A boat lover from a young age, this superstar and prolific designer usually lives on a boat or near the water where he can easily hop onto one of seven craft of all persuasions that he owns. Surprisingly, though the ocean is central to his life, he has only designed a handful of boats and yachts to date.
Philippe Starck and Martin Francis collaborated on the design of this strikingly innovative yacht built by the German shipyard Blohm + Voss for young and forward-thinking Russian entrepreneur Andrey Melnichenko. For the first few years after her launch, the owner kept the interior of this stunning yacht a well-guarded secret, but he did allow a few select photos to be published.
The new superyacht A, featured on the cover of our July issue, made quite a splash when it was unveiled, but the hull itself is said to hardly make a wake thanks to a very innovative design that Martin Francis, as technical and naval designer on the project once known as SF99, helped turn into reality.