Revolving portlight takes top prize

The Overall Winner of the DAME Award 2011 was announced as the Revolving Portlight from S.C.M. Stampaggio Costruzioni Meccaniche) of Italy.

The Jury felt that the Revolving Portlight from S.C.M. delivered an outstanding and exceptional combination of inspired practicality, delightful aesthetics and first-class engineering. The window frame of the Revolving Portlight opens and closes along the same plane as its fixed frame, eliminating the major problem inherent in traditional portlight design – intrusion into the cabin space. A single rotation pin allows the window frame to be easily swung and safely secured at any position up to 110° to the left or right of its closing station.

The Jury believes that this exceptional design-led innovation will offer new and welcome options for designers looking to maximise internal volume, most notably in the area of curtain positioning, as well as for boat owners who will undoubtedly enjoy the Revolving Portlight’s good looks and highly flexible ventilation management.
Chairman of the DAME Award’s Jury, Bill Dixon, says he has been delighted with the quality of this year’s entries. “The 2011 DAME Design Award entry list was one of the best we’ve seen in years and it was a real challenge trying to decide which nominated products should become the eventual winners. Each category had its fair share of diverse and well-executed ideas, and the judges’ favourites ranged from simple gadgets to highly engineered machinery. Although manufacturers are clearly very conscious of their price points during these difficult economic times, it was great to see that the marine industry is still as inspired and creative as ever. 

Other winners include: