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oing justice to a gigayacht or an aircraft in the pages of a magazine is no easy task. This is particularly true, if, as is the case here at The ONE Yacht & Design, you see your job as much more than simply reeling off performance data, fuel consumption figures, dimensions and water-maker models. If, in other words, you aim to bring alive the experience and emotions of a visit aboard, exploring the atmosphere and amenities of each individual yacht. We go still further by giving the passionately-committed, skilled designers and architects involved their say. We give them the opportunity to reveal how they seamlessly craft the requests of owners, who are increasingly discerning and have very clear ideas about what they want, into yachts. A world of passion and skills poured into every boat and every aircraft, the interiors and furnishings of which are also becoming increasingly customised. In fact, new heights of sophistication and exclusivity are being achieved, thanks to the use of a wide array of materials, clever combinations, and lighting and domotics systems. The Milan Salone del Mobile opens its doors soon (April 4-9). It treats us to a week of design that will yield a rich harvest of inspiration. It is, in fact, a truly vital event for anyone who loves surrounding themselves with beautiful things. A week during which the Italian and international design and furniture worlds get together and produce a showcase that is genuinely unique of its kind. The Singapore Yacht Show runs almost contemporaneously (April 6-9) and we will be there too, distributing copies of the Turquoise issue of our magazine. A wonderful spring to you all.

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contents

TURQUOISE ISSUE n° 10 - 2017

COLUMNS Cover Codecasa 43 Vintage Series by Codecasa

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Editorial

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Against the Wind

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Five Questions to...

Michael Breman

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Design District

Patrizia Moroso

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Work in Progress

34 Exclusive Yacht Décor 164 Tender & Chase Boat 166 Toys 168 The Watch 172 Jewels 174 Harbour Life 178 Real Estate

THE YACHTING WORLD 40 Cover Story: Codecasa 43 Vintage Series 56 Jet: Top-Flight Aviation 62 The Car: Beauty and the Beast 68 Creative Minds: GYC

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by Frank Neubelt Designs Creative Minds: Nauta Yachts

80 Megayacht: Sanlorenzo Lady Kathleen

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92 Art on Board: Superstar London


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96 Mise en Place: Organic Design 100 Gourmand: The Complex Art of Simplicity 104 Megayacht: Mangusta Oceano NamastĂŠ 116 Trend Setters: Paola Lenti

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Design and Exclusivity

122 Bespoke 1: Luxury on Demand 126 Megayacht: Baglietto Lucky Me 138 Bespoke 2: Sumptuous Living 142 Technology: Radiant Reflections 146 Megayacht: Custom Line Navetta 37 156 Young Talents: The Owners of Tomorrow

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160 Jet Concepts: A Revolution in our Skies

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[ AGAINST THE WIND ]

APPLYING VAT TO YACHTING IN EUROPE: A THORNY QUESTION by Andrea Pezzini, CEO & Co-Founder Floating Life

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s most of us are aware, VAT is a national tax but it still has to reflect the guidelines of the EU directives on taxation. Put like that, it all sounds so simple but, unfortunately, you can never take anything for granted in the European nautical sector. In truth, no one knows precisely what the correct procedure is VAT-wise. France and Italy have both produced a series of procedures based on territorial limits and permanency outside of the same for “an adequate period of time”. They don’t, however, stipulate exactly what “adequate” constitutes. Other Mediterranean nations apply full VAT because of domestic procedural issues. At the end of the day, no one really knows what to do but we can still be liable to hefty sanctions depending on the particular

interpretation of the local offices. The reason for this confusion is that all maritime-related rules and legislation were drawn up for the commercial ships – the oil tankers and freight/passenger vessels – that dominate the seas in gross tonnage terms. Comparatively speaking, the yachting world has only a modest gross tonnage and thus is not referred to by the legislators that draw up such rules and regulations with the various representatives. In other words, the yachting world has no weight at the tables that count in Europe or in the various national ministries of the marine. We discussed these sore points at recent international nautical conferences but we still haven’t found a way of making our voice heard loud and clear. heard loud and clear.

So that’s part of the reason I write this column: I want to give voice to those who, unfortunately, are voiceless, and to try to shout out our concerns….a lone voice in the wilderness… against the wind…

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[ FIVE QUESTIONS TO... ]

MICHAEL BREMAN SALES DIRECTOR AT LÜRSSEN by Désirée Sormani

Lürssen is not just one of the best-known shipyards in the world, but also one of the oldest (1875). What is the main strategy behind its success? We take the responsibility of our 140-year-plus heritage very seriously, and we endeavour to maintain the growth and success of the company and the brand. Lürssen has been responsible for the launch of Azzam (which, at 180-metres in length, is world’s largest private yacht) and a host of other astonishing gigayachts including Solandge and Kismet. Do you think there will be any limit on demand for gigayachts in terms of their length? The dimensions of the yacht are a function of its design, and the willingness and creativity of owners to do what suits their specific wishes and purposes. This means you cannot set any limits. Describe the typical Lürssen owner? A very, very happy individual. All of our owners are as individual as our yachts. Lürssen works with the most prestigious yacht design studios. What kind of technology and research do you put at their service to meet demand for new shapes and forms? We have the ability to offer an unparalleled number of engineers and architects to translate fantastic design in equally fantastic reality. Lürssen has just launched Project Jupiter. What is its most astonishing feature? Something that represents a major achievement for the shipyard? One look at the yacht and you appreciate the effort it has taken to sculpt the extraordinary shapes that are the main features of this magnificent yacht.

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Design meets technology We have blended technological perfection with outstanding design. Meet the aircraft that stands for the world of modern luxury at www.lufthansa-technik.com/mbs


[ DESIGN DISTRICT ] PATRIZIA MOROSO ART DIRECTOR OF MOROSO, A HIGH-END SOFT FURNISHING AND SEATING COMPANY by Marta Bernasconi

Moroso is one of the top names in Italian interior design. You also have a great eye for new talent. How can you tell when a young person has “it”? It’s a little bit about intuition but also pure luck. I personally always try to have a diverse range. Moroso’s output includes the mainstream, the big names that represent continuity, particularly Patricia Urquiola and her chairs. But then there are also the other collections created by different people and aimed at our diversified, international market. The result is a very, very varied collection. Apart from diversifying, you also like taking risks with your designs, don’t you? Certainly. I also have a visionary project or two. In 2016, for instance, the designers at Front created a truly unusual product for us. They took a very high quality polypropylene thread normally used for medical purposes and revived an old basket-making technique to produce “Triclinium”. Thanks to the material it is made from, this sofa is resistant to organic materials of all kinds and dries off instantly. It’s perfect for outdoors, in other words! On the one hand, it’s high-tech and, on the other, it draws from an artisanal culture. So do you think that art and design can coexist in successful furnishings? Yes. My adventure with two great individuals who were artists before they were designers is a good example. The very first collection I curated back in 1986/87 was with a cartoonist and architecture student called Massimo Iosa Ghini: he was a brilliant draughtsman and I saw some interesting stuff for a collection in his cartons. Back then he was an artist and today he’s a successful architect. Two years later, I met Ron Arad, who was an absolute superstar as far as I was concerned and was well known on the museum circuit for his metal sculptures which were always seat-like.The Spring Collection came out of simply translating Ron’s art into design. That connection has always inspired me, in fact. It’s a great formula and has produced some of Moroso’s best-sellers. How important is the business side? Design becomes soulless if it gets too mixed up with business. I try to reconcile my work with commercial demands but in the end, I follow my instincts. Does Moroso do yacht design projects also? A lot of them. For a certain period of time, our relationship with the naval sector was a fundamental part of our work. We worked on boats of all kinds, both private vessels and cruise ships. Now we have a person in the company who deals specifically with that sector as it is picking up very strongly again. We got involved in the area thanks to an initial contact with Renzo Piano’s studio and that led to a large number of projects. GIONATA XERRA STUDIO

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[ WORK IN PROGRESS ]

WHAT’S NEW A selection of new projects and concepts from the leading international shipyards and design studios that will grace the waves in the near future by Mary Hegarty and Désirée Sormani

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with reverse sheer line, melts effortlessly into Clifford Denn’s curvaceous forms to create a sporty, timeless appeal that feels fresh but still respectful of the yard’s heritage. A fine balance has been struck too between interior and exterior space, resulting in 250 square metres of deck spread over three different levels. Sixty-eight square metres plus of this is on the 16-metre long sun deck, something sure to delight guests eager to soak up the sun. Reymond Langton Design, best known for his award-winning Ann G for Heesen, has crafted a classically beautiful yet homely design that will work for both private and charter use. There is accommodation for 10 guests in a master suite, three double guests and one twin. www.heesenyachts.com

HEESEN YACHTS_PROJECT MAIA

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eesen Yachts has commenced building Project Maia, a 50m steel-hulled, full-displacement motoryacht that comes in below the 500GT threshold. The yacht was unveiled recently to a select audience of international media representatives, including The ONE yacht and design, her proud designers, the Heesen team and brokers. Clifford Denn has created a delightfully fluid exterior design that is seductively simple yet complex, while her profile draws both on Heesen DNA and gives her a distinctive personality of her own. Both classic and contemporary car design influences abound too, the grilles on the fashion plates aft on the main deck being a case in point. Heesen’s traditional pelican bow, complete

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VPLP DESIGN_KOMOREBI 200’

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erived from VPLP’s much-lauded Komorebi 282’ concept

crossings but shallow-drafted enough for shallow waters, making

unveiled at the 2015 Monaco Show, the Komorebi 200’

it perfect for scientists, photographers, etc. A massive 156 m²

has been dubbed an exploration trimaran by its designers and

garage zone holds a Toyota Pick-up Hilux, two quadbikes, two

features two large fully-automated 32.4m wingsails that yield a

8m RIBs, a 7.6m cargo barge and a 4.7m RIB. A helipad and

total wing area of 556 m². The result is a cruising speed of about

Cessna seaplane stowage are other exploration pluses as are the

14 knots, rising to 16 at full speed. Wind-only, electrical power

diving compartment and briefing room. Twenty-four guests can

and wind and power-only navigation modes are all possible

be accommodated too in 12 cabins with another six for the crew.

on a 60-metre craft tough and stable enough to tackle ocean

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PERSHING_PERSHING 140

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t the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show, Pershing celebrated the

a joint effort between the Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy

sale of its first Pershing 140 an impressive three years

Committee, the Engineering Department and architect Fulvio

before its scheduled 2018 launch date and exactly a year after

De Simoni. Its sporty spirit is mirrored by super-sleek coupe

its official unveiling.

car-referencing lines of a kind always popular with Pershing

The new flagship will be the yard’s maiden light alloy

fans. A top speed of 38 knots will come courtesy of four MTUs

construction venture and was snapped up by a European

of 2,600 hp apiece.

owner swept away by its powerfully sporty lines, impressive

The new 140 footer will build entirely at the Ferretti Group’s

performance and innovative features. The 140 hails a whole

Ancona shipyard which has enjoyed major investment in recent

new design and construction era for Pershing which prides

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itself on having stayed at the leading-edge for 30 years. It is

www.pershing-yacht.com


VRIPACK_REVOLUTION

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evolution is based on Vripack’s Flow concept but completely

easy access and service. The owner is an experienced skipper and

rewrites history for this size of vessel, thanks to the

sporty, adventurous family man, so his quarters are on the bridge

enthusiasm of the latter, her owner and Jongert. The 47-metre

deck with a treadmill at the wheel and a bath in the gull wing for

has a massive seven staterooms, six crew cabins, a 6-metre pool,

unobstructed rear and front views. There is also a full gym, sports

8-metre limo tender and 28 square metre gym. She also has superb

car and huge jet stream pool. A specially-developed diesel-electric

expedition capability making her safe, reliable, comfortable and

drive train will provide power, while an innovative mooring

tough. Vripack has produced a clever, user-friendly layout in

system will allow docking without mooring lines or anchors. www.vripack.com

which the lower guest staterooms and crew cabins connect for

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TURQUOISE_66M

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he 66-metre motoryacht that has everything” is how Nuvolari

two VIPs, a saloon and dining area, an upper deck lounge and two

Lenard and Turquoise Yachts describe the vessel for which

exterior dining areas provide plenty of guest space and amenities.

the keel has just been laid. This comes in response to a demand

There’s even a 6.2 m swimming pool in the lounging area aft on

for all-in yachts that deliver the elegance, good looks, design, fun,

the main deck. Carefully balanced volumes and a select few design

adventure, safety and wellness of a much larger craft. Interior and

elements (the bow, fashion plates, double-height side volumes all

exterior styling flow seamlessly into each other, optimising the

the way back to the stern) produce a yacht that is both powerful

available space and reconciling functional and prime real estate

and elegant. www.turquoiseyachts.com

demands. A full-beam owner’s suite, four double guest staterooms,

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460 EXPLORER

Creating your perfeCt yaCht is a journey we’ll make together Your dreams are without limits. So should your yacht. The new 460 explorer is made to go further, an ambition shared by everyone at Sanlorenzo and each person we build made-to-measure yachts for. Every detail of this superyacht pushes the boundaries of design, comfort and technology beyond known limits. Its extended main deck houses a 10m tender, while its 460gt ensures great living comfort. Combined with an autonomy exceeding 5.000 Nm, this enables the discovery of new exciting experiences. Your journey can even be continued in the skies and under the seas thanks to the amphibious seaplane, helicopter and submersible which can be installed on board.

your Vision. our Craft.

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BENETTI YACHTS_NOW FAST

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enetti has upped the ante yet again by adding the new Benetti

right) which has warm, balanced decor, the more formal, edgier

Now Fast designs to its existing Benetti Now 50-metre-

56-metre BF184’ (below, left) and the 68-metre BF224’ (above),

plus custom superyachts launched at the 2016 Monaco Yacht

with its classic styling. There will also be an X version of each

Show. The Fast project targets owners that demand superior

with a raised pilothouse. Speeds are 30 per cent higher than a

performance and speed in combination with the volume and

displacement craft of the same volumes and length. Customisation

comfort of a displacement class yacht. The new designs deliver

is a huge factor with exterior and interior layouts (closed sun deck/

signature Benetti elegance clothed in edgier, sportier lines.

raised pilothouse, custom layouts), décor and engines all highly-

There are three different models: the 50-metre BF164’ (below,

tweakable to individual owners’ tastes. benettiyachts.it


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POWERFUL DESIGN Design, innovation and a 160 years tradition of success are the ingredients that shape unique models at the forefront of performance and style. At the core of an avant-garde ship yard, Baglietto tailors the dreams of its present and future ship owners. Baglietto. Cutting edge since 1854.

