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27 Apr 23

100 entries




New contest on Desall invites you to participate in the Sea Design Contest 2023, the first international contest entirely dedicated to the nautical sector. The contest is organized by Tigullio Design District and Nautic One and is open to students and recent graduates from all over the world.

Company description

Tigullio Design District
Tigullio Design District – TDD is the first international event dedicated to nautical/sea design, outdoor and lifestyle, set in the Gulf of Tigullio, between Genoa and the Cinque Terre. TDD emerges as a new district located between Genoa, home of the Boat Show, and La Spezia, an international center for boat production activities, taking place as a parallel event to the Milan Design Week, the most important design event in the world.

Nautic One
Nautic One is the new nautical top gear, a channel devoted to the sea and the boat experience. We show exciting challenges, boat tests, memes and many other curiosities.
Thanks to simple, interesting and engaging contents, our channel caters to everyone, new generations of sea captains and sea lovers alike.

Particiption rules
1- Only students and recent graduates who have completed their studies in 2022 can participate;
2- Submit your project via the dedicated page on Desall;
3- Follow Tigullio Design District , Nautic One and Desall on Instagram;

The brief is available in the following languages:
- English
- Italian

What we are looking for

Tigullio Design District and Nautic One are looking for projects related to the major themes of the sea. While there are no particular restrictions relating to the category of product or service sought, submissions should be in keeping with the nautical sector and aimed at solving problems related to everyday life at sea. Participants are therefore allowed to submit different types of design concepts, such as boats, products, services, innovative systems, projects linked to the protection of the marine environment or to the world of disability in aquatic contexts etc.

The first edition of the Sea Design Contest (2022) catered to Italian students and saw the participation of numerous universities of industrial and yacht design. The award recipients are listed as follow: Ester Ferlito, Chiara Garofalo & Matteo Barbagelata, Nicola Galli & Simone Quintavalle. The 2023 edition is open to students and recent graduates from all over the world.

For enquiries relating to the brief, please contact the Tigullio Design District team directly using the email: with the following in copy:


For the correct implementation of your proposals, please keep in mind the following guidelines:

Entry categories
The Sea Design Contest has three categories:

- Nautical Design: yachts, super yachts, motor boats, sports boats, rafts, sails, etc. up to futuristic boats, new solutions for boats and concept yachts.

- Industrial Design: nautical cleats, on-board equipment, diving fins, diving masks, kayaks, jet skis, buoys, innovative nautical materials, furnishings for boats, gadgets, water fun products, technical clothing, beachwear, etc..

- Design for All: projects dedicated to the world of disability in aquatic contexts, services for the marine/outdoor world that feature a social component, products and services for those who experience the marine environment – on board, on land and on the beach – with difficulty due to disability.

Submissions that will take into consideration aspects related to sustainability, innovation, functionality, refinement of materials and aesthetics, and which will show particular attention to presentation, will be evaluated with a higher score.

Upload detailed descriptions and images to best present your projects.

In addition to the specifics relating to the project, the description must contain name, surname, age, university, year of study and personal Instagram profile. For group projects, you will need to specify the above required data for all components.

Uploaded images (maximum 5) must have an aspect ratio of 4:3; accepted file formats: .jpg, .gif or .png; color mode: RGB; maximum single file size: 1MB. You are invited to use the dedicated function on the upload page to upload a .zip archive containing the 3D files and high resolution images of the proposals. Maximum size of the .zip file: 100MB.

During the months of March and April 2023, two different juries will be involved in evaluating the submitted projects: a panel of experts will vote on each entry and create a shortlist; the social audience will vote on the shortlisted projects via Nautic One’s Instagram stories. The votes of the two juries will have equal weight (50% and 50%).

The expert jury of the Sea Design Contest 2023 includes:

- Anna Borla – CEO and Creative Director | Anna Borla Design & Yachts
- Claudio Carmosino – Director | Daily Nautica
- Davide Scomparin – Founder and CEO | Desall
- Gian Paolo Nari – Architect Yacht Designer | Gian Paolo Nari Yacht Design
- Isabel Francoy – Founder, Architect and Designer | Isabel Francoy
- Mauricio Cardenas Laverde – Founder | Studio Cardenas Conscious Design
- Massimo Rosati – Architect, Journalist and Founder | Design Street magazine
- Roberto di Stefano – Interior Designer | Roberto from Stefano Design Studio
- Tommaso Piazzolla – Founder | Nautic ONE

Winners will be announced by the end of April 2023 on, and on Nautic One’s Instagram account.

Evaluation criteria
In the evaluation of your submissions the Sponsor will take into account the following criteria:


Contest Timeline
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Upload phase: 13 October 2022 – 28 February 2023 (1.59 PM UTC)
Client vote phase: from 28 February 2023
Winner announcement: approximately by the end of April 2023

Eligibility and submission criteria
Participation is free and open to students and young graduates of any nationality, aged 18 or older. Participants will be able to present one or more projects, but only the projects published on the website, from the upload page relating to the contest will be accepted.

Participants must comply with the following criteria and steps:

1- Only students and recent graduates who have completed their studies in 2022 can participate;
2- Submit your project via the dedicated page on Desall;
3- Follow Tigullio Design District , Nautic One and Desall on Instagram;

Proposals are accepted from students and recent graduates who have completed their studies in 2022. Participants shall report their status (student or recent graduate) and be available to provide appropriate documentation if and when requested by the organizers of the contest.

Participants shall be the official owners of submitted projects and hold all pertaining rights including that of economic exploitation. Both unpublished projects and projects that have been already published or conceived on other occasions are accepted.

For more information, please login and read the Contest Agreement from the upload page.

The three winners (one winner for each category) will enjoy the following visibility and networking benefits:

- Participation in the online awards ceremony of the 2023 edition.
- Publication of their project on, on the Tigullio Design District website and on Nautic One’s social networks, Facebook and Instagram.
- An interview with the contest organizers.
- The inclusion of their profile in the press releases relating to the event.
- The opportunity to participate as a special guest in the 2024 edition of the Tigullio Design District alongside some of the best designers in the world.
- Participation with a digital content (e.g. video dedicated to the creation and description of the winning project) at the Tigullio Design District in 2024.
- The opportunity to network and connect with companies and professionals in the nautical sector for future collaborations.


Since we are an international Community, all texts provided with your uploads (abstract, description, tags, etc.) should be written in English.

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Desall required files

Minimum 1 image, up to 5.
Recommended dimensions: 960 x 720px (player size) ; allowed format: .jpg , .gif , .png; color mode: RGB;
allowed resolution: 72 dpi ; max file (for each one) size: 1 mb.

Brief document (.pdf) Material files (.zip)





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