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Arcadia Yachts reinvents itself

Seven years after its appearance on the market, Arcadia Yachts – the Italian brand that revolutionized the international nautical market in 2010 with singular designs that create a single space by erasing the border between interiors and exteriors – announce their new direction in a presentation on May 16th in Milan at the Montenapoleone Yacht Club 2017.

Arcadia Yachts reinvents itself

The Neapolitan area based Arcadia Yachts looks to the future with an evolution in styling that respects the yard’s principles and creates a new vision to enlarge and renew their present range of yachts and reinforce the firm’s management.


For this new styling race, Arcadia Yachts  has entrusted interior and exterior design to the Milan based Hot Lab studio, famous for their youthful, innovative and refined approach that reconciles elegance and contemporary styling, exalting in all their yachts that timeless beauty that made the studio renowned worldwide.
Ugo Pellegrino, Arcadia Yachts  sole administrator, comments on the new direction: “We are convinced that the success of a yard, which includes us at ARCADIA, is connected to the experience that the owner and his entourage are part of, from the moment that they begin to think about a new yacht to when they decide to sell it to buy another. Here the role of the design studio in the early phase of design plays a fundamental role in creating a solid and trustworthy relationship between the yard and the owner. We therefore went to the best professionals in yacht design who not only are technically prepared, but also have an extraordinary ability to listen and to emphasize. Only when we could completely identify ourselves with the owners could we really understand the nuances of the client’s needs and imagine designing the details that make the difference when creating a successful semi-custom project.

After thinking very hard about our choices and working together on several pilot projects, we  decided that the best partner to evolve into ARCADIA 2.0 would be the design studio Hot Lab. I am sure that our collaboration will be an immediate success, both with our first projects and with the relations that we are developing with old and new ARCADIA clients.”
“The purpose of our work with Arcadia Yachts  will be to contribute to the continual evolution of the brand, already so avant-garde”, explains Antonio Romano, partner at Hot Lab, to Yachting Art Magazine. “Our objective is to develop the winning characteristics of the Arcadia brand in concordance with client briefs. ARCADIA Yachts is a consolidated and successful reality and we have approached them with enormous respect and pleasure given our first-hand experience with the quality of their products and their highly professional workforce and management.”


The first project by Hot Lab will be the A100+ that, as the name suggests, will be an evolution of the  fortunate 30 meter yacht presented at last year’s Cannes Yachting Festival. “In general we will respect the masculine lines, clean and multifaceted, that represent the familiar image of the yard; we will reinterpret them to further develop the on-board living spaces, both inside and out, that represent the quintessence of each ARCADIA yacht”, said Antonio Romano.
The full-height windows – providing natural illumination even from above – the spacious external areas, the latest generation of solar panels and a generalized eco-green approach for the whole gamma will be maintained, while increasing living area for guests. This translates into a larger upper deck and optimization of the foredeck area, while improving access and movement with a more efficient positioning of the stairwells.

High priority has also been given to conviviality and leisure while on-board. The aft deck can comfortably seat up to ten guests for formal dining, with space for a further twelve guests in the lounge area, transformable into an ulterior dining area. The owner therefore is able to seat more than twenty guests for dining.

The same principle was followed for the design of the entire upper deck by the skillful combination of interior and exterior spaces to create a splendid leisure area, with a beautiful view of all the surroundings, yet with complete privacy.

The redesign of the yacht’s layout, especially the exteriors, has allowed a new communication and movement mode between decks that favors a single inside-outside experience.
Hot Lab has proposed five different interior layout options to satisfy any owner’s need, which also simplify design choices (thus reducing development times) by proposing a contemporary minimalist décor that perfectly matches exterior styling, and continuously playing with the inside-outside exchange.

Interior design is simple and linear, yet rich in detailing and finishings. It attracts attention, letting new visitors discover new aspects with every glance. A perfect mix of contemporary design and neo-ornamentalism that unifies typical products of high Italian design with exotic rarely used materials like Carbalho wood and resin paneling.

The architectural container and its content are merged, creating the impression of carefully elaborated detailing found aboard a water-level attic. Soft materials like leather and cotton with warm woods like natural oak with ebony accents complete the color palette that includes the entire spectra of warm grey, sand, clear cream and black and white. A restful environment, warm and welcoming, even though luxuriously composed.

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