Sanlorenzo SX100, a strong character

The SX100 is the latest crossover from Sanlorenzo, designed by Zuccon International Project and Lissoni & Partners

by Mariateresa Campolongo – photo by Guillaume Plisson, Federico Cedrone for Sanlorenzo

If you could imagine a single image that summed up current trends in yacht design, it would be the outline of the SX100. The boat’s strength is that it is the result of an excellent team that has developed its collaboration over the years: there is both Zuccon International Project (who designed the exterior and general layout) and Lissoni & Partners, who designed the interior. In addition to all this are the fine finishes and build quality that is a hallmark of every Sanlorenzo yacht. The SX100 joins the yard’s crossover range, and has a strong character that reflects the presence of innovative features, which at the same time maintain – as they should do in a range – the family feeling.

The SX100’s daytime area is divided into two decks. These are connected by a striking metal staircase designed by Piero Lissoni. The main deck living area features the white Matic sofa by Knoll and the Floyd table by Living Divani with a Stone Oak top – both designed by Piero Lissoni. There are three very nice coffee tables: the Ile table by Living Divani, a vintage piece in Senufo wood, and the Zig Zag by Pols Potten.

From an emotional point of view, we have tried to perfect and optimise some of the stylistic content, without losing sight of the desire to reflect the strong element of recognisability and identity that the SX100 has inherited, explains Bernardo Zuccon, who continues: “If I had to name an inspiration, when I think of the SX boats I feel an association with the world of organic architecture: extremely sculpted forms that can adapt to the nature in which they are placed. It reminds me of large marine mammals: it is so curvaceous and modelled, almost as if sculpted by the wind. I get the feeling that it is a container of life that, by its very nature, can only be imagined at sea”.

On the upper deck we find the only steering position. It is very elegant and reduced to the essentials, while its small size leaves a lot of space.

We were lucky enough to have Sergio Buttiglieri, Style Director at Sanlorenzo, as our guide to the yacht: “The SX100 is the latest in a long line of boats that are a confirmation of Sanlorenzo’s coherence in reflecting the sobriety of contemporary design, which is the product of a successful dialogue between the exterior and interior designers”.

The master stateroom features several designer pieces, such as the iconic Cicognino by Franco Albini and Fritz Hansen’s PK22, which add to the elegance of the space.

You are immediately struck by the large aft deck which opens up completely to the water. As a versatile platform, it gives owners the chance to use the area according to their needs and habits. The purity of the lines can be seen in every detail: the stern docking area, for example, is hidden under a teak platform that can be easily removed and which can also function as a support, or as seating. We began the tour by going up the outdoor stairs on the starboard side. The cockpit isn’t at all traditional and focuses on a single sofa which is in the middle, which has a nearly elliptical shape that helps people move around it easily. There is a great view to be had sitting down here, not least because the handrail has been made from transparent sections.

The sober, elegant and luminous interiors never lose contact with the exterior, and feature some work from designer pieces. Amongst the things that stand out in the lounge on the main deck is the white Matic sofa by Knoll, with alongside it the Living Divani Floydcoffee table, with a top in Stone Oak, both designed by Piero Lissoni. In the middle of the room, there is the eye-catching Living Divani’s Ile table, which is a vintage Senufo-style wood creation, and Zig Zag by Pols Potten, whose red colour brings life to the room. Going aft is the unmistakable Lounge Chair from Charles & Ray Eames produced by Vitra. The objects were chosen to go with the rooms by the Vandersande Studio in association with Piero Lissoni.

The bespoke dining table on the upper deck, which echoes the red colour used on the other decks, features eight Mirto Outdoor seats from B&B Italia.

There are two staircases in the main deck lounge which play a major role in the overall design and bring together the three levels across which the yacht is laid out. The first, which is very striking, is made of chrome-plated metal and links the lower deck living area with the one on the main deck. The second, which is in wood, connects the main deck to the upper deck and almost seems to disappear behind a decorative screen. “We have added a few surprises, for example a staircase that becomes the heart of the whole design project, a very important metal staircase that is in some ways very maritime, but in others more basic”, says Piero Lissoni, Art Director at Sanlorenzo, who continues: “As with the architecture, we have worked with some other very small elements, an additional staircase that becomes invisible as it is only visible when one opens some screens, and then the rooms join together as if they were an architectural duplex”.

