Yacht Designers, the Ideas Factory

The fourth edition of the Ideas Factory was attended by seventeen Italian professional Studios with engineers, designers and architects who represent the best of the Naval design in the world. They are our pride and a heritage which all the Globe envies

THE MADE IN ITALY DESIGN IS EQUIVALENT TO EXCELLENCE, LUXURY AND ELEGANCE. Its strength is the ability of joining the quality craftsmanship with the innovation, thanks to the genius of Italian entrepreneurs and designers.The aim of the fourth edition of the Ideas Factory is to be a reference point for the global boating industry. For our magazine it is very important to convey the values which have made the Italian boat great in the world thanks to the designers of our country who are the key to the success of this important productive sector, through their work they have made an unique heritage which is envied and copied all around the world. They have to be defended and promoted, only with their ideas will Italian boats continue to stand out and be appreciated in all the continents. They are the added value of the Made in Italy. Thanks to the attendance of the major protagonists of the Italian Design, this edition of the Ideas Factory is even richer. A great review of which all of us should be proud for a result which has no comparison in the world.

GIANLUCA ADRAGNA WAS BORN IN 1973 IN TRIESTE, an Italian sailing city of excellence where traditions and seafaring history have coexisted for centuries. This city boasts the oldest Nautical Institute of Europe which was attended by Gianluca with commitment and devotion, gathering on those desks the rules and teaching in the old way, where drawing hulls with weights was taught and where calculations were done by hand. «I consider myself very lucky to have learned to work by hand, later it has been useful to me in using various cad programs and drawing what I really wanted». After finishing the university studies he designed and built his first boat by himself, then he opened his own studio. That boat was an original and cutting edge 7 meter long sail boat, which won the Barcolana five times in its category, one of the most crowded races in the world. Over the years the design activity has increased interchanging between engineering jobs, custom design and new boats. The aim has always been to follow the whole process of a boat project, not only the design, but also the engineering: «Performances, structures, propulsion and hydrodynamics are not unknown fields for us» and so in 2005 he began a fruitful collaboration with a foreign customer who tried this approach, starting with very fast boats in the military field. «A dear friend of mine and senior colleague with a great experience, after the sea tests told me: – Welcome to the over 50 knots club. The initial concept, the hull lines, the structures, the hydrostatic calculations are all developed inside our studio by people who love sailing. For us this means having control over the project in its entirety and so aiming high. Our target is finding solutions which work well and not stopping at the concept. The daily goal of our studio is to satisfy customer desires and turn them into the pleasure of sailing». The studio does business all around the world: Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Austria, France, China, Romania and Malaysia. Sometimes these relationships have allowed the studio to research and develop new innovative solutions according to the needs of the project.

PIERANGELO ANDREANI WAS BORN IN SONDRIO IN 1947 and his passion for car design led him to Turin in 1970 where he did the first design for the Ritmo at the Fiat style centre. In 1972 at Pininfarina design firm he realized the Ferrari Mondial 8. In 1976, De Tomaso called on him for Moto Guzzi, Benelli and Maserati Biturbo and 228 designs. In 1981, he founded Andreani Design and became consultant for Cagiva, collaborating later with Yamaha Italia, Gilera, Malaguti and Cev Pagani. At the Tria Design, together with Giorgio Arcuri and Canzio Lavelli, he realized designs for Renault, Fiat, Nissan Mazda and Yamaha. His passion for motorcycles and scooters continued with Nova Design Europe, connected to the Taiwanese company Sym, for which he has coordinated the design of products for 27 years. The marine industry committed him with Selva Marine, Besenzoni and especially Cranchi from 1975 to 2005, when he began collaborating with Bénéteau on designs for the first Monte Carlo 27-34-37-47, then GT 38-44-49, the second range of five to eight-metre outboard Flyers. For the MC4-MC5-MC6 he curates interior and exterior layouts, and does so also for the new GT 40 and GT 46 and the latest realizations of the Swift Trawler 30 and Oceanis Yacht 62.

