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After another star-studded edition of the BOAT Design & Innovation Awards, the Superyacht Design Festival opened its doors in the Italian ski town of Cortina d’Ampezzo. The two-day event brought together an expert line-up of speakers from across the design world for a variety of panels, discussions and networking opportunities in the heart of the Dolomites. BOAT rounds up the highlights live from the event…

Day One

The first day began at Alexander Girardi Hall with coffee and registration. Guests were then invited to the auditorium, where the event was officially inaugurated by Shirley Robertson OBE.

BOAT’s editor-in-chief Stewart Campbell kicked off the day with a detailed insight into the state of the superyacht market with data powered by BOATPro. Campbell shone a spotlight on the growth of the fleet between 1900 and 2023, the destination trends of the superyacht fleet around the world, and the future of the market with insights from the Global Order Book. The data indicated a decline in speculative builds suggesting “the appetite for getting on the water as soon as possible is undimmed”. Campbell also provided a closer look at the brokerage market, which shows growth compared to previous years, but isn’t yet toppling the figures of 2021. “I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like 2021,” he added.

Spray Yourself a New Superyacht

Next on the agenda, Dr Manel Torres spoke about his groundbreaking Fabrican software — as seen being sprayed on Bella Hadid during Paris Fashion Week. “That was a big viral moment for us,” said Torres, who has been working on the technology for twenty years. Torres explained how Fabrican uses a mix of natural and synthetic fibres which solidify when they meet air, creating a huge scope for creative and functional applications on board yachts. Torres showed examples of a fully-sprayed interior design on board a yacht, and explained that furniture, ornaments, and decorations can be sprayed with a high level of detail and texture. Torres said there was further application for the charter and refit markets due to its ability to transform spaces quickly and easily.

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