Partnering with Feadship, BOAT International hosted its Young Designer of the Year cocktail event on 28 September 2023 during the Monaco Yacht Show, where the young designers had the opportunity to meet and converse with senior designers and judges regarding the 2024 task in which students are asked to imagine themselves as a junior designer working for the design arm of Feadship, Studio De Voogt. It was hosted at the Feadship Exclusive Lounge in the Wine Palace under the Yacht Club de Monaco and saw several young designers attend.
Celebrating the original concepts of student and trainee designers from around the globe, the Young Designer of the Year winner will be announced at the 2024 Design and Innovation Awards as part of the Superyacht Design Festival. The winner will receive critical acclaim in front of an international audience of superyacht owners, designers and industry leaders, and allow participants to network among the most influential players in the yachting industry. Nominations will close on 14 November 2023.
Watch the highlights of the Young Designer of the Year cocktail event at the Monaco Yacht Show 2023 and hear from this year's new panel member Tanno Weeda, head of design at Feadship.
The event was attended by judges – including new panel member Tanno Weeda – and previous young designers and those who have entered this year.
Roger Lean-Vercoe, chairman of the Young Designer judging panel and Farouk Nefzi, chief marketing officer at Feadship, provided a few words. They discussed what they were looking for and wished the entrants good luck for this year.
Guests were provided with wine and canapés before heading over to the stand. Young designers were then taken by tender to the Feadship stand to explore the concept unveiled at the show, Dunes.