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WD J. Martins Interior Yacht Refit to attend Antibes Yacht Show 2014

April 08, 2014

From April 23 to 26, the French interior design office, WD J. Martins Interior Yacht Refit, will be present at the 2014 Antibes Yacht Show, together with the Portuguese luxury furniture company Jetclass, to provide a VIP area of extreme sophistication and glamour. WD J. Martins offers innovative and original design solutions for yachts, hotels and residences. To the extensive portfolio of the company’s clients belong such outstanding vessels as the 53m Feadship charter yacht Elisabeth F, as well as the 58m Amels motor yacht Lady Mona K.

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Established in 1981, WD J. Martins Interior Yacht Refit can also provide a full project management service, using an established team of highly skilled and professional tradesmen. They offer a follow-up that includes the establishing the building site, purchase management, the coordination of trades, and full support during the reception of the work.

The studio can respond to special requests both in the choice of materials and the organising of any manufacture. The creation of bespoke interiors that combine aesthetics, form and function, and made-to-measure products are routine elements of their daily lives.

New brand RIVALTO introduced by Arte Veneziana

April 04, 2014

Arte Veneziana is proud to introduce their new brand RIVALTO, representing a reference point in the luxurious furnishings, with a total living concept that joins the oldest Venetian craftsmanship tradition with a contemporary taste. Arte Veneziana is specialized in providing interior design solutions for luxury residences, hotels and yachts. Among their contract projects belongs motor yacht Lady Haya as well as superyacht Force Blue.

Interior design solutions by Arte Veneziana

Interior design solutions by Arte Veneziana

A collection of objects and exclusive pieces, made from exceptional quality materials: glass, mirrors, fine fabrics and noble woods with finishes according to the oldest craftsmanship decorative techniques; this is RIVALTO. The new furnishings concept offering custom solutions, with creativity and uniqueness as its strength. Created from the experience of Giancarlo, Alessandro and Nicola Zanin, Rivalto ivalto ivalto ivalto runs over the Venetian glass tradition entrusting the design of its application to the architect Giovanni Luca Ferreri.

Glass with its reflections and mirror surfaces is the leitmotif and the material that distinguishes the brand, making precious woods, fabrics and marble with a solely Italian manufacturing ability, transforming each object in a one of a kind piece with refined and elegant finish.

Interior design by Arte Veneziana

Interior design by Arte Veneziana

The collection is viewed as a total living idea, aiming to offer a complete selection of furnishings and fittings that range from the dresser to the chair, from bathroom fittings to the candelabra. Rivalto ivalto ivalto ivalto gives a complete service, from the personalisation of the single piece to the creation of whole interior projects. We have a catalogue of predefined products with the possibility of personalising according to ones tastes or whims. In this sense the concept of total living can satisfy the need to design private homes and luxury hotels.

The new furniture collections that RIVALTO offers its customers convey the search of balance between geometry and decoration. In the SHINING STRIPE collection the essential design of the structure, with its strict volumes, are the backdrop for a line that captures the light and that transmits in its shimmering reflections, multiplying it, the sight of the light spectrum.

Interior by Arte Veneziana

Interior by Arte Veneziana

The style that defines the NEXT DECO collection send back to an era where the preciousness of the furnishings was defined by the constructive wisdom expressed in the decor as the highest moment. These proposals are placed along a line of research in growth: the Rivalto Home Interiors style.

IY&A Awards 2014: Further Shortlist Success for Waterline-designed superyacht ZENITH

April 03, 2014

Waterline Yacht Design have achieved further shortlist success in the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2014, with superyacht ‘Zenith’. Luxury motor yacht Zenith has been nominated for both the ‘Power Yacht over 40m’ Award as well as the ‘Yacht Interior Design’ Award.

Aboard Waterline-designed superyacht Zenith

Aboard Waterline-designed superyacht Zenith

The Interior Designer for the 41m wave piercing “z bow” catamaran super yacht Zenith was Vera McElroy. The interior design philosophy was to create a unique experience to encapsulate the marine world, the fluidity of water, the unique experience of being in a yacht and to capture the owner’s vision of a light, fresh aesthetic.