The SX100’s large aft deck is completely open to the sea and is also a versatile platform: a great opportunity for owners to customise this area according to their needs and habits.

«FROM AN EVOLUTIONARY POINT OF VIEW, WE HAVE TRIED TO PERFECT AND OPTIMISE SOME OF THE STYLISTIC CONTENT, BUT WITHOUT LOSING SIGHT OF THE DESIRE TO REFLECT A HIGH DEGREE OF RECOGNISABILITY AND THAT STRONG IDENTITY INHERITED FROM THE SX100».
BERNARDO ZUCCON, ZUCCON INTERNATIONAL PROJECT

The metal staircases lead to another day area on the lower deck, which features a lounge that merges into the beach area and the terraces that fold out from the sides to the water level. The mobile bar picks up on the beautiful red of the Zig Zag coffee table on the main deck. The mirrors used in the lounge increase the feeling of space and the reflections bring out the light colours of the natural materials used in the project.

 «THIS SX100 IS THE LATEST IN A LONG LINE THAT CONFIRMS SANLORENZO’S CONSISTENCY IN TELLING THE STORY OF THE SOBRIETY OF CONTEMPORARY DESIGN, THE PRODUCT OF DIALOGUE BETWEEN EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR DESIGNERS».
SERGIO BUTTIGLIERI, STYLE DIRECTOR AT SANLORENZO

Bernardo Zuccon explained the importance of the day area to the design project: “The SX100 programme introduced a new stage in looking at the kind of living space because it introduces a concept that up to then didn’t exist in the SX range, so the day area spread across two different levels. We weren’t looking to create a hierarchy across the various rooms but to create a sensory path, which includes a continuity of experience. As soon as you get on board the boat you find the large aft deck, which opens right up to the sea, and then you go down into an area where daily life takes place and has a particular kind of relationship with the water. This staircase, which has been designed by Piero Lissoni, links us to a second experience which is also connected to the day area, but with a different relationship with the sea. The aim is to keep the rooms connected, and at the same time to change them according to the physical and visual relationship that they establish with the sea”.

One of the unusual things about the SX100 is the engine room with four Volvo IPS 1050 engines.

Going forward there are three cabins: one is a guest room with two single beds located to port, another has a double bed and is to starboard, while the VIP room is in the bow. The curved shape brings out the nature of the hull in the cabins and pleasingly envelops guests in the corridor area. The master cabin, which uses light colours, is forward from the main deck: it features an excellent view and semi-transparent screens that hide the walk-in cupboard. Here we can find Cassina’s Cicognino table with the red, this time on the tabletop, as an accent colour. The iconic PK22 seat by Fritz Hansen is a further touch of elegance, as well as the naturalness that comes with the wicker version.

Going onto the upper deck we find the only helm station, which is fairly small, so leaves a lot of free space. The customised dining table, which also uses the red colour seen on the other decks, has eight Mirto Outdoor chairs from B&B Italia. The hard top opening mechanism is above this area, which provides a better connection with the exterior.

«THE SX100 IS ANOTHER ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT, AN ADDITION TO THE SX FAMILY, WITH FEATURES SIMILAR TO ITS LARGER SIBLINGS, BUT IT USES A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE».
PIERO LISSONI, ART DIRECTOR SANLORENZO

SANLORENZO
Cantieri Navali di Ameglia
Via Armezzone 3
I-19031 Ameglia (SP)
T +39 0187 6181
[email protected]
www.sanlorenzoyacht.com

PROJECT
Zuccon International Project (exterior design) • Lissoni & Partners (interior design) • Lou Codega (naval architecture)

HULL
Gross Tonnage: 211 GT • LOA 30.53m • BOA 7.60m • Half load displacement 126 t • Full load displacement 134 t • Guest area 8 people • Crew area 5 people • Tender’s length 5.05m up to 5.65m

MAIN PROPULSION
4 x IPS3 1050 D13B (588 kW/800 hp) • Maximum speed 23 knots • Cruising speed 20 knots • Economic speed 10 knots • Fuel capacity 15,800 l • Fresh water capacity 2,050 l

EC CERTIFICATION
RINA rules – Pleasure Yacht

(Sanlorenzo SX100, a strong character – Barchemagazine.com – December 2023)