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COLUMBUS YACHTS_TOMAHAWK 52 M

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ccording to designer Marco Casali, the Columbus Tomahawk 52 M is a “yacht inside

a ship”: a revolutionary new explorer concept with a hull that draws on the Palumbo Group’s research vessel experience, marrying exceptional all-weather seakeeping and stability with yacht-style comfort. The “Tomahawk” moniker references the yacht’s strikingly solid and efficient axe bow. A cleancut overall design produces an astonishingly large amount of guest space and a “smart” layout. The concept can be adapted to vessels of 40 to 100m and so is a hugely versatile full-custom design on a peerless technical platform. The 75 sqm owner’s suite in the bow features forward-facing windows affording 180-degree views over both a completely private 21 sqm private terrace with Jacuzzi, and, of course, the sea. The Tomahawk also has the largest ever beach area (200 smq on 3 levels) and stowage for two 12m tenders, and four jet skis, a submarine or several motorbikes as well as additional space in the bow garage. There is also a full-size swimming pool

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TANKOA _58-METRE OPEN

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ounded in 2008, Tankoa Yachts is a boutique yard that

technology amounts to in practice is a very brisk 28/30 knots

builds quality yachts of between 50 and 90 metres. Its latest

at half-load. Tankoa is a yard with strong core values: it keeps

offering is a 58-metre Open concept penned by the Francesco

its output limited, focuses on detailing, adopts the newest

Paszkowski Design, yielding a sleek, aggressive profile that

technologies and delivers an impressive spec. Ethics and an

screams eagerness and speed. The Genoese yard crafted the new

emphasis on Italian construction excellence are other bywords.

yacht to be light, slender, powerful and comfortable because it

This 58-metre is the latest product of that philosophy. It will be

is very much of the opinion that luxury yachting should never

fully-customised to suit the needs and tastes of its very fortunate

mean compromising on fast and free exhilarating speed. The

owner too. The internationally-renowned designer Francesco

Tankoa 58m Open Concept’s hull and superstructure are both

Paszkowski, and naval architect Vincenzo Ruggiero, have been

made entirely from 5083 alloy. It is powered by three 2,000

involved with Tankoa since its earliest day and are currently

kW MTU coupled with two Kamewa Water Jets with a central

working together on the new 71-metre S701. www.tankoa.it

booster, bow thruster and gyroscopic stabilisers. What all that

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66M

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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Exclusive Tables, sofas, chairs and fine porcelain. Outdoor furniture. Here’s a selection of iconic design pieces in shades of turquoise to imbue your floating villa with personality and originality

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by Marta Bernasconi

1. Venetian blown glass takes on new forms in the Aella table lamp by Leucos. It has a chromed metal base and dimmable LED circuit. Also available in a hanging version. 2. Inspired by a blossoming flower, Bloom is a chair for interiors by Kenneth Cobonpue. It is handmade in microfibre, and the petal-effect padding is stitched over a reinforced fibreglass frame. The metal base can revolve. 3. Small and versatile, the table with containers form the Folia collection by Cristallerie Saint-Louis. In crystal glass and ash wood, it is part of a collection of refined furnishing accessories. 2.

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4. Shibori modular decorative panelling by Giorgetti has a triangular 3D design in solid oak, canaletto walnut or ash. The ash is available in five finishes. Compositions can be made to measure and in a variety of woods. 5. The faceted surface of the Filippo synthetic crystal ice bucket. A practical alternative to glass and crystal, with a pleasing glitter. By Mario Luca Giusti. 6. The T01 coffee table by Fendi Casa icons T01 is made of solid rosewood, and stands on shaped legs and reinforcing cross-frame. The table top is in tempered, ultra-clear glass.

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1. Flower is an upholstery padding system that combines asymmetrical seats with totally independent and freely interchangeable backs. Provides plenty of room for creativity when furnishing the relaxation area, according to the needs of the moment. The

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removable covers are in fabric or leather. By Valentini. 2. Shine is a composition by Mosaico+ that plays on a mix of light and dark colours with dĂŠgradĂŠ effects that shade into full colours. 3.

The subjects range from ethnic, minimalist themes to floral designs, in a variety of colours.

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3. Promemoria’s

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Higgs is a lamp with essential lines, combining a black, polished chromed metal structure with a spherical Murano glass shade. LED light source. Floor-standing and hanging version with seven or nine globes.

4. Indiana by Minotti is an outdoor chair collection. It comprises a number of elements with a solid iroko base, with hand-worked frames and surfaces. The seats and backs are upholstered with interwoven polypropylene strips.

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6. The Sticks table is produced in a limited run by Nilufar. It has a brass top and marble legs, and can be personalised on request with various finishes. 7. The Lui5 armchair by Fratelli Boffi draws inspiration from a classic furniture model, the wooden Vienna chair

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with straw seat, now given an unexpected, futuristic interpretation. Its name refers to its pentagonal shape, the theme of the piece, repeated in the leg section to the construction of the panels that 6.

5. Gervasoni’s InOut collection is made up

make up the seat, back and arms.

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chairs, tables, sofas, armchairs and various complementary items. The comfortable frames are in a variety of materials, like teak, ceramics, stone, aluminium and hand-woven polypropylene. The line is intended for interior and exterior use.

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1. Magis reinvents the director’s chair, an iconic, universal piece of furniture. Stanley has a crosspiece in fibreglass reinforced polypropylene, while the seat and back are in a high-tech, high-performance fabric. Stable and safe, suitable for outdoor and indoor use. 2. An elegant blue velvet with contrasting trim for the upholstery on the Ile Club sofa by Living Divani. Its full, soft elements are supported by a robust frame. 3. Its striking visual impact creates a presence that gives the interior a unique personality. The Stealth Table by Henge, with a structure featuring a lasered metal mesh frame with exclusive Web Grey stone.

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SAME CULTURE, NEW HORIZONS

From the first Technema 65 in 1976 to the majestic 80m Chopi Chopi, the Zuccon International Project studio has always flanked yacht design with a history of innovation and success, resulting in the creation of more than a hundred different boat models. Today, this forty-year experience has been renewed, backing the new generation that shares the running of the studio and looks to the future while remaining rooted in the firm’s traditional and sound design culture.

ZUCCON INTERNATIONAL PROJECT

ZUCCON SUPERYACHT DESIGN www.zucconinternationalproject.com

Z4 DESIGN

ZUCCON ARCHITECTURE


[ COVER STORY ]

Classic and contemporary lines blend on a superyacht that highlights Italian style. The refined, skilfullybalanced interior design by Tommaso Spadolini has created a combination of striking spaces by Paola Bertelli - pictures by 3Dsign

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ccording to Giorgio Armani, “elegance isn’t about

varnished with a finish chosen for its pleasant feel underfoot.

being noticed, but being remembered” and the

The modern-looking sofas with Hermes fabric upholstery are

Codecasa 43 Vintage is one of those yachts that

complemented by the satin gold details of the lamps, wall lights

will still be turning heads 20 years from now,

and retro-look dining room chairs. The custom coffee tables and

as its clean, classic lines will not fall out of fashion. The result

darker dining table create a skilfully-judged contrast in a space

of a collaboration between the Codecasa yard and Tommaso

designed to form the heart of the yacht, the most “lived-in” area.

Spadolini, who handled the interiors, it’s a yacht that gives a

The upper deck saloon is more intimate and family-oriented,

modern twist to maritime tradition, with an appealing blend of

with tobacco-coloured L-shaped sofas by Pierre Frey and Frau

form and culture inside and out.

chairs upholstered with Jim Thompson fabric and leather,

The sleek, low-slung blue hull, straight bow and compact

creating a pleasing geometry.

white superstructure recall the graceful lines of a period yacht,

The real strength of the Codecasa 43 Vintage is the full-beam

reflecting its status as a member of the yard’s Vintage family. The

owner’s suite on the forward main deck, with a private study

interiors, with their fine woods like the oak flooring and darker

and dual facilities. The furniture is made to design, as it is in the

teak finishes, the colourful orange leather in the guest cabins

four lower deck guest cabins. All the cabins boast distinctive,

and the more sober decor in the owner’s cabin come together to

ultrasoft diamond-quilted bedheads in Nuvola leather.

create a classic yet contemporary yacht.

The uniform look created by the oak flooring in all the interiors

The main and upper deck spaces are full of light, as the

is broken in the lobbies on the three decks where Palissandro,

rectangular windows fulfil their role perfectly. Bright shades

Saint Laurent and Emperador marble provide a modern touch,

dominate in the main saloon, and the veined oak flooring is

and most of all prevent the overall decorative concept from


Comfort and seaworthiness combine in this lady of the seas with asteel hull and an aluminium superstructure. Guests can enjoy the privacy provided by the living area on the Portuguese deck in front of the helm station. Opening, the main deck saloon: open, bright, with neutral colours, elegant and not too formal

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falling into sameness. Marble is also used in the bathrooms - Calacatta with Emperador inlays in the guest areas, and Calacatta Vagli for the owner. There is a smooth transition between interiors and exteriors, opening onto generous open-air spaces. The Jacuzzi on the forward sun deck, surrounded by huge sunpads, is the most striking visual element, while the day area on the Portuguese deck forward of the helm is extremely private and comfortable. The handwoven blue and white furnishings by Dolce Far Niente in the main deck conversation area emphasise once again the desire to keep the maritime tradition alive on board. www.codecasayachts.com

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White and blue dominate the exteriors in true maritime tradition. The outdoor main deck conversation area, linked to the saloon by a double sliding glass door, displays an almost geometric orderliness

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The interiors are sober and refined. Clockwise, from top, the owner’s suite and private study with large windows, the staircase space with PenelopeOggi leather and the main deck dining area. A modern, colourful touch is provided by a selection of objects - the Marioni dining chairs, leather armchairs and the paintings created especially by Antonio Dinelli

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Project Manager Codecasa Antonio Giorgetti

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he Codecasa 43 F76 in the Vintage Series does not seek to dazzle with bizarre design effects – it’s designed

according to maritime traditions and the good practice we’ve instilled in it. All the Vintage Series yachts have strikingly elegant external lines, architectural elements and a robust straight bow, all elements that recall the past. The hull, superstructure and bridge of the Codecasa 43 offer a classic yacht ideal, but they also fulfil owners’ requirements by being comfortable and reliable. The deck layouts are designed to create extremely generous, functional spaces for the crew. We’ve placed great emphasis on the exterior areas, approaching them from the point of view of the people who will use them on board the yacht – we’ve designed the conversation area spaces so they can host striking furniture and create an extremely comfortable environment. For example, although we’ve increased the structural areas on the sun deck we’ve also made use of them as a sunbathing area,

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creating a play with the upholstery colours.

correct compromise between technical and aesthetic requirements.

We’ve lavished attention on refining the keel lines to create

As soon as you step on board, the first thing to capture your

the least possible wave resistance, optimum flow to the props

attention is the furnishings, so they are crucial, but what’s behind all

and minimum stern drag. That’s the reason for the straight

that is also fundamentally important – in other words, the electrical,

bow, which extends the waterline shape and cuts drag.

hydraulic and air-conditioning systems. They must all work perfectly

The hull is steel, while the superstructure is in aluminium.

and conform to determined standards to provide maximum comfort

As a general rule in yacht construction, you have to find the

for the owner and guests.


The hydromassage pool is set forward of the sun deck, surrounded by large sunpads and sofas. The nocturnal lighting, well-judged and not too overwhelming, renders this relaxation deck even more scenic. The outdoor dining area is on the upper deck. The oval table can extend to host up to 12. It is in teak, like the director chairs

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A preliminary sketch of the upper deck skylounge, and the area in reality. The result is a bright, warm space whose furnishings embody a refined symmetricality emphasised by the ceiling with frames concealing spots and LED strips. Page to side, the main deck hall with inlaid Palissandro, Saint Laurent and Emperador marble

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Interior Designer Tommaso Spadolini

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’ve always liked the clean lines and classic look of Fulvio Codecasa’s yachts, and these characteristics can also be seen on the 43 Vintage. The initial brief I was given was to design a craft that was classic yet

modern, a yacht that could appeal to a number of people as an “on spec” build. The final result is a threeperson creation by me, Ms Codecasa and the yard’s technical office. The basic features of the yacht are light colours with wood and leather surfaces, three extremely classic elements designed to give the yacht an enduring appeal, while the modern touch is provided by the contrasts of dark and light. The ultra-traditional layout reflects the yard’s way of thinking. This is the fourth in the Vintage line (after the two 42-metre and the 50-metre builds) and in comparison to the 42-metre yachts it features larger main deck and second deck windows that flood the owner’s suite and saloons with a pleasant, balanced light. For the lower deck cabins we’ve tried to compensate for the diminished natural light with suffused, uniform lighting – we’ve highlighted the niches covered in orange leather by lighting them up with indirect sources. We didn’t want to use any special effects, we’ve just hidden a few units in the ceilings and lit the right spots. My favourite areas on board are the upper deck saloon with its warmth and balanced contrasts, and the curved staircase in worked leather with recessed handrail. I think that Italian expertise, Italian artisanal culture and the skills of the architect are all embodied by this staircase.

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The Shipyard Fulvia Codecasa, CEO

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he Vintage Series was begun in 2011 on the initiative of my father, Fulvio Codecasa, who sought to take a step

back to the beauty of the past, placing it in a modern context with advanced technology. The result is this line of yachts where past and present exist side-by-side and Italian style takes centre stage, fulfilling the requirements expressed by many owners, people who like beautiful, traditional objects. This 43-metre craft was built “on spec”, without an end buyer. However, owners who buy a product like this do so because they know they will be acquiring the best in terms of reliability, safety, on-board comfort and environmental awareness. It is, in fact, a development of the 42-metre yachts in the same series, the M/Y Magari, delivered in 2011, and the M/Y Libra, delivered in 2013. All three yachts feature generous interior volumes, but their gross tonnage still remains below 500 tonnes. The extra length of the 43-metre design compared to its 42-metre sibling creates room for a layout that includes a full-beam owner’s suite, private study, skipper’s cabin on the bridge deck adjoining the command station and a hydromassage pool on the sun deck. As the project is based on the Codecasa 42 platform, it’s been possible to complete the build in only 24 months. At the moment we’re fitting out a sister yacht on spec, and expect to finish it in July 2017. We’re also building a 50 and a 65-metre yacht.