Luxury yacht Zenith - Interior

Luxury yacht Zenith - Interior

Luxury yacht ‘Zenith’ showcases a seamless and contemporary design of the interior and exterior, created by the same design house. Elements of loose furniture allow the yacht to be re-styled easily to future trends and tastes for any future owner.

Zenith superyacht - Interior

Zenith superyacht - Interior

A spacious and luxurious high class design matched with amenity, fuel efficiency and technical excellence. The light-filled spaces in the superstructure of the main and mid decks capitalise on the extensive glazing connecting to the external decks and the surroundings. This further enhances the enjoyment of being on the catamaran while experiencing the panorama of the ocean waters.

Aboard luxury catamaran super yacht Zenith

Aboard luxury catamaran super yacht Zenith

Waterline Yacht Design worked with the world leading multi hull naval architects, Incat Crowther from inception to completion on this latest build. Their focus was to capitalise on the space and efficiency advantages of a multihull while refining the overall and detailed aesthetics. Andrew O’Connell’s view is that catamaran hull technology, integrated with great lines and three dimensional forms of the superstructure can produce a highly efficient yacht with graceful, balanced and beautifully refined aesthetics.

Chris Connell Design shortlisted for IY&A Award 2014 with motor yacht BLACK PEARL

April 01, 2014

design et al are proud to announce that Chris Connell Design has been selected as one of the finalists for the International Yacht & Aviation Award 2014, with motor yacht Black Pearl. Superyacht Black Pearl has been nominated in the ‘Yacht Interior Design’ category.

Superyacht Black Pearl with interior design by Chris Connell

Superyacht Black Pearl with interior design by Chris Connell

Luxury yacht Black Pearl is the creation of a 21st Century expedition yacht. The 31.5m yacht was designed for a couple wanting their own purpose designed yacht that complimented their needs and contained inhabited features they loved from their previous yacht.

Black Pearl Yacht - Wheelhouse

Black Pearl Yacht - Wheelhouse

The Black Pearl yacht features Chris Connell’s minimalist and sophisticated aesthetic; natural materiality, design quality and the commitment to design details. A classic and restrained interior was proposed for Black Pearl ‘almost like an Armani suit, tailored and detailed, neutral and calm’. As Chris Connell’s first boat interior, it was maintained that materiality and scheme should be consistent throughout, even down to the linen. Chris Connell Design was responsible for all interior detailing.

Black Pearl superyacht - Saloon

Black Pearl superyacht - Saloon

It was crucial that the functionality of the yacht’s interior was successful and was important for the boat’s essential interior components to be finetuned to the millimetre to maximise space and efficiency. These essential components included the feature stair hand rail, joinery, wet zones (i.e gallery), cabins, main helm, fly bridge and dining. All built-in storage and detailed upholstery items were also designed as well as colour scheme and materials for the exterior.

Luxury yacht Black Pearl - Cabin

Luxury yacht Black Pearl - Cabin

All areas were carefully analysed and designed to maximize space and utility items like air conditioning streamlined or concealed were possible. Light fittings were among the things designed by the Chris Connell design office, including the stair hand rail, which became an important sculptural element of Black Pearl superyacht. The exterior colour scheme was also selected by the Chris Connell design office, including the orange boot stripe, which in turn suggested the colour of the skull-and-crossbones logo design.

Two Awards for Westport Yachts Interior Designer

April 01, 2014

Teresa Francis, one of Westport Shipyard’s two interior designers, has recently received two awards at the Seattle Design Center’s 15th annual Northwest Design Awards gala. Ms. Francis took a first place award for a 130-foot superyacht Westport 130 as well as a second place award for a 112-foot motor yacht Westport 112. Both prizes were in the Exotic Retreats category.

Luxury yacht Westport 130 - Saloon

Luxury yacht Westport 130 - Saloon

According to a Seattle Design Center spokesman, the event recognizes projects in 14 categories by firms working in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Western Canada and Alaska. Through an anonymous process, a panel of West Coast industry experts evaluated the 120 entries on the basis of proportion, composition, use of space, materials and appropriateness of the design solution.

