2007 DAME Award shortlist revealed
By IBI Magazine
A total of 34 products have made the shortlist for this year's Design Award METS, otherwise known as the 2007 DAME Award. According to event organiser Amsterdam RAI, a total of 107 companies from 19 different countries entered the competition, with 138 products submitted for consideration.
"Overall I was impressed with the quality of the products, but my feeling was that there were categories that stood out, with a number of strong candidates, and other categories that were a little disappointing," says Bill Dixon of Dixon Yacht Design, who replaces Kim Hollamby as this year's chairman of the jury.
"On a personal note, the judging felt as if I was on a steep but enjoyable learning curve, given that I have not had DAME jury experience prior to this appointment. It was a tough job getting through the number of candidates, so I must thank my experienced colleagues on the jury for guiding me through my first year as chairman."
The shortlisted products are divided among eight categories: marine electronics; 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; life saving and safety equipment; machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems and fittings; and marine related software.
Category winners and the overall DAME Award winner will be announced just after the ICOMIA - METS Breakfast Briefing on Tuesday, November 13. UK equipment manufacturer Lewmar won the award last year for its 'One Touch' winch handle, beating 136 companies who entered a total of 166 products for consideration.
For a complete list of shorlisted products, go to www.metstrade.com/dame2007.
(23 October 2007)