Superyacht of the Week: The 40.5 metre Mondomarine Manifiq
By Jochem Kaan
Choosing a name for a superyacht that is both original and relevant can be quite a difficult task. Perfectly capturing the anticipation and amazement of those lucky enough to go onboard a vessel in this particular case, the choice of the name has rarely been more applicable as with the latest gem by Mondomarine.
Built entirely in steel and with sinious external lines following the tradition of semi-displacement yachts designed by Dutch designer Cor D. Rover for this shipyard, Manifiq measures 40.5 metres in length, 8.5 metres in width and contains a sumptuous interior design originally inspired by the heyday of Art Deco. Reinterpriting this recognizable style by adding robustly modern elements, Florence-based architecture firm Luca Dini Design has succesfully managed to realise two seamingly opposite styles into one luxurious and coherent design concept.
Typical for Art Deco, traditional materials like exotic, gloss finished hard woods, robust leather, horn and marble along with more modern feeling materials like chrome metal and lacquer have been elegantly applied to, and designed for, this vessel.
Contrasting patterns of lighter and darker woods, consisting of elegantly polished ebony, combined with precious marble and leather panelling have resulted in an environment that is both comfortable and rigorous. One can only just admire the ebony and leather finishing of vertical surfaces, arranged in alternating vertical bands and complemented by chrome fillets, marble finishing, rich fabrics custum designed and fabricated pieces of furniture.
Combining lozenge-patterned leather with Macasser ebony, chrome steel and black glossy lacquered wood for the furniture, all pieces are magnificent embodiments of antique elengance and modern day comfort in perfect harmony. With lighting being another key aspect of Manifiques interior design, great care was taken to allow vast amounts of daylight to flow inside by applying large windows throughout the vessels design while the sophisticated onboard artificial lighting systems combines low energy LEDs with diffused and recessed lighting, running around the perimeters of the rooms and furnishing, accentuating the environments evocative power. Adding design lamps, results in a delicately balanced lighting concept, perfectly framing the yachts luscious interior design. In order to integrate interior and exterior spaces, rich decorative cushions and ebony have also been applied to the outside dining area on the upper deck.
A buffet bar, an extensible round table with precious ebony finish and the fine black chairs make the outside dining area a space suitable not only for fast snacks and meals but also for more formal and elegant full-dress dinners.
“The owner asked me to design a yacht with a classic style internal layout, suitable for private cruises but also for top quality charters” says architect Luca Dini, so particular attention was paid to the distribution and use of volumes.
The layout includes a large hall on the main deck, which features a spectacular staircase, connecting the upper and lower deck, allows for easy acces to the lower deck which is reserved exclusively for guests. The port side galley as well as the spaceous owners area can be reached through the hallways situated on either side of the staircase.
The owner's stateroom consists of a relaxing area equipped with comfortable sofa and a large wardrobe space rubbing along the entire port side of the vessel. Adding a large stateroom, a walk-in wardrobe area and a comfortable, marble bathroom turns these quarters into a relaxing and stylish retreat.
Below deck, 4 cabins are situated, of which two are full-width VIP cabins with en suite bathroom and separate wardrobes, and two guest cabins containing a total of one double bed and two single beds plus an additional pullman, providing ample space and comfort for onboard company.
The upper deck contains a 10 seat, Art Deco styled home cinema that can be completely sealed off from daylight for an optimal audiovisual experience. The system is fully automated and offers state of the art quality with a 65' TV screen and film projector, both retractable into the ceiling.
The Fly deck layout includes a small stern swimming pool, a central cocktail cabinet with stools and the forward relaxing area. The swimming pool is embedded into a raised sundeck and decorated with a teak edge. The composition of seats and tables can be modified in order to suit ones needs, easily transforming from a large lounging area into a comfortable sun deck.
While being able to exceed speeds of 19 knots, Manifiq has a range of 3,000 miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots. Extended research in the field of soundproofing have further extended quality of life onboard while enhancing reliability and comfort, spreading the level of excellence and values of Mondomarine to the seas of the world.