Lujac Desautel was one of six finalists for The Young Designer of the Year Award 2016, which showcases the most creative yacht concepts designed by the best young designers around the world.
Following a brief to design a modern yacht for an Italian fashion designer who loves entertaining outdoors, the result is the stunning 45m 'La Petite Terrace', inspired by the Mediterranean lifestyle and architecture, in particular the work of urban planner Le Corbusier.
“Portofino is recognised for its villas set against the turquoise Mediterranean sea and the generous outdoor areas etched into the hillsides. These architectural nuances are an inspiration for the type of lifestyle the owner desires on her yacht,” Lujac Desautel explains.
The concept emphasises the fluidity between interior and exterior spaces, with a series of layered terraces of different sizes and shapes, accommodating an open air cinema, diving board, outdoor living room, fitness area and dance floor/helipad, creating a flexible and luxurious home on the water.
Born and raised in a coastal village in the northwest corner of Oregon, where life was simple, surrounded by nature and the ocean, Lujac Desautel's talent to explore and create experiences was evident from an early age.
After gaining a Bachelor of Architecture from California College of the Arts in San Francisco he went on to work for some of the most influential contemporary architects in the world. Working between land and water, objects and space, Lujac Desautel has been widely published and has attracted the attention of a visionary clientele.
"Design at its core is about space and the reformulation of the world around us. True luxury is time, space, and the freedom to choose how we want to live our lives. My canvas for space and passion for the objects that inspire me spans seas and cities, ships and buildings, people and cultures, the past and future.
"Through opening our eyes to the magic of the world around us I believe a compelling experience can be achieved through a fluid process of experimentation, discovery, and the pursuit to live a life one has always dreamed."
Awards and Nominations:
2016 - Boat International, Nominee for Young Designer of the Year (Project: Le Petit Terrasse)
2015 - Designboom's most influential designs of 2015 Award (Project: Salt)
2015 - Archinect Dry Futures Competition (Project: Liquefying Aquifers)
2015 - 1st Prize: ZGF Architects $10,000 Prize
2015 - 1st P rize: CCA Architecture Jury Award (Project: Liquefying Aquifers)
2015 - American Institute of Architectural Illustrators Award and Exhibition
2014 - Boat International, Nominee for Young Designer of the Year (Project: GLASS)
2014 - AECOM, Urban SOS International Architecture Exhibition, New York
2015, 2013, 2012 - CCA Jury Prize Exhibition, San Francisco
* Images courtesy of Lujac Desautel