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s we have always been at pains to point out, our goal here at THE

ONE Yacht & Design is not to report on the performance, size

or other technical specifications of gigayachts and megasailers but to elicit an emotional response in our readers. For each and every interview or description of the start-to-finish development of a nautical project, THE ONE Yacht & Design involves the architects, interiors designers and yards that craft the end products, building an emotional experience for the reader that will also act as a guide, a source of inspiration and ideas for anyone thinking about taking such a step. Today, as in the past, personalisation or tailoring lies at the core of the design and building of mega and gigayachts as well as private aircraft and luxury cars and tenders. Unique choices and materials that are astonishing innovative and versatile, the most disparate creative ideas and styles. Simply flicking through, reading or studying this collection can help future owners or fans of what we like to call “toys� to make their choices or at least feel inspired. Regardless of whether we are detailing masterfullyexecuted ideas, works in progress or holding forth on designers, everything we bring to our readers must touch the hearts of people with a great passion. In the awareness and acknowledgement, of course, that technical and scientific skills always underpin the building of dreams of this kind. The Milan Salone del Mobile is almost upon us now. A huge draw for designer lovers of all kinds, it will confirm yet again the ongoing evolution of ideas and projects now linked on two different levels with the fantastic world of yachting. So enjoy picking your way through the Shell edition of THE ONE Yacht

& Design and the myriad ideas it is sure to reveal in the run-up to this glorious spring event and all the joy that too will bring.

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The Art of Sailing


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Against the Wind


Five Questions to... Fulvio Codecasa

Ceo Codecasa


Design District: Raffele Fabrizio - Ceo Dedar


Work in Progress


Exclusive Yacht Décor

150 Tender


154 Toys 156 The Watch


160 Jewels


Cover Story: Navetta 42 Custom Line

Four Flowers III


Fly: Don’t Call a Cab, Call a PAV


The Car: Never say Never

58 Creative Minds: A Distillation of Ideas


64 Creative Minds: Andrea Ceccarelli 72

Megayacht: 48 m Baglietto Siver Fox

84 Art on Board: A Dialogue between East and West 90 Mise en Place: Setting the Mood 94 Gourmand: Pietro Leemann



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72 98

98 Megayacht: Amer Twin 94 110 Trend Setters: Simone Ciarmoli and Miguel Queda

Design Inspired by a Love of Art and Decoration

116 Megayacht: 72 m Tankoa Solo 128 Bespoke: Textural Artistry 132 Technology: Engineering Light 136 Chase Boat: Future Classic Generation 142 Young Talents: A 4.o Yacht 146 Must Have: An Indefatigable go-anywhere Nomad 162 Hotel Design: Maldives Taylor Made 166 Real Estate: Reaching New Heights in Bangkok

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TIME TO CHANGE by Andrea Pezzini, CEO & Co-Founder Floating Life

Iam just back from a three-day meeting with 35 captains

with whom I shared opinions, information and an ISM (maritime safety) course. What emerged from our discussions was very interesting in that although all of these individuals are highly skilled skippers and of different nationalities, very few of them had a clear idea of the exact legal and technical responsibilities of the people that manage that subject ashore. Furthermore, the constant changes in rules have accentuated that lack of knowledge still further. I don’t want to bore you with a long speech so let me sum briefly up the three fundamental issues at stake: * Safeguarding human life through technical and informational support during an incident; * Safeguarding of the environment as everything has to focus on reducing the risk of pollution as much as possible; * Safeguarding of the asset entrusted to that individual (in our case, the yacht and its cargo). I haven’t just jotted down these points – they are in an exact order of importance that guides the planning of any actions taken. Clearly, the Captain and the Owner are also responsible but that went without saying for us all, even though it wasn’t entirely clear to everyone which one bore more or less responsibility. After two days of the course and real examples being used,

two points emerged. The first is the DPA (Designated Person Ashore) is of pivotal importance in the case of an accident. The second is that regardless of whether you are aboard a commercial yacht (a DPA is compulsory for such vessels over 500 GT) and/or a private use yacht, that person can save lives. It seems impossible but in pleasure yachting, the regulations make a discrimination between commercial and private accident risk. The former is very strictly regulated over 500 GT but there are also rules for under-500 GT vessels (which, however, do not have a compulsory DPA). So it is almost likein private yachting hardly anyone ever dies or has accidents. This is patently absurd and also extends pollution and safeguarding of the vessel….neither of which are minor issues. By the end of the meeting, everyone agreed it was time to change the way things lie and to make the DPA compulsory at all levels. I also feel that we need to realise that you can cause harm and pollute regardless of whether you are private or commercial, and that all flags must demand a DPA for all ya I almost forgot…. It would also be a good way for owners to delegate a good part of the responsibility for safety issues to professionals who could deal with them personally, thereby avoiding more than a few legal problems.

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Made in Italy is still thriving. Is it possible to consolidate and improve on that position for the sector? Made in Italy is still hugely successful and will continue to be so in future. Our brand focuses very heavily on that particular fact. We actually work with companies that have been partnering us for many years and whom we are very proud to recommend to our clients. It is thus only not merely right but important to fly our flag proudly because we are second to none. I feel that emphasising our Made in Italy status does add value and I have realised that from our clients, particularly foreign ones, who often ask us to put Italian artworks or designer items aboard that represent that identity. So I would suggest that all Italian entrepreneurs underscore the Made in Italy aspect to an even greater extent. Deep down, when you think of our country, you immediately associate it with culture, history, good wine, excellent cuisine and the good life. A positive message that should be the springboard you start from. There is no doubt it is the best possible calling card to go out in the world with. Codecasa is one of the longest-established family-run yards in Italy. What is your greatest strength and the secret of such longevity? Our yard has almost two centuries of history behind it. We were founded in 1825 by shipwrights to build wooden working vessels. After years of trying to persuade my father, we entered the pleasure boat world in 1970 where we still playing a leading role. The secret of our longevity is quite simply the great sacrifice and enormous determination of both the family members and the people I work with. We have a small team in


which everyone has their own essential role. Our yachts prove the quality of our teamwork, in terms of aesthetics, quality and performance. What three adjectives would you use to describe the typical Codecasa owner? Classy, sea-loving, and quality and onboard comfortfocused. How have you managed to drive both innovation and tradition forward in tandem? Our yachts reflect naval character, spirit and tradition yet at the same time incorporate new generation features with a strong emphasis too on fuel efficiency, environment and comfort. We focus on innovation and product reliability combined with classic design with a modern twist that produces a rigorously clean result with traditional exterior lines, a sober, refined evergreen style that you never tire of. The highpoint of our work is, of course, the actual launch. Even today we launch our yachts on the slips at our yard. It is hugely emotional for me to see a yacht setting out to sea after years of designing and hard work. It’s like when your children are born, grow up and then start walking on their own. What are the future trends in the superyacht world? I feel we will continue to see ultramodern designs with futuristic lines but I also feel that they will be hugely successful initially but then people will get tired of them. I would focus less on excessive lines than on yachts that combine comfort and luxury as well as placing more attention on the environment through fuel and energyefficient engines and systems which are essential in this day and age.



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How has the Dedar brand changed over the years? Dedar was founded in 1976 as a result of my parents’ passion for design and furnishing fabrics. We came to that universe as outsiders, bringing a contemporary style to a world dominated by classic style. Today, Dedar is a reference point worldwide for furnishing fabrics but our original innovative spirit has not changed. That gives us the freedom to imbue our fabric collections with our vision. With a range of 3,000 fabrics, we have showrooms and single-brand stores in Milan, Paris, London, Moscow and New York, where we opened in 2018. What new possibilities in the furnishing world for textiles? Fabric is an important design element within a design: it meets a functional use-related need and at the same time satisfies the expressive needs of architects and designer by making a place unique. Today, the fabric world is focusing increasingly on the kind of beauty that can also combines functionality: you can see that in the technical yarns used for fire-resistant and outdoor fabrics. You work abroad a lot. Does your Made in Italy status still hold a special kind of value? Dedar is deeply rooted in the Como and Italian textile industry. This is where our collections are created – in a world that is, by its very nature, sensitive to evolutions in the art, design and fashion worlds. It is that sensibility that is recognised and appreciated across the world. What kind of projects do you work on in the nautical world? In the nautical arena, we deal with projects that range from cruise ships to luxury yachts where both the fabrics from our collections and specialist fabrics custom made for the architect are used. So that’s the perfect synthesis of our idea of beauty embracing both comfort and performance. One of our recent projects was the new Costa Smeralda ship where the spaces were designed by Dordoni Architetti of Milan and feature some of our fabrics. Other important projects includes ones we have been developing for quite some time with Azimut or the custom projects we’ve done with Achille Salvagni Architetti. What are the top of the range products in your new collections? We have many new products but it has to be our range of outdoor fabrics: a collection full of colour and textures, perfect not just for outdoors but indoor areas that demand a certain amount of durability and ease of use. These are washable fabrics that are resistant to light, atmospheric agents, mould and salt water so you really never have to worry about where you use them.


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




alcom McKeon Yacht Design describes the MM725 as “a sailing superyacht unlike any other afloat today”. They have a point: the 72.5m cruising sloop’s design is a masterful piece of engineering draped in elegantly streamlined forms that cleverly conceal a desirable flybridge deck. A bright saloon was pivotal to the design and this meant positioning the flybridge further aft than is typical and extending it over the cockpit to allow for a curved sweep of glass in the forward section of the superstructure to allow that requisite light into the interior. Fold-down bulwarks on either side of the cockpit create expansive balconies, completely opening up the arrangement and, in doing so, creating exceptional

versatility at anchor. The bulwarks of the swim platform also fold down, boosting the size of the beach club to which the owner also has private access from the master suite where there is floor-to-ceiling glass in the hull sides. On deck, an 8.5m tender well converts to a large foredeck exercise pool complete with recessed seating area. A Bedouin canopy provides welcome shade at hotter times of the day or year. Sailing-wise, the downwind sails neatly furl on a self-stowing reel below deck, while the combination of a lifting keel and square-top mainsail maximise performance.



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etera Yachts is another new presence on the yacht

also the quietest area of the yacht, well away from engines

scene but one with big plans to bring superyacht-

and generators. A double-height skylighted main lobby is

style layouts to smaller craft to create what it dubs “multi-

impressive alone but there is also an VIP, twin guest and

spaces yachts”. The yard launched its Cetera 60 concept

the owner’s suite, all en suite and with floor-to-ceiling

at the Dusseldorf Boot by questioning the convention

windows. The upper deck can open up and also offers

of placing cabins below decks in smaller yachts be they

dining for eight and an American-style galley. The crew

flybridges, explorers or otherwise. The first example is

quarters, though below, are comparable to a much larger

now in build and will be delivered this summer. All of the

yacht. There is even a convertible beach club-style cockpit

guest areas are on the main with the cabins aft and the

and a retractable bathing platform.

living areas forward because apart from the views, this is


SL102Asymmetric: change your perspective. Asymmetrical like nature, like the human body, this innovative model rethinks for the first time the well-established layout of a yacht, only keeping the side-corridor on the starboard side and eliminating the port side one. Looking like a wide body hull, thus much larger than a 31.10-meter yacht, SL102Asymmetric allows for more space, brightness and relax.


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he new entry level model in the Mangusta GranSport series by

that will allow its owners to make the

Overmarine Group shares its siblings’ combination of stylish design

very most of that most precious of

and cutting-edge technology. Most of all though, the Mangusta GranSport

modern resources: their leisure time.

33 can nimbly swap between a long cruising range and very brisk speeds

Designer Alberto Mancini has created an elegant, characterful yacht clothed in minimalist forms that also offers the signature Mangusta balance of interior and exterior spaces. Both of the latter share an uniequivocal design code that raises the Mangusta Mediterranean lifestyle ethic to new heights. The main deck location of the master suite translates




privacy and wonderful brightness for a start. Floor-to-ceiling windows (two openable) in the saloon continue that airiness. Four cabins below offer a choice of different arrangements and the flying bridge is great for chilling out away from prying eyes. Further forward is a lounge that’s ideal for al fresco dining and a large sun pad area with whirlpool. Building has just begun on the first example for delivery next year.




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ilgin Yachts recently commenced the build of a new on-spec

according to Bilgin CEO Ismail Şengün.

project known as the Bilgin 220. The 67-metre’s exterior lines and

The yacht’s sharply sensual masculine lines

naval architecture are the work of Unique Yacht Design and deliver

are a yard signature. New features such as

a thoughtful relationship between exterior and interior living areas

a touch-and-go helipad extend the brand’s philosophy still further also. The hull design makes a stylistic focus of expansive vertical windows at the level of both the living areas and guest cabins. The six-deck Bilgin 220 will feature a flybridge and sunning areas as well as an upper deck lounge, a bridge deck saloon with bar and yet another living area complete with 16-eat dining table on the main. The master suite is forward on the latter deck and includes a Jacuzzi, work space and private lounge. The VIP is beside it but there are also four guest cabins near the crew area on the lower deck. Twin 1,800 rpm MTU will yield a cruising speed of 15 knots that rises to 17 at full throttle. Construction began in June 2019 for launch in 2021.



