Altagamma Honours Naval Architect Stefano Righini
Published: Monday, 28 November 2016
The Altagamma Foundation has appointed architect Stefano Righini, who has designed many of Azimut | Benetti Group’s collections, to the Altagamma Honorary Council as an Italian Ambassador of creative excellence on Tuesday Nov 22 at Palazzo Madama in Rome, Italy.
(Photos: Azimut | Benetti - Azimut 77S designed by Stefano Righini)
Tenor Andrea Bocelli, designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and artist Michelangelo Pistoletto received the same award with Righini, who has designed over 5,500 medium and large-sized yachts. This honour is given to leading figures in the Italian creative and design community, whose skills and creativity helped shape the Italian culture of excellence and its recognition worldwide in many different fields.
Righini is now an official member of the Altagamma Honorary Council, the organisation that since 2002 has brought together national and international institutions that contribute to promoting Italian culture, excellence and the Italian lifestyle worldwide. This recognition is a confirmation of the focus on design and innovation that is a distinctive feature of the production philosophy underpinning Azimut | Benetti Group.
(Stefano Righini and Azimut | Benetti Group Chairman Paolo Vitelli)
“Stefano Righini is not only a leading naval designer, as demonstrated by over 5,500 boats on the water that bear his name,” Group Chairman Paolo Vitelli comments with satisfaction. “But also the prime mover behind the most important light and space revolutions in yacht interiors over the last 20 years. Stefano has left an unmistakable imprint on his designs, making an important contribution to our Group’s growth and leadership.”
Righini’s visionary insights attributed to the transition from portholes to big windows integrated in the hull, which flood cabins with light. He is also the inventor of Benetti coupe, sport fly and trawler models produced from composite materials on a large scale.
“These are innovations that have not only driven Italy to a position of leadership on international markets, but also influenced the decisions of many other shipyards,” Vitelli concludes.