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Superyacht Design Symposium 2018: 7 things we learned from Philippe Starck's keynote speech

Superyacht Design Symposium 2018: 7 things we learned from Philippe Starck's keynote speech

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He initially turned down the Motor Yacht A project

Over the years, Starck has worked on five notable superyacht projects and he touched on each of these in turn. The first was the 24 metre sailing yacht Virtuelle, launched in 1999, but it was the groundbreaking Motor Yacht A that saw him truly shake up the yachting world.

Reliving his introduction to owner Andrey Melnichencko, Starck said, "A young guy called and said, 'Can you design a boat for me? I am 26 years old, I am Russian and I want a superyacht.' I said, 'No, it is impossible', but everyone I spoke to afterward told me I should do it. Eventually I agreed and asked him he wanted. He said, “Make what you want.” I came up with the design and he just said, 'It's perfect, I love it.'”

Photo: Christoffer Rudquist

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