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ith its elongated side-profile and angular lines,

solarium. The beach club on the lower deck has 7.2-metre

the Sleek 55m motoryacht concept unveiled by

long wings that open out on both sides too. The upper

Baarracuda Yacaht Design at the Monaco Yacht Show, may

deck is split-level and offers access to the bridge and fly.

look like a world speed record contender but is actually a

In fact, the upper-deck lounge behind the bridge offers

practical, efficient and very comfortable all-weathersub-

spectacular views and, captain permitting, allows guests to

500GT design. A tri-deck layout creates a simplified flow

get a very special insight into the skippering process. Sun

through the yacht, benefiting guests and crew alike.

pads on the fly-bridge will be a draw for sun worshippers,

Up on the main deck, the full-beam owner’s suite has

while a large bimini will provide shade for socialising

gorgeous sea-view terraces on either side.

and al fresco dining. The fully-customisable Sleek will

Four symmetrical guest cabins open off a central corridor

make 20-22 knots at full throttle and has a touch-and-go

so guests can move seamlessly from the central hall into

helipad on its foredeck too.

the main deck saloon, dining area, and large aft-deck and

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by Marta Bernasconi

1. The N.200 Lounge Chair reinterprets the brand’s trade mark, giving the Viennese cane surfaces and curved wood frame a new aesthetic. By Wiener GTV Design 2. The new outdoor carpets from the Patio collection, made entirely from PET, recycled plastic bottles. The hand-woven


fibre is har-wearing and green. By Jab Anstoetz

3. 3. Made from refined crystal glasses, Le Bar is a piece of furniture/art work, an original interpretation of the French brand’s stylistic hallmark. By Baccarat La Maison


6. 6. The backlit retro onyx surfaces create a special look for the Ozone Bar unit. The large drawers are concealed behind the hand-burnished brass surfaces that surround the entire structure. By Henge


4. The Thea armchair with rotating system has embracing lines, soft leather or fabric upholstery and an exclusive woven leather back. By Fendi Casa 5. Two elements of different heights and dimensions, to be interfaced or used separately for more freedom, adaptable to various situations. The V216 coffee table is made of different materials like leather, marble and gilded metal. By Aston Martin




1. 2. 1. The new Ribes outdoor seating system comprises sofas, central elements, end units, chaise longue and pouffe, combined to create the desired configuration. There is also a wide choice of upholstery and finishes. By B&B Italia 2. A poetic vision of nature combines with bright modern technology. Festa delle Farfalle is a pendant light with 34 butterflies and a dragonfly. The LED units emit a diffuse light. By Ingo Maurer

3. The sinuous shape of the Victoria armchair is enhanced by its smooth, soft leather upholstery. Even greater comfort is provided by the headrest/back cushion. By Tonino Lamborghini Casa


4. A sculptural piece that functions as a coffee and occasional table. The Piano collection combines the Calacatta marble top with a folded Canaletto walnut base. By Rubelli Casa



6. The Iconic Eyes pendant lamp comprises rings of light on an oval body. It draws inspiration from car headlights, reinventing them with LED technology. Available in two sizes. By Moooi


7. Cambusa Evo is a multifunctional container unit in blockboard with two glazed doors. The interior space with drawers and glass shelves is lit by an LED system that is activated by the passage of a hand. By Riva1920

5. Generous thicknesses and a


shape that invites relaxation. Chemise is an armchair with polyurethane padding and leather or fabric upholstery. By My Home Collection





1. Functional even in minimal dimensions. Tondo Plus is a new cylindrical washbasin in VetroFreddoŽ, a material comprising glass pigments and resin. Steel frame, available in a range of finishes. By Glass Design 2. Joint is an aluminium umbrella with a special feature – the special opening and closing mechanism enables its lateral arm to be placed in a central position. By Poggesi


4. Attractive design, inviting softness and flexibility of use for the Code seating system, which allows configuration of the desired solution, combining pouffe,


maxi-pouffe, chairs and coffee tables. By True Design


3. Made by the Majesty Yachts yacht in Dubai, the custom handle Swim is made of frozen effect glass and brass. Its fluid aesthetic combines with light technology, an important benefit for a handle on board a yacht. It can be integrated into a domotic system. By F.lli Razeto and Casareto



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.






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The new Custom Line flagship is a harmonious marriage of classic navetta styling cues with chic, modern good looks. Luca Bombassei is the pen behind the interiors where freestanding furnishings create a free and easy vibe by Paola Bertelli - ph. by Alberto Cocchi


hey started with the sea. That seems a pretty obvious

his or her yacht. In the case of Four Flowers III, architect Luca

statement, given that we’re talking about a yacht. And

Bombassei was chosen by the owner, a man on his third Ferretti,

yet sometimes even the most obvious can escape us.

to create the atmosphere and spaces of a real home. “A home in the

The sea really is the star of this particular show and

positive sense of the term: nothing extreme or excessively theatrical,”

they, by whom we mean the brains behind the Custom

he says carefully. “Somewhere to enjoy not just during the summer

Line Navetta 42-Four Flowers III, have managed to incorporate and

months but all year round. A boat that can be both a beach house

encapsulate it both inside and outside in a truly enriching way. The

and a villa that can be moved around so that the owner can enjoy the

brains in question are the members of the Ferretti Group’s Strategic

lagoon in Venice in the autumn, for instance, or winter in Morocco…”

Product Committee chaired by none other than Piero Ferrari and the

Bombassei’s masterful use of chrome, materials and finishes has

Engineering Department, who worked closely with studio Zuccon

produced chic modern spaces with an eclectic style that mixes

International Project and Studio Luca Bombassei on both the interior

contemporary art and spare, innovatively-designed furnishings.

and exterior styling.

The colours, materials and furnishings were carefully selected to

The name of the model speaks for itself. “Navetta 42” conjures up

ensure they would never outshine the sea and nature, both of which

images of seafaring at its most all-encompassing. For its new flagship,

are invited inside through large windows and sliding doors that create

Custom Line has worked that concept to produce a refined yacht that

a sense of continuity with the outside world. Hence a palette that

although respectful of tradition, does not hold back on the modernity

includes a sandy beige, flashes of aquamarine and dark, woody hues

and innovation fronts. Both hull and superstructure are clothed soft,

imbues the interiors with a sense of rhythm and personality. The

clean yet very dynamic forms so beautifully balanced that they exude

predominant woods are dark matt walnut and dark oak which contrast

a timeless sophistication and elegance. That said, there are plenty of

expertly with the high gloss lacquered white ceilings that also help reflect both light and sun. Bronzed mirrors alternate with tinted decorative glazing in transition spaces as if to emphasise to guests that they are moving from one “setting” to another. This has been achieved to perfection in the corridor leading from the main saloon to the owner’s suite. It feels like apt preparation for the surprise that awaits first in the owner’s study and then in the double bedroom. Here a floor-to-ceiling glazed panel acts as a divider with bathroom and hides a TV, as well as acting as a backdrop to the astonishing leopard-themed curved dresser by the legendary Italian designer Piero Fornasetti that dominates the room. The décor choices were also heavily influenced by the many artworks aboard. Bombassei created a series of supports could accommodate a constantly evolving collection and placed them in some unexpected parts of the yacht such as the stairwells and the corridor on the lower deck. Once again he has sought to surprise – and he has succeeded. Even in the upper deck saloon,


modern additions aboard, not least the stylised hard top on the sun

he carved out a more casual, cosy hideout to which guests can slip

deck that has an almost harshly aerodynamic look.

away to read, play cards, etc. He also designed brass, iron and bronze

Four Flowers III is a four-deck semi-displacement yacht with a

shelving to showcase yet more art.

transatlantic range that really will broaden her horizons over the

There is an effortlessly fluid transition from the more formal day

course of her career.

areas on the main deck to the semi-formal ones on the upper deck and

Her 41.8 metres allowed the designers to optimise her spaces and

then, at last, the sun deck. This area is about as relaxed and informal

workflows as well as to deliver impressive volumes that do not impinge

as it gets, thanks to freestanding furnishings by Roda arranged with

on her architectural proportions in the slightest.

a casual, almost random hand, communicating that great sense of

Custom Line’s Navetta 42 is designed for industrial production. That

freedom that only the sea and sun can offer.

said, each individual owner is given the enviable task of customising

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The beach club is just shy of 30 square metres. It also provides access to the semi-floodable side garage for the tender. Opening page, the sea feels like it is right inside the saloon on the main deck, thanks to its enormous windows and the custom Minotti rug, which was designed to mimic the reflections of the sea


Corridors and lobbies with mirrors and smoked glass feel like intermezzos between the various different spaces. Teal dominates the upper deck (above). Sofas and chairs are by Minotti, as is the oval table on the main deck (top right) just beneath a bespoke lamp designed by Luca Bombassei. Below right, the owner’s refined study, the bookcase is by Viabizzuno (the glass and leather shelves run on inset tracks) and the large deck has metal detailing and leather accents



Fornasetti’s leopard adorns the curved limited-edition dresser that grabs the attention in the 50 square metre suite. Warm Penelope Oggi nubuck is used to trim both furnishings and headrest. The balcony was requested by the owner and glides outwards flush with the cabin floor. Even the carpet is inset so that it is flush with the parquet



Interior Design Luca Bombassei, Main Partner Luca Bombassei Studio


our Flowers III is my first yacht design. Moving between compact spaces and advanced technologies was a very interesting experience. It was a sort of lesson in rigour. An abacus of rules that had to be applied. Creating a sense of harmony with the owner and with the Ferretti yard was absolutely essential to the result. I have to say we worked very well together as a team. The owner wanted to feel at home aboard and maybe that is partly why he chose me as the interior architect. The result is quite a traditional functional arrangement but we worked within that to give the exterior full priority with the idea of making the very most of the views through the yacht’s spectacular windows. We chose to create some dark moments to rest the eyes from so much summer light: you pass through a dark area and then are taken by surprise in the next area. Furniture-wise we went for lots of freestanding elements that epitomise the whole concept of home in a way that the typical fixed furnishings you often see onboard yachts just can’t. This also gave us great freedom and made the spaces more free-flowing. We chose Minotti for the interior furnishings because their style embraced exactly the kind of shapes and softness that we were looking for. We went with Roda for the exterior furniture. The owner also gave us a list


The freestanding furniture was pivotal to giving the yacht the beach house feel the owner wanted. Above, the large cockpit on the main deck. Left, there is a cosy yet elegant corner in the saloon on the upper deck: artworks are showcased on the gold Calacatta marble table top and the brass, iron and bronze shelves. Below, one of the guest cabins

of his artworks and accessories, and that’s where I found the Fornasetti dresser, for instance. I like using elements that belong to the person that will be taking possession of the place. It brings a bit of their backstory to the project. Dealing with the lighting, however, was far from simple. We wanted warm lights to create a sense of consistency between the built-in LED lighting and the more decorative designer lamps such as the gilded brass leaf floor lamp by Tommaso Barbi. I tried to keep a very light touch, taking a less-ismore approach to avoid overkill because it’s easy to go too far on large yachts. Overall, Four Flowers III is an urban yacht in the most contemporary sense of the term. That might seem paradoxical for a boat, but I like that definition. She is a city boat in the most positive meaning of the term. I think that the Navetta 42 is the best result of the combination of being able to live the sea on a splendid yacht with all of the comforts of a shore-based villa.


Exterior Design Bernardo Zuccon Designer Partner of Zuccon International Project

Top, the 10-seater al fresco table in the saloon the upper deck and aft, a huge c-shaped sofa, both by Minotti. The forward al fresco lounge (above) is more private and cosy, while the sun deck is very casual indeed and furnished by Rodi



he Navetta 42 is a design experience that further consolidates an idea that took hold first in the Navetta 37 and then the Navetta 33. Now the Navetta 42 goes down a route in which stylistic and functional choices guarantee superb modularity: the lines designed at the outset were very spare and easy to rework for different dimensions without losing the family feeling with the other models. From a market perspective, this is a positive, demonstrating the fact that ideas can be brought to fruition within a commercial and

industrial process. The 42 has some formal details that set her apart from her two smaller sisters and also mark her out as a larger boat. We added some exterior forms that give her a clearer skyline and a more classic character. We were also able to focus more closely on layout details such as the upper deck. There a system of sliding doors opens directly from the saloon on to a walkway that runs unbroken from the aft end to the foremost section. As this is a series product, the layout was designed to satisfy a range of different people. Actually getting to create a market-focused 42-metre is definitely a fascinating challenge these days. Then you have to consider the fact that when you mention the word ‘navetta’ you are venturing into territory with a great tradition. That said, the market needs features that will connect the boat “shell” to the sea. That translates into some serious balancing work and demands a very specific approach to the project. You can’t, for example, just open up more windows or eliminate furniture in a way that will impact the kind of functionality, comfort and storage demanded for long periods at sea. At the design stage, we had to optimise the relationship with the exterior spaces by attempting that kind of “dematerialisation” without straying from the fact that these boats are designed for longer stays aboard than their planing counterparts. People want to sail, consume very little fuel and stay out at sea for long periods on navettas. So you need a lot of stowage space to guarantee they will be as comfortable as possible. People want to sail, consume very little fuel and stay out at sea for long periods on navettas. So you need a lot of stowage space to guarantee they will be as comfortable as possible.


The Shipyard Karin Paggi, Head of Sales Custom Line


he Custom Line Navetta’s owner adores stylistic and technological innovation applied to achieving the very maximum in terms of comfort, safety and navigability. The Navetta 42 is a natural evolution of the Custom Line semi-displacement fleet which offers clients the opportunity to create a bespoke product. Both the interior and exterior furnishings and décor can be personalised, in point of fact. But that isn’t the end of the story. Aboard Four Flowers III, for instance, the owner wanted an opening balcony as part

The 41.8-metre is built from composites and has a 3,000-mile range. It can make a top speed of 16 knots but her easy-going cruising speed of 10 is much more representative of her navetta soul


of the master suite and we created one in partnership with Fratelli Canalicchio. The balcony has two sections: a glass panel that opens upwards, thanks to a special mechanism and bulwarks that slide outwards with the floor, which is completely flush with the cabin floor. The owner also wanted a lift on the upper deck (but depending on requirements, it can go from the lower to the sundeck) and the bow garage was also enlarged to accommodate either a three-metre tender or a jet ski.

This yacht makes the very most of its generous volumes and focuses on enhancing the liveable areas. The result is optimal flows aboard, absolute privacy for the owner and his guests, and good freedom of movement for the captain and his crew. On a technical level, Four Flowers III is the first Custom Line to go over the 300 GT mark. She also has unparalleled soundproofing and damping that reduces both noise and vibration levels. For instance, the floating floor on the main deck has a sound-absorbing layer to ensure as little engine

room noise as possible makes it to the living quarters. She’s a magnificent yacht and it’s hard to say which area is my favourite. I particularly like the saloon on the upper deck. I think it’s the area people will spend most time in because it is very versatile. You can get to the cockpit from the saloon through a glass door that also turns the area into one large space. There are also opening full-height windows on both sides of the saloon which flood the interior with light and also provide access to the side walkways.


[ FLY ]

DON’T CALL A CAB, CALL A PAV Urban mobility is about to undergo a revolution, with flying taxis entering the realm of possibility. Aurora Flight Services is set to ride this new wave, and the company has just tested their first prototype in Virginia by Sergio Barlocchetti - Ph. Courtesy by Aurora Flight Sciences



[ FLY ]

ago the Americans financed an innovation startup called Aurora Flight Sciences. Last January the company, part of the Boeing NeXt Group, flew its Autonomous Passenger Air Vehicle (A-PAV) for the first time at its experimental centre in Manassas, Virginia. The flight was successful, and provided the first practical results for the Seattle-based giant’s urban air mobility programme. Its passengers will not control the flight carrying them to their destination as the taxi’s operations will be totally automated. Boeing NeXt is also involved in a CAV (Cargo Air Vehicle) project for an aircraft that can carry a goods-only payload of up to 225 kg as well as other urban, regional and global mobility platforms.


