• Young Designers

Discovering & supporting innovative yacht design

Camper & Nicholsons are leaders in discovering and supporting the next big talent in yacht design.

With a strong involvement and history in new construction, Camper & Nicholsons always has its eyes open and ears to the ground, looking for exceptional new yacht designers to involve in extraordinary projects. By sponsoring awards such as the Young Designer of the Year Award year upon year, we are the first to uncover exciting designers with fresh new ideas for truly unique yachts.

The Young Designer of the Year Award is a competition for design students and recent graduates. Entries are submitted by youngsters from 15 countries, including the UK, the US, Italy, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, India, Taiwan, Indonesia and Bangladesh. Judges scrutinise each entry and, following much deliberation, select five outstanding finalists and an overall winner.

This September, the Young Designer of the YearAward celebrated its fourth year and winner. Camper & Nicholsons congratulates Michael Givens, who received the award for his project KT during the ShowBoats Design Awards gala evening in Palm Beach, US. Givens received the award before an audience of yacht owners and influential members of the superyacht industry. As the winning designer, he also gained complimentary entry to the two-day Superyachts Design Symposium, which preceded the prize-giving ceremony. He has also been offered a discretionary two-week work-experience attachment in an established yacht design office.

The other finalists are also celebrating as they have the opportunity to gain first-hand industry experience at Lürssen Shipyard in Germany. Camper & Nicholsons thanks all those who submitted outstanding designs, and in particular the Young Designer of the Year Award 2011 finalists Bill Coxon and Adam Koolman for Evolution, Jorge Jabor Pinheiro for Narwhal, Misha Merzliakov for Eva, Nick Mezas for R&R, and, of course, the winner Michael Givens for KT.


Michael Givens - KT
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.


Bill Coxon & Adam Koolman - Evolution
Designed around a client with a young family, this yacht is built to offer a safe, spacious layout which can be easily modified as the family matures. Anticipating that with children much time will spent outdoors, each deck offers a wealth of entertainment and facilities. The swim deck is particularly well equipped, with its retractable extension, providing an exceptional staging area for diving, skiing and other water sports.

Jorge Jabor Pinheiro - Narwhal
Narwhal was Pinheiro's response to a vision for a yacht that can provide unique experiences to the Owner's family and friends. Not only can be act as the perfect family vessel, it can also be used for scientific and learning purposes.

Misha Merzliakov - Eva
Aiming to connect the interior to that of the environment, Eva boasts full height windows and open plan lounging. Principle living areas and the owner's cabin have as stern facing aspect, enabling enables a cohesive blend of interest and drams towards the recreational outdoor spaces and the sea.

Nick Mezas - R&R
R&R is Mezas' beautiful vision for a modern motor yacht with interior and exterior deck spaces that provide both a visual and a physical connection with the yacht's natural surroundings with 'rest and recreation' in mind.