Bolidt launches first-ever Design Challenge for cruise industry

Bolidt launches first-ever Design Challenge for cruise industry


The winning design concepts will be turned into real pieces and displayed in Bolidt's Innovation Lounge

Resins application specialist Bolidt has launched its first-ever Design Challenge and is inviting designers, developers, artists and other creatives to submit concepts for resin-based floor and wall coverings, ceiling hangings and artwork that could be used onboard cruise ships.

Participants have until 1 August 2021 to submit digital or hand-drawn designs, as well as a 250-word description of the concept. Bolidt is encouraging people to consider various themes when designing concepts, including the effect of design and colour; how designs based on resin materials can change and interact with the environment; the impact of health and safety measures on decking; how resins can contribute to reducing the environmental impact of cruising; and how art can be incorporated into onboard surfaces to impress, educate or provoke thought.

“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,” said Jacco van Overbeek, director of Bolidt’s maritime division. “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.”

Submissions will be judged in two categories: practising designers and student designers. The shortlist for both categories will be announced in mid-August, with the winners revealed on 28 September.

The judging panel will comprise Jon Ingleton, executive editor of Cruise & Ferry Review, Cruise & Ferry Interiors and Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning; Dmitriy Ponkratov, technical director at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects; and Nikolai Gyllenhammar and Jonny Aaseth of Broslo (Brødrene Oslo), an artistic duo from Norway who advocate for art to be a central part of the cruise ship experience.

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

The winning submissions in each category will be transformed from concept into reality and exhibited at the Bolidt Innovation Center close to Rotterdam, Netherlands. Bolidt will also help the two winning designers to pitch their concepts to a cruise operator.

More information on the challenge and entry requirements can be found at


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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
07 June 2021

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