Crossover in Superyacht Interior Design

Crossover in Superyacht Interior Design

Exterior and interior design are in perfect synergy with Sanlorenzo’s crossover motoryacht, the SX88.


Offering wide, open spaces and expansive glassed surfaces, as well as a GRP hull and carbon fibre superstructure, the Italian shipyard’s 27 m superyacht offers a balance of style, function and flexibility. Massimo Perotti, chairman and CEO of Sanlorenzo, said the SX88 is a product of “firsts”—a revolutionary launch with a number of unique features.

He explained:

This was an innovative project, which was favored by a strong harmony and an intense, constant dialogue between Italian interior designer Piero Lissoni and Sanlorenzo shipyards, and it has once again revolutionized the traditional standards of navigation. The semi-displacement hull was tested to optimize performance in the different speed ranges, up to 23 knots, and the SX88 also has an open stern to fulfill the different functions of garage, beach club and sport activity area.


There are two main deck layouts (these can either be open space or owner’s cabin); the yacht has one steering position on the fly bridge, which can be closed and air-conditioned, and it has high levels of environmental sustainability thanks to the use of low impact materials and its construction process.

Expert Eyes

An array of heavy-weight names from the worlds of yacht design and interiors brought their expertise to the project. Italian architect, art director and designer Mr. Lissoni is responsible for a spectrum of celebrated projects in architecture as well as in interior and product design.  These include hotels, such as Casa Fantini and Grand Hotel Billia, museum displays at Palazzo della Ragione and Palazzo Reale and work spaces and showrooms for clients including Benetton, Boffi, De Padova and Ferrari.



Also brought on to the SX88 project were naval architect and Italian Olympic sailing champion Luca Santella, developer of the Bluegame motoryachts; Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, from Officina Italiana Design; and American naval architect Lou Codega, renowned for sportfishing yachts and trawlers. Perotti said:

We are open to different worlds that speak similar languages, like art and design, involving respected names from the world of design and architecture in our yacht interior design. Through these collaborations, the company has introduced innovations and styles that have allowed for reinterpreting the concept of space on board.

Lifestyle Choices

Mr. Lissoni aimed to create a “social boat,” with a single, continuous setting from stern to bow. As such, the SX88 has an open kitchen and dining room, followed by a living area, and there are no interruptions between interiors and exteriors due to wide glass walls facing the sea.



Lissoni said:

I kept picturing boats, even very large ones, as if they were lofts—that is very open, highly liveable spaces, which make it possible to be in contact with what’s around us.

The space can be easily modulated. The only steering position is on the upper deck, the fly bridge. “Thanks to this solution, the fore area of the salon on the main deck is totally free and can be arranged as the owner’s cabin or remain a wide multi-functional open space,” Mr. Perotti observed. On the lower deck, the SX88 offers four or five double cabins, the galley and the crew quarters.



The stern area is also fascinating, Mr. Perotti continued:

The level of the beach area is five steps lower than the main deck and can accommodate a 15 ft tender, a jet ski and other toys.

“The crane to move these is cleverly and elegantly hidden in the prolonged profile of the handrail—but cleared of watercrafts, the wide beach area, extending 2 ft over the water, offers 30 sq m of ‘beach club,’ shaded by ‘sunbrellas’ and furnished to enjoy life with feet in the water.”

He added: “The timeless elegance of Sanlorenzo yachts and their simple language has found an ideal interpreter in Piero Lissoni.”


Photos credit: Sanlorenzo.