W112 Yacht - Galley

W112 Yacht - Galley

Westport Shipyard is an American-owned builder of high-quality composite yachts and military vessels with three shipyards in the state of Washington.

The company is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

YachtLine nominated for IY&A Award 2014 with FINISH LINE Yacht

March 11, 2014

YachtNext has been successfully nominated for the International Yacht & Aviation Award 2014, with motor yacht Finishline. Built by Trinity Yachts, Finish Line yacht has entered the ‘Power Yacht 25-40m’ category.

Superyacht Finish Line by Trinity Yachts and YachtNext

Superyacht Finish Line by Trinity Yachts and YachtNext

The process for the Finish Line superyacht began with the General Arrangement and Exterior Styling. YachtNext’s 3D renderings of the interior enabled the owners to approve the concept & design intent.

Motor yacht Finish Line - Dining

Motor yacht Finish Line - Dining

The design brief for the Finish Line yacht project was inspired by a relaxed family atmosphere: Each stateroom was designed to transform into additional sleep arrangements and includes a bed conversion into a playroom (queen bed to sofa). Also, twin beds were to transform into a queen bed for guests. The owners’ cabin was to be fully equipped with a full 26’ beam walk in closet.

Luxury yacht Finish Line - Salon

Luxury yacht Finish Line - Salon

A country kitchen (owner’s kitchen) with walk in pantry like no other, easily seats 8 for just another area for the owners to enjoy. A South Beach inspired fly bridge was included for lounging. The details in YachtNext’s custom design are beyond expectations. From the finest fabrics and materials all the way through the complete outfitting of this project no details were spared.

Finish Line Yacht - Cabin

Finish Line Yacht - Cabin

Beginning from the custom exterior to the interior of luxury yacht Finish Line, the opportunity for YachtNext has been profoundly rewarding. Some of the materials used on the project consisted of: Custom silk carpets, designed pattern marble/glass stone foyers, imported Smokey quartz backlit bar, high gloss sapele in 2 tone finish with Polish Nickel inlays, custom designer furniture.

New facilities for Bootwerk Yacht Interiors

March 06, 2014

Established in 1985, Bootwerk was previously known as ‘Hagebo’. Following a change in management in 2000, the name was changed to ‘Bootwerk Yacht Interiors’. Since then, the company has concentrated on building luxury interiors for the international yacht and superyacht building industry. Today, Bootwerk partners with various leading yards in the Netherlands and abroad, providing a mix of uncompromising quality, clear communication lines with clients, as well as a no-nonsense professional approach. In the future, Bootwerk aims to concentrate on and expand these core values.

New facilities of Bootwerk Yacht Interiors

New facilities of Bootwerk Yacht Interiors in Woudsend, the Netherlands

Bootwerk Yacht Interiors has grown steadily over the years. As the company was commissioned for increasingly large luxury interiors, the capacity of the building where it had been established since its inception became increasingly stretched. The decision was therefore made to move to larger premises, and land was purchased for this purpose in 2011. Named de Zwaan, the terrain is located directly on the water in the delightful town of Woudsend.

The new company facilities built on this piece of land were recently inaugurated and span a total area of some 2,200 m². The workshop is equipped with the most modern machinery and designed for maximum efficiency so that Bootwerk can continue to be one step ahead in the future. The new building makes optimal use of the available natural light and space to ensure a pleasant working environment.

Facilities in Woundsend, the Netherlands

Facilities in Woundsend, the Netherlands

In addition to a well-equipped workshop, the building features a charming office on the first floor. The elaborate architectural structure has its feet in the Wellesloot, as it were, and combines elements of land and water. The level of finishing and the décor of the office are of the highest quality, as can be expected from an interior designer, and the premises offer magnificent views over the Frisian landscape.

