One of the most famous designers in the world, Philippe Starck has turned his hand to many diverse disciplines over the years, but his superyacht fleet is the most monumental tribute to his talents and his enduring passion for the sea.
Launched in 1999 by Tencara, Virtuelle is one of the earliest Starck yachts and saw the designer work in close partnership with naval architect Andrea Vallicelli. This 24 metre all-GRP sailing yacht is notable for her extensive use of curved teak decking, while below decks, she can accommodate up to six guests in three cabins.
"With Virtuelle, the challenge was to make the design of the boat coherent with the extraordinary know-how and science that was in it," Starck comments. "I began to clean the design until I arrived at a completely smooth, completely ‘flush’, completely magical boat; a kind of silvery rocket, iridescent underneath, covered with teak and with a small bathtub to shelter humans."