WITH THE WIDER 150 JUST LAUNCHED, THE ALUMINIUM ROSSI NAVI 49-METRE in construction, the new Pershing 140 and 44-metre MC Yacht Ocea on the design table, Fulvio De Simoni has also printed his style in the mega-yacht segment. In his long career, De Simoni has put the design of over 3500 boats to his name. With his team, he has continually sought out new directions that share the common denominator of an equilibrium between a beautiful and efficient boat. Since 1972, the Studio has specialized in the development of marine-industrial designs with a high technological component. For Fulvio De Simoni, style has an innate universal language and thus proportions, attention to detail and flow of surfaces can instinctively be appreciated by anyone. «These are different types of boats that can be partly adapted to certain markets in terms of environmental and cultural aspects. The yachts are not mass-produced and each owner has his own personality and unique needs regardless of nationality», he affirms. De Simoni has designed boats for the most important shipyards in Italy and across the world and, through eminent collaborations, brands such as Pershing, Antago, Ars Mare, Mochi Craft, Ilver, Gianetti, Raffaelli, Abacus Marine, Astondoa, Austin Parker, Evomarine, Galart, Inace, Rodman, Trojan, Wider and more recently Rossinavi and Ocea Yacht, have constructed yachts that bear his signature.

AFTER TEN YEARS OF WORKING HIS WAY UP, LUCA DINI’S DREAM AND HIS DESIRE TO BEGIN A NEW SOLO CAREER in the world of boats became a reality in 1996 with the founding of Studio Luca Dini Design. About to celebrate twenty years of activity, the studio boasts enormous success and numerous awards over the years. Eclecticism is the basis of this Florentine studio, whose strength lies in the great diversity of its designs, both for external forms and for interiors. In fact, although Luca Dini is renowned for his sophisticated taste and perfectionist attention to detail, he also loves to dialogue with boatyards and with the ownes themselves, who recognise his great ability to satisfy the criteria and the dreams of clients in every respect, which makes him an acute observer of buyers’ needs. The briefing with the client and the initial concept, therefore, play a fundamental role in every project, but finding solutions that work in the long term is even more important. This is why working in close conjunction with the boatyard and dealing with the client on a daily basis are the trademarks of his studio, which nowadays operates on a global level with companies such as Benetti, Cantieri di Pisa, Mondomarine and Admiral. To date, the firm has not only designed and built various yachts and carried out two extensive re-fittings of yachts over 60 metres, but is also expanding its operations on dry land. «Apartment buildings, luxury villas and large-scale private residences are the challenge my entire team has been working on for some time. The structural design of a building is quite different from that of a yacht, but we can count on experts and professionals in the sector who can offer a unique, flexible and specialised service, ensuring excellent results». Moreover, in recent years, Luca Dini has been conscientiously experimenting with materials and shapes, often venturing to revisit evocative forms from the past, which have sometimes led to the most striking concepts for the future, as is the case with the Sea Force One-Admiral 54. A need for experimentation which he himself considers to be crucial for anyone like him – an Italian designer – surrounded by the unique and characteristic stimuli and suggestions of history, art and culture, especially in the city which lies at the root of all his designs – Florence.

EVER SINCE 1992, FELCI YACHTS HAS DEVOTED ITS ATTENTION TO AN EXTREMELY DIVERSE RANGE OF BOATS. Functionality, efficiency, performance and elegance are all focal points of its designs. A competitive spirit garnered in years of racing at an international level and in Olympic classes by the founding partners, Umberto Felci and Lorenzo Giovannozzi, gave the initial impulse to design offshore racing boats, to realize open designs for inshore racing and to create a range of class-one crafts. The first few projects were a launchpad from which to test a great variety of innovative solutions that few had yet experimented with and that led to a number of successes. Milestones were reached with pre-preg carbon designs, rigging with innovative geometries, also in carbon, rotating bowsprits, directable canards and mono-form, compact and lightweight structures. All were intended to maximize performance and efficiency. Thanks to the popularity of the famous UFOs, one-design class 22 and 28 footers, which quickly became widely used in prominent international championships, the French shipyard Dufour entrusted Felci Yachts with the design of its new prestigious boats. In 2001 came the formidable Dufour 40, which won the IMS World Championship, shook up the mass production market and has now sold in more than 600 units. Felci Yachts is currently focused on the design of an entire range for Dufour, thus consolidating a synergy which began in 2002 which has led the yard to become one of the first shipyard in Europe and whose boats were awarded prestigious prizes such as the recent “Boat of the Year 2016” Best Midsize Cruiser of Cruising World Magazine for the Dufour 382 Grand Large and the nomination “European of the Year” for the Dufour 460 Grand Large just launched. Important innovation of 2015 is the collaboration with Nauta Yachts for Cantiere Del Pardo, for which the Felci Yachts has realized the naval architecture of the new GS58. Together with the development of models destined for mass production, Felci Yachts continued research into aero and hydrodynamics and latest generation CFD analysis that has led to the creation of some of the most innovative racing boats today seen in many open and formula competitions. Felci Yachts receives continuous feedback crucial to the development of its projects from every racer, such as the famous GP42 Airis, the new ICE33, but also the now legendary “libera” Garda Clan Des Team, to name a few. Thanks to these contributions, Felci Yachts is developing many of the most elegant and innovative fast cruisers today in production. Among these are various medium to large boats produced by some of the most prestigious yards at home and abroad such as Adria Sail, constructor of the ‘Scuderia 50’ series, ICE Yachts following from the historic Yacht 2000, which has produced an extremely innovatively designed series of 33 to 80-foot fast cruising yachts. This has all been possible due to Felci Yachts’ ability to evaluate through three hundred and sixty degrees all the elements that make up each boat in order to blend them to consistently reach objectives, an ability that is a fundamental condition to bringing innovation to such a complex and specific sector.

