Superyacht designers Mario Pedol and Massimo Gino founded Nauta Yachts in 1985, having already set up a yard to build their own designs. After the recession bit in the early 1990s the company turned to design and brokerage, and has evolved to become one of the most important studios in the world covering naval architecture, yacht exterior styling and interior design on a vast range of projects from small production sailing and motor yachts with notable builders such as Beneteau to large, custom superyachts both sail and power.
Nauta Design may have built their superyacht reputation on developing a succession of notable sailing superyachts, including many of the Southern Wind Shipyard series and projects with Baltic Yachts, but undoubtedly creating the exterior profile of the Lürssen megayacht Azzam – at 180 metres, currently the largest superyacht in the world – has propelled Nauta Yachts into the consciousness not only of the superyacht industry but of the public and worldwide media at large.
Nauta moved from building boats to being a designer and general consultant, and as a result the extensive team of Nauta Design covers all bases, from exterior to interior design, GA planning and brokerage. Notable collaborations and concepts include Project Light, a custom motor yacht initially developed with Fincantieri; Edge, a project for Benetti; the Maori range of large dayboats, and the Nauta Air series with Cantieri della Marche. The studio has also developed a significant number of custom luxury sailing superyacht concepts. Several projects from Nauta’s boards, such as Nikata, My Song and Narvalo, have been awarded with the World Superyacht Awards and other major international awards.