Wally was awarded the first place prize at the debut awards ceremony of the MDO.Montecarlo Prize held at the Yacht Club de Monaco on January 23rd, which celebrates international excellence in innovation, technology, design and sustainability.
This esteemed award recognises the brand’s outstanding work in design and innovation on a global scale beyond the yachting sector, and during the ceremony, Stefano de Vivo, Wally Managing Director, thanked the jury for bestowing its very first prize to the company, saying: “We are thrilled that Wally has received this highly-respected award. As an integral part of the Ferretti Group, Wally represents the very best in innovation and leadership within the world of design and is a true pioneer in yachting. Since founding the company, Luca Bassani’s unfaltering high standards and vision for Wally have elevated the brand to the highest echelons of the global design community.”
Standing out among the world’s design luminaries
The new MDO award highlights companies focused on creating innovative products of outstanding quality. An expert committee of renowned architects and designers selected the 52 entrants, featuring a diverse line-up of international brands from different sectors, each with outstanding reputations for their design work. The nominees were judged by a panel of prominent authorities on design including renowned architects Mario Botta, Richard England and Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Director of L’ Arca International magazine Cesare Casati, and leading Monegasque real estate entrepreneur Patrice Pastor. Points were awarded on entrants’ styles, dimensions, functionability, economic traits and features.
The Wallycento cruiser-racer Tango had a crucial influence on the Monegasque brand winning the overall prize, explained the judges. “Since Wally’s inception, we have made every effort to produce the best and most coherent products with uncompromising values and harmonised design,” said Wally founder Luca Bassani. “It is very gratifying to be recognised for the standards which we have always endeavoured to uphold at the company.”
A growing list of honours
This is not the first time that Wally has been recognised by experts from beyond the horizons of the yachting world. It has previously received two ADI Compasso d’ Oro Awards - widely regarded as one of the oldest and most influential international design awards in the world – for sailing yachts Tiketitoo and Ryokan 2. Wally is the only yachting brand to have thus far been twice bestowed with the coveted prize.
The company has also received two honourable mentions for sailing yachts Black Sails and Tango from the ADI Compasso d’ Oro design competition. Furthermore, in 2010, Ryokan 2 was awarded with the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany which honours innovative products and designers in the German and International design sector. These exceptional accolades prove Wally’ s strong and unique reputation which has expanded its standing beyond the nautical sector.