Camper and Nicholsons

Young Designer of the Year Award winner

28th Oct 2011

On Monday 5 September, a group of the world’s leading superyacht designers met in London to decide the winner of the fourth annual Young Designer of the Year Award.

The competition, sponsored by Camper & Nicholsons, considers students, and recent graduates, of design which in the past has been responsible for uncovering some of the industry’s most exciting and innovative creative talents. Entries were submitted by talented youngsters from 15 countries including Bangladesh, the Netherlands, France, Great Britain, Italy, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Russia and the USA. The judges scrutinised each entry in meticulous detail and, after much deliberation, selected five outstanding finalists and the overall winner.

We would like to congratulate Michael Givens, who was awarded the Young Designer of the Year Award for his project, KT, during the aforementioned ShowBoats Design Awards gala evening in Palm Beach, USA. Michael received the award in front of an audience comprised of yacht owners and the most influential members of the superyacht industry.  

Reflecting on his achievement, Michael commented, "The Showboats Award Gala evening exceeded my expectations in all possible ways.  Every aspect, from the cocktail reception to the poolside after party, flowed together in one seamless amazing night.  I can honestly say that the being called on stage to accept the Young Designer of the Year Award was the most exciting moment of my life.  The congratulatory champagne poured for my table, surrounded by new friends, capped the experience perfectly.  Afterwards, I spent the night celebrating, while receiving invaluable advice from designers whose work I have admired for years.  The opportunity to attend and be recognized at an event filled with the top players in the industry I am working to become a part of was truly life changing.  Winning the Young Designer of the Year Award is truly a dream come true.  The Golden Neptune represents the opportunity Showboats International and Camper & Nicholsons provide young aspiring designers to show their best work on a world stage.  With a clear and concise format, the Young Designer Competition allowed me to exercise all my newly learned skills, while being relevant and fun at the same time.  It is truly astonishing to be starting out in this industry and have had the opportunity to attend all these great events. The Golden Neptune along with the entire experience, start to finish, will be cherished."

As the winning designer, Michael gained complimentary entry to the two-day Superyachts Design Symposium, which preceded the prize giving ceremony in Palm Beach and has been offered a discretionary two-week work experience attachment in an established yacht design office. Additionally, all the finalists will have the rare opportunity to gain some first-hand industry experience at the kind invitation of Lürssen Shipyard, who will once again fly them to Germany to visit their impressive shipyards in Bremen and Rendsburg.

Camper & Nicholsons would like to thank all those who submitted outstanding designs, and in particular the Young Designer of the Year Award 2011 finalists Bill Coxon & Adam Koolman for Evolution, Jorge Jabor Pinheiro for Narwhal, Misha Merzliakov for Eva, and Nick Mezas for R & R, and of course the winner, Michael Givens for KT.


More about the winning concept - KT

Michael Givens' KT is an exciting vision capturing the elegance and class of 1930's fantail motor yachts but with a modern and sleek twist.  Classic proportions and expansive open and covered deck spaces blend with warm, modern interiors to offer the ideal vessel for those in search of a discerning and luxurious but simple experience at sea.  

by Camper Nicholsons

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We would like to congratulate Michael Givens, who was awarded the Young Designer of the Year Award for his project, KT

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