Benetti delivers M/Y "Metis"
Published: Thursday, 13 June 2019
M/Y Metis, a custom 63-metre yacht with steel hull and aluminium superstructure, was delivered to her German owner and long-lasting customer of Yacht Moments, introduced to the shipyard by Kurt Lehmann. Carbon, polished steel and bleached oak embellished with leather inserts are the main materials chosen for this yacht.
The interiors, designed by UK studio Bannenberg & Rowell in partnership with Birgit Otte Interior Atelier, are designed in a modern style. The exteriors are the work of Giorgio M. Cassetta.
The custom gym on the fly deck, the "touch-and-go" helipad and the over 160-square-metre owner's apartment with two double beds and an outdoor terrace all contribute to make Metis a unique Benetti model.
Metis has been delivered to its owner in Livorno, Italy. She is a 63-metre long custom yacht with a very elaborate interior design. In his role as consultant to the owner, Kurt Lehmann of Yacht Moments has been in charge of the project management and praised Benetti for the great work that had characterised the entire Metis design and construction period: "Benetti confirmed itself once again as an icon of timeless Italian style and excellence in megayacht construction. The highly skilled Benetti technicians and engineers and the artisans who worked for the shipyard have created an amazing yacht. The dedication of everyone in communicating and exchanging views with the captain and owner was remarkable."
Yacht Moments have also been responsibly involved in the conception and development of this stylish custom superyacht project – always taking care of the completion of the owner’s ideas, demands and inspirations. Notably, the additional upper gym-deck has been developed by Yacht Moments and perfectly realised by Benetti and Giorgio M. Cassetta.
The exteriors are the result of the collaboration between Benetti and Italian designer Giorgio M. Cassetta, who maximised the dynamic proportions of a yacht with an impressive long bow with vertical straight edge. "Metis is a modern and timeless yacht, which contains large volumes behind flowing lines and innovative features, such as the private deck. The design is simple, yet characteristic of Benetti," said Cassetta.
The interiors are the result of the collaboration between German studio Birgit Otte Interior, based in Wolfersdorf, and Bannenberg & Rowell, an English studio directed by Dickie Bannenberg and Simon Rowell. The London-based duo, famous for devising creative solutions based on bold shapes and geometric motifs with an eye-catching design and a fine finish, were given a great deal of leeway in the design.
Bannenberg, who is thrilled with this project, commented: "Metis' unique layout has freed us from what I call 'the tyranny of alignment', allowing us to unlock new corners and views of asymmetric designs." This approach in particular is reflected in the beach club, where the rooms are rotated by about 30° compared to traditional layouts and offer a new view over the sea through the transom and the side doors.
The novelty of this particular rotation also characterises the main salon and the upper deck salon, challenging conventional expectations and perceptions.
The originality of Metis is also evident in the full-beam owner's suite, which features a lounge and offers a breathtaking 180-degree view thanks to the full-height glazed surfaces on the private bow deck. The design of this room uses range of contemporary wood finishes using smoked oak, carbon and polished steel combined with Calacatta marble and coffee brown marbles. The bold, geometric shapes can be found in the stainless steel bed frames, furniture and finishes. A private lounge is also available in the babysitting cabin, which has a terrace overlooking the sea.