Entries are being sought for the 30th edition of the DAME Design Award, exclusively for exhibitors attending this year’s METSTRADE (METS).
While many manufacturers have experienced a difficult first half of 2020, there is evidence that research and development efforts have continued through the challenges of the pandemic, says METS organisers.
DAME is judged by a panel of leading boat, interior and industrial designers, as well as user experts. Appointed to the chair this year is naval architect, designer and yacht racer, Andre Hoek. He replaces Birgit Schnaase, who completed her term in 2019 after her eight, much-appreciated, years of service on the DAME Jury.
Entering the DAME Award typically brings companies’ products to the attention of the global marine audience. Those that go on to achieve DAME Category and Overall Winner awards are acknowledged as having reached the top standard of design practice for marine equipment in their field.
“Since winning the DAME Award, our global profile has increased in almost unmeasurable numbers,” says Nick Bice, commercial director of last year’s DAME Winner, USAFE. “METSTRADE, combined with the DAME Award and a great product, have boosted our business significantly.”
The DAME Design Award was launched in 1991 to promote design across all disciplines and recognise the best-designed products. The DAME Jury also considers the expected benefit for the marine industry of the entries, as well as their suitability for intended purpose, level of innovation, cost effectiveness and environmental impact. The DAME is judged in seven key product categories and the €150 registration fee per product is always donated to charity (this year’s recipient to be the Blue Marine Foundation).