BY APB Staff on 2 Jun 2019

Zuccon studio designs both exteriors, while Patricia Uquiola gives femininity to the SD96 and Laura Sessa her signature to the SL96A

Sanlorenzo’s ability to embrace new ideas, all the while remaining faithful to its heritage, and its courage to push beyond its limits for innovative solutions, have led to the creation of the new SD96 and SL96Asymmetric models. These two yachts were presented during a press conference at the Milan Triennale.

SD96: the first yacht designed by Patricia Urquiola

SD96 is the 28-meter-long entry-level model of Sanlorenzo’s historic semi-displacement SD yacht line, replacing the SD92, which is another of the shipyard’s success stories, launched in 2007 with 27 units sold. The SD92 maintains the yard’s natural evolution, its distinguishing stylish hallmark. The external designs of this lineup were designed by Zuccon International Project with respect to the yard’s tradition and history.

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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. In the past, Sanlorenzo has also involved noteworthy names like Dordoni Architetti, Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Piero Lissoni (Art Director of the company since 2018) in the interior design of yachts, adding new visions and reconceptualising space on board, an established hallmark of Sanlorenzo, through innovations and new stylistic features.

“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,” said Massimo Perotti, Chairman of Sanlorenzo.

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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. What is achieved is a flowing space in which the distinctive style of the Spanish architect and designer really shines from combining a minimalist approach with carefully selected materials that summon the concept of the sea.

SL96Asymmetric: Laura Sessa designs the interiors of the new asymmetrical 

Sanlorenzo extends the range with SL96Asymmetric, a bold new project that redefines on-board harmony for greater liveability and flexibility of use, which will debut at Boot Düsseldorf 2020. This new model is in continuation and consolidation of the concept of space manipulation seen in the first asymmetric yacht in the world, last year’s SL102Asymmetric.

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With the aim of making more use of the interior spaces and having better communication with the outside world, SL96Asymmetric rethinks the canonical layout of a yacht. Only the side decks on the starboard side are retained, eliminating the left one, which is carried on the roof of the superstructure, allowing 10sqm of surface space to be recovered to the benefit of the interior. This asymmetric configuration has never been tried before.

Compared to a traditional layout, this one offers more space, brightness, relaxation and better flexibility of use. The concept of asymmetry is the result of a coming together of different minds and types of creativity. Born from an original idea by Chris Bangle, the ingenious car designer, the idea was then passed along the yard’s internal technicians and designers, to the young architect Bernardo Zuccon, who together with Zuccon International Project are signing many projects with Sanlorenzo.

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The interior design was undertaken by archiect Laura Sessa, chosen for her ability to translate Sanlorenzo’s “made-to-measure” philosophy into the project via her personal touch. In the interior design a great sense of union and coherence emerges thanks to the choice of materials and finishes. The colours chosen are those of the Mediterranean, distinctive to Laura’s projects. The simplicity of the internal panels also allows customers greater flexibility, as they can choose from a vast range of materials.