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[ CREATIVE MINDS: LUCA DINI DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE ]

WE DON’T DESIGN SUPERYACHTS

WITH A

SELF-REFERENTIAL STYLE.

WE JUST DESIGN BOATS WITH STYLE by Samuela Urbini

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Brilliant and inventive with mind that delivers unmistakable flashes of genius, Luca Dini is one of those rare designers that leave their mark without imposing their ego on their work. Quite the opposite, in point of fact: he consistently strives to channel his clients’ tastes and requirements. Luca Dini Design & Architecture is headquartered in Florence. The studio was founded in 1996 and its competencies span yacht design, urban design and architecture

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aving penned 77 superyachts launched at the world’s

single one of my designs is unique, exclusive and tailored around

leading yards since 1996, Luca Dini Design &

the client’s needs: it’s a very stimulating challenge to have to create

Architecture is one of the most sought-after studios in

something new with every design. If I don’t get any specific input,

the nautical world and beyond. Hence, Luca Dini Design’s once

car design is my primary source of inspiration. I like designing boats

separate yachting and civil architecture divisions (the latter LDA

with sporty, dynamic lines, as in the case of the Columbus models,

Luca Dini Associati) recently merged once again into a single brand

because the car design sector is at the very cutting edge in terms

with a staff of architects, yacht designers, interior designers, naval

of research and forms. That perfectly mirrors the new Luca Dini

and civil engineers, etc. “The time had come to create an image that

Design & Architecture brand”.

reflected the prestige and acknowledgments achieved by the yard on

That same philosophy is very much in evidence in the Columbus

an international level,” explains the Florentine designer and creative

Sport 50M, the first example of the Sport line designed by the studio

powerhouse behind the team.

and currently building for an American client for launch in 2020.

Dini has the brilliant mind and fertile imagination required to satisfy

“To use a car design term, I could call this 50-metre a luxury saloon.

the needs of well-travelled owners and entrepreneurs who demand

Its profile is sleek enough to look like a coupé and exudes a sense of

a constant flow of dazzling new ideas. “I think the essential thing

relaxed power because its sporty, dynamic raked lines are elegantly

is that the client is always happy with the result. So my philosophy

harmonious without being overly aggressive,” explains Dini.

is still to do my best to ensure owners’ and yards’ demands are

“Today’s owners prefer comfort and large spaces that will let them

satisfied without imposing my own ego while designing things that

really enjoy the boat and the sea to the utmost, rather than fast craft

give me huge satisfaction. I don’t like photocopy projects. Every

with slender, aggressive designs. In the case of the 50m,

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The 50m Columbus Sport is clothed in sportily dynamic lines with very comfortable, generous spaces. Its sculpted forms create a sense of balance through contrast: sharp angles and softness, concave and convex surfaces. It is scheduled to launch in 2020

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The studio is working on a variety of projects, as well as with Columbus, Mondomarine, on a new Discovery and Classic lines, ISA Yachts, Rossinavi and Heesen

we played around with the balance between contrasts: angles and softness, concave and convex surfaces, which yielded a decisive style with sculpted forms that deliver once-unthinkable spaces and lots of light filtering through to the interior”. Dini currently has models for both Columbus and Mondomarine on the drawing board with new Discovery and Classic lines. A 45m for ISA Yachts, for which the studio created the interiors, is also nearing launch. It also has partnerships with Rossinavi and Heesen (the interior of a 55m). “We are also focusing on a futuristic concept for a boat that uses only renewable energies for its propulsion and hotel facilities. It is part of a far broader architectural project we will definitely be talking more about in the near future,” concludes the designer.

www.lucadini.com

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