Benetti teams up with car designer Henrik Fisker
by Philip Reynolds
The world of design can be as fluid as the dynamics that create beautiful products, marine or otherwise. Industrial cross-pollination is often the order of the day.
It should therefore be of no surprise that Henrik Fisker, the renowned designer, has teamed up with Benetti to create a series of 50-metre superyachts.
Fisker, who operates out of a studio in California in the United States, has formwhen it comes to eye-catching creations. The Danish-born Fisker has worked with luxury car brands Aston Martin and BMW on their models.
One of those companies, Aston Martin, has ventured on to the water with its new AM37 sportsboat, whose much-anticipated launch is scheduled for later this year. And if Aston, along with Bugatti and Mercedes, can motor into the yachting world, then Benetti can sail the other way and use some expertise from the automotive industry.
The Benetti-Fisker partnership is a concept is based on an ideas developed by the Italian company’s engineering team that will feature Fisker’s designs, exterior and interior.
Early reports suggest that the carbon-fibre hull will possess Fisker’s trademark dramatic lines, with sea views for all the major cabins. The construction of the yacht will also use reclaimed wood, integrated solar panels and optional hybrid power.
The interiors will feature a design concept for each of the three decks with an emphasis on enhanced living space, what Fisker describes as ‘human flow’, harmoniously integrated with the latest technology for controlling the yacht.
There will be room for 12 guests in six cabins, all able to enjoy a beach club, spa, several bars, a pool and sunbathing areas, serviced by a crew of 11.
The yachts will be built at Benetti’s shipyard at Livorno, on the Tuscany coast, north-west Italy.