Umberto Felci, architect
Born in Milan in 1964, Umberto Felci graduated in Architecture with honours and a thesis dedicated to the application of composite technology in the marine industry. Following on from this specialization and his skills as helmsman and engineer, Umberto became a member of the 1991 America’s Cup Challenge finalist ‘Il Moro di Venezia’. In 1993, he designed and built the first Italian Mini Transat, Té Salt, in pre-preg carbon, sponsored among others by Montedison and third in its debut at the French Championship. To complement his work as a designer, since 1997, he has lectured in yacht design at the Polytechnic of Milan. He founded Felci Yachts Design in 2001, together with the engineer Lorenzo Giovannozzi.

Lorenzo Giovannozzi, engineer
Born in Milan in 1969, Lorenzo Giovannozzi graduated in Engineering with a thesis on thermal stresses and the viscoelastic characteristics of composite materials. In 1998, he had the opportunity to attend a course in Yacht Design at the University of Florence and to meet the architect Umberto Felci, with whom he began an intense and fruitful cooperation that led to the founding of Felci Yachts.

THEY’RE PRACTICALLY INDISTINGUISHABLE! I HAVE TROUBLE TELLING THEM APART. I’m talking about sailing craft, but not those of competitive sport, because, in that case, similarity is of course synonymous with technical efficiency, rather than the lack of imagination of designers. I’m talking about the classic cruising sailboat, those comfortable ones designed for enjoying the full pleasure of a holiday at sea and I’m not even considering size, because the stereotype transcends dimensions. There are regular boats, 10 to 20 metres or more, seemingly made from the same mould, and super-yachts, generally 40 metres in length and uniform in the common image of a long flush-deck bow, a small square deckhouse with compact bridge window and almost entirely empty mega-cockpit. I try then to break the boat down into functional areas, to figure out whether we are really now reaching the optimal form, or formula. In first order of importance, I’d put outdoor living spaces, which mainly determine the enjoyment of a sailboat cruiser, such as but not limited to the cockpit. Long gone are the two uncomfortable longitudinal counter-facing benches, which exposed only half of unfortunate passengers’ faces to the stiff headwind that gave so much pleasure to the selfish helmsman. Comforts, as well as dimensions, have improved a bit with closed-cell foam pillows that are not soaked at first spray, a spray-hood or awning, a breakfast table or good space to stretch out. In short, all worthy of a king’s vacation. The fact is, though, that a few years ago, with the introduction of large cockpit boats, bigger than ever before, and even rather pleasing, a quantity was sold to put production into certain difficulty. Modern boats have consequently become more respectful of the every desires of passengers and strive to provide plentiful gadgets to satisfy epicurean pleasures. The distribution of the deck remains, however, essentially tied to conventional rules. Only Wally manages to stand out in exploring alternatives, though regrettably at rather prohibitive prices. Design trivialization contaminates, however, the whole boat, not only its appearance. Taking a few steps back, we should recall the great evolutionary stages in distribution. At first, sailing yachts were distinguished by a string of spaces related each in turn to the next. From stern to bow came first helm, then cockpit and stairwell to the interior, which stretched in two cocoon-like bunkrooms under the cockpit benches towards the bow, then kitchenette and chart table facing one another, square sitting area, often pass-through bathroom and finally master-cabin, if there was one. Then, if I’m not wrong, towards the 60s arrived Olin Stephens, brother of Rod, who raised and moved the access ladder to the deck above, allowing passage to the rear and making room for a worthy cabin partially placed under the cockpit. Subsequent updates were modest. Meanwhile, motor-yachts have ridden on the success of comfort, offering space and accommodative performance worthy of the best of cottages. So, I think it’s finally come time to restore commercial dignity to the great family of sailboats with countless technical innovations and with renewed environmental awareness that have facilitated usability and should help us to rediscover the pleasure of slow motion sailing.

