The Bolidt Design Challenge 2021

Let out your inner dreamER!

The Bolidt Design Challenge 2021


The Bolidt Design Challenge 2021 is all about inspiring innovation in passenger ship design. Let out your inner dreamer and submit your concept for resin-based floor and wall coverings, artworks and other interior elements.  Over the years we've co-created with many designers and architects to translate their design concept into living and breathing realities! Will you be next? 

If you are an established designer or design student, then we invite you to submit your concepts for innovative passenger ship interior solutions.
How to participate? Press the sign up button below, fill in the form and we'll send over more details soon. Read on for more details on the rules of the game, jury and deadlines. 
Join us in celebrating more than 50 years of design innovation.


The winner in each of the two categories will be transformed from concept into reality and exhibited at the Bolidt Innovation Center close to Rotterdam, where we showcase our innovations.
In addition, the winning designers will have the opportunity to pitch their concepts to a cruise operator with support from Bolidt.

Why this challenge?

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. 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.

Participants are encouraged to consider several themes, such as 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.

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“We’re very much looking forward to seeing all the entries come in, and we hope the level of talent on show will give our judges a hard time deciding the winners!”

Jacco van Overbeek, director of Bolidt’s maritime division 

The jury

Each member of our multidisciplinary judging panel is a specialist in his respective field – and together, their expertise covers every angle of cruise ship design.

- Jon Ingleton Executive editor of Cruise & Ferry Review and Cruise & Ferry Interiors
- Dmitriy Ponkratov Technical director at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects
- Nikolai Gyllenhammar and Jonny Aaseth  Broslo, Brødrene Oslo - an artistic duo from Norway who are strong advocates for art as a central part of the cruise ship experience


Rules of the game

Submissions are sought from designers, developers, inventors, artists and other creatives and will be judged in two categories:
practicing designers and student designers.

  1. Sign up for this challenge.
    Your participation will be confirmed by Bolidt.

  2. Submit your design by 1st of August 2021.
    In either digital or hand-drawn format, along with a 250-word written description of the concept.

The shortlist for both categories will be announced in mid-August 2021
and the winners will be revealed on 28 September 2021.


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