Topics for the 2017 Superyacht Design Symposium

What does the future hold for superyacht design?

From shaking up yacht layouts to revolutionary new materials and concepts, who is leading the way – and how do they see design changing over the next 20 years?

The topics for the 2017 Superyacht Design Symposium have been announced, revealing an exciting and mixed debate that will take place over two days in the inspiring setting of Kitzbühel.


Keynote Interviews

Monday 6 February: Leonardo Ferragamo, Group Executive Chairman, Nautor’s Swan; Director, Salvatore Ferragamo

Tuesday 7 February: Luca Bassani, Founder & President, Wally


The concept - fantasy or reality?

It’s a great idea - but will it ever get delivered?  Do concepts actually advance design, or are they just noise? Do young designers feel they have to produce ever more “wacky” concepts to be noticed, and what’s the point since the designs will likely never go any further. Are crazy concepts good for any industry?

Timur Bozca, Founder, Bozca Designs

Vincenzo Poerio, _CEO, _Benetti

Ronno Schouten, Design Manager, Feadship / De Voogt Naval Architects

Richard Woolley, Design Studio Director, Jaguar Land Rover


The Future Lab

Beach clubs on board, swimming pools in basements, casinos on private jets - these lifestyle choices would have been an alien concept only twenty years ago. How will we have fun and stay fit in fifty years time, and who is developing our future?

Mike Fisher, Creative Director & Founder, Studio Indigo

Charlie Hagan,  Managing Partner & Head of Training & Nutrition, Hagan & Pappin

Marnix Hoekstra, Creative Director, Vripack

Celia Sawyer, Interior Designer


Is it time for a yacht design revolution?

Which designers are pushing the boat out when it comes to interior design? Do designers play it safe to make sale more likely? Should designers lead clients in redefining how they use space, or should they simply shut up and listen? From lighting to layouts, isn’t it time to be radical?

Jonny Horsfield, Owner & Design Director, H2 Yacht Design** **

Adam Lay, Designer, Adam Lay Studio

Peter Mikic, Interior Designer, Peter Mikic Designs

Guillaume Rolland, Y_acht Design Director_, Studio Liaigre** **


Legends vs. new generations

Hear the legends in the industry review a selection of infamous yachts alongside the new minds looking to establish themselves. Witness a conversation between the past and the future.

Terence Disdale, Founder, Disdale Design

Martin Francis, _Founder, _Francis Design Limited

Andrew Winch, _Founder & Creative Director, _Winch Design

Joined by,

Raphael Laloux, Exterior Designer

Rob Armstrong, Creative Director, ThirtyC

Moderated by**,** Tim Heywood, Founder, Tim Heywood Designs


Brand Bootcamp

How to establish your brand within a competitive industry? Join our bootcamp to hear from experts and your peers on how to make sure you and your brand stay ahead of the industry.

Sara Gioanola, PR & Press Office Manager, Heesen Yachts

Adam LeighStrategy Director, W Communications

Jeremy Roche, Sales & Marketing Director, Wider Yachts