“These new facilities and extensive equipment mean that Bootwerk is well placed to continue its technical development and innovative approach,” comments Frank Bos, Managing Director of Bootwerk. “The well-filled order book and strong brand name also provide a superb foundation for further expansion in the market.”

David Easton Incorporated shortlisted for IY&A Award 2014 with Vitters Yacht MARIE

February 27, 2014

design et al are proud to announce that David Easton Incorporated has been selected as one of the finalists for the International Yacht & Aviation Award 2014, with Vitters yacht MARIE. Luxury sailing yacht MARIE has been nominated for the ‘Yacht Interior Design’ award.

Luxury yacht Marie - Cockpit

Luxury yacht Marie - Cockpit

A client, for whom David Easton Incorporated have designed a previous sailing yacht, asked them to help create a thoroughly unique and sleekly elegant sailing vessel, transcending all believable realms of luxury.

Superyacht Marie - Main saloon

Superyacht Marie - Main saloon

Come in, go down a few steps and you will find friends singing. Food pours from the galley. Fingers run along smooth wood-paneled walls. A piano clings to the floor and hammers out tunes at any angle. Chopin at 15 knots – the Clients’ lives revolve around music and their love for the Sea – the team were basically asked to design superyacht Marie around a Steinway Baby Grand piano – protected in a crate, as it would be impossible to install it afterwards. All the furniture aboard was custom designed to be like music – there is a flow to it. The skylights, the window reveals, the mirrors, everything is in rhythm with each other.

Marie Yacht - Staircase

Marie Yacht - Staircase

Physically David Easton Incorporated wanted Marie superyacht to be open with an unobstructed flow of energy. They wanted to create light and warmth, at the same time it was important to keep spaces intimate. Opening the main salon to the lower salon was a fundamental move that radically transformed the living space. The traditional dark finish was replaced with buttery Anigré throughout the vessel.

Sailing yacht Marie - Cabin

Sailing yacht Marie - Cabin

Luxury yacht Marie embodies tradition and romance – but she also needed to be modern and comfortable. Accessorising Marie – German rapiers, English pistols, daggers, barometers, compasses and cannons galore – it was a fun mission to outfit Marie with bits and pieces from history – each with their own story.  A library containing a leather-bound collection of 16th, 17th and 18th century classics.  Period marine paintings, and 15th century-style suits of armor – all add an interesting twist to the contemporary furnishings aboard Marie yacht.

MJM taking Superyacht Interior fitout to next level with accquisition of Mivan

February 25, 2014

MJM is taking Superyacht Interior fitout to the next level, with increased buying power, manufacturing capacity, as well as technical capability.

An example of work performed by MJM aboard a Superyacht

An example of work performed by MJM aboard a Superyacht

With its recent acquisition of Mivan, MJM is now one of the biggest & most experienced Marine outfitting contractors in Europe & USA. The growth of MJM in the marine industry has been a steady one spanning over 30 years with both companies having been established in the Marine Industry for a combined period of 67 years.

The buyout of Mivan’s assets & the retention of many of its employees is good news to MJM Superyacht Fitout, the Superyacht division of MJM, based in Antibes in France. MJM has increased its in house resources of seasoned expert Project Managers, Craftsmen & technicians & with increased manufacturing capacity & increased buying power, this combination is great news for the Superyacht Industry.

An example of work carried out by MJM aboard a Luxury Yacht

An example of work carried out by MJM aboard a Luxury Yacht

MJM Group established over 30 years ago by the McConville family is an award winning world leader in the Marine, hotel & high end residential sectors, with a prestigious portfolio including Harrods of London, Mandarin Oriental, Gucci Retail, Bugari Hotels & have completed more than fifty interior fitout projects for private Yacht owners.

Luxury super yacht fitout by MJM

Luxury super yacht fitout by MJM

MJM  & Mivan have delivered to the demanding commercial world of the Cruise Industry, satisfying all maritime SOLAS requirements & have achieved the necessary Industry Accreditations in Quality with ISO 9001 accreditation & Investors in People Awards.

