makes a successful partnership as a designer and how you can go about finding one. Having sought out many creative minds to work alongside, including everyone from Zaha Hadid and Phillipe Starck to Achille Castiglione and Toyo Ito, there can be few speakers better placed to advise than “the godfather of Italian design”.


The world of AI is evolving at a pace, and now it’s the superyacht’s turn to get in on the action. We outline the cutting-edge technologies already being put to the test on the fringes of the industry and what needs to happen for their usage to become mainstream.


Research has shown that our senses interact with each other and actually affect how we experience pleasure onboard. So, what if you could create a superyacht specifically designed to trigger the body's senses? We find out how it could be done.

Daniel McCullough


French architect and co-founder of ACPV [Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel], Patricia Viel, knows a thing or two about digital design tools thanks to her experience in designing world-famous hotels and well-recognised superyachts. Her practice has been enhanced through the use of methodology, BIM (Building Information Modeling) and by leveraging computational and generative design to create the perfect synergy between man and machine.


Interactive design may be spectacular, but they come with their own unique set of challenges. We look at how these installations can enhance life on board, the groundwork that goes into installing them and the most exciting possibilities on the horizon. Designer of the 107.6-metre Benetti yacht Luminosity, Zaniz Jakubowski, and leading lighting designer Sally Storey explains some of their futuristic success stories.

Luminosity's main staircase with 18m interactive foyer


To find out whether a 100% fossil-free yacht ever be a viable reality, we invite a panel of hybrid experts from across the yachting world to divulge their knowledge and insight into what is yet to come from the new-builds we are yet to see.


After a complicated and challenging year, we share insight into the status of the superyacht industry, along with emerging sectors, growing areas of interest and predictions for the future.

The first day of the Festival will celebrate excellence in the industry from both newcomers and established brands. The latest pioneers of modern-day design will be announced at the BOAT International Design & Innovation Awards. Here are the 2021 finalists.

The winner of 2021 Young Designer of the Year Awards in partnership with Oceanco will also be revealed in Milan on 15 July 2021. Meet the talented finalists and see their inspiring designs here.

All event proceedings will take place according to the most current Covid-19 regulations. More information on tickets and the event schedule will be available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you would like to register your interest to attend please email events@boatinternationalmedia.com