Sanlorenzo SD96: the new yacht designed by Patricia Urquiola at Cannes Yachting Festival 2019
The ability to embrace new ideas, all the while remaining faithful to their heritage, the courage to dare to push beyond their limits when it comes to innovative solutions, have led Sanlorenzo to start a new and prestigious partnership: continuing along the same path that for years has linked it closely to the world of design, the company has entrusted Patricia Urquiola with the interior design of the new SD96 yacht, officially presented on the occasion of 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival.
“I chose Patricia because I wanted to add a more feminine touch to the interiors in Sanlorenzo yachts, something which until now had been foreign to the nautical world. And today she is the most sought-after woman in global design thanks to her ability to combine beauty and comfort. All done with a touch of irony and almost poetic sensitivity, with love for all that is glocal and a great respect for the hard work of the artisans”, Massimo Perotti, Chairman Sanlorenzo.
Best in its field,
Sanlorenzo has in fact involved such noteworthy names as Dordoni
Architetti, Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Piero Lissoni (Art
Director of the company since 2018), in the interior design of
yachts, thanks to which it has added new visions allowing it to
rethink the concept of space on board, an established asset of
Sanlorenzo, through innovations and new stylistic features.
And as Sanlorenzo is
one of the main yacht and superyacht production yards in the world,
the decision was made to start a new project, the SD96, the result of
tireless research and attention to the importance of liveability on
Thanks to the vision
of Mr. Massimo Perotti, Chairman of the company, Sanlorenzo once
again innovates and rethinks the style of nautical design. The
motivation came from the idea of new scenarios through the
introduction of the concept of transforming spaces to enrich the
experience of those who live the boat.
SD96 is the entry
level model of Sanlorenzo’s historic semi-displacement SD yacht line,
a 28-meter-long model that will replace the SD92, another of the
shipyard’s success stories, which was launched in 2007 with 27units
sold, showing and maintaining its natural evolution, that stylish
hallmark that has always distinguished the yard.
Like all the models
in the line, the SD96 is built on three bridges, but thanks to the
carefully studied proportions and the great balance achieved between
design and volume, it is not only exceptionally elegant, but also
exactly as light and manageable as a two-deck yacht.
This concept of
flexibility and modularity, which defines the SD96 project, decided
the flow of the interior spaces designed by Patricia Urquiola.
In bringing her
vision on board, the architect and designer laid out the interior of
the SD96 with transformability taking centre stage-making for a boat
capable of evolving and continuously adapting to the needs of those
who live on it.
A flowing space in
which the distinctive style of the Spanish architect and designer
blossoms and blooms, combining a minimalist approach with a mix of
carefully selected materials that summon forth thoughts of the sea.
point for this collaboration with Sanlorenzo was doubtlessly the sea,
a great source of inspiration for the whole development of the
concept and therefore the interior of the yacht. The materials,
shapes and colors evoke the marine world, creating a flowing and
elegant space full of natural colors.” Patricia Urquiola
In a balance between
severity and irony, between an industrial and artisan approach,
Patricia Urquiola creates different styles and furnishings via her
search for material sensibility and attention to detail that makes
SD96’s interiors warm and welcoming yet with a modern sophisticated,
elegant overall look, meaning we can enjoy these spaces as a symbol
of both past and present.
The principal living
area located on the main deck, characterized by cannulated oak
panelled walls and parquet flooring, is a true example of the concept
of modularity; it’s function can in fact be increased by setting up,
if necessary, a dining table for 10 people, cleverly folded away
inside a bench in front of the sofa.
We then move on to
the central staircase, in bronzed steel and wood and enclosed in a
travertine shell, it is designed to reach the other two bridges, and
is a focal and iconic point that connects all the floors and also
serves to divide the areas via a metal mesh screen.
Moving on to the
upper deck we find the Sky lounge, with fully opening windows that
can be used as a living room, dining area or cinema thanks to modular
furniture. The uniformity of finishes between interior and exterior,
such as the parquet floor with Biscuit pattern creates a unique
environment with the fly bridge, which can also be used as a lounge
or outdoor dining area thanks to the coffee table which can be
converted to a dining table if desired.
The principle of
flexibility returns to the lower deck where the living room can be
totally transformed by closing a system of sliding panels, creating a
VIP cabin with bathroom.
On the same level,
there are also two guest cabins, while the owner’s cabin is located
on the main deck. Much wider in width than those offered on yachts of
similar sizes, it has large windows that, together with the glass
wall with a Liquefy motif that evokes the sea, create a feeling of
uniformity with the surrounding environment.
bathroom with ribbed glass walls coupled with a bronzed mirror
amplifies this feeling in a game of pleasant reflections.
The choice of
furnishings made by companies that symbolise the excellence of
international design and that have studied ad hoc solutions, where
necessary adapting their products to the technical characteristics,
materials and constructive solutions to fit our design requirements
is also fundamental to our interior design.
Sanlorenzo once again shows its ability to respond to the needs of a
constantly evolving market, through a lot of careful research and
innovation, while at the same time never betraying its image, an
image that has always stood out for its timeless elegance and linear
simplicity, light and streamlined, an everlasting expression of
refined luxury, never loud, which is evident in the choice of
materials and in the care given to the smallest details.