Superyacht 72 – Winter 2021-2022
Unveiled at Cannes Yachting Festival, the displacing composite-made Motopanfilo 37M is Benetti’s way to take us back to the 60’s. It is not just about retro-style revisiting, it is a new reading key for a project to combine yachts’ timeless style of those years with cutting-edge naval technologies.
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“Motopanfilo” in the sixties was the Italian word to designate large boats only few wealthy owners could boast, often show-biz, high society or Dolcevita representatives. Right in those years Benetti stood out as a leading company within Italian boat manufacturing, as it featured successful models like Delfino gabbiano and Mediterraneo in its range. 18 to 30 meter boats that made the yard the 4th yacht builder in the world as early as 1970, whose owners were celebrities like Prince Ranieri and world rock star David Bowie.
A sleek and clean desig was those yachts’ distinctive feature, hull and superstructure merging into one volume ending in the classical round-shaped aft, and the interiors fully complying with the décor to be referred to as “mariners’ style”.
On this basis Benetti now present their Motopanfilo 37m, that does not simply want to recall the past, but to reinterpret the scheme of a yacht in the sixties by combining a timeless fashion-detached style with new generation technologies.
The elegant external lines, characterized by the union of hull and superstructure into one single element as they used to be, were signed by Francesco Struglia who, in cooperation with the yard, definitely met tastes and needs of present owners. The wider and brighter spaces he develops constantly appear in visual touch with the sea. The profile is dominated by clear cuts to exalt the ship’s lines, enriched by a bronzed varnish which replaces in current view what was once known as wooden bandwidth. In the aft mirror lines are fully integrated in the hull volume, as they were in the sixties, yet we a have a new space to satisfy modern owners’ needs instead of classical round aft, with a relaxing beach club and folding door. External design peculiarities include the observation deck above the hard top, a small fourth floor to enjoy the sun from, or the stars in full intimacy.
Nearness of spaces is a concept the Lazzarini Pickering studio also tried to comply with, as they designed both exterior and interior spaces trying to adapt traditional elements to a new classicism. The design is inspired by a big whale skeleton, with bones to remind of yesteryear beams. The choice to completely avoid furniture in front of the huge glass windows enhances the impression of a full visual contact with external spaces. The clever use of mirror surfaces, reflecting sea and sky, furtherly expands internal spaces. Glass windows replace bulkheads even in the main living room, lightening the wide wooden surfaces taking over in this bridge. Wood was chosen in a warmer yet lighter shade than it used to be, to perfectly fit the interpretation of the mariners’ style along with the white and blue furniture. A priceless cabinetry work was done with the false ceiling, whose double bending creates an amazing turned effect towards the aft.
A winding stair, still inspired by a whale’s spine, takes the guests from the lobby to the upper deck lounge, while moving on to the prows leads to the owner’s suite. Four guests cabin are finally found on the lower deck where, on request, a small sauna can also be installed.
“Motopanfilo 37M is characterized by an unprecedented sense of interior and exterior space for a yacht of this size. Our meticulous work to physically and virtually extend the spaces, dissolving the barriers between inside and outside to achieve the feeling of being on the sea in all environments, was also accompanied by an extreme attention to detail and to some materials of great merit. These characteristics and the feeling of continuity of the main deck saloon and the external areas with the generous beach platform have made it possible to create a boat that did not exist before”.
External and Interior décor is signed Loro Piana Interiors. Materials do not greatly differ from those normally used in summer at the seaside, most of all line. For the latter, Lazzarini Pickering studio chose warm shades of Biancore white, with a glimpse of blu and malachite. Connemara, a thicker resistant line, was used for duvets and bedspreads, Papeete was chosen for cushions and sommiers, with Milwood line stripes. Devondale and Darjeeling finally enrich the warm white background with variously declined blue shades.
“The Benetti Motopanfilo 37M is the second major Azimut|Benetti project we are part of after the Magellano», explains Francesco Pergamo, Director of the Loro Piana Interiors Division. “Once again, we are asked to get onboard a boat that makes its signature of elegance, clean lines and interiors devoted to pleasure and conviviality. This same vision is also part of our brand’s very DNA, creating a natural and authentic union with the 37M Motopanfilo. The fabrics, selected by the
Lazzarini Pickering Architetti studio, are among our most versatile and performing materials, perfect for the sea and ideal onboard a yacht. Seeing them interpreted with such sobriety and elegance is a great satisfactio”.
“Loro Piana Interiors expresses the artisan sense of industry, which is an essential and unique component of Italian design and products that best combine research, design and quality. Taking on new challenges and developing new technologies with extraordinary elegance and great attention to quality is the perfect expression of Italian savoir faire. Luxury is now a widely abused term, but we are convinced that Motopanfilo 37M and her design express a new meaning for this word in the yachting world. She is a unique boat created by Benetti and Loro Piana Interiors, two Italian companies that express what luxury and the Italian ‘lifestyle’ really mean”.
Giovanna Vitelli’s words, President of Azimut Benetti Group, do not fail to follow: “There are many values that unite Benetti and Loro Piana Interiors, first of all the craftsmanship for the product and the taste of timeless elegance. This is precisely the stylistic code of the new Benetti Motopanfilo 37M, which collects the nautical heritage of our past and projects it into the future. A perfect combination therefore with the Loro Piana Interiors style”.
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