Alastair Callender, of UK based Callender Designs, has won the Sustainable Category in the esteemed Condé Nast Traveller's Innovation & Design Awards 2010.
On Monday 10th May 2010, Alastair Callender was voted as the winner of the category to reward sustainability, with his Soliloquy eco-superyacht concept. Last year’s recipient of this most important category was given to the internationally acclaimed architect Lord Foster for his work on Masdar City, in Abu Dhabi. “My generation is passionate about the planet – I am also passionate about yachts and design. This project was about combining my passions”, enthused Callender.
Soliloquy - the super-green superyacht, using state-of-the-art technology from Sydney based Solar Sailor Ltd - has been placed alongside winners from the 9 other categories. Soliloquy was the only design from the yacht industry to be awarded a prize.
Alastair’s innovative Soliloquy concept was in competition with some of the largest Design, Architecture and Technology studios from across the globe. “ To be presented this, the biggest accolade of my career to-date, in the company of such well respected designers and innovators is a very special moment.”
Alastair’s Soliloquy design concept sits alongside fellow winners at this year’s awards that include, designers: Paul Smith, Richard Seymour, the iPad by Apple, the artist Anish Kapoor, Architects Zaha Hadid and Foster & Partners and Sir Richard Branson & the team at Virgin Galactic.
“I am honoured to receive this wonderful award. We are now even more certain that we can find an investor or conglomerate of investors, that can transform this award-winning concept into reality”.