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The Superyacht Design Festival 2022

Take a look at what happened in Milan during the Superyacht Design Festival 2022, where The Mall hosted the Design & Innovation Awards and two days of inspiring talks, a designer gallery and an exciting social agenda with world leaders superyachts and design.

The rewards

Guests prepare for the start of the Design & Innovation Awards 2022

Marilyn Mower, BOAT Editor, Gerard Dijkstra, Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, and Shirley Robertson, OBE, Event Host

Ignacio Bourgon celebrates the Young Designer of the Year 2022 award

All winners of the BOAT Design & Innovation Award 2022

The Superyacht Design Festival kicked off with the all-important Design & Innovation Awards. Recognizing the finest feats of superyacht design – including naval architecture, styling and technology – this year’s finalists included winners of the 94-meter World Superyacht Award Long live and sailboat Path. The ceremony also saw this year’s Young Designer of the Year award given to Ignacio Bourgon and the Lifetime Achievement award given to Gerard Dijkstra.

The conference

Legendary Italian car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro in conversation with Italian journalist Giosuè Boetto Cohen

The conference included a panel on whether 100% fossil-free yachts will be possible in the future

Michael Altenhofen, Director of Human Spaceflight at SpaceX, spoke about the future of space tourism

Patricia Viel, Co-Founder of Citterio Viel, spoke to Charlotte Hogarth-Jones, Director of Features at BOAT, about her design inspirations

US BOAT International Editor Cécile Gauert moderated a conversation on the future of autonomous boating

Yacht designer Giorgio Cassetta was one of many top designers to attend the event

Four experts from the world of lighting and design discussed the future of responsive design and art

Conference guests were able to hear and learn from speakers such as world-renowned architect and urban planner Stefano Boeri, yacht designer Giorgio Cassetta and architect Patricia Viel. Aiming to create debate and further discussion, conference topics included whether superyachts will ever be able to operate without fossil fuels and the role space tourism will play for UHNWIs. Panelists were seated in brightly patterned bucket chairs provided by the Dolce and Gabbana Home Collection.

The celebrations

Guests gathered at the COVA Courtyard in Milan after the Design & Innovation Awards

The festive cocktails were organized in partnership with Promemoria

Lürssen Sales Director Michael Breman and Dykstra Naval Architects Founder Gerard Dykstra

For those who participated and attended the BOAT Design & Innovation Awards, the event was followed by celebratory cocktails in the COVA courtyard in partnership with Promemoria.

The social party

Visionnaire’s flagship store in Milan hosted the second evening

Bernardo Zuccon, Mario Pedol and Giorgio Cassetta were among the guests who enjoyed the evening

The guests were able to admire the creations of Visionnaire

The elegant setting provided the perfect backdrop to end the day

Enrique Tintore, Head of SeaXplorer Design at Damen

After the first day of the conference, the social program continued with the Social Festival, held in the flagship store of interior design studio Visionnaire. In addition to admiring the brand’s unique designs and collections, guests were treated to cocktails, canapes and a live DJ.

The design challenge

The laureate Michel Dragoni and the president of Triton Patrick Lahey

The winner of the Triton Submarine’s Design Challenge, Michel Dragoni

Michel Dragoni received his prize from the hands of the president of Triton, Patrick Lahey

To mark the end of the Superyacht Design Festival, Triton Chairman Patrick Lahey revealed designer Michel Dragoni as the winner of the Triton Submarine’s Design Challenge.


Several inspiring furniture exhibits were on display, including a refined display by Promemoria

The finalists of the Young Designer of the Year 2022 competition, organized in partnership with Oceanco

Benetti’s exhibition showcased the brand’s latest launches and projects

The Custom Line exhibit was a popular addition to the Design Gallery

The Videoworks exhibition provided a live stream of social media activity during the festival

Technogym presented its latest equipment with an instructor on site for demonstrations

KMF presented its innovative stacking doors

Williams Jet Tenders had a Dieseljet 565 on display

The Rug Company showcased some of their handcrafted products and materials

A new addition to the Superyacht Design Festival was the Designer Gallery in the mall, where the 2022 event partners were on display for guests. Here, participants could network in the specially organized space between the round tables.

BOAT International would like to especially thank all of our event partners this year; Oceanco, Benetti, Videoworks, Custom Line, Visionnaire, KMF, Sanlorenzo, Technogym, Promemoria, TransferMate and The Rug Company, without whom the event would not be possible. We would also like to thank our supporting partners; Viraver, HFW, Mariaflora, Paolo Pontiggia, Williams Jet Tenders and Triton Submarines for their continued support.

Nominations are now open for the Design & Innovation Awards 2023 and the Young Designer of the Year Award until Friday October 7 and Monday November 14, 2022 respectively.

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