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[ FLY ]

uying a LearJet is like owning a piece of aviation history. The name of William Powell Lear, known as Bill, is as important to airplane history as Michelango’s is to art. During 43 years of activity Bill was granted 120 patents in fields ranging from car radios to modern avionics, and none of them can yet be considered obsolete. That’s why aircraft by LearJet, now a division of Bombardier, are regarded with such admiration and respect and have become icons of high-speed performance. The family, which dates back to the 1960s, has now been joined by the Learjet 70 and its big brother, the 75. They differ in the number of passengers they carry (seven and nine) and their range (slightly superior for the 70). Announced in 2012 and first delivered in 2014, these aircraft build on the success achieved by their predecessors, the 40 and 45, which achieved sales figures of 140 and 453 respectively before production ended in 2011. The new features on the Lear 70 and 75 are their winglets, revamped interiors, Garmin5000 integrated instrumentation, more powerful engines and the ability to take off from runways almost 10 per cent shorter than before. This is down to the 3,800 pounds of thrust generated by the Honeywell FTE731-

A slender, sporty fuselage - this ambitious design has enabled the creation of a flat floor cabin that is unique in this category. The plane hosts up to nine passengers in an exclusive setting featuring pop-up 12� monitors and a wide range of connectivity

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40BR engines, the most powerful ever mounted on a business jet in this class. At full load its wheels will leave the ground after a takeoff run of 4,400 feet (1,340 metres). The 75 model also carries an auxiliary power unit (APU), a feature passengers appreciate because it enables the air conditioning to run even when the plane is on the ground, and pilots can rely on an extra source of energy for their systems. And no pilot would complain about sitting at the controls of a “legend”. Once on board, passengers will enjoy the totally flat floor plan and the oval fuselage section – while its diameter is relatively small (the price paid for a sporty character) – provides outstanding comfort on long flights of up to 2,040 nautical miles. Bombardier has addressed the requirements of demanding passengers by

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The 3,800 lb of thrust generated by the Honeywell FTE731-40BR engines enables the Lear 70 and 75 to take off on runways that are 10% shorter. Pilots are provided with a user-friendly Garmin-based Bombardier Vision avionics suite

modelling its interiors on those of larger business jets like the Challenger, designed by the German company LHT with 12” monitors for the seats and connections for all types of personal device. It also offers an inverter providing a domestic current of 110 volts AC. The Lear designs have higher wing loading than rival bizjets, so, while the Lear 70 can’t land on shorter runways, it is more stable in high sidewinds and turbulence. The electric steering solution is worth noting, as it enables unrestricted ground towing with no worries for the crew. A typical mission profile would see four people on board and a 70 per cent fuel load. An altitude of 43,000 feet (13,106 m) would be reached in 22 minutes, followed by a cruise at the maximum speed of Mach 0.81 (992 km/h) or a more economical speed of Mach 0.75 (918 km/h), burning 1,700 pounds of fuel per hour (pph) so the aircraft would consume 2,700 pounds of kerosene during a two-hour flight. To sum up, between 12 and 14 million dollars will buy the aircraft equivalent of a Lamborghini - don’t look for the silence or comfort of a Bentley, just enjoy the speed and excitement!

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BEAUTY AND

Breathtaking futuristic lines that seem to have escaped from a video game shape the supercar from Rezvani Motors. Their latest creation is the Beast Alpha, the American company’s first hardtop design

THE BEAST

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[ The CAR ]

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rvine (California) is not your average city. It’s small by American standards, and young. Founded in the early 1970s, according to the

latest census the average age of its population is under 35. It’s easy to reach along the Pacific Coast Highway from Long Beach, 35 kilometres south of downtown Los Angeles, and although it is almost a thousand kilometres from San Francisco Bay, it can be regarded as an outpost of Silicon Valley. A catalysing centre for futuristic technology and pulsating creativity, Irvine is home to the largest companies in the sector. Microsoft, Western Digital, IBM, Intel, Cisco Systems and Larry Ellison’s Oracle all have facilities in Irvine, and Blizzard Entertainment, one of the world’s largest videogame production companies, has its headquarters here. The city is also home to a small automobile factory, Rezvani Motors. Since its launch in 2014 this company seems to have drawn inspiration from the unbridled imaginative flights of the entertainment world for its four-wheeled creations.

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The carbon fibre body enables the creation of ambitious, aggressive geometries. Beast Alpha is the perfect Californian supercar – extreme design and a scorching performance – from 0 to 100 km/h in 3 seconds and a top speed over 280 km/h

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[ The CAR ]

The leather and Alcantara interiors look deceptively basic. The LCD dash is borrowed from the world of F1, and there is an Apple CarPlay compatible infotainment system

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As its limited series supercars don’t have the draw of a big name

train modified to squeeze every last drop from its impressive 500

or a globally-recognised brand, the company stakes its appeal on

hp output. Which means that the Rezvani Beast Alpha Quanto can

some other, extremely powerful factors – design, cutting edge

go from 0 to 100 km/h in just under three seconds, and achieve

technological solutions and monstrous performance. Their sporty,

a top speed of over 280 km/h. The interiors are rather basic,

futuristic look – like raw prototypes – hides a street-legal character

but still offer an LCD in F1 style and an entertainment system

that makes them a practical expression of the American dream.

compatible with Apple CarPlay, a must this close to Cupertino.

Their almost unique nature means they’re perfect for West Coast

This Spartan approach is abandoned, though, for the exteriors.

celebrities who are always on the lookout for an ultra-exclusive

Edgy yet perfectly sleek, the lines of the carbon fibre bodywork are

ride that will serve that most important purpose, getting them

by Samir Sadikhov, an Azerbaijani car designer who trained at the

noticed. The latest Revzani model, the Beast Alpha, is the first

IED, an ideal choice to give shape to ambitious, futuristic ideas.

hardtop (although it’s possible to remove the rear section, Targa

His vision and talent have led to the inclusion on the Beast Alpha

style), and comes after the Beast and Beast X roadsters. No frills,

of a feature never before seen on a car – Sidewinder doors. They

compromises, no holding back. For practical reasons it’s based on

are designed to release from the car body then slide rearwards.

an aluminium Lotus Elise and adapted for a Honda-Acura derived

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[ CREATIVE MINDS: GYC BY FRANK NEUBELT DESIGNS ]

NOW, Voyager The German designer has pushed his talent for combining fine design and great architecture to new heights in the special 140-metre Seven Seas World Cruiser by Mary Hegarty

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hat really sets Frank Neubelt apart from his contemporaries is that he is a yacht designer who also trained as a boat and shipbuilder. A rare breed indeed. That solid grounding has given him

an unwavering respect for naval architecture and has rooted all his designs, no matter how radical, in solid, seafaring fundamentals. Indeed, after spending two decades as the award-winning founding lead-designer of Newcruise, which was then one of the most successful German studios, Neubelt decided in 2012 to develop a new contemporary vision. After a year out on his yacht Beleia, he returned to work as “GYC” by Frank Neubelt Yacht Designs. A collaborator at heart, he also developed “German Yacht Couture“(GYC), 68


After two decades with Newcruise, Frank Neubelt has hung out his own shingle and recently founded the GYC Hub with a group of affiliates to create beautifully-crafted and engineered yachts from his pen

the very first German superyacht project hub, working in association with his long-term colleague Udo Hafner and his “iYacht”. Neubelt’s aim was not only to better represent and realise his designs, but also to provide all subsequent engineering and detailed basic construction designs to owner’s team and yards. This was in addition to naval hull design by well-known hydrodynamic specialist Richard Anzböck. Neubelt’s career in large custom superyachts and his signature stamp optimised by GYC Hub craft background created the perfect blend of design and engineering. “Yacht design is serious when you know how a vessel works technically and behaves at sea. Naval architecture is one of the most significant elements in that,” says Neubelt. “To me a yacht always has to be a yacht – not in any way like a space 69


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Up to 16 guests can be accommodated aboard Voyager 140 and they will have plenty of al fresco lounging are as to choose from. Frank Neubelt works in association with his long-term colleague Udo Hafner (below)

ship or car in its styling. I create sailing and motor yachts that are exciting to look at when they appear on the horizon. They will always be elegant so as to attract exclusive owners through our own passion, experience and love for high-class yachting.” That is exactly what the Voyager 140 looks set to do. Sparked when a repeat client asked for an idea of a efficient world cruiser yacht with well-balanced interior-exterior spaces, it is a 20-knot cruiser that takes the superyacht lifestyle experience to an outstanding level. It will appeal to what Neubelt refers to as “Seven-Seas-seeking owners“ who want a more sustainable long-range craft, thanks to a mix of contemporary styling, a carefully analysed layout and wellbalanced interior volumes. Big seas won’t be a problem either as the hull body, now honed, tank-tested and optimised by the GYChub team, was inspired by Neubelt’s innovations for his renowned 115m Newcruise explorer Luna (created for Roman Abramovich in 2008). Described by Neubelt himself as “a ready-to-go” 16-guest ICE-class E1 low-maintenance design, the Voyager 140 ticks the boxes in terms of luxury and modern amenities, offering a foredeck helipad with hatch, plus a touch+go on the top deck, an observation lounge and a secluded owner’s deck over the bridge deck. The German Yacht Industry Pool, “Deutsche Yachten”, also co-founded by Neubelt, supplied the equipment including the brand new Piening diesel-electric shaft driven pitch propellers.

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[ CREATIVE MINDS ]

The owners’ private deck includes two sumptuous staterooms, a

and side cabanas inspired by the Miami Delano Hotel; the beach club

personal gym, office, lounge and, in an exclusive touch, two terraces.

comes with 200 square metres. Last but not least, a bar club creates

There are also 6 VIP suites, a gym, a Zen-like library and a sky lounge.

a classy entertainment environment for parties and social events. The

The main deck’s wide body interior offers not just a saloon and dining

Voyager 140 complies with sustainability criteria recommended by the

area but also two generous family cabins with en suite lounges, to

Ports of Cause foundation of which Neubelt is an advisory member

boot. The remainder of the guest cabins are on the lower deck, as is

of the board of directors. What more could self-reliant world sailors

a huge spa with spectacular glass-bottomed Aquarium Zen rooms. It

ask for?

opens onto innovative stepped lounge terraces with an 18-metre pool

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As the design sketch below illustrates, despite its clean, contemporary deck design, the Voyager 140 World Cruiser is also a sturdy go-anywhere vessel with an efficient flared bulbous bow

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[ CREATIVE MINDS: NAUTA YACHTS ]

OUR ULTIMATE AIM IN DESIGNING ANY BOAT IS TO DELIVER MAXIMUM ENJOYMENT OF THE SEAFARING

EXPERIENCE by Désirée Sormani

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Mario Pedol and Massimo Gino (in foreground) in the Milan-based studio they founded in 1985

sense of reverence descends as soon as you walk through the door at Nauta Yachts. You feel like tiptoeing your way around this hallowed ground because it was between these walls that some of the most iconic big yachts in history were designed: the cruiser-racer My Song, Renzo Piano’s sloop Kirribilli, hugely successful Bénéteaus, latter-day Grand Soleils, innovative Baltic megasailers and, of course, Southern Wind’s high-performance beauties. That’s without even mentioning the revolution the radical Nauta Project Light caused when it transferred sailing yacht signatures to the motor segment a decade ago. Two of the most recent results of this cross-contamination being, of course, the world’s largest private yacht, Lürssen’s 180-metre Azzam, and the Cantiere delle Marche’s multi-award-winning Narvalo 108 del Cantiere delle Marche. In a little over three decades the studio overlooking Milan’s main park has designed hundreds of craft ranging from small sail boats to megasailers, semidisplacement motoryachts and gigayachts, often collaborating on them with architecture heavy-hitters such as Bruce Farr, Reichel Pugh and Doug Peterson. The ensuing diversity is such that it might at first glance seem impossible to find a common thread. But a common thread there is and a pretty obvious one at that. “Regardless of whether it’s a 14-metre or a gigayacht, our ultimate aim in designing any boat is for it to deliver maximum enjoyment of the seafaring experience,” says Mario Pedol, who founded the studio with Massimo Gino in 1985. “The key is to imagine you’re actually living what you’re designing and feel the emotions the family will feel aboard. Boats are about passion, so they have to be beautiful and timeless. We don’t use excess to dazzle. Instead we seek to dazzle with concrete solutions, with choices that define a space, and

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These pages: the Air 94 m. The suite (pictured here) has a breathtaking 270-degree view, an enormous 85 square metre private terrace complete with Jacuzzi/whirlpool and private access to the helipad on the bow. The interior spans 200 square metres; the bedroom can even be separated off with sliding panels that disappear neatly when opened

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to deliver a harmony of form between interior and exterior. That’s the kind of formal equilibrium you achieve in small steps – a bit like tailoring. What makes the difference is the ability – the sensitivity – to recognise that formal equilibrium.” That sensibility is what drove Nauta Yachts to take its sailing experience and introduce it to the motoryacht world. “There is still huge room for experimentation in this sector. We gave our own interpretation drawing on our sailing experience. We put equal emphasis on interior and exterior and lowered all visual barriers (bulwarks, walkways and windows up to 45 cm above floor level) to enjoy the world around. We created various transparencies, lowered and tapered the stern down to water level. Our leitmotif is that we always endeavour to deliver maximum enjoyment of both life and the boat, and to put people back in contact with nature”. One of Nauta’s many current projects is the Air 94 m, an effortless embodiment of the studio’s thought process. The concept starts with the idea that there are three spaces crucial to the owner and his guests’ quality of life aboard. The suite has a breathtaking 270-degree view, an enormous 85 square metre private terrace complete with Jacuzzi/whirlpool and private access

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The beach club is impressive too, affording a 50 square metre water-skimming platform in addition to 65 square metres of sheltered space, reflecting the Air 94m concept centering around the idea of top quality onboard living

to the helipad on the bow. The suite interior spans 200 square metres and includes a bedroom, living room, his-and-her bathrooms, walk-in closet and the owner’s office. The bedroom can even be separated off with sliding panels that disappear neatly when opened. The suite is awash with light and glazing and bathed in a blissful atmosphere. As is the entire yacht, thanks in no small part to a 500 square metre-plus wellness deck. The beach club is impressive too, affording a 50 square metre water-skimming platform in addition to 65 square metres of sheltered space where guests can hang out and enjoy each other’s company. A seven-metre countercurrent infinity pool on the main deck provides exercise or a place to watch the world go by. Toys and tenders abound in the 175 square metre garage, to allow guests access nearby beaches and immerse themselves in nature. The good life, in other words. www.nautayachts.com 78


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A 34-metre displacement yacht that exudes the charm and sophistication of a 1940s/50s craft combined with Sanlorenzo’s formal purity makes the perfect nautical debut for the Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel studio. As well as introducing a whole new stylistic and design language by Désirée Sormani - ph. by Leo Torri

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Above, the SD 112 has nicely classical lines. The sun deck is a spectacular space where guests can chill and soak up the rays. It is furnished entirely with Flexform pieces designed by Antonio Citterio. These include Carlotta chairs and Oliver tables and, of course, striking Air day beds. Facing page, the upper deck where cockpit and dining room flow together to create a single unbroken interior-exterior space very much in the vein of the main deck (opening shots)

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he was famous even before she’d been delivered to her delighted

grey over time) which trims not only the floors but curves up the walls to

owner. For the simple reason that the SD 112 Lady Kathleen not

the ceiling. This quirky but effective solution is put to greatest use in the

only marks the nautical debut of Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel

sleeping quarters which comprise a master suite, two VIP staterooms and

but also ushers in a whole new stylistic and design language. Her

two twin guest cabins, all of which have the same soothing cocoon-like

Scottish owners, who already owned a Sanlorenzo and were fans of the

atmosphere. The owner gave the designers carte blanche but did ask for

Citterio look, didn’t think twice when the yard suggested entrusting the

bright, fresh spaces as far as possible. Hence the use of maple combined

internationally-lauded Italian architecture studio, with the design of the

with the white fabric ceiling liners by Enzo degli Angiuoni, the white

interiors of their 34-metre displacement yacht. Sanlorenzo CEO Massimo

leather blinds, natural leather and grey oak of the floors.