«The modern world of yacht design is ever changing and requires, in light of recent socio-economic conditions, significantly more foresight and creativity than in the past». With this preamble, Christian Grande, the renowned designer from Parma, famous for his eclectic and unusual approach to each and every project, introduces his vision and his latest work. With more than 100 active boat projects and numerous digressions into fields of architecture and product design, Christian Grande is known as a strong innovator and cross-sector designer, capable of contaminating his projects with stylistic elements from other sectors and integrating them in new aesthetic, material and functional concepts. Outstanding are his boats infused with automotive features, most notably the Lancia by Lancia, the award-winning rib which had the honour of being the official boat of the Venice Film Festival. With the same approach of continuous research and experimentation tied firmly to market realities and evolutions in aesthetics, Christian Grande devised the concept of Invictus Yacht, for which a historic Italian shipyard gave him carte blanche and in which he has condensed the sum of all his experiences to create a new product for a new audience: small boats that are yet curated in the finest details and well-equipped with amenities normally only found on much larger yachts. The new Invictus series, especially the GT and TT, makes an impression with innovative forms such as the semi-inverted bow that is already a milestone in the sector, high performance navigation and usability, unusual volumes and a variety of finishes. The designer from Parma, with the experience of numerous international collaborations has recently been extremely active in the Asian market, designing boats, accessories and interiors for numerous shipyards and businesses. Thanks to this background, his studio was recently commissioned by Sanlorenzo to create a whole new series of Sundiro branded yachts. Christian Grande’s work is already visible in the first yacht launched by the Asian brand, a fine 70-footer with clean lines, style that pays homage to the classic Sanlorenzo and a design that suits the needs of both Eastern and Western markets. The Parma studio is also committed to the fields of architecture and product design, and is particularly distinguished, for example, in the design of automotive products for passive protection of children. Its car seats, entirely made in Italy, are characterized by strong aesthetic features and unusual customizations and are already considered among the leading products in major markets, including emerging markets such as in China. The activity of Christian Grande and his multi-disciplinary team, including architects and product designers, is thus eclectic, multi-sectorial and proudly Italian.

TWENTY YEARS AGO THE MARRIED COUPLE SILVIA AND SERGIO CUTOLO FOUNDED THE HYDRO TEC which, over the years, from a design company has turned into its own Design concept establishing its own stylistic identity which is well known in the luxury yachts sector. In addition to the very important anniversary of 20 years, the balance of the last 12 months is certainly good, becuse five of the six boats delivered during the year are the result of the “Integrated Planning” of the Hydro Tec which besides the Naval Engineering section boasts the exterior designIn particular the Darwin 107’ Storm, according to the magazine “Vela e Motore”, won the boat of the year prize and three boats have been listed as finalists at the Showboats Design Awards: the second one comes from the award winning series of the 40 M Columbus Sport Hybrid; “Divine” project and design (Hydro Tec) which won in 2014; the Columbus 57 Taiba, designed by Hydro Tec as well as the 40 meters, also for the Design, and the King Baby, the first Chinese project by Hydro Tec which was acclaimed at the last Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. The success of the “Darwing Family” is going on, boats able to sail the oceans without giving up the comfort, allowing its guests to spend a long time onboard. In 2016 another 102’ will be launched and two more will be ready in 2017. To these the CdM Air 108’ is added, of which Hydro Tec is looking after the Naval Architecture and Engineering steps and which will be delivered in 2016. 

