Fashion house Hugo Boss have commissioned German designer Konstantin Grcic, to collaborate with British sailor Alex Thomson, to design their new racing yacht which is set to compete in a new world-race. To help Grcic grasp the task ahead of him, Thomson took him on a trip on the old Hugo Boss racing model.
The new yacht features an advanced carbon fibre surfaces, impregnated with resin. Its core is made from Nomex – a rigid plastic structure made from hexagonal tubes. The layer between the surface and the honeycomb-patterned deck is also made from a carbon fibre composite, creating a sandwich-like structure. Grcic also applied his expertise in designing the vessel’s aesthetic elements, as well as its navigation and sleeping areas.
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“It needed to be a practical space, but still provide a comfortable sleeping environment” – Konstanin Grcic
The design and engineering teams managed to shave 5% off the previous model’s weight, achieving a stunning 7.5 tonnes, and reaching a new top speed of 35 knots.
About Alex Thomson and Konstantin Grcic:
Alex currently holds two sailing world records, and is the youngest skipper to ever win a round-the-world race. He will race Grcic’s yacht in November 2016, competing in the Vendée Global, one of the sport’s most important non-stop world races. The Hugo Boss athlete (for whom he has competed for over 12 years), will partake in a series of transatlantic races in order to prepare for the his 2016 challenge.
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Grcic is known for his bold approach and minimalist furniture design aesthetic. Other notable industrial designers who have designed nautical vehicles include Philippe Starck, who designed Steve Jobs’ super yacht, as well as Norman Foster and Zaha hadid, who both designed their own concept vessels, partnering with the industry’s top players.
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