Perotti is a firm believer in fostering crossovers between different design

However, the greatest stroke of genius is the deftness with which the

spheres. For quite some time now, he and Sanlorenzo’s creative director,

usual spatial fracture between the cockpit and the saloon has been

Sergio Buttiglieri, who was with Italian furniture and décor specialist

bypassed by simply placing the doors behind the bar area. This means

Driade for two decades, have been working to create a dialogue between

that when they are open, they completely disappear from view, creating

the residential and nautical worlds. Perotti has long been instigating

a sense of visual continuity between interior and exterior. The saloon no

collaborations with the leading interior design brands – back in 2009,

longer feels like an interior room, rather a saloon-cockpit, a single large

he transferred Rodolfo Dordoni’s signature style to the SL 100.

lounge. In fact, thanks to the two terraces that open out on either side

This time he persuaded the studio founded by Antonio Citterio and

of the yacht, it becomes a vast veranda. The cockpit is furnished with

sailing enthusiast Patricia Viel, who was also directly involved in the

armchairs and a special outdoor extendable sofa, as well as occasional

Sanlorenzo project, to bring its “less is more” style and philosophy to

tables that fan out when required.

the interiors of this yacht.

The upper deck is intriguing too as, rather than a sky lounge, there is a

The Italian studio went against the current rather glib “wow factor”

space similar to the main deck with the same indoor-outdoor blurring.

trend and instead produced an interior that reimagines the styling cues of

Inside is a large formal dining area dominated by an oval Pathos table

1940s and 50s yachts for the modern world. A tri-deck with flying bridge,

by Maxalto, while out on deck is a coffee table that converts cleverly into

Lady Kathleen’s exterior design is both rigorous and linear. Her lines

a dining one. All Lady Kathleen’s furnishings are either custom-made

have the timeless loveliness of all Sanlorenzo craft. Her exterior beauty

for her or selected from the catalogues of leading designers with whom

is not stand-alone, however, as she also ensures her guests will enjoy an

Antonio Citterio collaborates. Notables in the latter case include the

absolutely sumptuously comfortable seafaring experience. She has the

Hermès chaise, Flexform sofas and Axor bathroom fittings. A veritable

vintage charm of a displacement yacht but this only serves to enhance

eurhythmy of elegant choices, each one absolutely consistent with Lady

rather than obscure the hull forms, revealing where at all possible the

Kathleen’s refine retro ambience.

curves functional to the yacht’s working life. This was achieved through

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the use of oak (which actually looks like teak as it turns a lovely silvery

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Right and left, the saloon with side terraces. The Grandemare sofa is by Flexform, the chairs Petit Repos by Vitra, while the large occasional table/storage unit was custom-designed. The Oliver coffee tables are by Flexform, the rug is from Atelier Altai, and the chaise and the ottomans by Hermès. The custom wall lights were made by Viabizzuno. Above, a VIP stateroom. Page opposite, top, the upper deck lounge with Pathos table by B&B and Emily seating by Flexform

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The Yacht Designer Sergio Buttiglieri, Sanlorenzo Interior Designer Director

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he atmosphere aboard the SD112 is redolent of a very large classic yacht and that came from Francesco Paszkowski when we commissioned him to design the lines for this displacement line. The exterior is a reworking of the charming yachts of the 1940s and 50s. But with great balance between the upper areas and an unusual hull. The SD112 has very harmonious forms with very controlled lines, a characteristic shared by all Sanlorenzo yachts. Their design is not showy – clean, sober forms were the order of the day. The big portholes in the cabins are perfectly lined up with the more re-dimensioned ones in the bathrooms and crew areas, and are a harmonious match for the large superstructure windows which have an opening at their centre to allow even more light in and lend a certain dramatic flourish. This hull’s holiday-focus is clear from the abundance of apertures and al fresco spaces as well as the way the interior and exterior flow effortlessly into one another. Side stairs lighten the design and make it easier for guests to get into the sea aft, where there is a large platform. The hatch that opens upwards also reveals a garage with a large tender and a jet ski. How would I describe this boat? A precious reworking of the styling cues of the yachts of bygone era crafted with the elegance that always sets Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel designs apart.

The yacht’s holiday vocation is also signalled in the abundance of openings and al fresco spaces as well as the interior-exterior flow that makes the cockpits feel like large verandas and an extension of the interiors

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The Interior Designer Patricia Viel, partner Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel

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his was the first time that our studio designed a boat interior. It was a very interesting exploratory process, particularly for me because I love the sea and sail whenever I can. We went against the grain and designed this 34-metre with a reworking of the styling cues of a vintage yacht. Instead of transferring the minimalist opulence of a Manhattan penthouse to boats, as often happens in the nautical area, we salvaged the tradition of a naval interior design. This area has a huge cultural identity and so we felt it necessary to focus on the forms of the hull and highlight them. We trimmed the walls in the cabins in a grey oak, following and emphasising the natural curve of the hull. We also worked on the size of the windows and brought back certain curved profiles on the main decks. We worked very hard to create an extension between the aft cockpit and the living area, to break down any separation between them. Everything was designed ad hoc from the fit-out of the interiors (we even had to change some hull details to improve, for instance, the view from the owner’s cabin) to the furnishings and the details of the windows and doors. In terms of the dÊcor, we custom-designed some furnishings and then selected others designed by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia, Flexform, Hermès and Vitra, all using customised materials and finishes, as well as personalised for this particular boat. The treatment of the surfaces, the aperture volumes, the door handles and so forth, the division of the spaces, all provided an opportunity to explore an area that was nautical rather than residential, and thus follows its own cultural rules and has its own demands. The first yacht was greatly admired by other owners who wanted the solutions devised by the Milan studio for their own boats. This spring will bring another larger craft: the 42-metre Explorer 460 for a Swiss owner.

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Above, a preliminary sketch for the large saloon on the main deck. Below, the interior stairs with raised sailing-inspired steps and one of the bathrooms with a beautiful Mutina mosaic. Opposite page, the master suite. All custom-designed by Patricia Viel and Antonio Citterio

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The Shipyard Ferruccio Rossi, Sanlorenzo Group President

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his was a collaboration that brought together design and nautical excellence to produce truly innovative solutions that still respected the seafaring tradition for which our yard has always been a standard-bearer. The SD112 is the latest step on an ongoing road to excellence. It is our tribute to one of the great internationally-renowned Italian design names. Being able to have one of the leading names in architecture and industrial design on a Sanlorenzo yacht is something of a natural evolution. The solutions adopted aboard Lady Kathleen enchanted other

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owners who then put themselves in the hands of that same partnership between Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and our yard. Obviously, our philosophy views every application as a new solution. Every boat is unique, and developed with and for every owner. In spring, for example, we’ll be launching a 42-metre Explorer 460 with interiors by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viels, while in September, we’ll be presenting a new boat that will be the first in a whole new product line, at the Cannes Show. This time, the interiors will be by Studio Lissoni. On May 25, we’re presenting the new project at the Milan Triennale.


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LONDON Great artists and contemporary icons in the spotlight. Buzzing with energy as always, the UK capital confirms its status as the place to be with paintings, sculpture and photography by Micaela Zucconi

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Above, NPG, from left, Me as Cahun holding a mask of my face, (by Gillian Wearing, 2012. ). I am in training don’t kiss me, Claude Cahun, 1927. (Jersey Heritage Collections). Opposite: top, Saatchi Gallery, Juno Calypso,¬ The Honeymoon Suite, 2015; below, Saatchi Gallery, Vincent Van Gogh, Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889.

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he forthcoming London season of exhibitions and festivals

Absent Friends (until 18 June), presents portraits by British

is once again packed with important events. On the

artist Howard Hodgkin, who passed away a few days before

programme this year, shows dedicated to artistic heavyweights

the opening. In his paintings the human presence is evoked

David Hockney and Anish Kapoor, plus a special emphasis

only through a personal version that challenges traditional

on photography and portraits in their most varied forms.

forms of representation. Still in the context of portraits and

Tate Britain stages the most comprehensive retrospective

photography, one of the most important international events

ever, looking at the career of David Hockney, one of the most

on the subject, the Format International Photography Festival,

famous and influential 20th century British artists (until 20

is being held until 23 April. This year’s theme is Habitat. One

May). Now almost 80 years old, Hockney continues to change

of the most high-profile participants is Julia Fullerton-Batten,

style and work methods, an evolution highlighted by the works

who was born in Germany in 1970 but who is British by

on show, which cover 60 years of activity. Anish Kapoor’s

adoption. This time she is exhibiting her 2015 project Feral

most recent works are on display until 6 May at the prestigious

Children, which involved a year’s work. 15 stories, interpreted

Lisson Gallery, where the sculptor and architect, who was

by young actors, of children brought up among animals, lost

born in Mumbai in 1954, has been exhibiting since 1982. The

in the wilderness or living isolated from any human contact,

National Portrait Gallery (NPG) is presenting two exhibitions

abandoned, neglected but miraculously surviving in this feral

– the first juxtaposes works by contemporary British painter

state. German photographer Wolfang Tillmans, on the other

Gillian Wearing with those of Claude Cahun (1894-1954),

hand, is famous for still lifes and portraits that approach the

the anti-conformist photographer and writer, a member of

abstract. They are shown for the first time at the Tate Modern

the Surrealist school. Behind the Mask, Another Mask (until

Gallery (Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017, until 11 June), with photos

29 May) plays on the affinity between the two artists, both

and videos, digital slide projections and music recordings. The

fascinated by photography and self-portraits. The second, called

prize for originality, however, must go to the Saatchi Gallery,

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Iittala looks to nature for inspiration for its poetic tableware and has a talent for choosing brilliantly intuitive artists to do the rest by Marta Bernasconi

ost of us know Iittala’s work from Alvar Aalto’s iconic glass vase which looks like a Finnish lake in miniature but was inspired by waves in motion. That 1936 classic aside, Iittala has been developing and diversifying its table and homeware since it first opened its doors in the little Finnish village of the same name in 1881. A member of the Fiskars Group for the last decade, the company has come to epitomise a distinctively Scandinavian style inspired by the natural world. Its strongest designs and best-sellers remain its glass products. Interestingly, Aalto’s vase, which is widely acknowledged as one of the most sublime examples of organic design and is now on show at MOMA in New York, is still hand-blown

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and takes a team of seven skilled artisans to make. Iittala’s contemporary collections bear the stamp of a group of mostly Finnish designers, but the company has also worked with Italian master glass-blowers. This photographic spread cleverly tunes with the Turquoise theme of this particular issue of The One yacht and design, highlighting the brand’s top-of-the-range items, all of which look absolutely modern despite there often being decades between collections. They date back as far as 1952, the year Kaj Franck’s simple navy and blue Teema dinnerware first appeared, and are as new as the “magic nature”-inspired Taika dinnerware designed by Klaus Haapaniemi in 2007. Coming midway between the two in 1964 is Oiva Toikka’s classic Kastehelmi collection of

Top: Alvar Aalto’s iconic vase and, above,

glass plates, jars, bowls and tumblers. Its raised bubble motif

a close-up from the Teema collection

was inspired by dew drops glistening in the sun. Once again,

designed by Antonio Citterio. Opening

nature is deftly translated into the language of design.

page: navy and blue plates from the

In a typically intriguing move, Iittala has ensured that the

Teema collection, highly decorated pieces

pieces from its various collections coordinate beautifully,

from the Taika range, ringed tumblers

bringing a flexible, unfussy yet charming look to any table.

by Aino Aalto, wife of Alvar Aalto, a

Iittala’s glass, ceramics and cookware are a veritable Northern

Kastehelmi set (bubbles included!), the

European lifestyle manifesto, centring around functional

Kartio carafe and Citterio 98 steel cutlery

yet elegant objects and environments created using quality materials. A spirit that is a perfect match for people who love the sea and onboard living.

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A striped plate from the Origo collection paired with a blue tumbler from the Kartio range. This plate, bowl and tumblers featuring the classic raised bubble motif are just a part of the Kastehelmi collection designed by Oiva Toikka in 1964

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THE COMPLEX ART OF Nadia and Giovanni Santini adore tradition but travelled the world to look, taste and learn. And now they have become a beacon of fine dining internationally by Marta Bernasconi

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temple of haute cuisine that has revived with great taste, passion and humility the traditional recipes of the Italian

Boot” is how the Michelin Guide describes Dal Pescatore, a restaurant on which it has bestowed no fewer than three stars since 1996. This fine eatery is owned by the Santini family, and the great French institution deems that it also exalts “the greatness of simplicity”. Nestling in Canneto sull’Oglio, outside the city of Mantua (in the North of Italy), Dal Pescatore is run by chefs Nadia Santini and her son Giovanni. A second son, Alberto, is the restaurant’s sommelier, and Antonio Santini, Nadia’s husband, is also involved in the business. “My passion for cooking was sparked when I got married as my husband’s family owned a well-known restaurant,” says Nadia, while Giovanni, who grew up watching his mother and grandmother cooking, built on that foundation by studying food science and technology. Travel then further enriched the talents of the two chefs. The Santinis toured the globe, visiting all the great restaurants to learn about what guests that had come from the other side of the world to sample a specific dish, expected from the experience. So they became familiar with what the people walking through the door of their restaurant hoped for. The restaurant itself is near the River Oglio and has a long-standing relationship with water. “My great-grandfather was a fisherman,” explains Giovanni. “I often went out with him and, apart from learning the techniques, I also got an insight into the fascinating world that

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A delicate baby squid salad with tomatoes and basil is Nadia and Giovanni Santini’s suggestion for onboard dining. Washed down with a classic Franciacorta white such as Bellavista

has grown up around the whole ritual of fishing.” Both Nadia and Giovanni Santini are convinced that the quality and freshness of the fish they use is paramount and this extends to their suggestion for a light onboard meal: a salad of baby squid with tomato and basil. The method is as follows: carefully clean around 300 g of baby squid and place in a colander. Plunge this into boiling water flavoured with celery and fennel, for 30 seconds. Cool the baby squid in cold water and then add four diced Sardinian or Sicilian tomatoes. Dress the salad with some extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice and a little basil. This is a delicate dish bursting with the flavours and aromas of spring. The restaurant’s sommelier, Alberto Santini, suggests pairing it with a Franciacorta Saben Cà del Bosco, Bellavista or Trento DOC Riserva Giulio Ferrari. Santini has long been one of the great names in Italian haute cuisine and it is refreshing to learn that such enduring success comes down to a very simple philosophy of offering diners the very best you possibly can. But what makes the difference? The passion and commitment of a family that view their work as a journey and the table as a place where they can meet the world and learn from it.

