With her final thesis “Draconis Concept” in the subject of industrial design at the University Duisburg-Essen in Germany Maila Speitkamp convinced the highly respected professionals of the judging panel at the World Superyacht Awards on Saturday May 16th, 2009 at London’s historic venue Guildhall.
The judges of the “Young Designer of the Year” competition received an outstanding number of entries from young navel architects and yacht designers from all over the world and the quality of the submissions was truly exceptional. Common consensus amongst the judges was that the standard of entries was much higher than last year and they were astounded by the quality of work presented.
The award recognises the achievement of an outstanding young designer and the potential impact of their work on current or future designs for the superyacht industry. The winning entry “Draconis Concept” is an over 40m long catamaran with high-tech-wingsails, which can form asymmetrical profiles on either side. The exterior design impresses with great automotive surfaces, transparencies and structures.
The independent panel of judges commented that Maila’s project seemed to embody a direction for the current age: understated, ingenious and original, and an undeniable connection with the sea.
In the beginning of 2008 Maila Speitkamp founded the company IDuo Design in Essen, Germany. The design office has it’s focus on product and yacht design.