Superyacht interior fitout by MJM

Superyacht interior fitout by MJM

Connie McConville of MJM Superyacht Fitout commmented “I want to make refit more efficient in the Superyacht Industry by giving the Superyacht Owner a fast track quality assured refit, led by the seasoned project managers, craftsmen & technicians who combined have over 1000 years’ experience & a tried & trusted reputation in Marine outfitting. In buying Mivan we have increased our manufacturing capacity to 250,000 sq ft which now makes MJM one of the largest interior fitout Manufacturer & Installation companies in Europe & have retained a highly respected, reliable & knowledgeable workforce.”

MJM Superyacht Interior Fitout

MJM Superyacht Interior Fitout

A statement from MIVAN

Local business man and entrepreneur, Mr Brian McConville, has purchased Mivan’s 100,000 sq/ft joinery factory, the machinery and also the offices in Antrim. It is his int ention to revive the Mivan brand, keeping the core of the highly skilled workforce and experienced design team. He has also selected and put into place a new management structure and experienced management team, Drew, Dean and Colin, safe hands and familiar faces.

Mivan is a specialist interiors contractor and offers a complete refurbishment / fitting-out turnkey service to a broad range of clients and main contractors in various sectors including marine, specialist joinery, luxury apartments, offices, public buildings, hotels, museums, and themed & leisure interiors. A highly skilled project management team control this fitting out process, and have a strong reputation for quality and competitiveness whilst completing projects on time and within budget.

MJM Superyacht Fitout

MJM Superyacht Fitout

Mivan’s modern workshop includes some of the very latest technology, including computer assisted design and manufacturing. These state of the art facilities facilitate the fabrication of bespoke architectural metalwork and joinery, to budget, and to standards which are externally audited to ISO 9001:2008. Also housed within the complex are a modern self-contained paint spray booth and an architectural metal workshop, together with an excellent upholstery service.

Headquarters Business Development:

Connie Mc Conville

Tel.:  +44 79 905 41236

General Manager:

David Jenner

Tel.: +33 631 568 827

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with luxury yacht designer Stefano Pastrovich

February 21, 2014

Designing innovative luxury yachts from 1997, Stefano Pastrovich, with a background in architecture, started his career collaborating on the 57m charter yacht SenseS while working for Martin Francis studio.  This collaboration further led to a commission by Kusch Yachts, developing the imposing 113m superyacht Le Grand Bleu. In 2000, Pastrovich was appointed Chief Designer at the Wally style office, where he worked on the styling of Wallypower yachts. Since 2005, although continuing to work on the styling of Wally’s powerboats, Stefano Pastrovich operates his own design office, with a new studio located in Monaco.

STEFANO PASTROVICH

STEFANO PASTROVICH

Why have you chosen Monaco for your new office?

Monaco is the best place for a yacht designer to be, because of its relevance to the industry. I don’t mean to say that the previous location wasn’t good. The studio was located in a beautiful place, excellent for yachting, but Monaco provides more possibilities to further develop my business. I do travel a lot, as the shipyards I work with are located all around the world, but when the spring comes, so do my clients. I just cross the street from my office, take a tender and go on board my clients’ yachts. It simplifies everything for me, for the customer, and it’s better for business.

What are the services offered by Stefano Pastrovich Studio?

It is very simple, everything you see, we will do. Imagine having a blank page. The client choses a 70-metre vessel, tells us he would like to cruise around Antarctica, or perhaps around Sardinia or the French Riviera. He tells us his ideas on how he wants to use the boat and we design everything; exterior as well as the interior. I believe there is no other way to design a yacht. Interior and exterior are strongly interconnected. When we meet our clients, we tell them, that we will take care of everything they see. The lines and the shape of the vessel, exterior spaces, rails, decking, windows, on the interior choosing the fabrics, furniture, decorations and so on. The only part we don’t design is what you cannot see, what is behind the furniture and the walls; the plumbing, electricity or structural details. Of course there are the exceptions, like the Wally yachts. Creating these yachts, there is a large connection between the structure and the overall design. Here the structure has become the design of the vessel. The Wally 118 yacht was the first example.

