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9 ways Florence inspires yacht designers

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The city

Luca Dini Design - Growing up in Florence means its culture is a constant reference

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Growing up in Florence means its culture is a constant reference for Dini

Images courtesy of Luca Dini Design

The highly anticipated World Superyacht Awards 2018 are set to take place in Florence for the final time in May. This beautiful city is famous the world over for its rich history of art, architecture and creativity but did you also know it is home to some of the industry’s top superyacht designers? Here Luca Dini, Francesco Paszkowski and Tommaso Spadolini take us on a virtual tour of their favourite Florentine cultural landmarks and explain how the city provides endless inspiration for their work.

Luca Dini Design

“In Florence there are so many beautiful places and art works that can be a source of inspiration, not only for architects or art enthusiasts, but for anybody. It is common practice for Florentine children to visit museums and historic buildings on school tours. Over the years, all this art becomes part of you and stays with you forever; to walk around the city among the many monuments allows you to have a continued, daily relationship with beauty, formal perfection and culture.

Florence is a cradle of art and to live in it day by day can only help us in our work. Personally I see these masterpieces not as distant icons and an end in themselves, but as an important part of my work and my life. When I begin a new project they come naturally to my mind as points of reference.”

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The culture

Luca Dini admires Florence’s Renaissance architecture

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Luca Dini Design – Florence’s Renaissance architecture

“Of course Florence is internationally known for its artistic and architectural treasures; everybody knows about the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and Michelangelo's David. Countless people travel thousands of miles to see Florence’s famous works but there are also some very special masterpieces that are not often part of the tourist itineraries.

The abbey church of San Miniato al Monte (pictured on previous slide), located in one of the highest points of Florence, is one of the best examples of Florentine Romanesque architecture. Its construction began around the year 1000 but continued through several centuries and is the perfect example of how to balance many different precious materials.

La Certosa (pictured), located in the Florence outskirts on Mount Acuto, has played a very important role in many of my projects. Its designer, Le Corbusier, was inspired by the building’s wonderful setting and is particularly famous for its smart management of small spaces - an issue that has to be constantly tackled in my work as a yacht designer.

Finally Villa Le Corti, the 15th Century stately home located in the middle of the Tuscan countryside, has also had a great influence on me. There is nothing superfluous, unnecessary or out of place on this beautiful villa; only perfect proportions, elegance and rigour in architectural design which are crucial features in the development of my executive projects."

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The yacht

Sea Force One represents Florence’s joy of design

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Sea Force One represents Florence’s joy of design

“To compare a yacht to the masterworks of Florence runs the risk of sounding blasphemous. However, when I think of Sea Force One and the way it often creates amazement in the viewer – notwithstanding the modernity of its interiors – I feel it conveys a desire to tell the world "here's the joy of design”. Sea Force One combines light, colour, the wish to be surrounded by works of art and the search for innovative forms - all this can be found in Florence during the Renaissance and through the ages.”

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