When the seventytwo project started, ICE Yachts worked on a brief that was inspired by some previous projects, looking to create a new, functional, and fast catamaran. Naval architecture as a concept should not invent but transform, organise the changes of what is already there and of what precedes.
ICE Yachts, as a studio, are extremely convinced that nowadays, it is wise to have the idea of continuously evolving design, which must be shaped around its own demands. Therefore, each project has diverse requirements and characteristics, aiming to find its representation in different contexts. Hence, the “original and creative combinations of the individual elements” are nothing more than a solution born from the necessity of living the boat life in a unique way.
The dinette in the loft offers a welcoming place where to read or have a dialogue, creating a distinct concept of sofas, where drawers and compartments within them can hide glasses and refrigerate bottles. Besides, steering is not reserved to the captain but wants to become a constant relationship with the crew. ICECAT 72 cannot and does not want to be a design concept, but a concept of living.
The cut of the portholes or the glazing on the coachroof are not aesthetic elements but detailed studies of the optical path of the owner inside the boat, sitting at the table, on the sofa, or simply standing. Our permanent goal is to make the owner part of the design process, embracing the construction progression as a journey where to express his desires, worries, and enigmas. We love to think of design as part of a broader context, insert it into a more spatial, larger vision, and link it to the owner’s own world. We truly believe that people with different points of view and transversal visions can suggest unexpected combinations and analogies able to conceive a customized product. Our goal is to create a design free of patterns by linking it to a broader vision, bringing it closer to the client’s needs, and adapting it to his present life. We aim to unhinge the traditional concept that associates the boat with a sea lifestyle. The customers’ preferences have changed, and so have we.
We love to think that the result depends on the quality of the relationships between the partners involved, starting from their passion and willingness to grow together.
As Charles Simic said:
“Inside my empty bottle I was building a lighthouse, while everyone else was making ships.”