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First Bolidt cruise interior design challenge opens

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Winners will be able to pitch their concepts to a cruise operator
Designers have been invited by Bolidt to submit concepts for innovative cruise ship interior solutions as part of the company's first design challenge.

Submissions for resin-based floor and wall coverings, ceiling hangings and artwork in general will be accepted as part of The Bolidt Design Challenge 2021, with designers, developers, inventors, artists and other creatives being judged in two categories: practising designers and student designers.

The winners will be revealed on September 28 and their creations exhibited at the Bolidt Innovation Center near Rotterdam; they will have the opportunity to pitch their concepts to a cruise operator with Bolidt’s support.

Applicants have until August 1 to submit their entry.

Several themes focussed on improving cruise vessels 

Among the themes are: how health and safety measures might influence decking; how art can be incorporated into onboard surfaces to impress, educate or provoke thought; how a design based on resin materials can change and interact with its environment; how these materials can contribute to reducing the environmental impact of cruising; and how design and colour can affect those observing it.

Among the judges are the Royal Institution of Naval Architects’ technical director Dmitriy Ponkratov, and Brødrene Oslo’s Nikolai Gyllenhammar and Jonny Aaseth. 

Aiming to find creative solutions to current challenges 

‘The cruise industry is going through arguably its most difficult period, facing environmental regulations and evolving passenger expectations while navigating a pandemic unprecedented in the modern era,’ explained Jacco van Overbeek, director, maritime division, Bolidt. ‘For the sector to overcome these challenges and ensure success in the years and decades ahead, it requires creative solutions – and nothing sparks creativity like some healthy competition.’ 

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