Some 51 products have been nominated to go forward for final judging by the jury of the 25th Design Award METS (DAME) 2015 competition.
The products have been selected from a total of 108 entries from 92 companies, representing 24 nationalities. An international jury will eventually choose up to seven category winners and one overall winner.
The DAME winners will be announced during the Breakfast Briefing on the opening day of the 2015 METSTRADE show, which runs from November 17-19 in the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre. The DAME Award ceremony will be held in the RAI Forum on Tuesday, November 17 at 08:00.
Chairman of the DAME Awards jury, Bill Dixon, said the process of judging entries this year was challenging. “In several of the categories we found many well-designed items to consider, with prices ranging from just a few euros through to high-priced specialist equipment,” he said.
“The range of contenders provoked different responses from each member of our highly experienced jury, whose professional knowledge spans everything from naval architecture, interior design, end-user application and boat manufacturing to industrial design. We eventually reached a consensus, but only after a great deal of discussion!”
“There is a lot of good thinking and innovative design effort coming through across the board,” Dixon added. “After a day surrounded by products of this quality, you reach the inevitable conclusion that the marine industry is gearing up for the future. This is really encouraging – and a fitting way to celebrate 25 years of the DAME Awards.”
The DAME jury carefully assesses entries for design in all of its aspects, including aesthetics, usability, build quality, functionality and use of materials. Other factors taken into account are originality and the price-to-quality ratio.
The shortlisted products are divided into seven categories:
Marine electronics and marine related software
Interior equipment, furnishings, materials and electrical fittings used in cabins
Marina equipment, boatyard equipment and boat construction tools and materials
Deck equipment, sails and rigging
Clothing and crew accessories
Lifesaving and safety equipment
Machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems and fittings
Nominated and winning products will be on display during the METSTRADE show as part of a special presentation near to Entrance C. The category winners and overall winner will also be featured in an information display within the InnovationLAB and all winning companies will also present their products on the InnovationLAB on stage in the Elicium. Past and current jury members and representatives from winning companies over the past quarter of a century will meet at a special 25th anniversary reception on Tuesday, November 17.
For a full list of nominees, click here.