17 - 18 - 19 November 2015

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DAME - 25th anniversary in 2015!

The DAME Design Award - the most prestigious international design competition for new marine equipment and accessories - celebrates its 25th anniversary this year! Over the past 25 years, independently appointed judges examined thousands of products in specific marine categories. The DAME Design Award has come to set the pace for new concepts and designs in the worldwide leisure marine industry. Participation in DAME Awards is exclusively reserved to METSTRADE exhibitors.

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Entries from all over the world

The DAME Design Award 2014 received 116 entries from 23 nations all around the World. The 45 nominations represent companies from 16 different countries. The Overall Winner and Category Winners were announced at the ICOMIA-METSTRADE Breakfast Briefing held in the Forum of RAI Amsterdam before the official opening of the METSTRADE show on Tuesday 18 November. Products that the jury considers to be exceptional, but which do not win the award in their category, may be given a special mention.

DAME Award Winner 2014 METS

DAME 2014 Overall Winner

The DAME Design Award Jury is always on the look out for clever design solutions that challenge the status quo to deliver obvious improvements for boat owners and builders. There were several examples this year but the standout winner was Jefa’s Steering Traveller.

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Jury report

DAME Jury report METS 2014

The DAME Design Award Categories

The DAME Design Award Jury carefully assess entries for overall design, build quality, functionality, and use of materials. Other factors taken into account are originality, ergonomics and price/quality ratio. The short listed products are divided into seven categories:

  • Marine electronics and related software
  • 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
  • Lifesaving and safety equipment
  • Machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems, and fittings
More information about The DAME Design Award Charity »

About the DAME Design Award

The DAME Design Award was initiated in 1991 to recognize the best designed product at the METSTRADE show. Since then it has become the world’s leading annual design competition for the marine equipment and accessories industry. In 2007 the METSTRADE organization has decided together with the Exhibition Committee to support every other year a marine related government approved public charity that needs financial backing. With this initiative METSTRADE aims to show her involvement in the marine industry. In 2013 The DAME Design Award proceeds were offered to Sailability Foundation The Netherlands and Freedom Waters Foundation based in USA. All participants of The DAME Design Award are required to pay a fee of € 150 per registration. The collected registration fees will go to a selected charity. The total proceeds depend on the number of entries registered for The DAME Design Award every year, therefore no guarantees can be given.

Since 2005 RAI Amsterdam supports AMREF Flying Doctors. Therefore AMREF is appointed as The DAME Design Award charity by the Exhibition Committee, for every even year. The 2014 donations will contribute to sustainable water access for the Masai in Kajiado, Kenya. This project focuses on a reduction in the number of water-related diseases by improving access to safe drinking water for approximately 50,000 people.