Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola loves a challenge and her latest project is a good example; the Milan-based designer and her eponymous firm were enlisted to design the interior of the first SD96 yacht for Italian shipbuilding company Sanlorenzo.
Having worked widely across the disciplines of architecture, interior and product design for nearly three decades, it is fitting that Urquiola launched her first yacht project—a motorboat as part of the new SD line—at the Cannes Yachting Festival in France in September.
The concepts of flexibility and modularity influenced Urquiola in creating how the interior spaces flow. By bringing her vision on board, she laid out the interior of the Sanlorenzo SD96 with transformability as its focus, making for a versatile interior that’s capable of evolving and continuously adapting to the needs of those who live on it.
Why did you decide to collaborate with Sanlorenzo group?
Patricia Urquiola (PU) I have always been very close to the sea. As a child, I used to spend weekends in the family home in Asturias in Spain, in front of a beach on the Cantabrian Sea, and the summer in our holiday home on Ibiza island.
When Sanlorenzo approached me, the company convinced me to start a collaboration because I understood their desire to look for a new path. The idea was to think about a boat with the same attention, comfort, customisation with which a house is designed, increasing the relationship with the sea, light, functionality and flexibility. But also to focus on research on hulls, environmental impact, efficiency and technology.