I also like to challenge myself and the engineers; supporting innovative engineering. Although I am not an engineer, I do have a good eye as well as a real life experience in sailing as well as flying gliders and airplanes. This provides me with a good knowledge and inspiration to proceed in a right direction. In yachting you have to have a lot of sense of realism. There is plenty of space for innovation, in terms of design and engineering, and good common sense is a perfect guide to take you to the right solutions.

TEAM PASTROVICH

TEAM PASTROVICH

From designer’s point of view, what do you believe is needed to create that perfect superyacht?

There is no perfect yacht. I am a little bit out of the ordinary and I strongly reflect myself when I design something or ask my guys to design something. So if I were to design the perfect yacht, it would be a yacht that reflects myself and my beliefs.  The perfect yacht boasts good aesthetics and is very elegant, as I am obsessed with the elegance at the sea. I think some boats are too aggressive in their lines. The sea, being a wonderful part of the nature, is best coupled with an elegant and aesthetically pleasing vessel. At the same time, I like to be active when on water. I like surfing, diving, sailing and have a good time in the company of my friends. I like to enjoy the sea, so the best boat for me would be elegant with amenities allowing me to have fun on board.

Clients have now understood the way I work and the boats I design. I design yachts that offer endless possibilities to appreciate the different colours of the nature and the sea. The Owner of luxury yacht MYSTERE SHADOW for example. Although not a beautiful vessel, the main goal was to provide her with more toys, to allow her Owner to really enjoy the boat. He also owns super yacht LIFE SAGA, a very luxurious vessel. Although, LIFE SAGA is the more beautiful and more luxurious one, he almost never stays on board, but prefers to enjoy the many possibilities for water sports and amenities MYSTERE SHADOW has.

The perfect combination for me is a boat that is a luxury yacht and at the same time a shadow boat. One that has ten tenders, five jet-skis, kite surfs, motorcycle, a hammer; everything that you can imagine incorporated in her original concept. The idea is to have all equipment on board, and have the space created right from the birth of the yacht. Having a yacht and trying to accommodate for all the toys and equipment additionally is very difficult and inconvenient.

You mentioned the 42m motor yacht Life Saga. She is one of your more recent projects and you have been asked to refit her interior. What was the design brief behind this project?

The design-brief was completely different to what I did. This is typical of me. As I mentioned before, the client is also the owner of Mystere Shadow. He was very happy with the previous project, in fact we are building now a 72-metre yacht for him. The summer before I finished Mystere Shadow, and during the Monaco Yacht Show that year, he asked me to refresh the interior of Life Saga. To be honest with you, I am not good at just changing the fabrics and the colour palette of the interior. So, I said to him, that I need to destroy something and make more significant changes for it to work. I told him that we need to do three kinds of refits; a high-level refit where we will dismantle the part of the vessel where he will stay the most: the main deck, the main saloon and the main dining area. Then we will have a very low-level refit, which includes the guest cabins, changing the fabrics and the colour, without touching the wood. And last, we will apply a medium-level refit, in the sky lounge. Here we will retouch some of the volume, plus change the colours and some of the furniture. Although it ended up costing more than he had original budgeted, he loved it and he agreed. But this is the way I work. I am very brave and very honest.

The biggest change we applied was to the saloon. We have divided the main saloon from the main dining area with a sliding door and opened up the aft of the saloon, in order for it to directly communicate with the outdoor area. This way we have achieved a feeling that the exterior terrace is the continuation of the interior saloon. Instead of the original side-opening, we have created a central circular sliding glass door. To increase the feeling of space we created two semi-circles in the main dining and main saloon. The windows were repositioned in a very precise place in order  to create the sense of spaciousness and feeling of openness.

Motor Yacht 42m LIFE SAGA - Main Saloon - Credit Giovanni Malgarini

Motor Yacht 42m LIFE SAGA - Main Saloon - Credit Giovanni Malgarini

What are some of the specific challenges and difficulties when it comes to creating a new interior or exterior for a luxury yacht under refit?

