October 10, 2018

Piero Lissoni and Officina Italiana Design Collaborate on Sanlorenzo SX88 Motoryacht

Open-plan living launches onto the high seas with SX88. The iconic Italian shipyard Sanlorenzo, in collaboration with Officina Italiana Design and master hull-designer Lou Codega, have devised a remarkably elegant 27-meter motoryacht, the first in a forthcoming range of sizes, which all but erases the barriers between inside and out.

A high bow streamlines the vessel, whose wheelhouse is located up on a fly bridge, allowing the main deck below to be an uninterrupted space from fore to aft—the first time such a configuration has been possible on a yacht this size.

The SX88 at anchor in Italy’s Rapallo Bay. Photography by Tommaso Sartori.

When it came to the interiors, Sanlorenzo knew just who to call on: Interior Design Hall of Famer Piero Lissoni, who in his thirty-year career has designed most anything a home, whether on land or sea, could need. (He also happens to be the company’s newly appointed art director.) For the SX88, Lissoni says he was “picturing boats, even very large ones, as if they were lofts: that is, very open, highly liveable spaces, which make it possible to be in contact with what’s around us.”

An Eero Saarinen dining table and Mogens Koch chairs sit next to the stainless steel galley. Photography by Tommaso Sartori.

The open galley-dining area flows into the spacious saloon; vast windows surround the whole ensemble. In outfitting the social spaces, Lissoni eschewed the custom built-in furniture demanded by conventional maritime style, opting instead for the kind of eclectic mix of free-standing pieces—his own greatest hits along with a smattering of mid-century classics—that he would choose for a chic, landlocked loft. The three to five possible cabins are cozy, in dark wood and leather; bathrooms are clad in Carrara marble with gleaming Lissoni fittings.

Sunbeds by Lissoni stretch out on the fly-bridge’s teak aft deck. Photography by Tommaso Sartori.

While dark glass and paint give unity to the SX88’s dramatic exterior, at its heart the boat is green: For all those windows, the team specified an innovative new insulating glass that, along with high power lithium batteries and low- consumption mechanical systems, allows the yacht to run for up to eight hours with zero emissions. Talk about less is more!

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