BORN IN TRIESTE IN 1978. He is a very creative Designer who has a passion for the sea and the design. He loves spending his leisure time on both a motor boat enjoying one of his favourite sports, the monoski slalom, and a sail boat enjoying the strong wind which usually blows in Trieste. Despite his background as a car designer, the love for the sea and free hand drawing led him to start his first boating experience at Officina Italiana Design in 2000, and then to collaborate with several important Studios like Ken Freivokh in England and Nuvolari &Lenard in Italy, then as managing partner at Team 4 Design.The combination of these experiences makes him aware of his yacht design skills and in 2009 he opened his Studio “Alberto Mancini Yacht Design”: a young and dynamic Studio where Mancini, together with his co-workers who are exclusively Italian designers and architects, develops both executive projects and concepts for private owners and shipyards by paying great attention to details and proportions. «I take much of my inspiration traveling, I admire the most different forms of nature and art, reinterpreting them in the automotive and aviation design style; we have to look at the global customers, avoiding the trends and the mass fashion design», said Mancini. «The skill of a designer is to persuade the client with a pencil on a white paper, scribbling some interior or exterior lines… I always like this romantic part of my work, where the computer is not yet involved». The AM Yacht Design Studio has currently two units of the Mangusta Oceano 42 m under construction at the Overmarine yard in Pisa. The first will be launched next summer, «We didn’t stop at just drawing the exteriors and interiors, but we were asked by the customer to draw even the entirely custom tender, which is being built at the Dariel Yachts yard». Still for Overmarine, at the MYS 2015 Mancini presented two new models: the Mangusta Gran Sport and the Mangusta Oceano 55 m. The Dominator 26 m Ilumen and the 43 ft Revolver Boats center console are other interior and exterior executive projects currently under construction. The Studio has an important portfolio of built projects, including the interiors of the Baglietto Monokini 44 m finalist at “The World Superyacht Award” and published on the Adi Index 2014; the Dominator 640 winner of two Interior Awards; the Dominator 800 “Dolly”, launched last summer; the Barracuda 42 ft and the super fast Revolver 44GT. The Studio has also developed some exceptional concepts like the aggressive sport yacht Magnum 100 and Magnum 70 for the American brand Magnum Marine in Miami and the Otam Millennium 100 ft.

IN 2010 THE LOVE FOR THE SEA AND THE INCURABLE DESIRE TO GET INVOLVED BROUGHT TWO YOUNG NAVAL ENGINEERS, Andrea Agrusta and Federica Fanni, to put together their forces and establish NavalHEAD, a design Studio of high-tech naval and marine vessels. Federica, Administrator, has dealt with commercial and marketing sector over the years, making strategic choices which have led NavalHEAD to become a big player in the design of yachts, mega-yachts and highly evolved watertoys field. Andrea, hydrodynamic and technical core of the studio, expertly guides the close-knit team of young engineers in the development of ever more cutting edge and innovative products. Over the years, the problem solving attitude and the ability to make easy the design choices have developed an important technical know-know which is used daily in the design of energy efficient and environmentally friendly naval vessels. Every design solution is rationalized and optimized, from the choice of the building material, to the careful analysis of the weights, through to the use of the cutting edge CFD software to explore and then optimize the behavior of the hulls both in terms of installed power reduction, max comfort on board and seakeeping.

Among the latest projects there are:

  • aHqua2O minipleasure submarine, electric and entirely made of composite material.
  • Hurricane, a watertoy straddling a boat and a watercraft, equipped with wings bearing in turn to make thrilling evolutions with maximum safety.
  • Revolver 43CC and Revolver 50GT, two fast “Granturismo” under construction in the well know yard in Varese, for which NavalHEAD has been responsible for the whole engineering project.
  • K44 and K72, two semidisplacement vessels for the overseas market.
  • NH39m, an entirely custom electric displacement yacht in a development phase for a demanding European owner.
  • Ilumen 26m, a concentration of technology and design at maximum power, developed together with Alberto Mancini Yacht Design for the Dominator Yachts yard in Fano.

