Contechs - Winner of Steve Olney Award 2017

Tom Smith, a recently graduated designer and winner of the 2017 Contechs Steve Olney Award, has been recognised in the latest edition of One Yacht.

The publication, which is distributed worldwide and present at the most exclusive international Nautical Fairs, recognised the excellence in Tom’s work for the award, promoting his “genuinely intriguing luxury cruise liner concept”.

The article showcased Tom’s Harmony concept, which was created and presented into the Steve Olney award in 2017. The concept, which focussed on “wellbeing and health to create a haven of tranquillity”, impressed the Contechs judges and won Tom the much sought after award.

With a very complimentary opening, “Left to their own devices, young designers often produce beautiful work of astounding creativity. Thomas Smith is one such pen”, the article explores every aspect of Tom’s concept, from his initial inspirations through to the design of communal living areas.

The Steve Olney Award, which is an annual design award for final year undergraduates at the Coventry University School of Art and Design, is presented in memory of Steve Olney, Contechs’ former Technical Director who passed away suddenly in 2005. The award celebrates outstanding achievements in design and engineering, looking for the application of technology, craftsmanship and innovation through design.

The event is attended by leading prestigious automotive OEMs and first-tier suppliers, acting as the perfect platform for newly graduated designers to launch their careers. 2017 winner Tom Smith did just this and is now working for Spirit Yachts of England, which is working to produce the largest single-mast wooden yacht ever built.

To see the full One Yacht article, please click here.