There is still some way to go, and the challenge of creating veryone dreams of flying taxis, vehicles that can take off

an electrically-powered vertical take-off aircraft, known as

vertically like a helicopter and whisk at least two passengers

e-VTOL, meaning Electric Powered Vertical Take-off and

across the city. Companies in Arabia, China, America and

Landing) is still to be overcome. In January Boeing’s A-PAV

Europe are working to develop them, with money no object.

completed a take-off, sustained flight and landing cycle to

Investment and vision, though, aren’t enough, because building

confirm that the aircraft and its systems are functioning

a prototype and getting it to fly is only 30% of the task – the real

correctly. The upcoming flight profiles are designed to test

hurdles are winning approval for the solutions and meeting the

the PAV on long range trajectories powered by its propellers

minimum safety requirements that will enable the new craft to

and supported by its three wing surfaces. “In the space of a

gain its airworthiness certificate and be launched onto the market.

year we’ve moved from design concept to flying prototype”,

Inevitably, the two international giants, Airbus and Boeing, are

says Aurora-Boeing’s chief engineer Greg Hyslop. “Boeing’s

in the race to develop the taxi of the future. The Europeans have

experience and innovation have been crucial elements in

flown a scale model of their Vahana project, and a few years

the aeronautical development of a form of transport that’s


The PAV, which stands for Passenger Air Vehicle, is 100% electric VTOL craft designed for totally autonomous flight. It has a range of around 80 kilometres


[ FLY ]

the safest and most efficient in the world. We’ll continue to

Developed by Aurora Flight

steer this development through an approach that emphasises

Sciences, the PAV is intended

safety and new mobility solutions�. Technically speaking, the

for passenger transport, but the

Boeing Aurora PAV is designed for totally autonomous flights

company is also working on a

from take-off to landing, with an operational range of up to

CAV (Cargo Air Vehicle) capable

80.47 km. The vehicle is 9.14 metres long and 8.53 metres

of carrying up to 225 kg of goods

wide. Completing the tests is the final obstacle for Boeing

with no passengers on board

NeXt, which is already working with the aviation authorities and its industrial partners to gain aircraft certification for the new design.




[ The CAR ]



Very few people believed it would actually happen. But the Rolls-Royce SUV has finally arrived. The majestic, powerful Cullinan is a three-box all-terrainer that makes no apologies for breaking with convention


by Diego Tamone

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan, a hulkingly large SUV with clean yet square-ish forms that leave no doubt as to its character


t must have taken quite a leap of imagination to create a Rolls-Royce in SUV form. Plus a pinch of unconventionality and healthy insanity. It has always

been so unthinkable that the undisputed queen of the luxury car sector might ever shake off her velvety roadready mantle to venture into the unknown territory of off-roading that not even the wiliest of bookmakers would have given odds on it. And British bookies know their business. Yet a few short months ago, the Cullinan did exactly that. Oddly enough, no one – not a single person - screamed sacrilege. Just as Rolls-Royce had predicted.


[ The CAR ]


A while back someone in its hallowed design halls started asking

Majestic in terms of spec, dimensions and proportions (5.34 metres

themselves a question. If after 115 years, customers, generations,

long and weighing 2,660 kg), it is also eye-wateringly powerful

habits, tastes and styles had all changed, could they not change the

thanks to a 6.75-litre 12-cylinder engine that lets rip a massive 571

Rolls-Royce too? We had to wait until the dawn of 2018 for the

bhp and 850 Nm of maximum torque. Just what enthusiasts that

answer as it took that long to ready a design that was not merely

had long fantasised about and pushed for. “From the very beginning

entirely new but revolutionary. The 12 months that followed attested

the design team treated this brand new Rolls-Royce as a unique,

to the marque’s brilliance and farsightedness in making the move.

high-bodied car. With global customer expectations in mind. We

It was an all-time record year in terms of deliveries: 4,107 in 50

know that many of our luxury patrons pursue sports or leisure

countries worldwide. And also in terms of customisation. These days

hobbies that require precisely this type of go-anywhere vehicle,”

in Rolls-Royce, luxury is so tailored and bespoke that a configurator

says Felix Kilbertus, Head of Exterior Design at Rolls-Royce. “The

seems a bit pointless. But the Cullinan, which instantly won the

label SUV is now applied to anything with a two-box silhouette and

Prestigious Luxury SUV of the Year title, is the perfect example of

the least suggestion of going off tarmac. We envisioned an authentic

car that will genuinely satisfy its owner’s every whim and desire.

three-box high-bodied all-terrain car with a convention-challenging

This monstrously powerful all-terrainer packs a 6.75-litre 12-cylinder engine that unleashes and 850 Nm of maximum torque. It is also 5,34 metres long and weighs in at 2,600 kg


[ The CAR ]

Voted Prestigious Luxury


SUV of the Year 2018,

design and absolute capability that would satisfy the adventurous urges of our clients.”

the Cullinan goes well

The result is a Gentleman’s SUV. It may be a bit of a bombshell compared to the other

beyond conventional

cars we’re used to seeing coming out of the West Sussex factory but scratch the surface

configurator spec: this is

and you’ll find it has not strayed too far from the DNA of a marque that made a splash

a genuinely bespoke car

in far-off 1907 with an adventure-filled Bombay to Kolhapur tour of India that tackled

lovingly tailored to meet

jungle and mountain passes alike. Off-road, naturally.

its owner’s every desire


CRN’s new strategy of using actual designs to entice potential clients to the table saw it approach prestigious international designers with an eye to creating a string of uniquely exclusive new custom superyachts. And the strategy is already paying off...



RN is one of the world’s largest yacht builders and one of its greatest strengths lies in an ability to design complex naval platforms that straddle the needs of full-custom vessels. Its steel and aluminium megayachts are

built entirely in Italy and all unique. This is because extreme personalisation is part of the DNA of the Ferretti Group yard which has been based at the same Ancona headquarters since its foundation in 1963. “Meeting with an owner that brings along his own design and asks CRN to meld it with the yard’s design and construction experience would definitely be the perfect scenario,” explains Stefano De Vivo, Ferretti Group Chief Commercial Officer and CRN Executive Board Member. Just that situation arose in 1983, when Gianni Agnelli came to CRN with his designer and the yard built him what is essentially the first explorer vessel in the history of leisure yachting, the now-iconic F100. “Things are different now and owners often don’t have a precise idea of what they want. So we took a new strategic tack: we decided to work with the world’s leading design studios on developing projects with a different style to stimulate clients’ imagination. As a kind of hook that would get them in sitting at a table with us so that we could tease out what their dream is”. This approach has produced seven projects so far, each one with its own unique personality. The most recent were presented between the end of 2018 and the start of 2019 and included Begallta, a 75-metre that can also be built as a 65-metre or an 85-metre. “We asked Lobanov Design for a contemporary yacht with unexpected but very versatile lines – an approach the Russian designer really shared. You can see extreme innovation in the hard chines aft which are, however, designed to make it soft and flowing whilst simultaneously underscoring its decisive character. Another unique styling element is the angled line that traverses both hull and superstructure like ribbon, melding the yacht’s decks”. 58

CRN has been based in Ancona (Italy) since its foundation in 1963. It builds steel and aluminium custom superyachts. Right, Stefano De Vivo, Ferretti Group Chief Commercial Officer and CRN Executive Board Member



Dynamic and leadingedge, the powerfully masculine Begallta is a 75-metre by Igor Lobanov (left). Her transom is unusual (top), while the sun deck (opposite) not only has

Another stunning project, this time from the CRN technical office and Vallicelli Design headed by Andrea Vallicelli and Alessandro Nazareth, is She, a name that instantly evokes a timelessly beautiful woman. CRN is delighted with the result as Stefano De Vivo confirms: “We wanted a classic yacht with large volumes but still very sleek. She has a unique elegance and her name alone conjures up images of the beauty of a woman with the kind of poise you’d instantly fall in love with”. This is expressed in her geometries and also in fluid decorative elements, such as the soft lines of the side gunwales which flow into 60

a pool but also a central table/fire pit

She is a classic beauty with large volumes (top and bottom). Her design by Andrea Vallicelli (right) sparked the sale of a 70-metre that is still at the development stage

two wings in the forward area of the upper and

explorer. Interest is very high indeed”.

owner’s decks.

A policy that seems to be yielding excellent

Lastly, we have AlfaRosso, a design available in

results because a previously-presented Nuvolari

a choice of three lengths: 45, 50 and 55 metres.

Lenard project led to the sale of a 60-metre

“We asked Francesco Paszkowski to reinterpret

and She has resulted in the announcement of

the whole explorer concept and take it to the

the sale of a 70-metre at the end of November.

next level because he has designed so many of

Aside from these two yachts which are still at

them. The result is surprising: an explorer with

the development stage, CRN is building two

the characteristic forms but better interior and

62-metres – M/Y CRN 137, for delivery this

exterior liveability and the forecastle, the living

coming summer, and M/Y CRN 138 – and also

area, is a much different position to a classic

recently splashed the 79-metre M/Y CRN 135.



AlfaRosso is an explorer design that can be tailored to three different lengths: 45, 50 or 55 metres. The project penned by Francesco Paszkowski (bottom, left) plays with large volumes both inside and on deck. There is a magnificent flush deck pool aft on the main deck too


Experience, Efficiency and Exclusivity -




by Samuela Urbini


Giovanni Ceccarelli: engineer with a passion for the sea. His studio in Ravenna, Italy, produces designs ranging from competition sail yachts to superyachts



iovanni Ceccarelli’s words clearly express a sail

everyone in the associated areas of the project must be aware of this,

yachtsman’s typical intense passion for the sea, a

mirroring the situation that already exists in urban planning. We’re

feeling complemented by a profound knowledge of this

actors on a stage where the sea is the set”. And the sea must not be

environment. And when this love is combined with the

spoiled. “Nowadays I picture a designer who’s also an engineer and

technical expertise of an engineer, the result is projects that are

can’t help combining science and style. Design and construction

not only aesthetically striking but also functionally impressive. The

technology, which is evolving in leaps and bounds, are the means. A

engineer from Ravenna raced on the sea when he was young, then he

craft that offers less resistance to forward movement needs engines

began to design competition sail yachts, including two America’s Cup

with less horsepower, and that means lower consumption, lower costs

competitors, Mascalzone Latino and +39 Challenge. He then moved

and less pollution”. A devotee of rationalism, where every element

on to series sail and motor yachts, and was engineering manager and

has a function, Ceccarelli believes that on a yacht the way a shape is

planner in the operation to refloat the Concordia after its sinking

made can enable new functions. This is made clear in the two new

in 2012. A vast range of experience, together with the team at his

designs for Rosetti Superyachts, a pair of supply vessels, on 35 metres

Ravenna studio, with one common denominator, “A knowledge of

and the other 50 metres long, intended for owners who enjoy sailing

and love for the sea. That’s the common theme in my profession”, says

and a close contact with the environment. “They have clean, simple

Ceccarelli. “My world is the sea, or rather, water. A living water, the

and enduring lines, not a faddish aesthetic. I drew inspiration from

setting for sport, pleasure, life and a source of life”.

the round, soft curves of the deckhouses on several projects from

But what exactly does he mean by a sustainable architecture of the

my studio, on sail and motor yachts. I feel that these two models in

sea? “The world is facing a great evolutionary process, from both

some ways resemble a warship, where every graphic element serves a

the social and climatic viewpoint. It means designers, engineers and

purpose. They’re clean and slender, but at the same time they create


An almost military look tempered by soft shapes and modern, light-filled interiors for the 50-metre supply vessel that Giovanni Ceccarelli designed for Rosetti Superyachts. Its exterior lines are clean and rigorous, especially the superstructure, which resembles a Japanese pagoda



Combining science and style is now an imperative for Ceccarelli. One example is the 30-metre craft (above) designed for Rosetti Superyachts. The yacht has an efficient hull and great elegance created by its extreme stylistic sobriety, clearly seen in the rendering of the cockpit (top)

an impression of power”. The superstructure features three graphic elements that recall Japanese pagodas, and as all Ceccarelli designs are inspired by a passion for the sea, it pervades every space through the large windows. “That’s the lovely thing about the interior layout, allowing the sea to make its presence felt through the openings. The owner’s cabin on the upper deck, for example, offers a 180 degree view aft and a private balcony”. The idea of sustainability is also reflected by the creation of interiors where air conditioning plays a less important role, as the emphasis is on allowing natural air to circulate. Giovanni Ceccarelli predicts that “We’re moving more and more in the direction of environmental sustainability with large and small craft designed and built to experience the sea like the two superyacht designs for RSY with long range and sailing comfort, constructed with respect for the sea and the environment”.


[ MEGAYACHT ] A melding of the traditional and the contemporary, this 48-metre from Paszkowski Design combines Baglietto cues with the elements that characterise the yard’s contemporary styling. An evolution of Andiamo, the first 48m displacement in the new Baglietto era, this new yacht also introduces a few twists that make her unique

by Désirée Sormani - ph. by Maurizio Paradisi



e all know that love is blind. But there was

mix of sun and shade. Its freestanding armchairs and occasional

nothing wrong with Silver Fox’s smitten owner’s

tables can be mixed and matched to suit requirements, making it

vision when he fell under her spell. Built on spec

the perfect party venue. There is also a lunch area with a coffee

and launched in August 2018, the new T-Line

bar, barbecue, grill, fridge and dumbwaiter to the galley. Aft on

48 from Baglietto was a huge hit at all the

the sun deck is a generous sunning area with plenty of sunbeds.

