The prizes for the third edition of the Young Italian Styling design competition promoted by the Anfia Coachbuilders Group were handed out on the premises of Turin’s Biscaretti di Ruffia Motor Museum, a setting worthy of the prestige this particular car design contest has acquired. The ceremony on April 22 was accompanied by the official opening of an exhibition devoted to the twenty best from this year’s design entries.

The judges had examined 400 entries from young designers in 41 different countries before awarding: 1st prize to David Rosinaj from the Czech Republic, 2nd prize to Iulian Poia of Moldavia, equal 3rd prize to Andrea Militello from Luxembourg and Uros Pavasovic from Slovenia. The special Auto & Design Award went to Giauro Spartato for his ability to express, analyse and describe a city car concept.

As usual, the young designers went for the Fiat, Lancia and especially the Alfa Romeo brands. Since they were offered total freedom to do their own thing and a contest website to discuss it on, the site positively buzzed with suggestions, modifications and improvements until the very last minute. “We thought it only right”, explained the competition’s inventor, Leonardo Fioravanti, “to give them total freedom to express their own interpretations of “Italian Style” from every possible angle”.

Apart from the 20 design entries, the exhibition which ended on May 26, also featured a collection of recent concept cars produced by Anfia’s Italian coachbuilder members. In other words, this was a physical as well as a symbolic encounter between the academic world and the world of work. As such, it offered both young designers and visitors a chance to compare the ideas of beginners with the achievements of great designers with years of professional experience behind them.

The article continues in Auto & Design no. 134

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