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Nauta Yachts Design: two new awards for CDM Nauta Air 110’ & SW96

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Two new awards for Nauta Design
Two new awards for Nauta Design

We are pleased to inform you that two Nauta designed yachts won the prestigious Boat International Design and Innovation Awards 2019, held in Cortina on January 27th . These are the CDM Nauta Air 110’ “MIMI’ LA SARDINE” which won the prize for “Best Interior Design, Motor Yachts below 299 GT” and the Southern Wind SW96 Seatius which won the “Best Interior Design, Sailing Yachts.”

The CDM Nauta Air 110’ “MIMI’ LA SARDINE” is a new generation explorer yacht that has exterior and interior design by Nauta and naval architecture and structural engineering by Sergio Cutolo’s HydroTec. The owner’s wife also provided innovative ideas and inputs that were an important contribution to the yacht’s interior look.
Below is the judges’ statement on the motivations of MIMI’ LA SARDINE’s award: 

“The judges were impressed by a well-presented design development package from renderings to finished photos that showed how the client was involved in the creation of a very personal family boat working from a semi-production platform. Documents highlighted the yacht’s mission as a vessel on which the family could re-connect. The design team also took into account the family’s request for long-term autonomy in all-important elements such as storage and extra refrigeration, not easy to accomplish in a 33 metre. Design elements to support the prime directives of relaxation, a contemporary beach house vibe and use of natural materials are consistent throughout the interior spaces. The treatment of oak to mimic the look of driftwood is particularly effective and pleasing. A sense of lightness was achieved through large windows and a lack of visual weight came courtesy of spare, contemporary furnishings and sisal area rugs, while the saloon fun factor was enhanced through use of random slits in the planked wood overheads to cleverly mimic light filtering through trees as the ambient light source.”

The Southern Wind 96 “SEATIUS” was awarded in the “Best Interior Design, Sailing Yachts” category. Built by Southern Wind Shipyard with Farr Yacht Design naval architecture, “SEATIUS” exterior was designed by Nauta, who also designed the interior perfectly translating the owners' taste with the help for the decoration of the interior designer Jeroen Machielsen from Studio Hermanides.

The yacht was awarded by the judges with the following statement: “While two warm and traditional interiors garnered the judges’ appreciation in this category, the very contemporary interior of Seatius seized their votes. The yacht is fully customised for long distance cruising but at near performance-yacht speeds. The elegant, lightweight interior gives nothing away in terms of luxury as elegant fabrics and suede highlight a predominantly two-tone, light and dark colour scheme with interior joinery of socially responsible, reconstituted wood veneer. Matching the exterior, the lines of the interior are crisp and clean but hardly minimalist as stepped surfaces and reveals add depth and interest. Using the darker joinery as an accent for overhead ventilation panels and updated crown moulding, which also hides ambient lighting, visually lengthens the rooms. The open sightlines from the combination saloon/dining area two steps down into the cosy TV lounge make the boat feel much larger than its 31 metres, as does the fact there are just three very spacious en suite cabins for owner and guests. These are forward, with crew accommodation and galley aft.”   


We thank the Owners and the design and construction teams of both MIMI’ LA SARDINE and SEATIUS for having made this possible and Boat International Media for the impeccable organization of the awards night in Cortina.

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