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Nominations for the 24th Design Award METS announced

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45 products have been nominated to go forward for final judging by the jury of the Design Awards METS (DAME) 2014 competition. A total of 116 entries from 23 nationalities were received this year.

Out of the 45 products nominated, seven Category Winners will be chosen as well as one Overall Winner. All the DAME winners will be announced during the Breakfast Briefing on the opening day of METS 2014, taking place 18 to 20 November in the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre. Winning products will be on display in the new Innovation LAB in the Elicium building, supported by iPad presentations with background information.

Initiated in 1991 the DAME competition promotes the importance of design for all marine products, from function to aesthetics and from packaging to end product. The DAME Jury also considers the overall expected impact on the marine industry of entries, their suitability for intended purpose, the level of innovation, cost effectiveness and environmental impact.

Commenting on a strong field of entries, the Chairman of the DAME Awards Jury, Bill Dixon, comments, "There’s a growing challenge from consumer expectation. Today’s boat owners are familiar with intuitive user interfaces on smart phones and tablets. When they get on their boats and superyachts they do not want to be confused by something a lot more complicated. Simple, elegant design with cohesive integration is the future and this is the challenge that the DAME Awards will continue to address by highlighting the endeavours of the best entrants."

The DAME categories include:
marine electronics and related software;
interior equipment, furnishings, materials and electrical fittings used in cabins; marina equipment, boatyard equipment and boat construction tools & materials;
deck equipment, sails and rigging; clothing and crew accessories;
lifesaving and safety equipment;
machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems & fittings.

DAME Jury 2014
Mr. Jean François de Prémorel, Beneteau Groupe - France
Mr. Chris Beeson, Sailing Editor of Yachting Monthly - United Kingdom
Mr. Bill Dixon, Dixon Yacht Design (Chairman of the DAME Jury) - United Kingdom
Mr. Torsten Conradi, Judel / Vrolijk & Co. Engineering GmbH, President DBSV - Germany
Ing. Andrea Frabetti, Ferretti Group / Advanced Yacht Technology - Italy
Mr. Klaus Roeder, Carpe Diem Yacht Design & member of the ICOMIA Technical Committee - Germany
Prof. Ger Bruens, TU Delft / Associate Professor Design Aesthetics - The Netherlands
Mr. Nigel Calder, independent Technical Marine Journalist - USA

By Gemma Fottles

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