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Young Designer of the Year Awards 2020 Finalists Announced

Young Designer of the Year Awards 2020 Finalists Announced

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This year’s Young Designer of the Year task asked entrants to design a refit yacht and provide guidance for the owner on how the yacht should be modified to make it suitable for future lifestyles. Proposals for a new internal layout, internal design style, and substantial changes to update the exterior appearance of the yacht were all required.

The task called for imagination and design skill, combined with a look into the future. Read on to see which six young designers the judges have chosen as the 2020 finalists...

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Anna Borla

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Concept Name: Black Heron

Nationality: Italian

Education: Politecnico di Milano

Designer Statement:

The design of Black Heron has minimal structural changes to avoid an excessive cost, but it has a lot of cosmetic changes and design concepts to create a new modern aspect on the yacht. I wanted to draw more geometrical lines on the superstructure and on the hull, using new colours to give the yacht a better layout, with an aggressive look.

The most important changes are the increase of the volume on the stern and the bow. This allows to create a new Spa and sports area close to the beach area and a new space on the bow, away from the comfort areas, to use it as a garage tender or a big overview relax area when the electrical doors are closed.

The new black lines on the superstructure that seem like big windows, allow hiding the original superstructure and keeping the original portholes. Inside the interiors, I decided to use sliding doors in order to convert private areas into big open spaces. The interiors of the yacht are made of eco-friendly materials, especially wood and glass. Moreover, many rooms have ceilings and floors made of wood planks and recycled textiles for the furniture.

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Aristotelis Betsis

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Concept Name: KORΩNI

Nationality: Greek

Education: University of Strathclyde

Designer Statement:

Project KORΩNI is the result of the complete refit of project 2020 built by Oceanco. A contemporary exterior design with a new vertical bow and modern earth toned interior styling have been proposed, transforming the traditional styled yacht into a brand new fully equipped mega yacht able to accommodate 14 guests.

The general arrangement has been redesigned from scratch, implementing all of the owner’s requirements. On the main deck; the multifunctional interior space contains a piano saloon, a circular bar/alfresco dining for 14 people, the main salon and the main dining area; while forward you can find the 5 guest cabins (+1 staff). On the lower deck a beach club with a “boutique” garage have been implemented, providing plenty of space for sea activities and water sports. The boat is equipped with a unique amphitheatre cinema and presentation room, a 360 degree view disco, interior and exterior pools, impressive gym facilities (including a steam room, sauna, massage room and sports tv room) and voluminous multifunctional exterior areas with a variety of seating arrangements. The owner is benefitted from an aft view cabin on the bridge deck, with a fully private exterior jacuzzi and seating area.

This will be the ideal yacht for guests who want to experience the most out of the life at sea while being on board a practical, luxurious and elegant mega yacht.

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