September 2018 boat shows. She premiered at Cannes before

Another open space forward features a stunning sea-facing sofa

becoming the flagship of the Genoa International Show. Her

that’s great for simply admiring the passing views.

strikingly beautiful Francesco Paszkowski-penned lines wowed

The beach club area is all about fun in the water and has its own

owners and industry alike at the Monaco Yacht Show and, more

gym, bar and steam shower. Freestanding B&B Italia furniture

recently, the Miami Boat Show. Her owner instantly felt at home

add an extra flourish of Italian elegance.

when he first stepped aboard her at Cannes and bought her just

Silver Fox’s 350 square metres of luxury interiors are the in-

as she was without a moment’s hesitation.

house work of Baglietto Interior Design. Italian walnut is paired

Silver Fox’s sleekly sporty profile is underscored by a two-tone

to sublime effect with gold and bronze accents with cool walls acting as the perfect counterpoint. The ambience is warm and contemporary, and is lifted by the Canaletto walnut flooring in the living areas. Natural fabrics add a muted elegance. Guests are welcomed aboard through the bar on the main deck which leads into the airy saloon with its floor-to-ceiling windows and gorgeous views. A stainless steel and textile TV stack custom-designed for the owner acts as a divider with a conversation area comprising cosy Flexform sofas and a coffee table by Marioni, who also did the dining area chandelier. Monaco-based Boutsen Design partnered on the interior décor, while the paintings on the walls are by Arcangelo, Barnils and Velez. The full beam owner’s suite has a cocoon-like feel yet the geometric laying of the pale luxury carpet and cream-colored leather adds a modern sleekness, as do Zimmer Rohde wallpaper and the Hermès Dedar headrest. Silver Fox can accommodate between 10 and 12 guests


livery of a white superstructure and a grey hull. Her wheelhouse

in two VIP staterooms and three twin cabins with pullman

has a quirky reverse-angle windscreen that provides majestic

berths, all as meticulously beautiful as the master suite.

views from the helm station. Glass is used extensively and lends

Last but not least, Silver Fox has a professional galley with centre

a sense of originality to her silhouette.

island and crew dinette, reflecting Baglietto’s acknowledgment

One factor that swung the owner’s decision was that Silver Fox

of the central role of food in Italian culture. There is a strong

was a yacht he could spend Christmas on in the Bahamas. She is

emphasis aboard on being prepared for long-range and

something of a globe-trotter, in fact, thanks to a 4,500 nautical

transatlantic passages. The new T-Line 48 has very convenient

mile maximum range provided by her 80,000-litre fuel capacity.

luggage rooms for guests’ suitcases and other belongings, while

Silver Fox also offers an astonishing array of luxury spaces both

a 2.65 m3 cold room and a 2.5 m3 freezer, accessed from the

interior and exterior. The sundeck is particularly impressive.

galley, ensure that provisions will be generous for the duration.

This 130 sqm expanse even has an infinity pool, as well as a great

A stunning image of Silver Fox that highlights her Portuguese bridge. Note that the wheelhouse window has been angled forwards. This is not simply an aesthetic choice that references the yacht’s lines but it also provides exceptional anti-glare protection. Page opposite, the Baglietto logo on one of the side walkways. The gullwing shape is also echoed in the superstructure aperture

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Right, the master cabin with its geometric dĂŠcor. Above, the Flexform sofas in the saloon around a coffee table by Marioni. Page opposite: bottom, the dining room where the bespoke-designed stainless steel and fabrictrimmed TV totem acts as a divider with the conversation area. Top, a view of the large cockpit, a generously-sized living area with a 12-seater table that seems to flow straight into the interior


Exterior Design Francesco Paszkowski


ilver Fox combines the brand’s signature styling elements with the contemporary design of the yard’s new generation displacement yachts. An evolution of Andiamo, the first 48-metre displacement of the modern Baglietto era, Silver Fox holds true to those two key concepts which have been integrated with other unique features, such as her hull livery and the absence of folding balconies dictated by the desire for a more sober aesthetic. The raked lines of the hulls communicate a sense of movement even when at anchor. Silver Fox’s large stern and redesigned roll-bar reference the brand’s tradition. We worked on several fundamental points with Silver Fox: forms, superstructure, exterior spaces with particular focus on the fly, the stern, contact with the sea (large windows on the main and upper decks). We also worked on the curves of the deck structures and overhangs to increase the boat’s interior volumes. The main deck is wide body, for instance, which benefits the owner’s quarters. We changed the position of the wheelhouse in the superstructure, rotating it and angling it forward, a choice consistent with the yacht’s lines but which is also very functional in that it provides greater protection from glare. The fly is the jewel in the Silver Fox crown and has been extended forward to create a real


This shot, the beach club area which also has a bar, gym and steam shower. Freestanding furniture by Talenti lends the space a chic elegance. Right, an aft view of the sun deck, 130sqm of al fresco space with an infinity pool. Top, Silver Fox’s streamlined hull is underscored by an unusual two-tone livery

sea-front terrace. The central section of the superstructure is rounded and tapers towards both stern and bow so that it is almost invisible from the fly. This, together with the transparent length of the fly perimeter, removes all visual obstacles and creates a sense of deep connection with the sea and surrounding world. For the sake of stylistic consistency, we ensured that the whole perimeter was transparent aft on the upper deck. The beach club is in the transom. Reinterpreting a long and glorious history and melding it with new styling elements was the most complex yet intriguing aspect of this project, which aimed to stir the emotions. Being aware of the Baglietto story and our close relationship with its staff proved hugely supportive as we went about researching and weaving together this modern 48-metre of under 500 tonnes. As always, teamwork was pivotal.


Interior Design Fracesca Attoni, interior designer at Baglietto


ne of the most unusual styling features in Silver Fox’s interiors is their asymmetry. The idea was to incline the vertical lines, make the horizontal lines oblique so as to avoid visually limiting the interior spaces. The trapezoidal trims around the large windows in the two saloons, the gold lines that cut through and break up the fabric walls in the cabins are just a few architectural examples. Then there are the accessories that encapsulate that philosophy – the closet doors in the master suite which create an interplay of solids and voids between the storage areas and the day niches lit by LED lights. We decided to create a division in the living area to make the dining area more intimate and private. This was in order to reflect the place of the ritual of sitting down together around a table to eat in Mediterranean culture. This was how the totem wall came about. On the lounge side, it acts as a container for the TV, while, on the dining side, it frames an artwork in bronze which is also an integral part of the boat’s bespoke furnishings. Obviously, it is angled and off-centre with a mirror and textile finish which creates an interplay of reflections that lightens it visually.


We chose Italian walnut, a wood from the country’s artisan tradition and also one of the most prized by joiners. It has a highly decorative flamed motif with very warm tones. Those tones were picked up by the gold and brass accents and finishes. The Canaletto walnut used for the floors on the other hand has a striped look, once again creating a chiaroscuro contrast. Although part of a traditional layout forward on the main deck, the master suite is quite unusual. Once you pass through the filter area of the office, you enter a room in which the four walls are non-walls. The back one is actually a big bed headrest of two different heights and depths which frames both the bed and the entire wall asymmetrically. To the side, the rectangular windows provide magnificent sea views and are carved out between the floor-to-ceiling storage which highlight the contrasting textures of the surfaces (wood, paper, metal). Lastly, the forward wall is like the wings in a theatre, cleverly concealing the two doors to the bathroom in a single white length of cloth with a translucent motif with gold diagonals.

Above: the lounge on the upper deck, a cosy private space for the owner. Below, the galley which references the importance of food in Italian culture. It has been combined with the crew dinette to create a single space. Opposite, the owner’s studio in the master suite


The Shipyard Michele Gavino, Ceo of Baglietto


his yacht is a confirmation for us that Baglietto means solidity, quality, efficiency and beauty. Silver Fox is all of those things and perfectly epitomises what the yard is today. We’ve worked hard over the last three years. We are attempting to restore the brand’s former role. Silver Fox is the second 48-metre hull but the fourth build on the same naval platform (together with the 46m Only One and Mr T and the 48m Andiamo), a sure sign of a product for which harmony of form and technical content are the keys to its success. The fifth platform is already in build on spec with a delivery date in 2020: we believe in this project which reinvents itself and adds new content with every iteration. This is a boat designed for an owner who (like all our clients) loves enjoying himself with his family and friends in a very private environment. It is a place to share with your nearest and dearest that most valuable commodity in this modern world of ours: leisure time. This is why we dedicated a lot of space to al fresco areas such as the sun deck, which is unique on the market, as well as to the large interior volumes. We made small tweaks to this latest special model. The stern beach platform is a particular case in point. Andiamo didn’t have one but it is a space that owners really appreciate generally. The interior arrangement has been improved too, with a large galley with the crew mess and the big chiller cells. Not only, we tend to add new features each time, likewise with the naval platform. On the next iteration, which is in build, we’ve made the saloon windows even bigger, and increased the size of the master cabin. We are also using CAT 3512C DITA-SCAC engines now. Silver Fox is part of our traditional T-Line. The 55m we’ll be delivering this year is also part of it. But Silver Fox is the real gem. A Baglietto gem!


Silver Fox is a real globe trotter: she has a maximum range of 4,500 nautical miles, thanks to a total fuel capacity of 80,000 litres. She offers an amazing amount of space both in her interior and outside on deck. The sun deck is wide enough and beautifully laid out: the perfect party venue, in other words. Left. the beach club





The M+ Museum is set to open in 2020. Located in Hong Kong, it will be one of the largest museums of visual culture in the world. Its core collection is 1,500 works by Uli Sigg, the globally-renowned collector of Chinese art by Micaela Zucconi



ong Kong is preparing for the 2020 opening of one of the largest museums of

Nowadays the younger generations seem more

visual culture in the world, a showcase for the art, architecture and design of the

ready to dedicate themselves to minimalism

20th and 21st centuries. The M+ Museum in the new West Kowloon cultural district,

and abstract art, as a consequence, perhaps,

beside the Art Park, will be an Eastern MoMA. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog &

of censorship in critical art like the work of

de Meuron, the museum launches with a core collection of 1,500 works donated in 2012

Ai Weiwei. In 1999, The Venice Biennale

by Uli Sigg, the most important collector of Chinese art in the world. An entrepreneur

introduced twenty Chinese artists to an

in China since the 1970s and Swiss ambassador to China from 1995 to 1998, Uli Sigg

international audience, attracting the interest

started to buy Chinese art even before a market for it existed. “I began my collection as

of collectors. The island of San Giorgio, also

if it were an institution, forgetting my personal tastes in the knowledge that some day I

in Venice, was the location for a memorable

would restore the collection to its native country”, the entrepreneur said during a meeting

solo show by Qin Feng, a representative of

held some months ago in Milan during the exhibition entitled “The Szechwan Tale. China,

the avant garde in China and a master of

Theatre and History”, curated by Marco Scotini at the FM Centre for Contemporary Art.

traditional ink works that tend towards the

The event also brought together other experts in the sector in a series of encounters,

abstract. A perfect interaction of Oriental

including art historian Lu Peng, author of the monumental work “A History of Art in

and Western. Another milestone in Chinese

20th Century China” (Charta 2010). The Sigg collection, now on show at Vienna’s Mak

contemporary art was the exhibition “Art

Museum until 26 May, is crucial to an understanding of how Chinese art developed from

and China after 1989: Theater of the World”

the 1970s to the early 21st century. As elsewhere, it isn’t possible to identify a clear trend.

at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in

The vast panorama ranges from traditional concepts neglected during the Maoist period

New York (October 2017 - January 2018).

to Western influences assimilated in a variety of ways. In the opinion of Lu Peng, 1989

The highlighted period extended up to 2008,

– the year of Tiananmen Square and the fall of the Berlin Wall – was a watershed date.

the year the Beijing Olympics marked China’s


Above, He Wei, Green Alcohol, 2017, oil and ink on canvas, 240x180 cm. Sigg Collection. The photo-realist painting by the artist, born in 1987, is a mix of abstract, Western icons and chromatic inserts. The artist lives, studies and works in China and Italy. Opposite, Zao WouKi (1920-2013), June-October 1985 (oil on canvas, 280x1000 cm), commissioned by the architect I. M. Pei for the Raffles City Complex in Singapore. The work, in extra-large format, belongs to the artist’s so-called Infinite Period, which marked the peak of his career





Above, the collector Uli Sigg, left, next to a work by Ai Wewei Uli Sigg (Newspaper reader), 2004, mixed media, 168x58x72 cm. Left, Xu Qu, Dust (detail), 2017-2018, on show in the Chaos exhibition at the Galleria Massimo de Carlo in Milan

arrival as a new economic superpower. Chinese artists blossomed between 1990 and 2000, reflecting the global contemporary art phenomenon. The first specialist galleries appeared in the 1990s. Massimo de Carlo has been promoting Italian and international artists for thirty years and is casting a fascinated eye on the East – in fact, in 2016 he opened a gallery in Hong Kong, joining those in Milan and London. One of the most recent exhibitions was by the young artist Xu Qu. According to Uli Sigg, after a period of impressive growth the Chinese art market is beginning to slow, because Chinese collectors have started to buy Western art. Sotheby’s, though, set a record in 2018 when a work by Zao Wou-Ki (born in Beijing but Parisian by adoption, he died in 2013) was sold for 65,245,829 dollars. To remain abreast of developments, those interested should follow not only the auction houses but also Art Basel Hong Kong and the many biennials now held in outlying locations like Anren, near Chengdu, as well as Shangai, Beijing and Shenzen.