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Past and future, space and sporty attitude - a skilful combination successfully achieved on board Mangusta’s new Long Range, designed by Alberto Mancini. Interiors with select materials and prestigious finishes evoke an intense exclusivity by Fabio Petrone - ph. by Maurizio Paradisi

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he Overmarine Group has made a name for itself in

All the ceilings are clad in Alcantara or raw silk, creating a warm yet

the fast open maxi sector – the Mangusta line the yard

bright interior. The owner’s cabin, also on the main deck, has planed

is famous for boasts over 300 craft from 22 to 55 metres

and wenge-varnished oak underfoot, partially covered by an ivory-

in length - but with this Mangusta Oceano 42-metre it

coloured bamboo fibre carpet. Two nubuck and fabric sofas face the

has triumphantly inaugurated a new long-range production line, with

balcony that opens up the space to the sea. The en-suite bathroom

46, 55 and 60-metre models also currently on the cards.

is large and extremely beautiful, featuring Eramosa marble in the

The flair and originality of Alberto Mancini’s designs convinced

shower and floors.

Maurizio Balducci, CEO of Overmarine Group, to entrust him

The yard has named the four cabins that make up the lower

with an important, if not crucial, model for the yard. The Mangusta

deck sleeping area after four of the world’s most famous seaside

Oceano 42 number 1, called Namasté, is the Trieste designer’s first

destinations – Saint-Tropez, Bodrum, Bergama and Mauritius –

yacht over 40 metres, and was a something of a challenge, given the

emphasising the yacht’s globetrotting credentials and giving a clue

tough job of inaugurating the large metal yacht line intended for

to the variety of decorative schemes. Marble is a constant in all the

long-distance ocean sailing.

bathrooms, coordinated in a different way in each one – Thassos

The Mangusta Oceano 42 is a refined mix that will conjure up images

and Botticino, Thassos, Olimpo and Sicis with royal and cobalt blue,

of the past, but it also shows a definite commitment to Mangusta’s

Thassos, Olimpo and Sicis with Therapy green mosaic, and Thassos

future, with generous spaces and elements that emphasise its sporty

with teak. The taps and fittings are different, too – Faubourg, Onix

character, the brand’s true DNA. It features a series of conceptual,

Noir, Bamboo Cristal Clair and Bamboo Cristal Arancione, and the

development and design innovations, which have made it one of the

cabins have different types of flooring – white-painted planed oak,

year’s most widely-admired yachts. We think that of the all the craft

hazel coloured planed oak and teak with white wood seams. Not

we visited at the shows, this was the most original, especially where

forgetting the doors – natural oak with a silky suede inlay, natural

the interiors are concerned. On the main deck the nubuck and leather

oak with leather inlay, natural oak with embossed leather inlay. One

Minotti sofas complement the nubuck and leathers used for the

of the few constant elements is the nubuck used for the furniture.

entirely custom-made furniture, including the specially commissioned

The yacht can be regarded as a symbol of the quality that Viareggio,

Bespoke tables. The wenge-style varnished oak flooring is clad in

the centre of Italian yachtbuilding, and the Overmarine Group can

Ralph Lauren carpets in the living and dining areas, as well as

offer with their luxurious, exclusive craft.

forward, both with contrasting brown and beige geometric patterns.

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An evocative shot from above of NamastÊ under way, and the main deck conversation area. Opening page, the lovely infinity pool with waterfall. An illuminated skylight in its floor fills the owner’s suite bathroom below with an original play of refractions.

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Warm, complementary or contrasting shades are used for the yacht interiors. This page, the main saloon and dining area are surrounded by full-height sliding window panels that combine with the open bulwark to eliminate any interruption between yacht and sea. To side, the specially-made upper deck lounge, which can be converted into a cinema, and the owner’s suite sleeping area with balcony, featuring ivory cream bamboo carpeting

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The Yacht Designer Alberto Mancini approached this job with an in-depth study of the Mangusta brand, its characteristics and design philosophy, and then began to produce hand-drawn sketches to sum up every point, every style feature, every distinctive element that has made its mark on the brand’s history and its yachts. It was a long, complex task that demanded an enormous commitment. I also had to enter into the Mangusta mindset and assimilate every aspect of it. Creating a metal yacht isn’t like producing a yacht from a mould, there are technical differences that normally influence the designer’s work. However, after such an in-depth study of the brand’s history, I involved all the people who took part in the construction of the Mangusta Oceano 42, including the welders, in the analysis and development of the new line, making it possible to create shapes and stylistic elements that retain the Mangusta imprint. I think that having the opportunity to design the entire yacht, exteriors and interiors, had a fundamentally important influence on the final result because, in terms of design and development of the spaces, it’s the

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best approach to adopt when you want to integrate them into a single concept. One characteristic of the yacht that I’ve tried to make sure conforms to the Mangusta tradition is the relationship between the availability of internal and exterior spaces, which is always high on an open yacht. An equation that’s not always easy to solve on a motoryacht like the Mangusta Oceano 42, but I think that the result, with the generous exterior decks, is more than satisfactory. The link between the interiors and exteriors and guests and the sea – a striking feature that the owner took great interest in and appreciated a great deal – is created by the yacht’s aft. There, we created a beach area that extends significantly when the transom drops, providing the sort of space you’d expect on a much larger yacht. We achieved this by adopting a different, radical design choice, shifting the tender garage right up to the bows. An elegant, modern three-decker with a wonderful balance between interior and exterior spaces. The influence of the Mangusta DNA is clear in the profile, where taut lines coordinate with softer elements. The windows provide a strong dynamic impulse and the bodywork is rich in details inspired by car design, with numerous intersections between concave and convex surfaces

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’ ve tried to open out the interiors, making them as light and airy as possible, especially through a holistic use of light, a philosophical approach to lighting design that I’ve researched intensely. This involves using the natural light flowing from the outside to the interiors, passing through surfaces that are usually impenetrable, and light flooding in through the large windows present throughout the yacht, together with artificial units positioned to cast an indirect light, creating a sensation of space, of being on board a larger craft. To give this feeling an omnipresent impact we paid a lot of attention to eliminating potential architectural barriers that could interrupt the sweeping perspectives. A lot of the interior furnishings were made to measure for this yacht – of course, this all reflects a combination of the owner’s tastes and my creativity, which I prefer to rely on, rather than looking at what others are doing. When necessary I seek inspiration in industrial design, especially auto design for the exteriors. That’s probably the area with the most intense emphasis on research, and it’s the one where manufacturers provide the most exciting stimulus. I also draw on art, one of my passions, nature and everything I encounter during my frequent

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international journeys. My studio carried out some in-depth research for the interiors of the Mangusta Oceano 42, seeking highly original elements, not just for their own sake, as a mere stylistic exercise, but integrated into a setting offering liveability, practicality, and a sensation of wellbeing. On Namasté I’ve tried to create a furnishing and decor project based on a play of colours, sometimes matching, sometimes contrasting, and also on a variety of materials that express a level of superior exclusivity. It’s a full-custom build in the literal sense of the phrase, where every element of the furnishing and decor is specially designed to take its place on board.

The sun deck sofas are by Bespoke, as is the teak, glass and polished steel table. The table mount includes clear glass inserts that allow light to enter the deck below, a concept that extends right down to the beach club, where Paola Lenti loungers again make an appearance. The aft hatch opens downwards over the sea, adding to the space. To side, Alberto Mancini and his team, the designers of the yacht’s interiors and exteriors


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or us, the Mangusta Oceano 42 marked the culmination of an extended gestation period, a time filled with research, study and harmonising the new ideas, often original insights into yacht design, proposed by Alberto Mancini. The Mangusta Oceano 42 is also a base, a starting point from which the Overmarine Group can enter the classic motoryacht sector. This pleasure yacht market is new to us, as previously we’d always built maxi opens. So I’d say that this yacht is absolutely crucial

because it’s the first in the Long Range series produced under Mangusta Oceano name, and it’s also the first of the new metal builds. The Mangusta Oceano line comprises craft of 42, 46, 55 and 60 metres, and embodies our vision of a long-distance yacht, with large spaces, displacement hull, limited consumption and exceptional range. To be specific, the Mangusta Oceano 42, with a second example already under construction, is extremely refined from a stylistic viewpoint, and none of the details are there by chance. Above all, it’s a yacht where the owner and guests can enjoy their cruise in total comfort. It’s not often that luxury and practicality, together with refined yet totally functional interiors, come together so successfully, but that’s what Alberto Mancini has achieved here – that’s the added value of his work. The omens for the Namasté project were good right from the very beginning – the owner fell in love with a brochure image of the yacht, but he was also won over by seeing that the work of a reliable yachtbuilder, an inspired designer and a passionate team can nurture an idea, starting from just a few sketches but eventually transforming the dream into reality.

Mangusta, the leading maxi open builder, enters the displacement yacht world with Namasté. She has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, and sails at a cruising speed of 11 knots. Top, designer Alberto Mancini, Francesco Frediani (left) and Katia and Maurizio Balducci, CEO of Overmarine

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Paola Lenti’s colourful collections comprise sofas, armchairs, tables, chairs, hassocks, rugs and accessories. Her commitment to constantly researching and sourcing new materials has rewritten the rules of residential, public and nautical décor

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Paola Lenti (right) coheads the company she founded in 1994, with her sister, Anna. The Paola Lenti brand has become an international touchstone for textiles and design. Opposite page, some pieces from her collection which add a chic originality to any lounge or terrace

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hey have the cool, fresh greenness of freshly mown

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furnishings that can confidently withstand environments as

lawns, the turquoise blue of the Sardinian sea, the

severe as those aboard yachts where humidity and salinity

yellowy warmth of the summer sun. We’re talking,

are a factor, you have to use materials that really are of a

of course, about Paola Lenti’s sophisticated interior and

superior quality.”

outdoor furniture collections. Timeless pieces made with

“Our intention from the outset was to be able to use

creative flair and skill. Designed to encompass the kind

materials outdoors that were as attractive as the ones we

of exciting new materials and finishes that make them

used indoors. When we began looking at outdoor furniture

absolutely different and suitable even for challenging

in 2000, there were only very severe-looking, rather

environments such as yacht decks.

uncomfortable products around. There weren’t many

“Our research always centres around innovative materials

colours and finishes available either. We did some research

that will deliver the best performances in outdoor

and testing, and with the help and consultancy of some

spaces,” says Paola Lenti, who runs the hugely successful

excellent collaborators, we gradually started producing our

international furnishing and textiles company she founded

collections. As a result of our using colour, woven, metal

in 1994, with her sister Anna. “To be able to create

and wood structures designed for durability, they now encompass comfortable modern seating and elegant rugs handwoven using high-tech materials.” Unique designs both in terms of their looks and durability. The choice of materials is fundamental, as is the simplicity of the forms. These are designs that will stand the test of time, in terms of their sheer durability and their colours and designs. “We were convinced that our outdoor furnishings had to be different. So we immediately began imagining soft, attractive forms that also turned out to be perfect for megayachts. Since 2003, we have created products such the Cove and Sabi seating which really won over the market, not merely because of their design but also the exclusivity of their materials, which is the real secret to our success.” The company now enjoys an international reputation in the yacht sector. This is also due to the quality of its

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materials and the uniqueness of its designs and it has developed high-profile and enduring relationships with some of the world’s leading yards, including Benetti, Sanlorenzo, Wider, Viareggio Super Yacht and Lürssen. Paola Lenti has been a regular at the Monaco Yacht Club for quite some time too, working with the brand’s sole distributor in the Principality, Sabrina Monte-Carlo, on the décor and fit-out of the Upper Deck Lounge, the focal point of the entire show.

Above, the Paola Lenti Aqua Collection

“When they choose our collections, yards are guaranteeing

is featured on the decks of Sanlorenzo’s 460

themselves exclusive products: we do a lot of bespoke

Explorer Moka and on the Wider 150 Genesi

commissions and we can work around any kind of request,

(top left, the beach club). Below, examples

customising forms and colours. Sometimes we’ve modified a

of the Sciara collection and,

product in the collection to suit an owner’s wishes but we

opposite page, bottom, the Ease outdoor sofa, now a yachting favourite

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This page, further pieces from

will only do so if it is in line with our own philosophy: a less-is-

the Paola Lenti catalogue. The

more approach that produces simple, linear objects that integrate

internationally-renowned Italian

harmoniously into the outdoor environment.”

designer furnishing brand also does

So what products does Lenti feel are a must-have aboard? “Definitely

a lot of bespoke work, which means

classic, timeless products of the likes of the Cove, Frame and

its furniture and accessories are

Orlando sofas. I also find the Portofino folding chair collections very

ideal for onboard use

interesting. Then lots of big, casual cushions that are sumptuously comfortable and really make you feel like you are on holiday!”

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LUXURY ON DEMAND by Marta Bernasconi

The value, quality and exclusivity of a brand pool that has redefined the concept of luxury interior design. THE ONE yacht and design meets Alberto Vignatelli, president of Luxury Living Group

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nternational name, Italian success. Luxury Living Group brings together some of the most prestigious inte-rior design

brands with a shared theme, luxury, expressed through a variety of aesthetics and distinctive features. President and CEO Alberto Vignatelli explains this entrepreneurial initiative: “Luxury Living Group develops, produces and distributes Made in Italy furniture collections for some of the most famous brands on the Italian scene. Fendi Casa, which celebrates the stylistic elements of the Roman Maison, Bentley Home, the domestic interpretation of the British car manufacturer, Trussardi Casa, furniture and accessories from the Heritage Collection, Paul Mathieu and, more recently, the Bugatti Home and Ritz Paris Home collections. Their interpretations range from minimal to fashion and the modern reinvention of grand décor”. The Luxury Living Group lifestyle is based on extremely high quality that is made possible by master artisans who can reproduce traditional styles and motifs in contemporary pieces. But luxury also means interpreting clients’ wishes while retaining the brand’s distinctive characteristics. That’s how Luxury Living Group works in the bespoke sector: “We provide the opportunity to customise furnishings from a vast range of fabrics, colours

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From minimalism to grand dĂŠcor, the Luxury Living Group (leaded by Alberto Vignatelli, top, right) boasts a countless portfolio of products. On these pages, the contemporary touch provided by the furniture and complements from the Fendi Casa Collection. Clockwise from top, Ford table, Stardust and Romance chairs, MyHome sofa, Soho bed, Dream Fly 4-seater sofa, Conrad Maxi 3-seater sofa, Tolomeo coffee tables, Infinity lamps

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The grandeur of a Parisian hotel provides inspiration for these pieces from the Ritz Paris Home Collection. Clockwise from top, Louis XVI bed and So Ritzy bed-end bench, Ritzy armchair, Parisien 4-seater sofa, Ritzy rendezvous Louis XVI armchair, Ritzy rendezvous bergere armchair and ottoman, Parisien 4-seater sofa, Charles Buffet sideboard, Charles console detail. Opposite, two renderings showing the Real Estate project at Acqualina, Miami, which the group is participating in

and finishes. We also have a Contract division that designs and produces elements for interiors in line with final needs. A team of architects and decorators monitors the entire project, with a constant emphasis on quality”. The international, niche client base has very strict requirements and expectations. We asked Alberto Vignatelli whether it was possible to identify trends in relation to requirements: “Most of our clients are in China, the Asia-Pacific area and America, and we hope that the number of Russian customers will return to the levels we saw a few seasons ago. In terms of tastes, we range from more traditional proposals to contemporary pieces by international designers. Our Middle Eastern clients still prefer classic shapes, but also have a tendency to experiment, in upholstery, for example. The Western style is increasingly in vogue in China – the second generation of our

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clients, who have studied in Europe or the USA, are beginning

In Italy, Luxury Living is once again present at the Milan Sa-lone

to develop more rational tastes. That’s the trend – in the different

del Mobile: “In the 2017 edition we’re presenting some important

markets we’re seeing a move to all that’s contemporary, elegant

interiors, with striking products interpreted through the various

and sophisticated, where Made in Italy values, artisanal skills

stylistic codes of the group’s brands”. Alberto Vignatelli has clear

and links with the world’s most exclusive fashion houses are the

ideas about the near future. “We’re aiming for constant growth in

key to success”. The positive reaction to the collec-tions is clear

the retail sector, already extensively covered in the world’s design

from the group’s participation in a number of prestigious projects,

capitals, and our objective is to provide our clients with ‘key in

especially residential, like the Trump Group’s Miami jewel, The

hand’ residential solutions, from the initial design to interior

Real Estate in Acqualina. It is to open in 2020 and Karl Lagerfeld

decor”. Big designs for an entrepreneur accustomed to big results.

collaborated in designing and furnishing the lobby.

