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Hot Lab welcomes A-list guests at annual Rendez-vous in Milan

Written by
Charl van Rooy

For a second consecutive year, Hot Lab has brought together a select group of customers, collaborators, friends and two exclusive media partners to celebrate the end of a successful past 12 months in their stylish hometown of Milan. Taking place at the elegant 5-star Carlton Hotel Baglioni, the crowd of 120 guests were treated to a fun evening of socialising, fine Italian wine and an overview of the studio’s achievements of 2017.Hot Lab Rendez-Vous 2017

Guests were welcomed by the sight of a colourfully-lit Baglioni Hotel where, outside, a driveway full of Lamborghini Milan’s latest models were resting, straight from the manufacturer’s top-secret facility in Sant’Agata. These provided the perfect backdrop for a true Made-in-Italy themed evening.Hot Lab Rendez-Vous 2017For Hot Lab, the choice of the venue was a no-brainer after meeting with the Baglioni Hotel Carlton’s General Manager, Lorenzo Soleri, in Monaco. “We thought it would be a great idea to do something together and somehow combine the worlds of luxury hotels and luxury yachts. We got our friends at Cantalupi Lighting, Tabu Vaneer and Antinori involved and soon we ended up with this great Italian event thanks to the creative minds at Hot Lab.”Hot Lab Rendez-Vous 2017

Inside, guests were welcomed with a stylish leather Foglizzo bracelet and a glass of Marchesi Antinori’s finest wines. Campari was also on scene with a contemporary bar setup where guests could enjoy a refreshing taste of Italy’s favourite after-hours beverages which came handy during Hot Lab’s co-founder, Antonio Romano’s opening speech and the traditional Salute! that followed.Hot Lab Rendez-Vous 2017Hot Lab Rendez-Vous 2017

In between meeting with friends and making new industry connections, guests admired the fascinating light displays of Cantalupi and Tabu’s finely-crafted wooden surfaces, both of which Hot Lab regularly feature in their latest superyacht designs.Hot Lab Rendez-Vous 2017Hot Lab Rendez-Vous 2017

Hot Lab’s global list of shipyard collaborations this past year made for a truly international crowd and top-level representatives of Dutch, Italian and Turkish yacht builders were all present to celebrate a successful year with the innovative studio.

Earlier this year Hot Lab revealed the first details of a new 67-metre explorer project, ready to be built at VSY in Viareggio."It was an excellent opportunity to enhance the best Made in Italy, bringing together Italian excellence in different sectors," said Ranieri Quinzii - VSY Sales Manager. "We are very pleased that Hot Lab has selected our shipyard as the builder for this 67-metre Explorer that will flank our family line. A modern project with that special Italian flair, sober elegance and green mindset aimed to attract even the most demanding owners." Hot Lab Rendez-vous 2017

For Baglietto CEO, Michele Gavino, this event is a great way to end off the year. “The Rendez-vous has been a very relaxing event and a great location to meet with industry and non-industry friends and colleagues.” The Italian shipyard worked with Hot Lab on expanding its V-Line line up this year, and we should be seeing more from these two Italian powerhouses in 2018. “We have long been talking about doing something new with our designs but that is still very much Baglietto, and Hot Lab has captured that very well. I feel the 38m is a very nice platform and we are also looking to presenting a tri-deck version of this entry-level Baglietto model.”Hot Lab Rendez-Vous 2017

Maurizio Baldoni, Sales and Marketing Director at Arcadia, had this to say about the 2017 Rendez-vous: “It is a great event with a lovely atmosphere. Having friends here and also important industry people makes it a must-attend event for us, especially after the work we did with the studio this year.” Baldoni is, of course, referring to the A100+ (in-build) and a larger 47-metre project that is under development.

As part of the displays of the evening was an impressive scale model of Hot Lab’s collaboration with Fincantieri on the 113-metre Ganimede project that was revealed earlier this year. Talking about the project, Fincantieri commented, “We see this as a starting point of a great collaboration. They are Italian and part of an industry we are happy to support, but also because they are a great fit for our company and extremely professional and dynamic – qualities that we greatly appreciate.”Hot Lab Rendez-Vous 2017

Talking about the event, Romano is already looking forward to an even bigger and better 2018 edition of this annual event, alongside partners Enrico Lumini and Michele Dragoni. Romano told us,"The 2017 edition was a great success. The quality of the guests, the location and of the partners selected was really outstanding. Considering the positive messages received from the day after, the aim for next year is to create an even better event!" Hot Lab Rendez-Vous 2017

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