Saturday, February 16, 2013

Xhibitionist Art-Nouveau Styling by Gray Design

The latest design from the innovative board of Eduard Gray of Gray Design is the 75-metre Xhibitionist, which looks at first like the stylish offspring of a superyacht and a supercar.

The hull is described as an inverted trimaran, and the sportscar influence is clear to see (indeed, Gray has designed the Xhibit-G supercar to compliment Xhibitionist). The yacht is, unsurprisingly, packed with innovations. Huge solar panels open out of the superstructure like the hood of a giant sports car, providing a source of power, but they are also, Gray suggests, capable of acting as a helipad or a stage.

At the bow there is a viewing window on the sea, while the engineroom – home to the yacht’s hybrid drives – is housed behind glass walls, making it a feature in itself. Evening lighting is by Oceanled
 Gray has configured the Xhibitionist’s interior for dual use – as a conventional space for guests when required but also with the capability to convert to a floating showroom (shown above). Gray underlines the yacht’s potential as “a working asset”. The central staircase by Cornish Stairways adds a homely familiarity to the main salon/exhibition room and the Baccarat lighting perfectly complements the subtle Art-Nouveau styling, he says.
Sunshine is something the Xhibitionist is particularly fond of. The animation in the video below shows the massive solar panels in operation; a sight to behold in itself. Opening up out of what looks like the hood of a giant sports car, they serve two purposes. The solar panels themselves not only provide power to the vessel; they're sturdy enough to act as a helipad, concert stage, or whatever else suits the need of the owner. The frontal section that drops down serves the same purpose as its counterpart on aircraft carriers; allowing for access and loading. It is not beyond the realms of imagination: seeing a celebrity DJ or a live band perched on the platform performing in front of ten thousand people in a marina.
 "It marks its territory and keeps it long after the Sun has set."

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