To side and below, Qin Feng, detail of a work and a view of the exhibition on the Island of San Giorgio in Venice, 2016. Bottom, left, He Xiagyu, Tank (the tank project), 2011-2013, leather, 890x450500x100-150 cm; Sigg Collection. Right, ShiGuowei, Kyoto, 2017, hand-coloured




photo, 148.4x139.2 cm. Sigg Collection


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Setting the mood

Tognana presents its new porcelain lines. Bright and fantasy-fuelled, with colours and decorations that interpret new feelgood inspirations for meals with friends and family in the summer by Marta Bernasconi

The sea breeze and the heat of the sun seem to surround the palette of blues, an effect created by the Moon decoro Celeste collection by Andrea Fontebasso 1760, a famous porcelain brand that is part of the Tognana group

aying a table is both an act of love and a creative gesture. It means using your personal style to express the pleasure you feel at welcoming guests, friends and family. Taking your place at a table where the settings have been laid out with care, the result of tasteful choices and the pleasure of hospitality, is one of those pleasures that make all the difference – on board, too. Many brands tend to make tableware that expresses a particular theme in a range of patterns and colour versions that enable hosts to lend a touch of flair and distinctiveness to their table. The idea is to create a refined tabletop that still displays a touch of originality, with a sprinkling of personalisation, too. This idea opens the section we dedicate to Tognana in this issue, with the elegant mix and match of the Moon line with Celeste pattern by Andrea Fontebasso 1760, a name that is part of the Tognana brand and is worth getting to know better. The company is based in Casier, Treviso province, and is one of the most famous names in Italy’s porcelain and ceramics tableware industry. Launched in 1946 it began with the production of majolica but soon switched to porcelain. In the mid-1980s Tognana



Top, a play of black and white and an ethnic touch for the Mandala Black set, and the Glossy cutlery. Below, summer colours for the Sunny line. All products are by Tognana

collaborated with many internationally-renowned designers,

in the Tognana brand’s Mandala Black series feature geometric

including Mila Schön and Matteo Thun. In 1989 it bought out

patterns and ethnic evocations. The variety of motifs enables

Andrea Fontebasso 1760, a brand that made its mark in the

the creation of lively, original setting. The line comprises six

history of ceramics used by the aristocratic families of Treviso

flat plates, six bowls and six dishes, plus a set of teacups, coffee

in the 18th century, and is known for making extremely elegant

cups, mugs and smoked glasses. Black and white gives way

products with an impressive performance. The year 2000 was

to the explosion of summery colours offered by Sunny, also

another significant year for Tognana, as it coincided with its

by Tognana. This eighteen-piece service conjures up exotic

acquisition by the Morosi family and the launch of a wide-

places and tropical climes, informal lunches and lots of friends.

ranging modernisation project for the plant and production

Once again, it’s possible to combine colours and patterns

cycles, which expanded to include cookware. As for the

with freedom and verve – because the table should first be a

tableware lines, the new, recently-presented spring/summer

pleasure to the eye.

collections are particularly summery and versatile. The plates




from extra-fine materials to an extraordinary masterpiece



An artistic chef working in harmony with nature His food doesn’t just look and taste incredible: it borders on a spiritual experience. We go face-to-face with the inventor of vegetarian haute cuisine by Marta Bernasconi - ph. Lucio Elio


ietro Leemann’s backstory is inextricably linked to his professional development. Even a cursory glance

reveals what a fantastic storyteller he is. This is a man with a lifelong compulsion to travel, learn and explore. His boundless curiosity about life has also produced the boldly experimental approach to food that has turned him into a beacon for vegetarian haute cuisine. Always well ahead of the times, his Milan restaurant, Joia, is about to turn 30. Leemann was also the first chef to be awarded a Michelin star for a vegetarian restaurant and has become the undisputed mentor for all lovers of seasonal, sustainable cuisine that incorporates a deep knowledge of the properties of various foods and how they can be combined. “I always try to promote beneficial change with my cuisine,” he explains of his ongoing striving for harmony between the planet and its inhabitants. “I believe that food is important both for our physical wellbeing and our ethical, psychological and spiritual sphere”. Leemann uses all-organic ingredients and takes a low fat, gluten and sugar approach. That might sound a bit sackcloth and ashes to some but the reality couldn’t be more different. Chef Leemann is a master when it comes to creating dishes that look like impressionist paintings, pouring his ideals and feelings into colour and form. His primary source of inspiration is almost always nature. “Anything can be sparked on a simple walk. Then seasonality comes into the ingredients I choose and I will also find myself


Chef Pietro Leemann and some of his creations. The names of his dishes alone tell a story: Top, left, “Homo Vegetus” and, right, “Belly Button of the World”. Centre, “Anachronism” and below “The Face of Nature”.



“The fascinating thing for me is that cooking aboard is an ongoing, everevolving process that depends on the raw materials that you find in the ports”


simultaneously thinking about form, the look of a dish which

become a chef is often the result of a desire to work on ships

is never casual. My dishes don’t look like anyone else’s because

and travel. I worked on gourmet banquets for Costa Crociere

I don’t follow trends or fashions. Presentation to me must be

with Gualtiero Marchesi. The fascinating thing for me is that

linked to the kind of dish you want to serve”. When we ask

cooking aboard is an ongoing, ever-evolving process that

for a few practical tips, Leemann talks about communal times

depends on the raw materials that you find in the ports. My

aboard. “It is both fun and simple to do your own sprouting so

cuisine today is also a voyage of sorts. I love using ingredients

you’ll always have a fresh ingredient to add to lots of different

from different regions.” To celebrate Joia’s 30th anniversary and

dishes as well as an aesthetic extra. Context is also important.

a certain approach to vegetarian cuisine, Leemann is publishing

You are almost always at sea in summer and wind and sun

a book that is as much about basic preparation, techniques and

means there’s a thirst to quench. So then you need to serve

the way the kitchen is organised, as recipes. The chef is also

up dishes with a liquid base and a tiny bit of acidity. The third

actively involved in promoting the values of vegetarian cuisine

element is to always alternate cooked and raw to create a

through the Joia Academy which organises both theory-based

marriage between hot and cold.” Leemann adores the water

and practical courses for professional and enthusiastic amateur

and his dream is to have a home overlooking the lake. “The

cooks alike. Because even in this enlightened day and age, not

allure of cooking on the water is always the hook for chefs,

everyone is aware of the sheer richness that vegetarian cuisine

particularly when they are starting off. In fact, deciding to

has to offer.


A yacht inspired by a challenge – to sail 100 miles with the lowest possible fuel consumption. This innovative project with a green soul slims down without compromising on luxury and design quality, opening new paths towards sustainable sailing by Désirée Sormani - ph. courtesy by Amer Yachts




ustainability, recycling, safeguarding our

the exterior decks instead of the traditional teak, as it is

seas and their wildlife, high performance

very light, totally water-resistant and rot-proof. It has a high

combined with design excellence – these are

mechanical resistance and an anti-skid surface, it doesn’t

the concepts and qualities underpinning the

stain or perish, needs no maintenance, is not uncomfortably

new Amer Twin 94, the star of the recent boat

hot underfoot and is pleasant to walk on. It’s also easy to

shows in Cannes and Genoa. The yacht’s performance and

instal and has acoustic and thermal insulation properties. The

respect for the environment has even earned it RINA Green

interior flooring is in lightened wood, and high-tech panels

Plus notation, with the highest possible points score. This

developed by the aerospace industry are used for insulation

was possible because the Permare yard – in collaboration

in the engine room. Ultralight wallpaper made with fabrics

with Volvo – has adopted a revolutionary propulsion system

using microminerals creates a lunar surface effect in the

comprising two IPS1350 engines. This is the first time it’s

interiors, and much of the resin used is vacuum-moulded.

been used on pleasure yacht of this size, and it has generated

Weight has been kept down by mounting lithium batteries.

a reduction in consumption and noise, with a consequent

In all 20 tonnes (the equivalent of four elephants!) has been

increase in comfort levels. But this yacht is about more than

saved compared to a megayacht of the same size. The new

just engine efficiency – the green build philosophy also means

Superfici company in La Spezia has done some interesting

that the Amer 94 is designed with solutions that optimise

work, 3D- printing the helm console. The yacht is in fact

weight, starting with the materials – cork was chosen for

a sort of testbed for using recycled materials which, with

The Amer 94 twin’s sleek lines. Designed to be eco-sustainable, the yacht features special software created in collaboration with the Tethys Institute supporting marine conservation with a focus on large marine vertebrates. It will suggest guidelines for behaviour in the presence of cetaceans when underway. Opening photo, the cork exterior walkways and teak interior flooring coordinating with the green velvet sofas attest to the yacht’s green credentials

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no moulds used in production, cut delivery times as well

special galley – it’s divided into two by a central passageway,

as streamlining the installation of navigation instruments,

and each section can be separated off by sliding glass doors.

which fit perfectly inside the pre-cut and pre-drilled surfaces.

One is the work area, the other, with fridges, is where the

The yacht’s green spirit is also evident in the interiors. Guests

owner can prepare cocktails. In this service area in the stern-

are made to feel at home in a large saloon where the warm

bow walkway the walls are covered with wallpaper made of

colours of teak magically alternate with the green velvet of

natural mineral fragments, once again highlighting the yacht’s

the sofas and the upholstery, while the eco-leather walls and

eco-sustainable credentials.

wooden blinds, both light green, create a link between the

On the lower deck a lobby gives access to the three cabins

two warm tones. Teak plays the main role, providing a play

(the layout can be changed to four on request) with the

with the orientation of the natural grain in the flooring,

master suite amidships and two guests cabins aft. There is a

then on the walls, shaping a curve that connects floor and

fourth VIP cabin in the bows, reached via a second staircase

furniture units.

from the deck. The master suite is sober and elegant, with an

The circular sofa amidships is striking – it’s there for comfort,

original interwoven leather and fabric headboard by Dedar.

but also conceals a central staircase down to the lower deck.

It’s very textural, and at first glance it looks like a mosaic.

It serves as a transitional element between the living and

One wall in the forward guest cabin is made from fragments

dining areas, just like a fountain in the centre of a large

of natural mineral - respect for Mother Nature is evident

piazza. Further forward, behind the pilothouse, is a very




Above, the saloon. Note the stairwell in the centre acting as a focus for the lounge and to separate off the conversation area (also in image to left) with bespoke green velvet sofas and two Flexform Feel Good chairs. To side, the master suite Dedar headboard with interwoven fabric and leather. Opposite page, top, the cockpit with bespoke table and Stanley chairs from Philip Stark by Magis has two side staircases leading to the aft platform


Exterior Design Barbara Amerio


mer 94 boasts gutsy, sporty lines. Its sleek shape is even more obvious when underway – the Volvo IPS engines keep the yacht trimmed straight on the water, creating an image of power. We chose to open up the hull a little with large windows to increase the amount of light in the lower deck. Some boats seem to have rends and tears, but we prefer clean lines. We increased the dimensions of the glass sections, but without going too far, because glass is a heavy material. The Amer 94’s hull is an already-existing type for this kind of engine. By opting for two engines instead of three we gained a lot of space in the engine room. We had to replace the gyroscopic rotor with electric fins in carbon, and we’ve improved hull performance by painting it with a film that lasts for four to five years and contains no toxic substances. In line with the yacht’s green personality, the paints and varnishes used are all eco-compatible. Spacious open-air areas provide close contact with nature – the flybridge has larger spaces for the sunloungers, and also features a rigid rollbar that provides shade. The roomy aft cockpit is a versatile space with a large platform and an original seat, because the Amer 94 is designed to be enjoyed most of all at anchor in open water, in close contact with nature.


The second helm station is on the spacious fly deck, with console in 3D-printed recycled materials, and a number of comfy sofas shaded by the rollbar. To aft, the sun deck is furnished with Kettal sunbeds. The exterior fabrics are made from top-quality recycled materials by SumbrellaŠ. Bottom, a relaxation area in the bows, the perfect spot for enjoying a view of the sea


Interior Designer Stefano Tini, Architect


he interiors of the Amer 94 are a reinterpretation of the 1960s-70s values, a clear example of the Rationalist style, harking back to a period that saw the birth of modern Italian design. We began with a careful analysis of the interiors of the period, when mahogany and teak were the main materials used on board yachts. We drew special inspiration from the school of Giovanni Michelucci, one of the greatest Italian architects of the 20th century. He promoted the artisanal use of materials, especially wood, and created furniture “sculpted” in solid wood. As a result, teak plays a dominant role on the Amer 94, especially in the flooring, made from large 40 x 60 cm boards. The wood grain is oriented from side to side to open out the space, then the wood rises in a sort of curve to link the floor with the solid units. We chose an extremely light-coloured solution for the walls, using materials like eco-leather and varnish, complementing the deep green of the velvets on the sofas. It was an audacious choice because green doesn’t usually feature on board a yacht, but it celebrates the “green” philosophy behind this yacht’s construction. Green was also


to have appeared in the exterior livery, but we eventually decided to stick to a classic look, offering the green version as an option. The saloon with central staircase lies at the core of the design. We at the yard love this central positioning of the vertical connection, and we include it in our designs wherever possible. We’ve tried to create a close relationship between the interiors and the natural world outside. For artificial lighting we worked with Foresti and Suardi, who made extremely light bespoke spotlights to our design. This lightness is also to be seen in the microhandles by Razeto & Casareto, specially made for this yacht and for all the furniture designed for the Amer 94. We also included some iconic pieces of Italian design like the four dining chairs, the MR 10 Rattan chairs by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll and two Feel Good armchairs by Flexform for watching the TV that drops down from the ceiling. A lot of thought has also gone into all the fabrics, which are made from natural fibres or recycled materials, like the exterior items by Sunbrella.

Above, the dining table with four Mies van der Rohe by Knoll MR 10 Rattan Chairs. A great deal of thought has gone into all the fabrics made with natural fibres. On the lower deck, the teak is complemented by a wool and natural coconut fabric by Jab. The furnishing fabrics are by Designers Guild


The Shipyard Barbara Amerio, Ceo Permare Group


he yacht was created with the intention of beating a record – to sail around Italy without refuelling and with low consumption – and that’s what we achieved. Of course, we approached the problem from several angles and the design was modified to shed weight and enhance rigidity. It was made easier by the fact it wasn’t a commission – the yard itself chose to build it, unfettered by outside tastes and preferences. We spent a lot of time on this project, and worked in close collaboration with Volvo Penta, because we had to be certain that the two engines would work perfectly. We imagined a very young owner for this design – the new generations are more open to ideas of eco-sustainability. The yacht is also perfect for the charter market. Amer 94 twin was created for the Mediterranean (remember the challenge we mentioned earlier) but it’s actually ideal for any stretch of sea. It’s also suitable for the American market, where people aren’t familiar with the use of IPS engines in superyachts. The yacht is designed to weigh less, consume less and generate lower emissions. Sooner or later all yards will have to fall in line with this thinking. Regulations will force them to do so, clients will demand it and there will more finance available for eco-sustainable projects.


We want everyone to know about this yacht, it should be understood and, above all, tried out. People have already shown a lot of interest in it, and we’re working to apply these solutions to a larger model, and on an even more demanding design, a hybrid electric, a natural development of what we’ve done with the Amer 94. The yacht inspired a lot of people, and the research involved in the meant that the entire team gained great satisfaction in achieving the100-mile challenge.

