Tommaso Spadolini


The pen that draws timeless classics

One of the top names in Italian design, celebrates 40 years of hard work and success in yacht design

After four decades as an architect and designer, Tommaso Spadolini celebrates his preeminent position in Italian yacht design. Son of the famous architect Pierluigi Spadolini, Tommaso began his career in his father’s design office. In 1959 Pierluigi was nominated to the first Italian chair of industrial design, and since the early ‘60s collaborated with the Cantieri di Pisa designing their entire range, including the benchmark Akhir series. ‘For me, yachts have always been, and still are, my choice in applied design; here I can bring to bear the accumulation of all our family’s knowhow’, comments Tommaso who has worked with a remarkable number of top shipyards. In the early 1980’s Tommaso created his first independent designs for Barberis, and started his cooperation with Canados. The first Canados 70, launched in 1984, brought to the fore one of the crucial traits of Tommaso Spadolini’s work: design must always include strong functional elements.

Tommaso Spadolini
From their beginnings as hand-drawn sketches, essential and timeless lines always distinguish Spadolini’s work (Numptia 70)

The Canados 70 became a benchmark in yachting luxury design and the model for a complete line-up: from 58 to 85, 90 and 95, with a total of 107 vessels built in the years between 1984 and 1992. In 1992 Tommaso was chosen to design Fortuna, the Spanish Royal Yacht. Launched in 2000, 43 meters long, with three turbines giving her a speed of almost 75 knots, Fortuna’s hull was designed by Donald Blunt’s American design studio. ‘The superyacht reached a top speed of 74.8 knots’, says Tommaso, ‘a very special one where I was responsible for the exterior lines, including air tunnel testing for engine ventilation.’ From his offices in Florence, Spadolini alternated work on custom projects for international yards (interior design for Luca Bassani’s first two Wally 80’s and for Bao Bab, the first motor yacht for Camper & Nicholson) and designing production yachts. For Aprea, Tommaso drew the lines of Don Giovanni, an 11 meter powerboat that combined the traditional configuration of a Sorrentine Gulf ‘gozzo’ with an incredibly dynamic superstructure design that was nominated for the Italian design award Compasso d’Oro. This successful theme was applied by Aprea to several different models, the longest at 16 meters, over the next few years. Several custom projects followed in the early 2000’s: the Baglietto 138 RC for Roberto Cavalli, launched in 2004, followed by Nina J in 2005.

Tommaso Spadolini
Otam Gipsy

Both are perfect examples of the Wide Body concept, a full beam conceptual configuration without side decks that greatly increases available interior volume. Tommaso Spadolini was the first to realize that this increase in interior volume would revolutionize the entire superyacht industry. Many other projects characterized this period: Aslec, the 46 meter built by Rossinavi and launched in 2012, the widely imitated fourth vessel designed by Spadolini for the same owner; Numptia, 70 meters, also built by Rossinavi, launched in 2011 and winner of the 2012 World Superyacht Awards; Gipsy, a 35 meter planning hull built by the Genoa based Otam yard. Launched in 2016, with Gypsy Spadolini won the World Superyacht Awards once again in 2017, along with the Showboats Design Awards in the Best Naval Architecture category with the Umberto Tagliavini designed hull. During the last 10 years, Studio Spadolini was entrusted with some prestigious refitting, involving yachts built by Cantieri di Pisa, Magnum, Baglietto. Recently Spadolini was appointed by Turkish yard Sirena Marine to develop the interiors for 56 and 64, in cooperation with German Frers Studio, who was in charge of the interiors.

Tommaso Spadolini
Nina J 43

In 2017 a fruitful collaboration was signed with Rosetti Superyacht. Here Spadolini designed an entire gamma, from 50 to 85 meters in length. In the summer of 2018 the launch of the new yacht fully designed for Roberto Cavalli is planned, along with a 102 Motor yacht, built by CCN for an American couple, who appointed Spadolini for interior design. Timeless classic is the ideal description of Spadolini style. Clean, sober and essential lines that create a design that is both classic and modern; harmonious and balanced designs that never grow old. In Tommaso’s words: ‘To define the design of a yacht in a word: the only lines are the essential lines’. Even today, every Tommaso Spadolini project is born from a hand-drawn design. ‘For me, this is the only way to convey the emotional content of an idea, its soul’, said the designer.

Photos by Tommaso Spadolini

Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Porto Montenegro Sunset View 00 Marinas

Porto Montenegro introduces new sustainable measures

Porto Montenegro is the world’s first marina to receive the Platinum accreditation from The Yacht Harbour and Marina Industries Associations Porto Montenegro, the Mediterranean’s leading …

Sirena 88 Yachting

Sirena Yachts sells five flagship Sirena 88 in five months

After an excellent debut at the 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival, the Sirena 88 has proven its global appeal with sales to owners from around the …

X5⁶ Yachting

The new X5⁶: Designed with serious cruising in mind

The X5⁶ is a fifty-six-foot performance cruising yacht designed with serious cruising in mind; be that crossing the Atlantic, or exploring beautiful Mediterranean islands. The …

Montecristo Yachting

Spadolini’s pocket superyachts Montecristo 30 and 43

Italian designer Tommaso Spadolini has revealed details of a dynamic series of pocket superyachts, all-aluminium Montecristo 30 and Montecristo 43. “The name was inspired by …

Extra 93 Yachting

Extra 93: Three decks of extra comfort

With the addition of Extra 93, the Extra line gains a new 28.5-metre model and confirms Palumbo Superyachts’ determination to build something special and unique …

Axopar Brabus Yachting

New 37 range and Brabus Shadow 900 from Axopar

In less than four years, the ground-breaking Axopar 37 has revolutionised the market for outboard-powered sports weekenders and cabin boats with its unique concept. Axopar’s …

This is photo of a Bloc Outdoor, furniture design Luxury

What makes Outdoor Living Culture?

The main features of each piece of the Bloc Outdoor brand are sophisticated design in several lines that meet the highest standards of luxurious lifestyle, …

This is photo of a electric surfboard Lampuga Yachting

Seven Electric Surfboards to Catch a Wave

This elegant personal watercrafts deliver everything users can expect from a 21st century water toys: they are fun, safe and powerful. Just turn on the …

This is photo of a Heesen Ela Yachting

Super-efficient Heesen MY Ela Heads to Med

Heesen announced the delivery of YN 19550 MY Ela, formerly known as Project Altea At 50 metres overall with a lightweight, aluminium, fast-displacement hull, she …

This is a photography of Azimut 68 Yachting

First Look at New Azimut 68: A Yacht for the World

The newest model in the Flybridge Collection is the Azimut 68: a high-tech yacht with a selection of three different layouts on the Main Deck …

This is photo of a Cap Aureo dish Gastronomy

Cap Aureo: Istrian Flavour Theatre

Cap Aureo is the flagship of Maistra’s restaurant portfolio and since its opening two years ago it has been setting high standards for the fine …

This is photo of a Dominique Chenot Interviews

Dominique Chenot: Ageing Delay Protocol

Dominique Chenot, co-founder of Chenot, whose newest Espace has been opened in the One&Only Portonovi resort, reflects on their medicinal and therapeutic approach to wellness …

Scroll to Top