There is no such thing as difficult. It is the same level of difficulty as creating  a brand-new boat. To re-design a boat is not just about looking at the vessel and coming up with an idea. There is a procedure. There is a set of rules to follow. The first step is to start cleaning, taking out the elements that are disturbing. ‘Is it the corridor, the material? What is killing the soul of this vessel?’ Once you reach the real soul of the yacht, then you start adding. Just like a relationship between a man and a woman. You have to get to know her, before you can really understand her and her needs. It is the same with a yacht, once you understand the boat, the boat itself will offer you the ideas of what to do.

What keeps you inspired?

Imagine that there is a vessel that doesn’t inspire you at all. First we need to see what the client would like to enjoy with his boat; the sea, the panorama. You start understanding how sleeping, walking on your boat would be, how to best appreciate the yacht, creating the right flow between the exterior and the interior. I design mainly with the exterior in mind. My main goal is to create yachts that allow you to fully appreciate the sea.

There are many Owners that like to keep their yachts private, however there are those that choose to offer their vessel for charter. What are the most important facts to take into consideration when designing a yacht that will be used for charter?

There is no real difference, in my opinion. It is similar to owning a house. Either you would like to keep it private for yourself, or you don’t mind sharing it with others. It might be convenient for the owner to charter the yacht, but for us designers, architect it does not make any difference.

What is the main difference when it comes to designing a sailing yacht as opposed to a motor yacht?

I sail a lot and my passion is sailing, however designing a sailing yacht is a lot more challenging. In sailing, the customers tend to be more conservative, so it is difficult to pursue your customer to follow any innovative ideas in terms of design. I would like to design more sailing boats, however there is a big partition between the two businesses. The customers have to trust you and there is an attitude that if you do motor yachts, you cannot do sailing yachts. Owners who follow regattas around the world and are passionate sailors, are completely different to those that have power boats. From the designer’s point of view, power boats give you a possibility to be more creative and come up with ideas that are more extravagant. Clients that own performance or racing sailing yachts might not care that much about the extravagant aesthetics of the yacht, concentrating more on the performance.

What, in your opinion, does the future of superyacht design and naval architecture hold?

I think the future will see more mono-volumed vessels. We have evolved a lot from a typical ‘wedding-cake’ layout. Shipyards started building with more hull volume and less superstructure. Feadship is perhaps one of the first shipyards which have started building yachts with less superstructure and more hull volume. One example is the 73m Feadship yacht Predator.

Another trend we will see is the continuous increase in yachts which are more eco-friendly. One of my projects is the 99m mega yacht XVINTAGE in cooperation with Fincantieri and Wartsila, designed to run on a liquefied natural gas (LNG). XVINTAGE features a very innovative dual engine, which can switch from diesel to LNG. Although, we see more eco-friendly alternatives to the traditional fuel, there are too many oil-interest in the world. I think the problems related to energy saving will continue for a long time. Maybe in 50 years we will see a major change, but not now.

MY69 Enterprise -credit STEFANO PASTROVICH

MY69 Enterprise -credit STEFANO PASTROVICH

Can you reveal any new projects that you are currently working on?

We are currently working on two 70-metre vessels that are under construction. We are using commercial shipyards, which are amongst the best in the world. The vessels boast a combination of elements typical of commercial vessels with the utmost in luxury found on superyachts. We are also working on a 72-metre superyacht concept, which should be finalised soon.. Unfortunately, no other details can be revealed at this stage.

If you were to name one project that is truly significant in some way to you, which project would it be?

All the projects are very different and equally important to me. They have been created during different stages of my life, in collaboration with different people and atmosphere that surrounded the design process. I was facing unique challenges with every single one of these vessels. The Wally Power yachts were very important, just like the 83-metre research vessel, which was a beautiful experience. I also have a client that has taken me on a ride in a submarine, so I could experience what science means to him, and design his yacht in a best way possible. Le Grand Bleu is a boat that I detest and love at the same time. It is a vessel that I designed early in my carrier, but it provided me with an important knowledge and great experience. All of my works are equally significant to me, but all of them in a different way.