Foldboat is a project created by product designers Max Frommeld and Arno Mathies. The project includes the development of the rather ingenious and incredibly beautiful Boat One and Boat Two. Designed to be easily stored and transported, the highly accessible Boat One measures 1.5m x 60cm and is made from a single sheet of 5mm thick P.E. plastic, which neatly folds in on itself. Boat Two is a more simplified version of Boat One. Instead of being folded, this special dock edition remains as a flat sheet measuring 2.5m x 1.5m and can be easily assembled using only three components. Perfect for city dwellers or campers looking for a quick and easy boat. I’ve got aesthetic and functional love for these designs. Super.
Lausanne based Big-Game studio created a series of cork floating boats for the Portuguese company Materia. The toys, simply titled ‘Bote’ are made of a cork base and a plastic mast or cabin that can be easily changed. A perfect kid’s gift now the summer is approaching fast. The boats will be exhibited during I Saloni 2011, at Via San Marco 38, Milan, April 12–17. Photography by Julien Chavaillaz.
RAL5105, a monochrome nautical sculpture, is the lastest materpiece of Parisian multidisciplinary artist Xavier Veilhan. To make it real, Veilhan worked with the Frauscher shipyard of Gmunden, Austria. When I saw it for first time, this boat struck me as really special and different. Using just one, very bold color accentuates the simple lines and makes the boat stand out as a whole. RAL5105 is 6.9 meter long and is fit for eight people. It was auctioned off last July at Hôtel Hermitage in Monte-Carlo.
Designer/architect John Pawson designed this B60 yacht in collaboration with naval architect Luca Brenta, who’s always at the forefront of minimalist, innovative and beautifully finished luxury yachts. Pawson says: The project’s functional goal [was] to create the ultimate day racing yacht, built for recreational rather than competitive purposes, but with the highest levels of manoeuvrability. The aesthetic expression of these functional aspirations is embodied in the sleekest of carbon-fibre hulls surmounted by the geometric purity of a triangular white sail. Photography by Jens Weber Munich.