Contamination and how it can underpin design provide the inspiration for the craft and conversations we bring to you in this issue of Top Yacht Design. Craft that come as part of our round-up of the most interesting new offerings from yards and designers in our News Room section and conversations with some of the leading protagonists in design in the broadest sense of the term.
Because it is only through constant osmosis between very different areas and fields that new approaches can take shape, approaches that will enrich and stimulate sectors such as our own yacht design. Leading lights from this perspective are Paolo Pininfarina, Michele De Lucchi and Ian Callum. While keeping their eyes firmly fixed on beauty, all have proved it possible to channel experience, sensibilities and vision from areas such as car design and architecture at its most sophisticated into maritime and marine focused fields and, of course, large yachts.
The sea is an element that needs to be lived first-hand, whether that means flying along at 43 knots in the AB145 or aboard a stunning glasshouse such as the Dreamline 34M. The same applies to a size niche that is becoming increasingly popular and sophisticated for sailing yachts: the 80 footer of which we have two examples here, both with very strong personalities: the Advanced A80 and the Brenta 80 with three of the leading international yachting names working on the latter.
Very different approaches expressed in equally different new projects ranging from the visionary yet absolutely real-world take on the future that is the Admiral X-Force 145 to the 115, the new flagship of the Azimut Grande line.
Last but not least, to complete this intriguing voyage between design and industry, we introduce three Italian yards focusing on repair and refitting which also happen to be proponents of the superb quality that makes Made in Italy as unique at sea as ashore.