Amer Twin 94 was launched in August 2018. It was designed to be capable of sailing round Italy without refuelling. The yacht even obtained RINA Green Plus notation at the Genoa Boat Show with 147 points, the highest number in its category





Comfortable luxury is the hallmark of their designs. A portrait of Simone Ciarmoli and Miguel Queda two personalities with complementary skill sets who share a rich, varied career history

Style details for three chairs created by the two italian designer for the furniture company Annibale Colombo



Miguel Queda and Simone Ciarmoli in the entrance to a Milanese residence. The mosaic flooring is by Lucio Fontana



with names like Armani and Prada, we have been involved with the visual arts, and we’re very familiar with the world of furnishing fabrics. We’re inquisitive by nature and we’re in love with this work”. The studio still works in the fashion sector, creating sets, pop-up stores and showrooms. One of their latest projects is for the London stores of Jimmy Choo and Agnona. “For the Agnona store we recreated the heritage of a company with an illustrious past. We designed all the furnishings, which to some extent is what we do best”. For many projects by Ciarmoli and Queda, bespoke is a constant theme. The creatives’ personal styles can be seen in the furnishings and interior design projects, a blend of high artisanal expertise, attention to detail, careful choice of materials and a style that


ooking through images of the projects they have

integrates a classical repertoire into a contemporary

completed, there are many reasons to celebrate

context. “Curiosity and passion are what drive our

the first ten years of the studio’s activities since its

creativity. We can lose ourselves in the pages of a

foundation in 2009. The two people behind the studio’s

design book, become excited when confronted by the

success are Simone Ciarmoli and Miguel Queda, and

genius of architects like Franco Albini and be dazzled

their designs, from products to homes, retail stores and

by the perfection displayed in the making of antique

yachts, show a wide range of inspirations and influences.

objects created for a practical use. In the Agnona

“Our backgrounds have enabled us to take on a variety of

showroom project, for example, the strong idea behind

projects. Each of us brings different skills to the studio,

it came to us when we were looking at the shuttle

but they complement each other perfectly. As well as

of an old wooden loom we found in Greece. In the

spending a long period in the fashion industry, working

world of fashion and design we’re seeing a return to


This page, the M/Y Dream, a six-deck, 106-metre superyacht with a 400 square metre lobby, several dining rooms and a series of super-luxury features; below, the designers on board. Opposite, the interior of a residence in Monte Carlo and the CQ Essentials table set. PHOTO FREDERIC DUCOUT



Above, materials study for the lounge lobby of the Hotel Kempinski in Dubai and below a rendering

the glocal, the value of local artisanal skills”. Recently, the studio’s activities have focused on projects for the hotel sector, designing the interiors for large hotel in Dubai for the Kempinski chain, and on yacht design, with a project for the interiors of the M/Y Dream, a six-deck, 106-metre superyacht with a 400 square metre lobby, several dining rooms and a series of super-luxury features. This has kept the studio busy for seven years, enabling the designers to give full expression to their idea of luxury and comfort, setting up a dialogue between their special decorative language and a selection of the finest design objects. And currently? “We’re working on several projects for different companies. For Annibale Colombo we’re putting together a collection with different types of light and dark wood. We’re developing a carpet collection for the Portuguese company Ferreira de Sà, which still uses hand looms, and we’re overseeing the development of new porcelain designs based on a very artistic, almost conceptual approach for the Villari brand”. After a long series of projects for villas and apartments in France, Italy and Greece, their already highly productive involvement in residential interior design shows no sign of flagging. Ciarmoli and Queda have a special relationship with Greece and its islands, especially Folegandros, where the pair have found the ideal place to relax, a place of light, scents and tranquillity. It’s the perfect place to recharge the batteries of design inspiration.




A surprising beauty with large relaxing al fresco spaces acting as antechambers to truly unexpected contemporary but sophisticated interiors. A brilliantly executed contrast. The 72-metre is the result of a joint effort by Tankoa and Francesco Paszkowski Design by Paola Bertelli- ph. by Blue iProd


chosen for the walls to showcase the high gloss Macassar ebony with grey flamed touches of the custom-made furniture. The beach club floor is an unusual Forest Black antique marble which reappears on the stairway leading to the main entrance and in the master bathroom. Cappuccino marble from Rajasthan adorns the custom furniture too. Honed marble from India dominates the guest bathrooms but the VIP bathroom and the steps on the stairs connecting the different decks are in pristine white onyx from Mexico. All of the different marbles, aside from the onyx, have a smooth finish. Selecting and pairing them was a painstaking and complex process but the result is genuinely surprising. The master deck is no less astonishing as the suite has particularly high ceilings that give it a bright, airy loft-like feel. Out on deck is a private jacuzzi with Bisazza mosaic work and transparent walls in addition to nicely sheltered sun pads. There is direct access to the touch-and-go helipad from the apartment. The enormous aquarium in the dining area on the main deck, the baby grand piano and the long, narrow beneath the 90” 4K OLED TV screen in the upper deck saloon really do set the tone for the rest of the décor. Another key element is the beach club in which the conversation area is topped by a skylight which is actually part of the bottom of the pool on the main deck. It also connects with the spa where the sauna incorporates wood salvaged from a medieval castle in Finland, and the hammam in trimmed in Tuscan Calacatta marble. Solo was designed to be the perfect compromise between the the owner’s needs and desires and the requirements of the people who will charter her. That demanded continuity between the various communal areas, a precise but versatile use-based division, effortless communication between exterior and interior and rigorous application of architectural principles. Flexibility thus played a pivotal role. The lounge/cinema/library on the main deck, by way of example, can be


he idea was to create a yacht where guests would be

separated off by a sliding glass panel and the guest entrance, also on

able to enjoy lots of different amenities with a New

the main, is not through the traditional large glass doors but through a

York loft atmosphere inside and a true laidback

side door between the winter garden and a reception area with a back-

lifestyle outside” is how Tankoa’s Sales and Marketing

lit onyx bar counter. On the upper deck the hair-dressing-massage

Director Michel Karsenti encapsulates the ambitions

room can be converted into an additional cabin. The separate TV room

the yard had for Solo. This is her owner’s second Tankoa and his

on the master deck also converts to yet another guest cabin with a

focus this time was on being able to sail aboard a modern, extremely

nearby bathroom – again with the charter market in mind.

welcoming yacht with interiors that would provide a very powerful

A central garage accommodates a 7.5-metre luxury custom tender

contrast with her exterior styling.

but most of the water toys are stowed in the garages on either side

Solo is also the yard’s new flagship and has exteriors crafted by

of the bow.

Francesco Paszkowski Design, who also partnered with Margherita

Solo is a 72-metre yacht which, aside from her huge personality,

Casprini on the interiors.

delivers an impressive range that puts the Pacific within reach. At

Bespoke lighting design has created that requisite New York loft vibe

10 knots, in fact, she can cover 7,000 nautical miles without calling

with lots of ceiling spots and LED strips picking out and showcasing

ashore to refuel. At 15 knots, she will still go for 4,000 miles and at

details. Sumptuous use of refined and highly international materials

her top speed of 17.5 will deliver a range of 3,000.

did the rest. The floors are black oak with a tinted dark grey oak

One of the specifications of the owner’s brief was that there would be extensive al fresco

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The interior styling is ultramodern and smoothly consistent. In the dining room, an aquarium acts as the backdrop to a table in high gloss Macassar ebony with grey flamed touches, while the fireplace beneath the TV dominates the upper deck lounge (top right). Left, the upper deck lounge again and, right, the bar counter and sculptural Cedrimartini stools on the main deck



Exterior Design Francesco Paszkowski


olo features a contemporary, elegant yet timeless exterior design we achieved through an accurate combination of curved and clear lines, and the selection of a distinctive colour for the hull. A couple of issues were fundamental for the whole design and layout. Although similar to her 69-metre sister ship, Solo’s three extra metres of length and underwater exhausts yielded a volume gain on every deck. Both solutions enabled us to design a layout with large social spaces inside and outside, guest accommodation for up to 10 on the main deck, a wide beach club with spa, a spacious winter garden and a cinema/lounge/library. There’s also a dining area with a stabilised fish tank on the main deck, and a lounge with huge windows, a 90” 4K OLED TV screen, a fireplace, a bar and a baby grand piano on the wide-body portion of the upper deck. The hull bulwarks on the main deck were lowered to provide panoramic views from the dining area while guests enjoy dinner inside. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the owner’s apartments break down the boundaries between exterior and interior, and large


Clean yet never harsh lines cloth the two-tone hull and superstructure: Solo’s livery may be contemporary, but she exudes a timeless elegance. The 72-metre is a fivedecker built from steel and aluminium

panoramic terraces enhance contact with the sea. Unusually large windows in the VIP and guest cabins offer astonishing sea views. We had already worked with Solo’s owner. He had precise ideas about how his yacht should be used: she had to meet her owner’s wishes for private use but also all luxury charter requirements. Large social areas outside and inside were very important to him. Privacy was also essential. We started from that and presented our proposals, which the owner accepted. Tankoa went all out to combine her owner’s needs and design issues with technical aspects. All the people working on this yacht really did work perfectly as a team. My favourite area aboard? The owner’s master suite with the huge floor-to-ceiling windows. There are perfect views of the outside world from the bed. The master quarters also have a private pool, a private breakfast area and another for sunbathing.


Interior Design Francesco Paszkowski Design in collaboration with Margherita Casprini


olo has cosy, welcoming interiors. They are timeless and understated with predominantly dark hues which were non-negotiable for her owner. We focused on colour combination to meet his requests and to create the interior he was expecting. We created chiaroscuro contrasts and softened the tones with subtle fabrics and cushions. The owner’s brief for understated, elegant dÊcor was achieved by putting an emphasis on matching the same materials in different ways while keeping the same atmosphere. We selected a carefully structured combination of materials. Wooden, mirrored or wallpapered surfaces, white veined black marble, grey-veined onyx and cappuccino marble. The black wooden floors are combined with ebony furnishings, while transparent black and white glass is used for the unit doors in the bathrooms. We also focused very closely on detailing and finishes. For instance, the big dining table has a steel edge identical to the one on the Fendi chairs. In the master stateroom, the steel

transition strips between wood and carpet are anthracite with polished steel used for the handles and handrail. We used hard leather with saddle stitching for the owner’s desktop and the custom-made wing-shaped furniture in the VIP and in the dining. The custom trim of brushed grey and brown oak slats was designed especially for the wall surrounding the staircase connecting the different decks. Most of the furniture is bespoke-designed by our firm (the night tables, the wing-shaped furniture in the VIP and in the dining area, the lamp with its bronzed mirror-tiled surface above the custom dining table, most of the outdoor sofas). We combined those pieces with Made in Italy brands: Fendi for the soft furnishings and other accessories (with the exception of the sofa in the beauty salon on the upper deck, which is by Flexform). The stools at the bar counter in the beach area and at the entrance on the main deck are by CedriMartini and the outdoor furniture is by Kettal.

Dark and light colours have been meticulously balanced in the interiors to complement each other. Unusually, the study in the master suite is behind the headrest of the bed (right) and separated from it by a glass partition with Venetian blinds. Above, the touch-and-go helipad, certified for up to 4.5 tonnes, and the al fresco lounge



The Shipyard Michel Karsenti Sales and Marketing Director


/Y Solo is a true milestone for us at Tankoa, not so much because she is our largest launch to date, but actually because she represents a true achievement on many fronts. RINA awarded her Green Plus Star (platinum) rating as the most eco-friendly new yacht in world last year. This is not a result of the owner’s requests, but the direct impact of Tankoa’s philosophy of anticipating future environmental regulations. Solo is the owner’s third yacht. Clearly, everything was done in accordance with his wishes but to tell the truth, all the amenities were created following brainstorming sessions involving the owner, his wife and the Francesco Paszkoswski Design Studio. Solo’s most distinctive elements are the beach club, spa with Hamman, sauna and gym zone. They are fairly unique and have direct access from the main deck interior. I’d also like to mention the winter garden/reception area which creates a welcome zone

that doesn’t exist on any other yacht. The full-beam top deck owner’s apartment with restricted access from either the staircase or the elevator is also fairly unique. From a more technical point of view, the redundancy of all the systems, the frameless exterior glass bulwarks and the numerous eco-friendly features that are standard Tankoa spec are among the innovations that make Solo unique. It is difficult to pinpoint my favourite area aboard but I would probably say the sun deck. When you are up there on the top of the yacht, sitting on the sofa or lying on the sun pads, the frameless glass bulwarks create a unique sensation of freedom as Solo cleaves along at 17 knots. It is difficult to give my personal definition of the yacht. The smile on the face of her owner is our idea of what a yacht should be. And Solo is no exception to this rule. So to wrap up, I’ll just repeat the owner’s final comment: “Fantastic, let’s sell her and build another larger one!”. So we must be doing something right!


