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9 ways Florence inspires yacht designers

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Florence’s architecture has led to Spandolini abandoning high sterns
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Florence’s architecture has led to Spadolini abandoning high sterns

“Inspiration comes from many different sources and you often stumble across it accidentally. It can be in the form of interesting landscapes, rocks, trees or it can be an insect, a car, a helicopter, a building, an old ship or a vintage yacht - pretty much anything with interesting functions, shapes or details. But I must be honest, I grew up in Florence - the place where Renaissance was conceived and developed - and this always informs my designs.

I’ve learned a lot by observing Brunelleschi’s works in a critical way and I now try to design yachts that re-establish contact with the water. This is perhaps the main reason that I’ve abandoned the idea of a high stern that forms a wall between the sea and the people on board. Now I make low cockpits, for example those on Aslec 4, that create a relationship with the sea while maintaining a high degree of safety under sail.”

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