Italian yacht builder teams up with Hong Kong interior designers to create bespoke “floating villas” for wealthy Asians

a view of a city next to a body of water: Aerial view of the Marina Club in Discovery Bay in Lantau, where the developer has pledged to turn its marina into “Hong Kong's most exclusive” superyacht club. Photo: Roy Issa

Aerial view of the Marina Club in Discovery Bay in Lantau, where the developer has pledged to turn its marina into “Hong Kong’s most exclusive” superyacht club. Photo: Roy Issa

An Italian luxury yacht builder has partnered with Hong Kong-based interior designers to create new bespoke “floating villas” targeting the wealthy in Hong Kong and Asia looking for an alternative form of holiday homes.

In an attempt to attract more buyers, the builder Sanlorenzo will be working with Hong Kong-based Steve Leung Designers to infuse luxury residential designs into the compact space of a yacht in an attempt to redefine and elevate the lifestyle among the region’s millionaires.

The new partnership will bring Leung and his team’s expertise to the rest of Sanlorenzo’s range of yachts through their “design to measure” style, according to Sanlorenzo, a shipbuilder founded in 1958 and based in Ameglia in northern Liguria region.

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“Yacht design has long been dominated by a Western lifestyle approach, which is very different from the way we live in Asia, especially in China,” said Leung, an architect and interior designer whose firm was engaged in the Novotel City project in Tung Chung and the Orchard Residences luxury apartments in Singapore, among others.

a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Hong Kong architect and interior designer Steve Leung is teaming up with Italian yacht builder to create

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Hong Kong architect and interior designer Steve Leung is teaming up with Italian yacht builder to create

Simpson Marine Group, which represents Sanlorenzo in the regional yacht markets, has doubled its sales in Asia this year, including nine yachts by the Italian builder in Hong Kong. They contributed more than 60 per cent of the group turnover, according to its managing director Mike Simpson.

The pickup suggests the economic crisis from the Covid-19 pandemic has not done much damage to the wealth of the richer segment of the population. The number of millionaires in Hong Kong rose 22 per cent this year, while China’s billionaires have this year rebuilt their net worth to the size of the Russian economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Leung has previously designed the interiors for Sanlorenzo’s SX88 yacht, which measures 27m in length with four cabins with en suite bathrooms. It features a flybridge with barbecue facilities, while the indoor area has a traditional Chinese round-table dining area.

a boat sitting on top of a table: An interior of Sanlorenzo's SX88 yacht. Photo: Steve Leung Designers

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An interior of Sanlorenzo’s SX88 yacht. Photo: Steve Leung Designers

“During the entire design process of shaping a villa-like yacht, we reimagined the spatial configuration of the yacht based on the owner’s lifestyle, utilising the yacht mainly as a ‘floating space’ for social entertainment,” said Leung. “We also added a subtle Asian touch, especially in the seating zone of the living and the dining rooms, ensuring a comfortable capacity for big groups’ gatherings.”

Leung hopes the venture can establish another new take on the yacht design by integrating international lifestyle with local cultural features, to attend to local tastes.

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C8 Chevy Corvette-based supercar with 715 hp, bespoke interior revealed

Ares is planning what’s possibly its most ambitious car project yet.

The Modena, Italy-based car customization company has revealed a bespoke supercar based on the platform of the C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Code-named the S1 Project, the supercar shares none of its lines with the Corvette and even has very different proportions, all formed from beautiful carbon fiber. For example, the S1 Project looks to have a more cab-forward design similar to a Koenigsegg or Pagani. There are also Koenigsegg influences when it comes to the wraparound windshield, while the central spine and single strip for the taillights is reminiscent of the Bugatti Chiron’s rump.

That’s no accident. According to Ares, the goal of the project was to create a car with hypercar looks but with performance you can actually use on the street. The donor Corvette’s mechanicals remain, but impressively Ares has managed to increase power substantially without going the easy route of using forced induction. An impressive 715 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque will be available, with the engine said to be capable or revving to 9,000 rpm.

Ares S1 Project

Ares S1 Project

Mated to the donor Corvette’s 8-speed dual-clutch transmission and spinning the rear wheels only, the engine should rocket the S1 Project from 0-62 mph in 2.7 seconds or less. Top speed will likely be over 200 mph.

As is the case for the exterior, the interior shares barely any likeness to the Corvette. The only similarity looks to be the shape of the steering wheel. Ares has gone with a dual-cowl design and has fitted its own instrument cluster with what looks to be an analog tachometer. An infotainment screen is located in the center stack which forms one piece with the center console, and another screen is positioned in front of the passenger seat. Trim materials include Alcantara, carbon fiber and Nappa leather.

Ares S1 Project

Ares S1 Project

The Ares S1 Project makes its formal debut at the 2020 Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance running until September 26 in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. Deliveries are due to start in late 2020, meaning development is already quite advanced. Ares will build just 24 coupe versions, after which more derivatives will follow. If you’d like one, pricing starts at 500,000 euros (approximately $592,610).

This isn’t the first time Ares has rebodied a modern supercar. Just last year Ares unveiled the Lamborghini Huracan-based Panther ProgettoUno. The “Panther” in the name is a reference to the De Tomaso Pantera, whose styling served as inspiration.

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