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A planing superyacht with a contemporary design displaying the stylistic elements that have made the Baglietto brand famous. Designed by Francesco Paszkowski, the yacht combines sporty lines with interiors comparable in size to the rooms of a house by Paola Bertelli - ph. by Emilio Bianchi

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lean and sophisticated. Lucky Me, the first example

The clear Flexform sofas, the table and white B&B chairs are

of the new Baglietto 46 Fast, made on spec and sold

complemented by the glossy white ceilings and panelling, which add

recently to an owner in the Mediterranean, boasts

depth and brightness to the spaces. The large full-height windows admit

an aggressive gunmetal livery that emphasises its

a flood of natural light, a feature that plays an important role on board,

sporty character. With aluminium hull and superstructure, this planing

filling a lounge given character by the extensive use of dark rosewood,

superyacht offers those on board the thrill of sailing at 27 knots while

treated with a semi-gloss finish.

being pampered in elegant, extremely comfortable surroundings. The

One extremely striking architectural element is the aerial staircase

receding prow and imposing stern are instantly recognisable as products

behind the dining table. Its steps seem to hang in the air, projecting from

of the Baglietto technical office for the naval architecture, the Francesco

the backlit wall decor by the artist Alex Turco. They lead to the upper

Paszkowski Design studio for the exterior and interior design. The

deck, where the sky lounge connects to the exterior terrace through

interiors are created in collaboration with Margherita Casprini.

three sliding glass doors.

The external lines are tempered by the absence of any sharp angles in the

The contrast between glossy white and dark rosewood is a feature

sweeping play of inclined planes of the deck structures and cantilevered

throughout the yacht. As always, Paszkowski, emphasises consistency

sections. The combination of varying window shapes and steel handrails

and the skilful use of only a handful of materials. The cabins – the main

creates a new, flowing and dynamic geometry. As a result, when the

deck owner’s suite with private study, dressing room and bathroom,

yacht was given its official debut in September 2016 in Cannes, it was

and the four guest cabins on the lower deck – share the same layout,

awarded the World Superyacht Trophy for Best Exterior Design.

with custom-made beds, padded headboards and hidden spotlights

The open spaces are magnificent, especially the extra-large upper deck

creating scenic effects. The dark rosewood panels on the bedside tables

sea terrace, which can also be enjoyed while the yacht is under way. The

and studio table terminate in a delicate wave that conceals light units,

warm teak flooring blends with the wooden frames of the Tribù sofas

creating the impression light is flowing out of them. Rosewood also

and chairs, contrasting with the grey upholstery. To aft is a table for 10

appears in the airy corridors enlivened by large abstract paintings by

with Roda director’s chairs, and the generous sunbathing area in front

Sara Luna.

of the command station.

And though at this point something may seem to be missing, like a

The transition from exterior lounge to the main living area, on the main

hammam, pool, hydromassage or gym, this is only an impression – a

deck, is a gradual is a gradual one. Guests are “prepared” at the entrance

variety of solutions have been designed and everything is ready to be

to the light-filled lounge by a filtering area shaped by a central unit that

installed to suit the owner’s wishes.

acts like a theatre backdrop to define the spaces.

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The on-board luxury area covers 314 square metres of space, with a further 98 square metres set aside for the crew. To side, the vast sunpad that dominates the forward sun deck with its distinctive minimal, geometrical black rollbar. Opening, the soft lines of the made to design and structural sofa, and the TribĂš chairs in the conversation area on the aft main deck.

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Natural light flooding through the floor-to-ceiling windows to fill the Lucky Me’s saloons. The end wall of the main saloon provides a strikingly original touch, with full-height symmetrical rosewood panels framing the hanging staircase with gold background. The full-beam owner’s suite is also a bright, airy space. Abstract works by Sara Luna add colour to the hallways (above)

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The Yacht Designer Francesco Paszkowski Design

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he development of the Baglietto 46 Fast embodies two key concepts - to be the expression of the new generation of planing yachts, and to retain some stylistic elements of the traditions that have made the brand famous and recognisable throughout the world. Knowing the history of Baglietto so well meant we started from a privileged position for this process of synthesis, and our understanding with the yard was a great support. On the other hand, retelling a story and integrating it with stylistic elements was more difficult, but it was also an intriguing task that, like all our projects, had the aim of creating a product that would inspire emotions. We focused on several fundamental factors – the shapes, superstructure height and windows. To retain the links with tradition we accentuated the bow taper to create an impression of speed, and emphasised the rounded stern to highlight a typical Baglietto feature, the large stern with distinctive hawseholes. We worked on the curves of the deck structure and the cantilevered elements to enhance the interior spaces, which are large for this size of craft, with a wide-bodied configuration on the main deck benefitting the owner’s area.

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In order to accentuate the sleek profile, though, we concentrated on the height of the superstructure, which is more compact. The combination of rectangular and trapezoidal hull window shapes, on different levels, was designed to give the exteriors a more contemporary look. Another crucial element of the design was the idea of contact with the sea. First of all we made “sky-to-ground” windows for the main deck lounge and lowered the exterior gunwale support structure for the walkways at the level of the lounge, bringing the sea into the yacht. Secondly, we have extended the usable exterior spaces on all the decks the forward main deck lounge, for example.

The compact superstructure and streamlined bow emphasise Lucky Me’s speed and power. His ongoing focus on creating contact between the yacht and its marine environment has led Francesco Paszkowski to create large, comfortable outdoor areas. The upper deck terrace is a lovely space where the sliding glass panels eliminate the barriers between lounge and sea

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Interior Design Francesco Paszkowski Design with Margherita Casprini

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he project’s aim was to create welcoming interiors that complement the spirit of the yacht exteriors. From this starting point we worked on the coordination of materials, lighting, and the creation of custom elements. We have taken up elements that are typical of the brand, like the “filter” area between the exterior lounge to aft and the main deck living area. A screen plays a dual role – aesthetic and functional – by protecting the lounge and serving as a TV support on the lounge side. One of the strongest stylistic points is the architectural element comprising the stairs along the wall defining the main deck day area, acting as the principle decorative feature for the main deck. The extreme lightness of the staircase linking to the upper deck contrasts with the backlit rear wall and the two fixed lateral wood panels, in symmetry with the entrance, that create two side walkways towards the bow area. For illumination we used magnetic tracks with adjustable spotlights projecting from the ceiling. They can be moved without any difficulty. The coherence between the exterior and interior of the design concept is also evident in the choice of materials – the semi-gloss rosewood, the only wood on board, reflects tradition and contrasts with glossy lacquered panels on the ceilings and parts of the vertical surfaces, marbles in colours that complement the rosewood for the shower panels and Corian for the bathroom and galley tops, in colours that coordinate with the lacquered surfaces. This interplay of tradition and the future is also reflected in other architectural details like the panels above the beds and the bedside tables – they are made of rosewood but have unusual shapes that light seems to flow out of.

Glossy white and semi-matt rosewood panels and ceilings combine to create a sharp contrast that reflects modern tastes. The Main deck lobby (above) and private study in the owner’s suite (to side) are perfect examples. The range of materials is relatively small, with aged-effect colours and surfaces. The dominant effect is one of extreme coherence, a symbol of elegance and simplicity

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With aluminium hull and superstructure, the Baglietto 46 Fast is a planing yacht with a maximum speed of 26 knots. The yacht is equipped with cutting edge instrumentation managed from the helm station, which, together with the skipper’s cabin, is on the main deck

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he 46 Fast is the second stage in the yard’s relaunch, following on from the Pachamama (43 Fast) and the 46 displacement line. It’s a long, important step because this model is unique, and it combines many elements of the Baglietto story. It’s a fast yacht, all-aluminium, with technology that we have been deploying for many years – and we are one of the few brands to have done so. It’s innovative, the hull was made and engineered specifically in line with a fast, planing concept that reflects market demands like the limited draught many owners now require. That’s the thinking behind the semi-tunnel props that enable the yacht to plane while maintaining a shallow draught. Another important feature, something fast yachts usually lack, is the spaces. Those on the 46 Fast exceed any average craft of this type. The GRT of 496 is comparable to our 48-metre displacement model. All in all, owners choosing this model will have a fast, light, aluminium, extremely sporty yacht with sizeable interiors. Of course, the exterior areas aren’t as extensive as on a displacement design, but they provide plenty of room to stretch out. The entire upper deck exterior, for example, is a lovely place to be whether at anchor, in port or at sea. Owners purchasing the 46 Fast come from all over the world, are of different ages and will use the yacht in different ways. The younger ones see it as very sporty, gutsy yacht that’s perfect for parties and friends. Older clients will see it as a design object, with distinctive interior and exterior lines. This yacht also has a smaller, 38-metre sibling. The design has already been developed. We are creating it for the Far East, where some ports impose limits on length. Its lines appeal greatly to younger owners who have recently become successful with new enterprises and ideas.


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SUMPTUOUS LIVING

by Samuela Urbini

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Twelve antique looms weave an ultra-luxe silk that is the product of infinite patience and expert hands. The Antico Setificio Fiorentino’s fabrics are woven masterpieces found not just in the world’s leading museums and homes but also on the most exclusive yachts

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estling in the heart of San Frediano, Florence’s artisan quarter, the Antico Setificio

Fiorentino is one of the city’s oldest companies. Founded in 1786, it is now owned by Stefano Ricci Spa, which acquired it in 2009 from the Pucci family to ensure its survival. The Setificio is a place in which time seems to have stood still for centuries and where, as creative director Filippo Ricci puts it “the noise of the looms creates the atmosphere of a great orchestra in full throat”. A total of 12 looms make the Setificio’s wonderful textiles. “Six hand looms from the 1700s on which a master weaver will be able to make about 40 centimetres to a metre a day. It’s a delicate process carried out by expert hands. There are also six further 19th century semi-mechanical looms that can turn out up to 10 metres a day.” Even the Brazilian silk yarn used is absolutely exclusive, as only it is strong enough to be woven on these antique looms. “A yarn prepared on our own warping machines, the largest of which is based on a design by Leonardo Da Vinci. The yards are dyed using a natural method, while the fabrics themselves don’t need finishing, so they are a very green product.” A touchstone for international interior decorators and architects for decades, the Antico Setificio can meet even the most unusual and difficult requests. “It’s hugely satisfying,” continues Filippo Ricci, “because it allows us into the world’s leading homes and its great museums, including the Uffizi, the Académie Française, the Kremlin and the Quirinal Palace in Rome. Although the sample book is incredibly rich, bespoke is one of the Setificio’s specialities. Clients can even have colours and designs created exclusively for them within certain criteria. “We have a 15-metre minimum order requirement to ensure a good balance between our quality and production demands. So we really can meet all and

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The Antico Setificio Fiorentino’s silks, velvets and damask grace the interior of Nameless, the 42-metre Mondomarine superyacht. It took months to create the perfect balance of fabrics, colours and patterns for the curtains, cushions, coverlets and bed linen. But the result is a sumptuous, visually sensual and tactile delight

any requests,” says Ricci. The Setificio’s sumptuous silks and velvets have graced the interiors of many a megayacht too. In fact, this is one of the leading ultra-luxe bespoke markets. “We started out with a project for Benetti with Luca Dini and then came our first megayacht, the 42-metre Nameless for Mondomarine. All of the fabrics in her interior were made here in the Antico Setificio: curtains, cushions, coverlets and bed linen. We worked for months to find the right combination of colours and fabrics, including Ermisino, a pure silk renaissance taffeta, one of our signatures. It was used in several different colours, including orange, gold and green in the master suite.” Currently, the Setificio is now back at work for Mondo Marine, creating beautiful new textiles for its new 50-metre and the soon-to-launch 70-metre, Sarastar. www.anticosetificiofiorentino.com

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[ TECHNOLOGY ]

R A D I A N T R E F L E C T I O N S Yachts that transform into sensational light works at night, creating new emotions and new perspectives. Underwater Lights, the market leader, presents their new QT-LED submarine lights by Fabio Petrone

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bsorption, diffusion, reflection, refraction and diffraction are all light-based phenomena. Being able to manage light and its

effects, in architecture and design, means enhancing an object by integrating it with its environment, creating new types of flexibility and scenic effects that will inspire emotions and otherwise unfamiliar values. Light can mould surfaces, shape volumes, structure and define spaces, above and beyond its ability to clothe and embrace the object, transforming it into a constructive element with an emotional power that takes on an architectural value. This is how lighting design has evolved into a fashionable science in architecture and industrial design. Yacht design is also a part of this, because it is an area where technology has created solutions involving a skilled use of light, and the environment where it is used – the sea – is perhaps the most complex and challenging of all. Underwater Lights – whose products are distributed in France and Italy by Saim, a benchmark in the pleasure sailing parts and accessories market – is one of a select group of companies researching light as an element of yacht design. Its range of underwater lights

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for sail and motor boats, yachts and superyachts has given designers

Be they elegant and sophisticated or

another way of inspiring emotions, a new architectural value for the

exuberant and eccentric, underwater lights

use of light in marine builds. Constant research and development has

offer yachts a new architectural value. Right,

enabled the company to build up a reserve of specialist experience

the 85 metre Lürssen Solandge, left Ticun by

that supports the creation of various product lines, with underwater

Pershing and/or Worthless Crew by Princess


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Reliable and extremely powerful – the new QT-LED Lights by Underwater Lights. The skilfully-designed lighting units are available in a wide range of colours with a variety of lenses for different beam widths

lights suitable for all types of use. One of the most recent is the “QT”, featuring powerful, reliable yet compact units with design lights. The hull lights are tested to a pressure of 10 bar, and are designed for installation in glass fibre or wooden hulls. The units are made of hard-wearing bronze-aluminium alloy and aluminium 5083, while the lens is in borosilicate glass. All the components exceed industrial standards. The LED has a lifetime of 20,000 hours at 60°C with an output of 5,500 lumens. It’s available in a vast range of colours with three types of lens for different beam widths. This LED lighting system is specially designed to operate at low power to adapt to on-board battery output, and maintenance is mostly carried out inside the hull.

