“The ability to innovate is a strategic asset for the success of our company and this ability is based on the quality and energy of ideas,” explains Architect Federica Bertolini of Azimut Yachts, project coordinator." Azimut Yachts has always recognised young talent as a fundamental resource that enables us to look to the future with confidence and a sense of continuity. In terms of specific sectors such as Interior Design, we have decided to launch a competition open to compatible schools and universities. The aim is twofold: first, to identify promising and capable young talent that could contribute innovative ideas to designing our yachts; second, to expose these young students to our company and provide them with direct in the field experience. The results have been so positive that we will definitely be holding a second competition in late autumn."The Azimut Yachts Contest Design Award saw participation from students from the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) of Milan and Turin, Poli Design – Master in Yacht Design, Politecnico di Torino, and Coventry University.
IED Milan student Francesco Russolillo won first prize earning a six-month internship at Azimut Yachts. Seven members of the Azimut Yachts Style Office juried the competition, assessing the entries according to various criteria, including: innovation, organisation of space/layout, feasibility, graphic presentation, and detail development.
The official awards ceremony will be held at the next Cannes Yachting Festival scheduled for 8-13 September.
“It is a clear example of how the Istituto Europeo di Design is at the cutting edge of Made in Italy design, able to offer its students the tools and opportunities to access high level training in an international setting,” says Maurizio Cortese, General Manager of IED Group. "The collaboration with Azimut Yachts represents yet another opportunity for our students to gain first-hand experience with one of the leaders of the nautical sector, putting into practice the "expertise" our Group has always promoted.""I embraced this opportunity for various reasons," explains competition winner Francesco Russolillo. "Definitely because of the client, Azimut Yachts, which embodies Italian excellence and is admired worldwide. It is a company that has figured out how to stand out. Even in times when the rest of the world has been struggling, it has remained at the forefront of developing new ways to experience the water and their vessels. I also approached this competition as a way to challenge myself. It was an opportunity to experiment and design something based on concrete parameters; and, like any new undertaking, it allowed me to learn something more about research and design."