A very long range of up to 7,000 nautical miles is Solo’s most impressive feature. She also has a CO2 monitoring system that allows the captain to pinpoint the optimal speed to keep emissions low, as well as two independent stabiliser power packs which drive zero-speed stabiliser fins of 3.6 sqm apiece


T E X T U R A L A R T I ST RY by Mary Hegarty -pct. courtesy by OT


Shots below, Oliver Treutlein, his wife Elke and CEO/Project Manager Lisa Haase are a close knit team. This shot features some of OT’s creations. Every single carpet that leaves the Oliver Treutlein premises is 100% unique

They’ve been making bespoke carpets and rugs for the world’s most luxurious yachts for three decades. But ultra-luxe materials and the mastery of a great artist mean nothing is impossible for the OT team


e do carpet Haute Couture,” laughs Oliver Treutlein, the owner and founder of the eponymous German-based

bespoke carpet-making business, often affectionately referred to simply as OT. “If a client wants an alpaca yarn we don’t stock, we organise this special fibre for them.” A rare individual who has managed to turn his passion for his craft into art, Treutlein has won the respect and dedication of a long series of superyacht yards across the world. He started hand-tufting his own carpet designs in 1985, having inherited a love of textiles from his salesman father. He was wife, Elke, and a close knit team comprising CEO/Project Manager Lisa Haase and Project manager Nadja Waljawin. OT is very much a family affair as his two daughters Katharina, 25, and Julia, 20,

ph. Rupert Peace

just 19 at the time but now heads a flourishing business with his



help out too. Hand-tufting carpet may not have the same centuries-old tradition as knotting, but it is the perfect technique for producing modern bespoke designs as it is faster and more versatile yet produces a very strong, luxurious and, when required, textural result. Every single carpet that leaves the Oliver Treutlein premises is 100% unique. “Traditionally we recommend New Zealand Merino Wool, linen or viscose. Or the most luxurious of all carpet yarns: silk,” he explains. But uniqueness takes time, thought and skill. “We are normally involved in the creative process at a very early stage. About two years before we install the carpet, we meet with the designer in his studio or invite him to our showrooms for first briefings. Then we develop designs in our textile design department, send samples and fabrics back and forth, meet again, develop artwork and huge sample sets. It’s hard work but great fun,” OT generally recommends new Zealand Merino Wool,

says Oliver. The design process can be as unique

linen or viscose for their magnificent carpets: the result

as the resulting carpet. Most famously, however,

is that walking on them feels like walking on clouds

Fremantle-based designer Sam Sorgiovanni’s brief for the dining room carpet aboard the 88-metre


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Oceanco Nirvana came in the form of a

method we use is an old textile tradition,” he

pile of twigs and leaves from the Australian

tells us. “We stretch the carpet on gripper

rainforest. Treutlein jokes that the contents

bars. The result is that walking on one of

of his luggage took a bit of explaining to

our carpets feels like walking on clouds. The

customs officers on his return to Europe.

carpet is also protected against pressure in

He is, however, understandably tight-lipped

the long term and can easily be removed as

on his recent nautical projects as discretion

it is not glued down”. Texture is one of the

is part of the package when dealing with

signatures of Treutlein’s work and his hand-

notoriously private superyacht owners and

tufting method. Perhaps his most unusual

yards. But his carpets do adorn the likes

commission in this regard came from

of Abeking and Rasmussen’s Aviva and

Lürssen when it was refitting the 72.5-metre

Elandess, Oceanco‘s Barbara and Jubilee

Coral Ocean: “We had to create a new way

and Lürssen’s Shu and Kismet. Depending

to have up to 25 cm long wool ornaments

on the quantity of colors and the complexity

growing out of the carpets originally

of the design it can take about eight weeks

designed by the late Jon Bannenberg 30

to complete for instance one guest room

years ago….” But Treutlein loves a challenge

carpet. Then, the Treutlein team will either

and relishes engaging with each new client

drive or fly the finished product out to the

and each new project: “I need it like I need

yacht where they will spend a further three

to breathe,” he explains simply.

or four days, meticulously installing it. “The 131


ENGINEERING L I G H T Light is playing an increasingly important role and light units include an ever-greater degree of engineering. R&D is crucial and Cantalupi Light Engineering shines with its indoor and outdoor solutions by Paola Bertelli



hat’s behind an artistically lit space? These days

is only one step along the value chain that includes integration

technical support is just as important as the creativity

with the interior, installation assistance and post-sales service”.

deployed by architects and lighting designers – choices of

The Cantalupi brand was launched in 1951, and is now well-

technology and form optimise the functional and emotional

established in the nautical and residential markets. This year

impact of objects and interiors.

it has decided to change its name from Cantalupi Lighting to

“A project develops from research into engineering the lighting

Cantalupi Light Engineering to place more emphasis on the

design”, says Leonardo Cantalupi CEO of Cantalupi Light

range of services offered by the company, complementing the

Engineering. “Our offer, in fact, begins long before designing

production of lighting units.

a light unit and ends after production. We think that a product

Technological R&D, quality and affordability are what drives

Spotlights, LED strips used for interior and exterior lighting on the ceiling or in furnishing units create a uniform, evocative effect. Left, a lamp from Cantalupi’s Otto collection



Above, a bathroom by Cantalupi. From Cantalupi’s Bespoke collection: Wall Lamp (left). Opposite: left, Beehive Lamp and right, Cristian, part of the Swarovski collection; bottom, a bespoke chandelier

Cantalupi. “We can take a ‘light idea’ and develop it into the product concept, identifying the most suitable materials on the basis of the intended application, evaluating their mechanical, chemical and heat resistance characteristics, as well their light transmitting properties. These solutions have allowed us to offer a complete lighting package for every project, every construction. We like to call them “collections” and every one of them, as well as reflecting our technological expertise, responds to design requirements and specifications, providing suitable lighting for every interior or style”. Cantalupi is offering seven collections this year. As Leonardo Cantalupi says, the Master Line comprises general lighting indoor and outdoor spotlights, and the new light-engines with a selection LEDs with the best colour yield currently available, “Have been redesigned to achieve high performance with a robust, compact unit, introducing an unprecedented flexibility created by multiple optical and anti-dazzle systems”. Bespoke is the art of “made-to-measure luxury”, a story of proportions and balance, materials combined by master artisans to express shapes that can inspire emotions. Exclusive applique designs and table lamps feature in Limited Edition, which uses unconventional finishings and 134

materials to satisfy the most hard-to-please clients. The Swarovski line offers beautifully-crafted pieces created in collaboration with the Swarovski brand. Backlight Panels transform walls, tables and columns into light sources, “Starting from a selection of high-quality materials and analysing the function and location of the structure, we identify the best material in terms of machinability and physical characteristics of mechanical and chemical resistance”. Linear Light is made up luminous LED strips that fill interiors with light, emphasising a space’s dramatic impact. Finally, Otto comprises portable battery lamps suitable for indoor and outdoor use, featuring a refined design that reflects true Italian style. All these products are conceived, developed and produced using a rational approach and a way of thinking about spaces based on a simple, reassuring geometry. “Marble, alabaster, glass, wood, rattan and acrylic shine in our production sites with new light and hand-made care combined with industrial manufacturing standards, where LEDs become an architectural element in themselves”. 135


FUTURE CLASSIC GENERATION Surprisingly large volumes, swathes of glazing and exclusive finishes and materials: that’s the new line designed by Nuvolari Lenard for Monte Carlo Yachts. The first model is the MYC 70, a 21-metre that debuted at the Dßsseldorf boot

by Fabio Petrone


The al fresco spaces aboard have been meticulously planned. Above, the MYC 70’s second cockpit is on the Portuguese bridge. Furnished with versatile sofas/sun loungers and crescent-shapped tables, it is traversed by a corridor that leads forward and to the anchorage area


uvolari Lenard is one of the most highly respected names in

hulls we used as the basis for a design path that been enriched with

yacht design. Oceanco’s Seven Seas, Lürssen’s Quattroelle,

new stylistic and functional elements that have become the yard’s

CRN’s Atlante and Palmer & Johnson’s Lady M are just a few of the

signatures.” The sweeping sheerline that tapers back from the high

studio’s recent super and megayacht creations. All are high-profile,

bow to the lower stern, transom, the characteristic fly which extends

full-custom metal-built yachts. That said, Carlo Nuvolari and Dan

out over the cockpit, the signature Monte Carlo Yachts portholes, and

Lenard have wielded their skills on long list of composite yachts:

the Portuguese bridge forward integrated with a large second-cockpit-

smaller semi-production craft that nonetheless allowed them to flex

like area were all standout features that debuted on the first MCY,

their creative muscles.

the 76’, a decade ago and which reappear also on the new MCY 70.

Perhaps its most noteworthy client of all is Monte Carlo Yachts, the

But what of the novelties in this new craft? Meticulous engineering and

Italian Beneteau-owned brand. Nuvolari Lenard designed its entire

a modular construction system that sees the interiors built separately

model range to embody the trademark mix of tradition and innovation

and then assembled in the hull mean that the MCY 70 offers genuinely

they refer to as the “future classic”.

surprising interior volumes for a 21-metre motoryacht. That sensation

“All the Monte Carlo Yachts models,” Carlo Nuvolari said at the

of spaciously is further amplified by great swathes of glazing which

presentation of the new MCY 70 at the Düsseldorf Boot, “are the

allow natural light to underscore the beauty of the interiors. The use

product of design consistency at both a stylistic and functional level.

of reflective materials, such as stainless steel and various different

Monte Carlo Yachts developed a series of highly efficient performance

glass surfaces, helps create an interplay of light too and contrasts



Linear structures and geometric motifs characterise the contemporary interiors. Reflective materials and lacquered surfaces further add to the bright sunny appeal. The saloon (right) in particularly has glass, black marble and stainless steel trims. The floors are natural oak




A carbon-fibre and steel T-Top protects the lounge area on the fly. This zone can be completely personalised by the owner with exterior cushions

with black marble, geometric motifs and linearity of structure. On the main deck the floors take another tack with natural oak as do the vertical panels which are trimmed in luxe fabrics; in both the full-beam master cabin amidships and the guest cabins, the floors are carpeted, while marble is used in the bathrooms. Regarding the exteriors, the fly is impressive and very large indeed given the size of the yacht. It features a carbon-fibre T-top that provides ample protection to the entire area which includes a lounge and tables as well as an al fresco galley. This particular MCY 70 is the first of three new models that the Monfalcone yard intends premiering in the course of 2019, the others being the MCY 66 and the MCY 76. The MCY 66 will be an evolution of the very first yacht that Monte Carlo Yachts brought to the market but with an even richer spec and greater scope for personalisation. 140




igital natives are individuals born in the digital era who, unlike the so-called digital immigrant

generation before them, grew up connected. They are now coming of age and arriving on the job market. The yacht sector is no exception, of course. Federica Fino,

The three young Satura Studio founders developed the 45-metre platform from the K-Series by Floating Life for their graduate thesis. The result? A 47-metre brimming with intriguing solutions that piqued the interest of a large group of owners at the last Monaco Yacht Show

Alberto Frulla and Francesco Viola, who make up the Satura Studio team, epitomise this new wave and are crafting their entire working lives around the digital world and its extraordinary potential. This is good news for yacht design as they bring a fresh new perspective to a tradition-bound sector: “We are also always on the lookout for innovative ways of presenting our projects to clients and involving them in the design experience. We have already used virtual reality and we are developing

by Mary Hegarty

interactive visualisation methods too,� the trio told us. Even their work ethic is smart: Francesco and Federica


In these rederings: There are lots of al fresco terrace-like areas and conversation areas for guests to enjoy. Below the Satura Studio team


[ YOUNG TALENTS ] From left, Francesco Viola, Federica Fino and Alberto Frulla of Satura Studio are the brains behind a 47-metre that has the feel of an explorer vessel clothed in sportier lines with volumes concentrated forward. The interior styling is contemporary with a muted colour and textural palette softening contrasts

live in Rome while Alberto is based in Genoa but all three work

power and movement to the overall design.

together each day by Skype, creating a kind of virtual office.

Eliminating all visual barriers from the exterior heightens guests’

The trio came to the attention of K-Series co-designers Andrea

sense of contact with the marine environment– the flush aft deck in

Pezzini of Floating Life and Mauro Sculli of Studio Sculli after

particular has a strong sea platform vibe. The interior styling, on the

they approached Pezzini about developing a 45m naval platform

other hand, is contemporary with a muted colour and textural palette

he had created, for their graduate thesis for the interfaculty

softening contrasts. The upper deck is home to the only indoor

Master’s in Naval and Nautical Design offered by the University

saloon aboard, a completely new space in terms of its geometry,

of Genoa and the Politecnico di Milano. The result is that Pezzini

architecture, design and materials. Cosy, convivial with lovely views,

became their co-supervisor as they crafted a 47m flagship that has

it also reassuringly private. Despite their digital focus, the Satura

already impressed a slew of potential owners with its innovative

Studio team are very much rooted in the real world as exemplified

styling features and 4.0 design methodology. The steel-hulled,

by the measures included to facilitate the cleaning and upkeep of a

aluminium-topped K47 Taxila can accommodate up to 12

craft welcoming large numbers of guests during the charter season.

passengers and 11 crew, but also introduces spatial arrangements,

In a nod to the K47’s working life span, both the furnishings and

work and guest flows, and construction choices that simplify

panelling are easily replaceable and effortlessly adaptable to any

the yacht’s management for charter clients and the owner alike.

changes that might be made in the course of future refits. Digital

The K47 Taxila retains a classic go-anywhere explorer yacht look

immigrant Pezzini thoroughly enjoyed the project: “It feels very

although it is clothed in sportier lines with volumes concentrated

positive to be working with young minds: you see solutions from a

forward and a broader bow section lending a sense of imposing

whole new perspective. They represent the future of yacht design.”





AN INDEFATIGABLE GO-ANYWHERE NOMAD It can land on dirt, short airstrips and even water. Versatility is its great strength, and inside the cabin this Quest Kodiak 100 series 2 offers the comfort of a luxury saloon by Sergio Barlocchetti - Ph.Kodiak / P. Bowen / TroyHouse Dsc





t’s always hard to compare aeroplanes and automobiles, but

1000 instrumentation with NXi upgrade and L-3’s electronic

if asked to describe the operational philosophy behind the

standby instrument ESI 500, the state of the art in digital

Quest Kodiak 100 series 2 the reply would be “like a long-

avionics. There’s no sign of analogue instrumentation in this

wheelbase Land Rover outside, a luxury saloon inside. This

cockpit! In just over twelve years the Kodiak has evolved into

single-engine turboprop has a maximum capacity of between

a mature design, and the second series is clear proof of this,

two and ten seats, and is built to land practically anywhere,

offering improvements including the ability to install cockpit

on short airstrips and water. It is built in aluminium with a

data and voice recorder. The plane’s operational life has been

simplicity that enables it to be repaired in the field. A versatile

effectively doubled. With 1,211 litres of fuel and a cruising

aircraft like this must be capable of loading and unloading

speed between 174 Kts (maximum) and 135 Kts (economy),

people or goods conveniently and rapidly, and for this reason

the aircraft provides consumption figures of between 48 and

the aircraft features a 54x57 inch (137x145cm) cargo door as

33 gallons per hour, enabling flights of over five to eight hours

well as the usual passenger door. But as our magazine is all

depending on wind conditions and operating weight.

about yachts, the most suitable version for us to look at has

According to the figures recorded during a flight in the USA,

composite floats weighing 320 kg if equipped with wheels

with autopilot engaged at 10,500 feet, 339 lbs of fuel are burnt

for amphibious capabilities or 180 kg without if the Kodiak

per hour (pph) at 178 Kts of true airspeed. The aircraft is

100 is operated as a floatplane only. The numbers show

easy to manage at 85 Kts, and remains so to just under 60

the sophistication of the metal build – an unloaded weight

Kts, a characteristic that makes it possible to control trim

of just over 1.7 tonnes and a payload of over 1.6 tonnes are

when landing on water, setting the floats down even in a

pretty impressive statistics, especially when you think of

50-centimetre chop. There are no problems at altitude and

the Pratt&Whitney PT6 A-34 turboprop engine in the nose

in icy conditions, as the plane can mount a 16-gallon tank of

churning out 750hp at takeoff and 700 at cruise, coupled to a

TKS to prevent icing. This sturdy aircraft costs around 2.5

96-inch prop. This engine has accumulated almost 400 million

million dollars, but from airport to yacht or the most private

flight hours during its operational life on two hundred aircraft

little island, there will be no more limits. It’s no accident that

types, with over 48,000 units sold across five continents.

