In­side Out

TO RECRE­ATE THE SANLORENZO SX88 FOR AN AMER­I­CAN AU­DI­ENCE, DE­SIGNER MARTY LOWE STARTED WITH A HIGH-STYLE IN­TE­RIOR.

Power & Motor Yacht - - IN THIS ISSUE - BY JEANNE CRAIG

To recre­ate the Sanlorenzo SX88 for Amer­i­can own­ers, de­signer Marty Lowe fo­cused her eye on the in­te­ri­ors.

WWhen the Sanlorenzo SX88 pow­ered onto the in­ter­na­tional stage in late 2017, it made waves as the first in a new se­ries of cross­over mod­els that pairs the best fea­tures of the builder’s fly­bridge yachts with its ex­plorer se­ries. The an­gu­lar ex­te­rior lines by Of­fic­ina Ital­iana De­sign cap­tured the ethos of a yard that’s fo­cused on art and aes­thet­ics, and the semi-dis­place­ment hull by Lou Codega drew ap­prov­ing nods from se­ri­ous cruis­ers. For Hull No. 1, Ar­chi­tect Piero Lis­soni of Mi­lan con­ceived the in­te­ri­ors, and while bold and beau­ti­ful, his it­er­a­tion was very Euro­pean. Now, the yard has splashed a ver­sion for the Amer­i­cas, and it too is tak­ing those with an eye for in­no­va­tive style by storm. De­signer Marty Lowe of Ft. Laud­erdale put her own fresh take on the SX88, tai­lor­ing spa­ces for the pref­er­ences of crews on this side of the At­lantic. I toured the boat with her in Mi­ami to learn more about a yacht that she says is all about be­ing one with the ocean.

PMY: What was the de­sign in­spi­ra­tion for the Amer­i­can ver­sion of the SX88?

It came to­gether around the idea of an ur­ban loft on the sea. In ar­chi­tec­tural terms, a loft is a space with­out frames and cor­ri­dors. Be­cause the liv­ing ar­eas here are so open it’s possible for ev­ery­one on board to be in con­stant con­tact with the wa­ter and light that sur­round them. We ap­plied that con­cept to the styling while pushing the en­ve­lope a bit.

So, you took a few chances with the in­te­rior de­sign. In what ways?

I started with that loft con­cept, and then the idea of in­dus­trial de­sign came to my mind. That’s not some­thing peo­ple typ­i­cally as­so­ciate with a yacht, but I thought, ‘Why not?’ I think of it as el­e­ments in a raw, un­fin­ished and beau­ti­ful state. So, there’s this in­dus­trial vibe through­out the boat. In the salon, for in­stance, the floor­ing pat­tern is rem­i­nis­cent of re­claimed wood in a fac­tory, only the sole is cov­ered in oak that’s been stained and sanded down to a worn, warm patina. And at the cen­tral stair­case, in­stead of a con­ven­tional balustrade, we used vertical tubes with a graphite fin­ish. This tube mo­tif is re­peated through­out the boat, in light and bath fix­tures, right down to the rods in the hang­ing lock­ers. We kept build­ing on the idea be­cause the eye likes co­he­sion.

Which ar­eas did you find most chal­leng­ing to de­sign?

The aft main deck is al­ways a chal­lenge, mostly be­cause you have to ques­tion whether the own­ers will want to lounge or dine in this space. The re­al­ity is, most peo­ple don’t dine in­side as of­ten as they think they will when they buy the boat. They end up tak­ing meals out­side. So, I cre­ated this space with an al­fresco lunch in mind, for a large group who plan to sit out here for hours, eat­ing and watch­ing their guests on the beach club and in the wa­ter. It’s part of that life­style of be­ing one with the sea. Ev­ery­thing on board was de­signed around the idea of cel­e­brat­ing life on the wa­ter.

Un­like the Euro­pean ver­sion of the SX88, this boat puts an em­pha­sis on the din­ing and food prep spa­ces at the for­ward end of the main deck. Why?

I like the gal­ley. It has an in­ge­nious door that al­lows you to open the space up to the din­ing area or close it off com­pletely, as if it were a closet. You just fold up the door and slide it into a pocket frame. We worked hard on that, be­cause, yes, Amer­i­cans like a more in­for­mal space for meals, but af­ter din­ner, they may want to close off the gal­ley and give the crew a chance to clean up while they step out­side to look at the stars.

The choice of black for the gal­ley cab­i­nets was bold.

The cab­i­nets are lac­quered, and we worked through sam­ple af­ter sam­ple to get the lus­ter just right. Flat black wouldn’t have been enough. I wanted a patina, al­most like a piece of metal.

You’ve been de­sign­ing boats for the Amer­i­cas for well over a decade. Which fea­tures on this Sanlorenzo will own­ers in the U.S. like most?

The fly­bridge. Yes, the in­te­rior is im­por­tant, but own­ers will spend a lot of time out­side, and this bridge is very liv­able. The hard­top has elec­tric lou­vers that open the space to air and light, al­though you can en­close the area, too. There are plenty of con­ver­sa­tion ar­eas, plus lit­tle gems, like the Philippe Starck stools.

The bow is an­other great out­door space. What were you think­ing when you de­vel­oped the lay­out?

Tra­di­tion­ally the bow is ar­ranged as a technical area where the crew can work, and we need to re­spect that. So, while there is a sun­pad that ex­tends full beam, the cen­ter cush­ion can be re­moved to cre­ate space for crew to walk for­ward. There are lounges and a ta­ble here, too. I was think­ing of teenagers when I did this area. It serves as a nice place to head to when you want to get away from the party. I like to give pas­sen­gers a va­ri­ety of places to go when they’re on a boat.

You’re creative with ma­te­ri­als. How did lava stone make it onto the SX88?

Mount Etna in Si­cily was erupt­ing at the time we were work­ing on the boat, so we were able to get lava stone from there and use it in a few places. It’s hard rather than por­ous, it doesn’t stain and it has that nat­u­rally rough tex­ture I was look­ing for. I was also able to use mar­ble from the moun­tains of Car­rara, which are near the Sanlorenzo ship­yard. The moun­tains are beau­ti­ful. You think they’re cov­ered in snow, but it’s mar­ble.

When peo­ple walk through this Sanlorenzo, it seems they can’t help but touch ev­ery­thing in their path.

It makes me feel good to hear that. I like to give guests tac­tile ex­pe­ri­ences. I like or­ganic things be­cause there’s beauty in nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als. That goes for linens, too. On this boat, beds are cov­ered in crisp linens that are meant to be slept un­der. We don’t do fab­rics that you have to turn down. We want a laid-back vibe that’s not too pre­cious. And this gets to the heart of the phi­los­o­phy be­hind the de­sign. A va­ca­tion on the wa­ter is unique. You may dress for din­ner, but you’re still bare­foot. So, to that end, ev­ery­thing on the SX88 was cho­sen to be de­lib­er­ately ca­sual, to be sim­ple and el­e­gant. That’s boat­ing.

With Volvo IPS propul­sion, the SX88 tops out at 23 knots; at the for­ward end of the main deck, the gal­ley can be closed off from the din­ing area with a door that’s con­cealed in the bulk­head; vertical tubes at the stair­case cre­ate an art­ful handrail...

The mas­ter state­room is one of four en suite cab­ins on the ac­com­mo­da­tions level.

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