UK, London. Just over two months ago, an international group of superyacht designers and influencers joined together for three days of debate, discussion and education. SuperyachtDESIGN Week, held from 23 – 25 June at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, saw over 400 guests engage with the latest technologies and listen to innovative ideas for the marine world and beyond.

The content of the event, previously only available to guests of 2015, is now live and accessible to all on The website features the full event programme, a video and photo gallery, podcasts from the keynote sessions, the full delegate list, registration for next year and the opportunity to submit your ideas for SYDW 2016. To view all this and more, click here.

David Nelson of Foster + Partners

SuperyachtDESIGN Week was heralded as the best edition since its conception in 2013. The event featured engaging keynote presentations from design legends David Nelson of Foster + Partners and Johannes Torpe of Johannes Torpe Studios, innovative technology from Pavegen’s CEO Laurence Kemball-Cook and WarkaWater’s Arturo Vittori, a VriThink! session from Marnix Hoekstra, as well as insight into the design process of superyacht owner Bill Duker and his team at PHDesign.

An interactive workshop

A fundamental aspect of SYDW was the interactive workshops, hosted by a variety of Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour showrooms. Intimate ‘meet the designer’ sessions with superyacht luminaries Terence Disdale, John Munford, Martin Francis and Michael Leach were held alongside technical workshops showcasing 3D printing and the intricate world of biomimicry.  Think tanks discussing legal issues, crew and the next generation of designers took place over the three days, as well as design debates looking at superyacht refit, ‘green’ design and material innovations.

The Designer Draw Off

The Designer Draw Off was a hugely popular addition to the programme this year, where Rob Doyle, Steve Gresham and Greg Marshall had just one hour to draw their interpretation of the event’s three themes: smart engineering, living architecture and planetary protection. These canvases were then donated to Sail4Cancer to be auctioned off at their next event. 

Thank you to all those involved in this year’s event. Stay tuned for updates for SuperyachtDESIGN Week in 2016.

SuperyachtDESIGN Week was sponsored by 
Gold level: Awlgrip and Blohm+Voss Shipyards. Silver level: Clyde & Co and OceanLED. Bronze level: Hacker-Craft,Heirlooms, RINA, SA Baxter Architectural Hardware and ZEZ Fabric

If you have enjoyed reading this article, you’ll love our upcoming event, The Superyacht Design Forum, taking place on 25 - 26 June 2019 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. The Superyacht Design Forum provides anyone in the superyacht design world with a unique opportunity to explore new thinking and share smarter solutions for the future of superyachts. To find out more or to register, click here.