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The first born in a whole new Custom Line family, this yacht exudes a sense of forceful, resolute character, thanks to its sporty, dynamic lines. A predominance of free-standing elements aboard also gives owners the much-coveted liberty to make their own mark by Bianca Ascenti - pictures by Alberto Cocchi

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ustom Line chose to celebrate its 20th year of superyacht

the signatures of the exterior. A glass slider leads through to a chic

success with a flagship for its semi-displacement line.

saloon with both a lounge and a formal dining area. The décor here

The glorious Navetta 37 is the product of an evolutionary

centres around an interplay of light (leather-trimmed and lacquered

process and encapsulates the styling cues and technical

areas, nubuck-trimmed doorways) and dark (matt brushed walnut for

characteristics that earned the brand its international reputation.

the furnishings and oak flooring). The Viabizzuno-designed interior

However, it does so in sportier garb to tempt both long-distance cruising

lighting features a series of recessed LED in an architectural motif that

lovers and owners with a penchant for an edgier kind of design. Hence

encapsulates the entire on-board style: large portal frames upholstered

the yacht’s clean dynamic forms and powerful bow stem rising all the

in light nubuck leather run along the walls, framing the wide windows.

way up to the first superstructure level, its wide body master suite, and

This decorative feature is replicated in all the main rooms on board the

volumes optimised to an extent that rarely happens on craft of this size. A

yacht. The saloon furnishings, on the other hand, come from Molteni

newly-designed hull and bulbous bow guarantee superb seakeeping in all

and Poltrona Frau. These include icons of the likes of Archibald Gran

conditions, while a choice of five engine set-ups, spanning both eight and

Comfort armchairs and Reversi sofas. Poltrona Frau Bob occasional

12-cylinder units, means there’s something for owners with all kinds of

tables break up the symmetry nicely by introducing a less formal, more

seafaring ambitions. Although innovative and modern, visually speaking,

casual note. The Bolero dining table with tinted glass top is also by

the Navetta 37 retains a subtle timeless elegance. Born of a collaboration

Poltrona Frau and is paired with Molteni Chelsea chairs. The whole

between Ferretti’s Strategic Product Committee, its Engineering Division

forward area is taken up by the master suite which has a walk-in closet,

and Studio Zuccon International Project, the four-deck Navetta 37 has

vanity area and double bathroom in a graphite-coloured marble. The

a signature indoor-outdoor vibe created by a system of glass sliders and

interplay of colours here is between light and dark leather. The galley, by

opening windows. Guests are welcomed aboard the main deck by a large

Ernestomeda, is on the port side amidships, while the central lobby links

cockpit in light hues with Paola Lenti, Roda and Decon furnishings,

the upper and lower deck with guests and crew accommodated on the

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The Navetta 37 is Custom Line’s brand new semidisplacement flagship. A panoramic cockpit on the upper deck is separated from the indoor lounge by a three-section glass door, which folds back to create a magnificent open-plan area. The 10-seater dining table is the work of Paola Lenti and the sleek seats that surround it are by Dedon. Opening page, the main deck saloon with designer furnishings by Molteni and Poltrona Frau

latter. In all there are four chic guest suites featuring dark woods, light paintwork, and leather (Foglizzo) and Alcantara accents picked out by LEDs and spots, this time from Cantalupi and Flos. The interiorexterior dialogue is at its most striking in the lounge on the upper deck, which is one of the yacht’s most enjoyable areas. The lounge itself melds with the exterior cockpit, thanks to a glass door with sliding sections. The captain’s cabin is forward and adjoins the bridge. Out on deck, the designers have created an intimate, private area that can be protected from prying eyes and wind alike by curtains and screens. Lastly, a word about the sun deck, which has a hard top. Needless to say, this is the best place aboard for soaking up the rays and also offers a fridge, grill, sink, wet bar and Jacuzzi, so guests can snack and cool off at will. No description of the Navetta 37 would be complete without mentioning the beach area aft which thanks to the Custom Line’s patented garage hatch mechanism, also creates another windowed lounge. Other pluses with the Navetta 37 include a spectacular VOTIS entertainment system, electrohydraulic stabilising fins to combat roll, and innovative vibration and noise damping systems. Because navigation is an art that brooks no improvisation.

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he aim was to reimagine the spaces, volumes and design of the traditional Navetta in the light of current tastes and requirements, but to do that

without impacting on its particular charm. So we crafted sportier, more dynamic lines that still respected the yard’s style, which quite famously centres around timeless elegance, pays no heed to passing trends and is a million miles from the “trying-too-hard” approach. “Our” Navetta had to please owners with a passion for this kind of boat yet still capture the imaginations of others attracted by sportier looks. And communicate a sense of power and security. In addition to all of that, as it is the first in a new series (spanning models of various sizes), it had to have a strong personality, to set the tone for a family feeling for the models that came after it. The forms are very balanced and harmonious but its simpler, sleeker lines are to the fore. They are also underscored by the way the bow stem rises up and lends character, and by the absence of different levels; another new feature is the wide body master quarters which double the owner’s living space, as do sliding or folding doors, allowing the owners to play around

Two preliminary sketches. Opposite, high, sharplyraked bow and a transom that converts to a surprise beach area are two of the new Navetta 37’s signatures. The central lounge on the sun deck is protected by a light, stylised hard top, while the whirlpool tub forward is surrounded by generous sun pads

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with the various spaces. Even the choice of having very few fixed or inbuilt components and to favour freestanding furnishings meets their desire to be able to freely combine various dÊcor elements. The biggest job was, as ever, to optimise the spaces and make the most of every last centimetre because, as we like to say in the studio, nothing can be wasted. We also paid a lot of attention to the various surfaces, the dialogue between interior and exterior and the flows, ensuring that the crew don’t interfere with guests. We totally turbocharged the bow area, which is normally a work zone, and turned it into the incredibly enjoyable private nook. Plus we designed a gigantic sun deck with all the creature comforts. This Navetta drew together all the ideas and solutions developed over years of experience and embraces the architectural world 360° - there was a lot of crossover. It was a challenging project, but we are genuinely proud of the result.

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Interior Design Karin Paggi, Custom Line Head of Sales

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n line with the high level of personalisation habitually offered

photographs to assist us in that. The yard immediately set to work,

by Custom Line, the interiors of the Navetta 37, the first model

offering a solution very much in line with the original idea but

in our new series, are clothed in spare simple lines, allowing

brighter, thanks to a chiaroscuro interplay and large windows

clients to play with both furnishings and décor so that they can

(some opening) that flood the interiors with natural light, visually

literally tailor the boat to their own tastes with the result that no

brightening up the dominant wood aboard, dark walnut, which

two will ever be the exactly the same. In this case, the owner’s

is also rich and highly tactile. We also alternated wood, leather,

brief was pretty clear cut: he wanted the boat to exude the same

marble and carpeting, while in terms of furnishings, we selected

clean, simple refined style as his main residence and showed us

the most intriguing new products from leading design names of the likes of Ernestomeda, Molteni, Poltrona Frau and Minotti, going for pieces that were cosy and comfortable with large, wraparound seats where guests can relax because this is a boat that will be lived both inside and out. Like all Custom Lines, it had to be seaworthy and safe as well as beautiful. There are also custom-made pieces and, of course, works of art from the owners’ private collection. The exterior furnishings are much sunnier. One of the most successful areas, and a real favourite of the owners, is the upper deck where there aren’t any steps or stairs: it’s all one level from the one end to the other! The private area forward, which is hidden away behind curtains and biminis, is perfect for sundowners or dining away from prying eyes. And that’s without even mentioning the sun deck which is enormous and fully kitted out, and the incredibly generous, liveable aft beach club.

Dark walnut is the dominant wood throughout the interior and is accentuated by touches of leather, marble, Alcantara and carpeting. Bottom photo, the master suite. Its graphite-coloured marble bathroom is athwartships. Note the owner’s studio peeking out at the far end of the bright bedroom. It features a Leslie armchair and footrest by Minotti and a Captain Flint lamp by Flos

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The Shipyard Stefano de Vivo, Ferretti Group Chief Commercial Officer

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ustom Line’s 20th anniversary in 2016 was a

The interiors were designed in line with the

glorious milestone and so we felt we needed to

exterior spaces to guarantee a sense of dynamic but

create a unique model that would be the standard-

harmonious inside-outside continuity. The large

bearer of an unprecedented mix of the brand’s

windows on the decks and the new design of the

philosophy and the technological and stylistic

forward section of the hull, which has produced

innovation that is marking out this new era not just

an imposing, characterful bow, are cases in point.

for Custom Line but the Ferretti Group as a whole.

One particularly significant challenge was the large

The aim was to transfer the values of navigability,

window in the master stateroom which rises and

comfort, security and customisation (all part of the

lowers electrically, while the technological innovations

Custom Line DNA) to a project that is revolutionary

include the large command station with integrated

in terms of its style and volumes and capable of

bridge, the sound-proofing system that turns the

delivering a category-topping range. The Navetta 37 is

Navetta 37 into a real island of silence, and the

the largest semi-displacement Custom Line has built

bulbous bow which boosts the efficiency of the hull

thus far and is aimed at owners who adore stylistic

and cuts fuel consumption. The Navetta 37 also

and technological innovation and who want to cover

features the VOTIS entertainment system – this allows

long distances at sea, breathing the same atmosphere

all the various elements to be controlled from a single

as in their own homes. The yacht embodies all the

device and can be expanded to the domotics system in

characteristics of a bespoke product in the context of a

all the spaces. The first example of the Navetta 37 was

series build, thanks to the compete personalisation of

purchased by a couple who are existing Ferretti Group

all the décor elements. It has strikingly clean, rational

clients, but found that this particular craft met their

lines, beautifully balanced volumes and meticulous

need for stability, comfort and large volumes. We are

detailing, all of which make it both innovative and

happy to announce that five have sold already, which

lend it a timeless elegance.

confirms the excellence of the design.


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THE OWNERS OF

TOMORROW Rén is an intriguing Autonomous Semi-SWATH concept designed for a theoretical future Chinese female billionaire to enjoy with her husband and their two children. A graduate thesis developed in collaboration with Guido de Groot’s studio

by Désirée Sormani

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ometimes passion comes like a bolt from the blue. That’s exactly what happened to Karel Nguyen, who fell in love with the luxury yachting

industry while drawing design and presentation sketches during an internship and two-month work spell with De Voogt Naval Architects, Feadship’s design studio, in Holland. He quickly turned his hand to developing his skills as a yacht designer capable of dealing with both the product engineering and aesthetic sides of the job. When it came to doing his M.Sc. thesis in Integrated Product Design at Delft University of Technology, Karel approached Guido de Groot Design and worked with the studio on

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Karel Nguyen was born in Heerhugowaard, the Netherlands, in 1989. He spent 10 months working with the Guido De Groot studio on this sensual-looking concept for the future Chinese elite. He then worked as a trainee for a further two months after graduation

developing a concept aimed at the future Chinese elite.

to society. She firmly believes that yachting – of the responsible

The result is a fascinating and highly innovative catamaran design

kind – can help her achieve all of these goals. Rén will give her

featuring soft, flowing lines which Nguyen has called Rén (from

leisure time with family and friends, to allow her host social events,

the Chinese word for ‘benevolence’). The 68-metre autonomous

sponsor maritime research projects and assist in coastal disaster

semi-SWATH super yacht concept was developed with a theoretical

areas during the typhoon season.

future female Chinese billionaire who Nguyen has named Jasmin

The semi-SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) hull was the

and describes as a 34-year-old self-made billionaire married with

obvious choice because of its superb seakeeping, static and dynamic

two children. Having reached the pinnacle of her career, she now

stability, and large areas of usable space. With twin diesel-electric

wants to spend more time with her family and give something back

propulsion systems and four gen sets, Rén can cruise in full-electric

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The semi-SWATH (Small Waterplane Area

mode in protected areas and in diesel-electric mode when she needs extra speed to nip out of the path of approaching storms. There is a social deck where up to 36 diners can be seated or 70 to 100 people welcomed for parties and receptions. A health deck features chill-out zones and a growing garden. An aft beach lounge also keeps contact with the sea. The lower deck is where any research will be conducted and offers extra cabins, labs, an office and cooled storage. Nearby is the tender launch. On the search and rescue front there is an ROV drone, a touch-and-go heli pad and rescue tenders. A whole new concept for a whole new client base.

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Twin Hull) hull was selected for its excellent sea-keeping abilities, static and dynamic stability, and large usable areas. With two diesel-electric propulsion systems and four gen sets, RĂŠn can cruise in fullelectric mode in protected areas


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A REVOLUTION IN OUR SKIES

Mercedes-Benz Style and Lufthansa Technik have joined forces to promote an original concept of space, ushering in a new era in private jet travel

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The cabin plan of the concept shows a spiral shape extending from the front outer door to the bedroom. There are no partitions dividing the space

by Sergio Barlocchetti

he real challenge posed by creating a truly innovative cabin

Technik (LTH), as the company presented its design at the Monaco

interior for a private jet doesn’t involve creating new types

Yacht Show and Orlando’s NBAA 2016, the largest business aircaft

of shapes and space as much as conforming to international

show. Curved lines in dark wood, leather everywhere, relaxing spaces

standards of safety and airworthiness. This means using fire-retardant

and banks of monitors reminiscent of a NASA control centre. This,

materials that do not emit toxic fumes when alight and seats that

then, is the virtual reality concept – a mathematical model for now

can absorb 18G – or, seeing as the average passenger weighs 200

– of the next generation German-style cabin. Some elements have

lbs or 90.7 kg, just over one-and-a-half tonnes. Other regulations

already been seen in tangible form at LTH’s stand at the Geneva

specify light levels, window size, galley services, levels of electrical

EBACE in 2015, but only now is it possible to appreciate the full

energy available and the presence of toilet facilities. Demand exists,

range and ambition of the project - no switches or buttons, as the

especially in the new-generation VVIP aircraft like the Boeing 787

temperature, light levels, climate, information and connectivity are

or the BBJ-Max, and also with smaller airplanes like the B-737 or

all controlled via touchscreen displays.

Airbus ACJ-Neo, as well as larger designs like the B-747-800 and

For an idea of the space in figures, simply remember that the

the Airbus A380.

passenger version of the Airbus 320-200, similar to the ACJ-Neo,

The challenge must have appealed to Mercedes-Benz and Lufthansa

seats 156 to 180 passengers, while the Mercedes-Benz & Lufthansa

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Panelling and furnishings with sinuous lines define the cabin interiors - leather, wood, wool and metal are used in innovative ways to create relaxing, sophisticated ambiences. Everything is designed to provide maximum comfort while confirming to international aeronautical standards

Technik layout will cater for just 16 lucky guests. The four pilots and crew will have seats in the cockpit and galley. The cabin plan shows a spiral shape extending from the front outer door to the bedroom. There are no partitions dividing the space, the layout itself embraces the fuselage interior by restricting or opening up the spaces – lobby, corridor with small galley, bathroom, lounge, office, suite and rest area. Even the shower is defined by transparent curves. Its sinuous lines are echoed by the furnishing accessories and lighting, which must also conform to energy balancing criteria. Daimler AG design chief Gorden Wagener’s intention is to focus on both the emotional and practical aspects of the solutions, abandoning the traditional cabin concept of transverse rows of seats. The materials used will include wool, leather, metal and wood panelling. Nothing new there, but the innovative element of

in an aircraft boasting such revolutionary furnishings will take

the design lies in the way these resources are used, in their

possession of something unique in looks, functionality and certified

thickness and how they are worked. The finished article will

airworthiness, setting a benchmark for other high-end private jets

be produced at the company’s facility in Hamburg, Germany.

to aspire to.