it’s named after the Kodiak bear, which lives on the island of

All this brawn should not distract attention from the plane’s

the same name off Alaska’s south coast.

refinement and comfort, starting with the integrated Garmin

The float plane version (on left-hand page) can also be equipped with wheels. The Quest Kodiak 100 series 2’s avionics are entirely digital, featuring integrated Garmin 1000 instrumentation with NXi upgrade and L-3’s ESI-500 electronic standby instrument. It can carry up to ten passengers



A BEAUTY IS BORN Thanks to its rare elegance, sophisticated design, sublime quality and sporty soul, the Frauscher 1017 GT is an invitation to live life to the fullest. A head-turner of a 10-metre daycruiser. And now the Air version is available too by Fabio Perone

Stretching 11.2 metres in length and 3.53 in the beam, this open limo draws 0.56 metres and is powered by a pair of Volvo D4s which unleash 300 hp at 3,500 rpm – that quickly translates to a very brisk speed of 38 knots


Striking simplicity of line, a plumb bow, teak flush deck, frameless wraparound windshield and magnificent sunning area aft. A modern but never modernist reworking of the classic runabout that made the 60s great




ay the word ‘runabout’ and a whole

the larger 1414 Demon, an excellent example

tumble of images of the glory years of

of the yard’s modern interpretation of the

boating comes pouring out: decked

evergreen concept.

bows, raked wraparound windscreens, cockpit-

The model we are interested in here as a support

style steering positions set, like the rest of the

boat for larger vessels is, however, the Frauscher

cockpit, amidships, side sofas and large aft sun

1017 GT, which was recently flanked by an

pads. Those iconic elements and forms have

“Air” version. While the former is a daycruiser

been revived again and again. There are now a

with a cabin, a head with separate shower box

focal point for many specialist yards producing

and compact galley below decks, the Air, which

modern takes on their classic beauty that

premiered at the Düsseldorf Boot last January,

are absolutely up-to-the minute in terms of

is more of an invitation to embrace the outdoor

technology, architecture and design.

life. The layout is completely open from stem to

Frauscher has been building boats since 1927,

stern, in fact. The space that once housed the

particularly runabouts and slightly larger day

cabin is now occupied by two large face-to-face

and fast cruisers. Sleekly aerodynamic craft

seats that underscore its commuter vocation.

reminiscent of the torpedo body style popular

This is a boat designed to whisk both people

in automotive design in the early 20th century,

and things around quickly and efficiently so

clothed in taut lines that taper back to a stern

the latter area is now a second cockpit which

that’s low on the water. Elegant, dynamic and

can also be converted to a second sun pad if

hugely enjoyable boats genuinely at one with

required in addition to the one aft.

the sea.

Both versions are 10 metres in length and focus

Frauscher has paired that leitmotif with very

very much on sun and sea bathing. Their chic

The deck is beautifully planned and

high performance hulls, some of a double-

design will not go unnoticed as they zoom off

functional as are the gleaming white

stepped racing spec, to develop a series of

to hidden beaches and coves. Their straight

interiors with steel details. An open-plan

intriguing models that are also much sought

bows are bang on trend too, while a frameless

area complete with dinette that converts to

after by superyacht owners as tenders. These

wraparound windscreen exemplifies the tech

a double berth and a compact, ultramodern

range from the more classic 750 and 757

and detailing found throughout. Lastly, teak

kitchenette area. There is even space for a

Saint-Tropez, named in a nod to the famous

decking and trim add a luxe sophistication.

separate shower box in the head

runabouts of the 1950s and 60s, all the way to


[ TOYS ]

WATERBORNE Fast, colourful and emissions-free, the Seabob is pure exhilaration whether you want to skim the waves at speed or dive deep to discover the glory of the undersea world. And you’ll have two Full HD video cameras to record it all for posterity by Mary Hegarty



ubbed the world’s fastest water sledge by makers Cayago AG, the Seabob is an astonishingly agile

and blisteringly fast water toy that will not only let you zip along over the water at up to 22 km/h but at the touch of a button will dive beneath the waves, opening up the wonderful undersea world too. Refreshingly the environment does not have to pay a price for all that speed, power and nimbleness as the three models in the Seabob range are powered by the emissions-free and virtually silent E-Jet Power System which has a rotating impeller that sucks water in before forcing it again through a jet channel under very high pressure. The top-of-the range SEABOB F5 SR weighs just 35 kg but unleashes a tremendous 745 Newtons of thrust in the water, making it the perfect choice for adrenaline junkies. The entry-level Seabob F5 is a lightweight and very easy-to-handle 29 kg, while the 34 kg Seabob F5 S is a very nippy, sporty middle ground between the two. In addition to the standard colour catalogue of high quality multi-layer paints, new Lumex Bright Colours range now also offers a super glossy and ultra-vibrant finish that not only adds to the Superbobs’ appeal but also makes them much easier to see in the water, boosting driver safety. The Seabob’s drive unit features carbon elements and precious metals for ultimate sea water resistance, while two smart Controlgrips offer a choice of seven speeds ranging from relaxed cruising to a real speed blast. For speed lovers that want to hold on to

Seabob will up your swimming speed to a thrilling 22 km/h thanks to its E-Jet Power system while its Controlgrips guarantee complete control. The range spans three models in an incredible choice of customisable colours

the memories, the Seabob cam system has two separate Full HD video cameras. The first is in the bow and will record astonishing footage of the underwater world with the second located in the display console for fun action selfies of the driver in action. Thanks to built-in Wi-Fi technology and the dedicated Seabob app, images can be downloaded directly to any compatible smartphone or mobile device. The highly personalisable Seabobs are proving incredibly popular with superyacht builders too with many choosing to have them customised in the livery of the mother vessel.






No extravagance at Vacheron Constantin, but the patient, constant reinterpretation of the brand’s huge traditional portfolio of designs, dating from its foundation in Geneva in 1755 by Paolo De Vecchi


ne of the most interesting of the year’s new

with a power reserve of 65 days (1.2-Hertz Standby

arrivals presented at the Geneva fair in

mode). This enables the wearer to adjust the watch’s

January, was the Twin Beat by Vacherin

energy consumption according to the desired activity

Constantin. Backed by its over 260-year history, the

– used on the wrist, possible, during energetic daily

company is now highly appreciated by collectors and

activities, or a period spent resting securely in a

experts alike. The watch’s name says it all, and its

strongbox, where the timepiece will keep operating

technical content is complemented by a deeply classic

for at least two months. This is particularly useful

aesthetic, but it still needs some explanation. The

for purists of mechanical precision in the case of a

core of this model’s innovative technology is the Twin

model like this which boasts a perpetual calendar

Beat formula, which refers to the dual spring barrels

with complex indications that cannot be adjusted

(the mechanism that regulates the watch), with

when the when watch has stopped. The technical

different frequencies that can be selected as desired

innovation of the dual frequencies is joined by the

through a cursor at 8 o’clock, a registered, patent-

perpetual calendar complication, whose displays of

pending system. The first operates at an extremely

date, day, month and year - including leap years – are

high frequency of 36,000 vph with a four-day power

“automatically” regulated by a mechanical memory, a

reserve (Active 5-Hertz mode), while the second

module that forms part of the mechanism.

operates at a much lower frequency of 8,640 vph


The new Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar by Vacheron Constantin has a platinum case and manually-wound mechanical movement with the two frequencies. Available exclusively in the brand’s boutiques


[ The WATCH ]

The movement in Vacheron Constantin’s Traditionnelle Twin Beat comprises 480 elements visible through the case back and a perpetual calendar function with reserve and twin frequencies display



THE SIREN SONG by Beatrice Galbiati

Inspired by these mythical figures, the sea and its wonderful, sometimes strange creatures. Ideal for those who can dare with imagination


Opposite: A pendant necklace with white diamonds, sapphires, fancy sapphires and opals from the Deep Sea collection. Lydia Courteille 2. White gold jellyfish with amethysts, pink sapphires and diamonds and yellow gold Pufferfish with natural green farnet, citrines, rubies and diamonds for the rings, Roberto Coin 3. Tropical fish Coffret de Victoire earrings in white gold with diamonds, peridots, pink, orange, yellow, purple and blue sapphires, red spinels and lacquer. Dior Joaillerie 4. In white gold, diamonds, mother-of-pearl, rock crystal and lapis lazuli or coral, turtle brooches in many colours. Vhernier 5. The Melody of Colors collection includes these white gold earrings with diamonds, blue sapphires, cushion-cut amethysts and black diamond, De Grisogono 6. Following one another in a wave, the shells on the white and yellow gold bracelet with sapphires, diamonds and emeralds by Tiffany


hey seem to have come from the ocean depths, a coral reef or inside shell that hide not only pearls but also precious stones with a kaleidoscope of colours. These pieces of jewellery are inspired by the sea and its creatures, wonderful objects

from a mermaid’s treasure chest. So now it’s time to give free rein to the imagination, even for us landbound beings, and to have the courage to dare to wear pieces that are not only precious but also full of fantasy, creativity and personality – shells, fish, jellyfish, sea horses, turtles, coral-like branches and the ocean waves provide inspiration for the creation of wonderful brightly-coloured jewels to wear in any season and at any age, so long as we possess spirit and a sense of irony.



Coral atolls, powdery white beaches and crystalline waters are just the backdrop to the ultraluxe holiday you’ll experience in the Diamond Resort Water Villas where everything is tailored to the client’s requirements


by Désirée Sormani


ny holiday in the Maldives will be a unique

romantic massages to private yoga classes guaranteed to

experience. But just imagine that holiday lovingly

destress. That is the kind of welcome you’ll receive as a

tailored to suit your every desire. The journey,

resident of the Water Villas in the Diamonds Athuruga

the location, the service. Everything is just what you

and Diamonds Thudufushi resorts which nestle in the

expect it to be – like a dream come true. The uniqueness

gorgeous Ari Atoll. Everything is bespoke – from the bed

of the experience begins with the opportunity to book

decoration to the in-room breakfast. The Water Villas

into the VIP Lounge at your airport and then complete

combine the charm of the resorts with their extraordinary

your journey by sea plane. You can also choose to have

location, adding in a range of luxe services that really will

a welcome gift in your room: champagne and fruit are

make your dreams come true too.

just two options. If you like to travel light, then you’ll

The idea came from Planhotel Hospitality and is designed

be able to book a sun cream kit and other gear such as

to revolutionise the classic concept of Maldivian hospitality.

diving fins, mask and regulator. You’ll also luxuriate in

All of the villas are completely sustainable and 100%

a complete wellness package spanning everything from

natural in line with the Group’s green ethos.


The Diamonds Athuruga and Diamonds Thudufushi villas quite literally dip a toe in the water. These super-exclusive cottages seem to float between sky and sea



Guests will explore the astonishing beauty of the Maldives through

breakfast or dinner crafted by Executive Chef Giacomo Gaspari

extraordinary experiences such as private classes from a marine

in the privacy of their own villa. Candlelit dining on the beach is

biologist on the terrace of their Water Villa followed by diving with

another favourite. There are also special packages for newly-weds

the latter in the spectacular reef.

to guarantee an unforgettable honeymoon.

Even the cuisine is bespoke: guests can delight in an Ayurvedic

Everything is bespoke from the decoration of the bed to the inroom breakfast, the champagne you sip to the fruit arrangements. Sun cream kits and diving equipment are all available too as is a marine biologist to introduce you to the stunning undersea life of the Maldives




The Ritz-Carlton Residences are located in the upper sections of one of the most famous towers on the Bangkok skyline. They guarantee luxury living and spectacular views


ising 314 metres above the city, the Buro Ole Scheeren Group-designed and Pace Developmentsbuilt King Power MahaNakhon tower is Thailand’s tallest building and Bangkok’s most prestigious address. Completed in 2016, the distinctively sculptural three-dimensional ribbon of architectural

‘pixels’ circling its full height has earned the MahaNakhon the status of a city landmark and a reputation as the most significant contemporary architectural complex in Thailand. Located in the upper sections of the tower, The Ritz-Carlton Residences provide luxury living together with spectacular views over Lumpini Park, the Chao Phraya River and the Gulf of Thailand, with the entirety of this vibrant, bustling city on their doorstep. The MahaNakhon itself is a mixed-use building, home to high-end stores, restaurants and The Bangkok Edition hotel, which allows Ritz-Carlton residents to benefit from an expanded array of amenities such as in-property dining and hospitality, as well as the Residences’ own private pool, fitness centre


The pixelated design of the exterior comprises glass cubes that jut out over the city and not only maximises views of Lumpini Park, the Chao Phraya River and the Gulf of Thailand but also ensures that the layout of each apartment is absolutely unique. Residents will enjoy the services of a 24-hour concierge, valet and dedicated management team

and cinema rooms. The 209 individually-designed and highly-customised properties are offered for sale on a freehold basis and not only guarantee residents a premium location, but also the legendary services of the Ritz-Carlton ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ with a 24-hour concierge, valet and dedicated property management team. The three to five bedroom Sky Residence apartments, some of which are duplexes with grand ceiling heights of 3.4 metres, are sophisticatedly styled with interiors finished to premier specifications. As is to be expected, the interior décor features many Thai influences, but that traditional style is met with a modern twist and used as a design cue or an accent rather than an over-riding theme. The pixelated design of the exterior naturally affects the layout of the interior. Across the floors occupied by the Ritz-Carlton Residences, it allows for over 100 possible apartment configurations – ensuring your neighbour’s home is completely different from your own, with a very individual personality.



The interior dĂŠcor in the Ritz-Carlton Residences is Thai-influenced but with a modern twist. The apartments range in size from three to five bedrooms. Some are also

This is a property defined not just by its location and design,

duplexes with ceiling heights

but by the aspirational lifestyle it promises residents: literal new

of up to 3.4 metres

heights of exclusivity and luxury. The Sky Residences of the Ritz-Carlton Bangkok are offered for sale through Christies International Realty and are priced from $6.5 Million. 168

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