IT’S A STORY OF SUCCESS THE ONE OF DAN LENARD, STYLIST, AND CARLO NUVOLARI, NAVAL ARCHITECT AND MECHANICAL ENGINEER, who founded their company in 1990, in Italy, just outside Venice. Both have a strong relationship with the sea and the style; it is clear the influence that a jewel such as Venice had on their professional formation: architecture and water, strongly related. Both share the common passion for sailing and they spend a lot of their free time at sea. Nuvolari Lenard deals with concept design, naval architecture, exterior styling, architecture and takes care of the yacht from the beginning of the project until the delivery. NL has three different sections of activity: large custom yachts, serial production yachts and interiors for both large yachts and residential projects. The yachts designed by NL have been built by the most famous shipyards in the world as Oceanco, Lürssen, Amels, Palmer Johnson, Perini Navi, CRN, Ferretti. All the yachts are built by the design and under the supervision of NL, who assists the customer and the captain in all the design building and delivery procedure. Dan Lenard and Carlo Nuvolari, together with their partner Valentina Zannier, also design the interiors of their yachts. Simone Feltrin, business partner, is in charge of the projects management. The studio works on both the newbuild and refitted yachts by supplying architectural drawings, samples, specifications of decoration and also furniture, lights and art pieces. After so many big yachts built, Nuvolari Lenard has received many requests to design interiors of luxury houses, which are developed with passion and success.There is also a branch of the Studio which designs serial and semicustom yachts for the largest boating players such as Jeanneau, Bénéteau, Monte Carlo Yachts and Ferretti Group. The scale model workshop which is integrated in the Yacht Design section helps a lot the designers to visualize and research shapes, before the final design is worked on the computer by three-dimensional techniques. Hundreds of boats built upon the Nuvolari-Lenard design are on the market at the moment. The Italian designers have expanded their activity in China and are looking to Africa too.

FOUNDED IN 1994 BY MAURO MICHELI AND SERGIO BERETTA, Officina Italiana Design is responsible exclusively for handling the design, of the external lines and interiors of all the Riva brand models. For the Sanlorenzo yard he is designing six new models among which the SL 86, presented at the last Cannes Yachting festival. At present, the design studio, situated in a building from the 1800s in the heart of Bergamo and an office in Miami, guests in the Ferretti Group headquarters, is also working on the range of Riva megayachts from 50 meters up (the first unit should be sold in 2017). There are two kinds of megayachts: a more classic one, in line with the Riva tradition, and a newer one with innovative lines. «Entering the superyacht field is a real challenge for a designer and personally I accepted it willingly», said Mauro Micheli. «Our aim is focused on the quality and uniqueness of the product so that Riva could enter this sector with competitive models able to be compared to the ones of the North of Europe», added Sergio Beretta. Officina Italiana Design is also developing a series of smaller, sporty units characterized by the high level of design, comfort and performance, perfectly in line with the Riva brand, which will be revealed in the coming years. «We try to design timeless and refined boats, according to our idea of style and to what Riva represents, a historical brand, an icon of the yachting concept», said Mauro Micheli who has worked with Riva since 1984.

A TEAM FOR THE EXTERIORS AND ANOTHER ONE FOR THE INTERIORS. In the studio overlooking the hills of Florence, designers and architects work together with Francesco Paszkowski from the project to the launch, offering custom solutions for exteriors, interiors and dècor of yachts which have earned him numerous awards and international recognitions over the years. Born in Milan, he moved to Florence early on. In the city of the art Paszkowski developed his interest in design and the nautical projects. He started off training alongside his father Giovanni before becoming a pupil of renowned architect Pierluigi Spadolini. In 1990 he opened his own design firm. And from then on Francesco Paszkowski Design has designed projects and boats from 24 to 70 meters long, displacement and planning yachts, made of fiberglass or aluminium for shipyards and owners from all over the world, who have chosen him to design their boat. In addition to the partnership with Baglietto of over 20 years, since 1990 the Francesco Paszkowski Design Studio has put its name to several projects for Heesen Yachts, Sanlorenzo, Crn, Turquoise Yachts, Canados, Isa and Tankoa Yachts. The aim of Francesco Paszkowski is to design boats with dynamic lines able to make you seem at sea even when you’re at anchor. Today the studio offers complete projects which include architectural solutions, custom furniture and onboard lighting design. In 2006 architect Margherita Casprini began collaborating with Paszkowski Design. At first overseeing décor and the researching of new materials she now heads up all aspects of interior design. Drawing by drawing, day by day, thanks to a strong team effort, in the studio in Florence the yachts of the future take shape, made following a tailored project.