There’s no doubt that anyone investing huge amounts of money

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he Vanquish VQ48 is much more than just a tender. Dubbed a sports boat by the yard, the 14.6-metre has

everything, in fact, an owner could dream of from that most coveted and on-trend of megayacht accessories, the chase boat. Razor-sharp acceleration, a top speed of up to 50 knots and low fuel consumption mean it can whisk guests anywhere they want to go and back both quickly and efficiently. The VQ8 also has seating for up to 19, so large groups are never an issue nor are shallow waters thanks to a draft of just 0.85 metres. The boat also has the kind of confident car-inspired good looks and demeanour that will make it appear completely at home alongside even the most exclusive megayacht. Designed by Groot Design, Studio Delta and Wester Naval Architecture, the model is exhilaratingly nimble and manoeuvrable too, thanks to its light all-aluminium construction and joystick control.

DESIGNER EXHILARATION The Vanquish VQ48 is a nimble all-aluminium chase boat that flies over the waves at blistering 50 knots. De Groot Design, Studio Delta and Wester Naval Architecture took their inspiration from the car world for this sophisticated, very Dutch sports boat by Mary Hegarty That said, it delivers the sense of cool yet sturdy comfort typical of a Dutch-built craft. Inspired by what Vanquish refers to as its drivers’ boat concept, it takes the best features of its predecessors, the VQ43 and the VQ50, and moulds them into something very special indeed. While it delivers a slightly more compact version of the larger craft’s dinette on its foredeck in addition to the VQ43’s very popular and generous sun beds, for example, it also brings plenty that is all its own to the mix too, not least very clever convertible top has none of the usual slightly-clunky tubes and braces for a sleek look. The high-end sound system is from Brian’s Custom Audio which worked on the latest Ferraris. Hand-made aluminium rather than plastic components also add a touch a real of exclusivity. Customisation is one of the by-words at Vanquish, as illustrated by the differences between the two VQ48s delivered so far. The second, for instance, was designed for repeat-clients who wanted to give day guests access to the head and galley without having to pass through the three-berth master cabin. www.vanquish-yachts.com

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The ultimate in technology and luxury make for an ultra-exclusive mix. The Vanquish VQ48 has joystick control and can seat up to 19 guests in absolute comfort

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TIMELESS CHARM The new Bonaldo dinghy is a precious object, with attention paid to the smallest stylistic and technical details. It adds a chic, glamorous touch to the world of superyacht water toys by Fabio Petrone

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Fibreglass shell, finishings and details in solid wood worked by master carpenters. Bonaldo keeps alive a tradition linked to a passion for the sea, sails and racing

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espite its apparent simplicity, the 12’ dinghy created in

a new lease on life, thanks to the initiative of a Venetian

1913 by George Cockshot is still considered to be one of

entrepreneur driven by a passion for nautical tradition. Enrico

the most refined, technically perfect sports sail craft, a cult

Zaffalon, a sail yachtsman and former sport manager for the

tender that many owners of large yachts use for competing

Italian Sailing Federation, has allowed the dinghy’s original

in thrilling races. Many enthusiasts carry one on board their

build quality to remain intact.

megayacht as a toy to provide entertainment during a cruise.

Great care and attention has been lavished on the look,

In 1977 Danilo Bonaldo built the first wood and fibreglass

finishings, materials and equipment of this new Bonaldo

dinghy in his Chioggia-Venezia yard. He took a wooden

dinghy, with isopthalic resins and solid mahogany, maple, oak

dinghy, old but with highly-prized water lines, made a cast and

and fir, exclusively hand-worked by a master carpenter.

used it as the mould for his first creation, the ITA 1599. He

Clients can choose their preferred hull livery from a wide

called it Mara in honour of his first daughter. After producing

range of pastel colours. The gear, sails and rigging all bear

50 of these craft, Bonaldo retired from yachtbuilding.

the name of the finest brands.

The wonderful Dinghy 12 Bonaldo has recently been given

www.cantierebonaldo.it

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[ The WATCH ]

The exclusive new RM 50-03 McLaren F1 presented by Richard Mille at the Geneva Fair is incredibly light. The visible mechanics of this split-second chronograph with tourbillon nestle in a carbon and graphene tonneau case

LIGHTWEIGHT TIME by Paolo De Vecchi

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The RM 50-03 McLaren F1 is produced in a limited edition of only 75 examples. Left, the construction details highlight the links between Richard Mille and the automobile world, especially the McLaren-Honda F1 team

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his year at the Geneva High Watchmaking Fair, held in late January, Richard Mille exceeded

all expectations when the French watch brand presented just one model, thereby giving it the emphasis it deserves. One of its many dazzling features is its record weight – just 40 grammes including the bracelet. This feat is made possible by the use of Graph TPT™, a material made from carbon fibre and graphene, created in collaboration with McLarenHonda. Technically speaking, this is a split-second chronograph with tourbillon that’s been named the RM 50-03 McLaren F1. It’s made in a limited run of 75, each costing over a million Swiss francs. Richard Mille is well-known among enthusiasts and professionals for the extraordinary mechanics of their timepieces, combined with a distinctive aesthetic created by the use of innovative materials derived from Formula 1. For a more a more in-depth understanding of this new product we should go back to the origins of Richard Mille watches. Always design-aware, the company invented a case that bore none of

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[ The WATCH ] Richard Mille’s crazy idea Born in Draguignan in the Var district of France in 1951, Richard Mille studied marketing and then joined Finhor, becoming export manager when the French watch group was bought by Matra. When he reached the age of 50, after many years of intense work and building professional relationships, he had the “crazy idea” of creating a watchmaking brand unlike any that had been seen before. He enjoyed the support of many advisers, including Laurent Picciotto (his shop Chronopassion in Paris and the activities based there are now cult phenomena), Dominique Renaud and Giulio Papi (owner of an R&D workshop developing mechanical complications, working hand in glove with Audemars Piguet). All the planning and development bore fruit in 2001 when Richard Mille presented his first watch, the RM-001. In his own words, “Right from the start it was intended as the expression of my passion for all technical objects, especially cars and aircraft, an efficient timekeeping instrument produced with no compromises”.

The case of the RM 50-03 is made of Graph

the traits displayed by those already on the market. The shape offered the potential to host an endless selection of mechanical variations without having to be modified. This roomy tonneau with a wide, flat bezel, often featuring fixing

TPT™, developed in collaboration with McLaren-

screws and functional elements, is unique and immediately recognisable, making

Honda’s research

a strong selling point. Other attractive aspects include the brand identity and

and development

the watch’s F1 car appeal, with movements visible through the case bottom and dial. Often embellished with highly-innovative functional details, they are also

department. This ultralight, extremely

free of any superfluous or decorative elements. As the new RM 50-03 McLaren

tough material is made of

F1 once again shows, technology derived from car racing is a constant source of

carbon and graphene

inspiration for Richard Mille.

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[ JEWELS ]

TURQUOISE THE STONE OF TRUTH by Beatrice Galbiati

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hether we’re talking about a stone or a colour, what’s important

creating beautiful jewellery. It became the symbolic stone of Iran.

is that it’s turquoise. Turquoise is a mixture of blue and green,

Used in jewellery since ancient times, modern high jewellery combines

the colours of the sea, and it’s said that it embodies the qualities of both,

it with precious stones of strong, vivid, contrasting colours, creating

the serenity of blue and the harmony of green.

extraordinary plays of colour and hues to be worn in any season. What’s

The stone originally came from Persia, and it is thought to have been

more, in crystal therapy it is said to possess metaphysical properties

brought to France by a Venetian trader. It was probably first mined in

linked to the element “aether”. Some claim the stone’s natural energy

Egypt in 6,000 BC.

helps communicate the truth, as turquoise enhances spiritual strength

Prized in many cultures, even then it was a sought-after gemstone for

and the ability to express yourself.

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1. SMaiolica is an unusual titanium ring with rubies, turquoises, mother-of-pearl and diamonds by Chantecler 2. Exquise Opal is a jewel-encrusted watch from the Dior et d’Opales collection by Christian Dior, in white gold, platinum, diamonds, black opals, emeralds, turquoises, sapphires and Paraiba-type tourmalines. Quartz movement 3. Part of the Seven Seas collection, the Rivage Noir e Blanc bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels in white gold, diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, pearls and turquoise 4. The aptly-named rose gold, amethyst, turquoise and diamond Mosaico necklace is by Giampiero Bodino Opposite page: A cascade of colours for the Chopard earrings in rose and white gold with rubellites, turquoise, diamonds and rubies

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In the heart of the Catalan capital, nestling between the Ramblas and the sea, is a gem-like marina for superyachts of up to 190 metres. A place to discover, experience and settle by Cristina Griner

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he hugely prestigious MYBA Charter Show (24 to 27 April 2017) has chosen it over rivals like Genoa and Nice as the venue for its next three

outings. Not a bad calling card for a marina that, in a little over two years and at an investment of 100 million, has built itself a very solid reputation indeed,

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[ HARBOUR L I F E ] particularly on the superyacht front. One Ocean Port Vell enjoys an enviable location in a harbour that until just a few years ago was completely rundown but has now been beautifully renovated, turning it into one of the Catalan capital’s liveliest spots. In 2016, it welcomed some of the world’s largest craft, including Dilbar and Eclipse. Boasting mooring for around 150 yachts of up to 190 metres, One Ocean Port Vell is doing brisk business with numbers of larger craft growing fast. The influx starts as early as May when the Formula 1 Grand Prix is a huge draw for charters and opens the season. But the marina’s true ambition is to become a year-round home port for a growing fleet of superyachts. And that does seem very achievable, thanks to a fantastic list of services and amenities. The most impressive of these being the special TPA tax benefit scheme, a rarity for a marina, which allows non-EU yachts to avail themselves of tax exemptions on mooring fees and during maintenance periods. Already the winner of a slew of architectural and design awards, One Ocean Port Vell also treats guests to the elegant OneOcean Club´s, a 150-seat restaurant and bar, a wellness centre, business centre, crew lounge and, of course, a concierge service. All around too is vibrant Barcelona, one of the Mediterranean’s, if not the world’s, hottest cities, thanks to Michelin-starred restaurants, designer brands and stores, astonishing theatres and museums as well as a legendary, edgy nightlife. One Ocean Port Vell is right at the heart the action. On one side are the rival Real Club Nautico and the Real Club

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The docksides exude an effortless chic as epitomised by the One Ocean’s Club bar/restaurant. Services are first class too. Just a stone’s throw away is the Maremagnum linked to the shore by the glorious Rambla del Mar. Beyond Moll de la Fusta is the splendid Museu Marítim in the old Reials Drassenes royal docks

Maritimo, while on the other is Barceloneta, a former fishing

however, you’ll have to venture to the foot of the Tibidabo hill

quarter that’s now a little slice of foodie heaven. The Ramblas

where Jordi Cruz rewards diners with a gourmet tour de force

and the trendy Ribera district are both just a stone’s throw

at aBaC. Beyond Plaça de Catalunya and the modernist Passeig

beyond the Moll de la Fusta too. The wonderful Maritime

de Gracia, the new Bohigas and Mackay-designed Disseny Hub

Museum, on the site of the old royal docks, and chic Alkimia,

Barcelona is the new nerve centre for all things designer and

the restaurant where chef Jordi Vilà holds sway, are also within

creative in the city.

walking distance. If you’re looking for a two-star restaurant,

www.oneoceanportvell.com

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[ REAL ESTATE ]

A UTOPIAN EXISTENCE IN ST BARTHS

The ocean view from this Architectonik-designed villa is stunning. Nestling in pristine natural surroundings, it offers the kind of absolute privacy that only an ultra-exclusive Caribbean island can deliver

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ith a finite amount of space to play with, new-build properties in the Caribbean idyll of St Barths are becoming ever more elusive. Nestled in the

hillside, however, overlooking the bay of Gustavia, is Villa Utopic – recently completed and new to the market. Offering 450sqm of interior space, (900sqm including terraces), the construction standard, amenities and design details of this extravagant villa are at the highest level. Designed by Architectonik and completed in 2016, this three-bedroom property is full of utopian promise. The villa features a 69ft heated pool, custom-made furniture from French and Italian artisans, unique artworks showcased in

by Roxanne Hughes

each room, an elevator and a seven-car garage. On the ground floor, which can be made almost completely open to the pleasing Caribbean climate, you’ll find a large palm tree-studded deck with a dining table for 16 and multiple outdoor seating areas – complete with day beds and hammocks alongside the infinity pool. It’s an open space perfectly suited to hospitality and socializing. To the back of this, within the building itself, there is a lounge with a modular sofa arrangement, a retractable flat screen TV and a bathroom. If needed, this space could also be transformed into a fourth bedroom.

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Huge bay windows create a constant dialogue between architecture and landscape, blurring the divisions between interior and exterior. A sleek steel staircase leads to the first floor two bedrooms which have their own terraces overlooking the infinity pool

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The sublime palm tree-studded deck has multiple seating and sunning areas with daybeds and hammocks. Shaded and sheltered by the terrace above it, the dining table seats 16. The stylish custom furnishings exude Italian and French elegance

The kitchen is open-plan with all the necessary equipment subtly inte-

One of the bathrooms also offers a panoramic view towards the im-

grated into the design and has an additional casual dining space with

pressive rocks behind the villa, which are covered with cacti and wild

bar-style stools and counter top. Also on this floor is a bedroom suite

orchids.

that stands apart from the other rooms – designed to be self-contained,

As you would expect with a property at this level of luxury, privacy and

with a private bathroom, dressing area and cupboards lined in leather,

location has been carefully considered. The land at the rear of the plot

it’s ideal for hosting guests.

is located in a green zone, so the absence of overlooking neighbours

Up the steel staircase to the first floor, there are two en-suite bedrooms

guarantees uninterrupted peace and tranquility.

with king-size beds, dressing areas, desk space and private terraces, se-

The villa also has a laundry room, cold storage room, back kitchen, se-

parated by another garden area that sits sheltered between them. Huge

veral technical areas, and a further room that could be converted into a

bay windows and spacious “rainforest” showers, all look out on the stun-

gym, office or staff accommodation. Villa Utopic is listed at €19,500,000.

ning vista – surely the centrepiece of this exceptional property.

www.sibarthrealestate.com

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