The winners of the 2018 Young Designer of the Year Award sponsored by Oceanco were announced in Kitzbuhel this evening (January 28) during the Boat International Design and Innovation Awards.
For the second year in a row, the candidates were split into two categories and the winners are Nicolò Piredda (best student) and Damien Bovie (best professional).
Piredda’s entry Galàna (pictured above) impressed the judges with its practical and elegant exterior design. The 23-year-old Politecnico di Milano student met the brief exactly with his general arrangement, while his masterful use of design development sketches was also exceptional.
A freelance designer by trade, Bovie saw off fierce competition in his category from 18 rivals hailing from 13 different countries. The ju
dges reserved high praise for fellow finalists Yilin Huang and Francesco Conte, but Bovie’s design Mirage was selected as the winner due to its excellent presentation, practical ideas and beautifully drawn general arrangement.
Speaking after receiving the award, Piredda said: "It's quite difficult to explain what it means to win the Young Designer of the Year Award. I think it will take me a week to realise just how big this is. It feels amazing."
“It’s a great contest and yachting is an amazing world. I just wanted to give a chance to my design," added Bovie. “This award is going to help me to open up great contacts to design new yachts."
As part of their prize, Bovie and Piredda will take a tour of the Oceanco headquarters in May along with the other 2018 Young Designer of the Year Award finalists Aristotelis Betsis, Gianmarco Cardia, Elizabeth Kozlova, Guehun Lee and Filippo Phelan. What's more, Piredda will spend three months learning directly from the Oceanco design team as part of an exclusive work placement.
A grand total of 44 entries were received for this year’s Young Designer of the Year Award and the judges gave a special mention to the youngest ever entrant, 13-year-old Jens de Klerk. Although he did not make it into the final nine, his design was highly commended for effort.