TEAM FOR DESIGN IS A YACHT DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE STUDIO FOUNDED IN 2005 AND BASED IN VENICE. The most unique town on the water is a cradle of art, architecture and is representative of the Italian Style. Not least, it is the native town of Enrico Gobbi, chief designer of the studio. Venice has had a relevant influence on the designer’s professional formation, his strong relationship both with architecture and water reflects the presence of both these elements in the town. Enrico Gobbi, after graduating from the University of Architecture in Venice (Iuav), obtained a specialization in Yacht Design and started working in the marine industry. Many years of experience achieved by collaborating with some of the most known design companies and shipyards brought him to become the creative mind of Team for Design. Over the years Team for Design has designed exclusive luxury yachts which range from sport yachts up to large, oceanic super yachts, for famous shipyards and important clients all over the world. Up to now many of the yachts built have been awarded with important international design trophies. Team for Design along with Enrico Gobbi, brings together designers with different views of design and architecture from all over the world under the same firm, hence the word “Team” in our company name. «We have an absolute passion for “exceptional” design, our motto is “everything is possible: we draw your dreams… with a realistic vision”». The activity of the studio includes exterior and interior design of custom super yachts and serial production yachts, beginning from the conceptual drawings up to the executive phase and project management during construction. Not least, the development of exclusive residential projects for some of our affectionate clients has brought us to open a Residential Department that creates luxurious interior design projects and prestigious buildings and villas.

VICTORY DESIGN IS A CREATION OF BRUNELLO ACAMPORA, who has supported an approach to ‘total’ and innovative nautical and naval design for over 25 years. Victory is a partner of the big names of Italian and foreign boating, boasting the authorship of the whole Dolphin range by Mochi Craft. Victory Design was responsible for the entire project of the Dolphins, from the very efficient hulls to the external style including the layout and furnishing of the interiors. This experience comes from the hard work they did for the technical officies of several brands like Pershing, Bertram, Crn, Riva, Cantieri di Sarnico, Colombo and other known foreign shipbuilders. The interest came from the origins of the company, dating back to the golden years of powerboating. Brunello Acampora started at the Cougar Marine, in England, where a friendship with a young Steve Curtis begun, now the fastest man in the world racing with a powerboat (steering by Brunello) and an eight time World Champion. He took part in the Venezia-Montecarlo race three times and Victory Design has always been responsible for the project and the building control process of the boats he raced with.These successes and the speed records which have remained unbeaten for over twenty years, from England to Australia, gave him the aim to design his maybe most famous Offshore boat, the red catamaran ‘Bilba’ which won on all circuits of Class 1 in the world. Brunello has designed almost everything of ‘Bilba’: from the hull, a winner in all sea conditions, to the special steering and many other components which are still sold to the best teams in the world. These experiences have allowed him to build new hulls in both the commercial and military field, like the remake of the famous ‘Arcidiavolo’, an aerodynamic livelihood trimaran designed by Renato ‘Sonny’ Levi in the early 70s, who has always been the main inspiration of all the works of Brunello. For almost twenty years Massimo Bruni has managed with Brunello the Studio in Naples.

REACHING PERFECTION IS A QUESTION OF BALANCE: the attention to detail, creativity, technical skills are not enough alone, you must be able to handle the fine art that is the search of the right mix. The Zuccon Studio has turned this quality into its own distinctive trait, not just with its Zuccon International Project brand, but also in the latest one, the Zuccon Super Yacht Design. In 2015 a lot of evidence underlined the Zuccon skills in this field, starting from the triptych of the Superconero, Dislopen Special Edition and Expedition Teseo projects, which came out from the collaboration with Crn. The three unit sisters, all of 50 meters long, of which Zuccon was responsible for both the interiors and external lines, were designed as semicustom boats and while maintaining their distinctive characteristics, they offer different layouts onboard. Another Zuccon project will be available in the Summer of 2016: Navetta 37, designed for the Custom Line brand by Ferretti, which will be a yacht able to allow a perfect union with the sea ensuring everyone enjoys sailing in a unique way.

(Yacht Designers, the Ideas Factory – Barchemagazine.com – February 2016)