Lazzarini Pickering and Francesco Struglia join forces to recreate the symbols and memories of the past for a classic yacht and combine them with brand new elements

Rome, Italy

Claudio Lazzarini and Carl Pickering from Lazzarini Pickering Architetti together with Francesco Struglia Design have joined forces to recreate the new Motopanfilo 37M for shipbuilder Benetti — an iconic design that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also ground-breaking, innovative, timeless, memorable, and destined to cement a place in history.

Benetti Motopanfilo 37M by Francesco Struglia Design

The designers explain the guiding idea behind their reinterpretation of the Motopanfilo, which springs from a quest to recreate the symbols and memories of the past and combine them with brand-new elements.

The new Motopanfilo 37M echoes the elegance and grandeur of early-1960s motor yachts that attracted the jet set and showbiz personalities of yesteryear, mirroring the life of “La Dolce Vita.”

Typical of the brand’s boats, the exterior’s clean and essential lines echo through Francesco Struglia and Benetti’s concept and exterior styling, with clean-cut lines that enhance the boat’s elongated forms. 

The highest expression of this cross-pollination between classical inspiration and contemporary style is the transom, its minimal lines integrated into the hull, offering ample space practically at water level. 

Opening the hatch a second time forms a bathing platform that juts out over the sea, fronted by a beach club awning to make the most of the maritime climate.

Benetti Motopanfilo 37M by Francesco Struglia Design

The interior design by Lazzarini Pickering is cadenced by reinterpreting a traditional motor yacht feature—its beam—essentially, like a stave onto which different materials and functional decorative notes were applied. 

A process of subtraction and transparency dematerialized the walls, replacing them with ample glazing, creating a false containment effect that fosters strong exterior/interior interaction from every corner of the yacht and close contact with the sea, sky, and clouds. 

Mirrors play a significant role in all this, working with the windows and glazing to extend space and nature. 

The delicate furnishings follow the same principle, fitting in with great harmony and discretion to keep the onus firmly on the relationship with the outdoors.

A lobby with a spiral staircase on the lowest deck connects to the upper decks and the four guest suites, all of which feature exposed hull flaring. 

Benetti Motopanfilo 37M by Francesco Struglia Design

The deck immediately above, the main deck, is a perfect blend of outdoor and indoor spaces, with an open-sided furnished aft area, a central salon, and the master suite at the prow.

The prominence of the color blue does not end with the sea. 

Lazzarini Pickering Architetti chose fresh, comfortable beachwear fabrics for fittings, above all linen, particularly in warm white tones with touches of blue and malachite on the divans and large decorative pillows. 

Fire-retardant, outdoor technical fabrics in a blue and white striped pattern complete the picture.

Benetti Motopanfilo 37M by Francesco Struglia Design

In homage to seafaring traditions, Claudio Lazzarini and Carl Pickering used light wood in an innovative pattern, transforming it into an identifying element of the floorboards and ceilings. 

The ceilings, incidentally, are characterized by a vaulted effect that becomes double-curved toward the stern.

Two more decks are above, the topmost of which—the observation deck—offers unique views by day and night.

Project: Benetti Motopanfilo 37M
Exterior Line Designer: Francesco Struglia Design
Interior and Exterior Deck Designer: Lazzarini Pickering Architetti
Manufacturer: Benetti SpA