Discover The Ultimate Luxury Yacht Perfect For Design Lovers ⇒ Iconic Italian shipbuilder Sanlorenzo presented a new luxury yacht designed by Piero Lissoni that’s perfect for design lovers. The company is hoping to enter an era of smarter, more sustainable, and even chicer yachting. The model in question is named SX88 and is a cornerstone of the company’s new crossover range, also comprising the Lissoni-designed SX76. CovetED brings you a closer look at this amazing piece of incredible design and technology.
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“Normally old boats are designed with many small spaces because they had this idea that it was to be functional—I never understood why,” says the architect and designer Piero Lissoni, the recently appointed artistic director of Sanlorenzo Yachts. “You have to follow beauty, you have to be sensual. For me, functionality was like a bad word.”
The new boat, dubbed the SX88, is a cornerstone of the company’s new crossover range, also comprising the Lissoni-designed SX76. Smaller, more energy efficient, and easier to use than the “superyachts” (ships that exceed 150 feet) historically favoured by Sanlorenzo and its competitors, the line was borne of necessity and market cunning.
“When you have a downturn as we did in 2008 and 2012—the luxury good is really cut to the neck, because of course you don’t need it,” says Massimo Perotti, the impeccably besuited chairman and CEO of Sanlorenzo, who’s just arrived in Miami, en route to China, to mark the firm’s ongoing partnership with Art Basel Miami Beach. “In a crisis, you have less work to do, so your mind starts to think about what’s needed,” he says, looking back. “Less show-off, more sobriety.”
The SX88, which starts at around $6.5 million, has a top cruising speed of just 23 knots—and the salon levels have been opened up to create a more open plan, the custom yachts’ design is unmistakably first-class. Lissoni points out ebonized walls in the main living space with floor-to-ceiling windows, an Eero Saarinen dining table, Mogens Koch chairs, stainless steel galley by Boffi, and Toio lamps by FLOS. On the new SX76, which starts at $5.3 million with a top cruising speed of 22 knots, the space-saving central staircase is as sculptural as it is efficient, leading to an open lounge area on the lower level. It’s where a dark, narrow corridor would be found on most other boats of this size.
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Source: Architectural Digest