About Studio Faggioni
Faggioni's family is in the area of La Spezia for over five centuries and in the 18th Century they already were expert boat builders. The ship construction activity in Cadimare and surrounding began with repair of coasters and small ships and develops into more organized way in the early 20th Century.
Since four generations Studio Faggioni has been involved in naval planning, design and restoration. An experience which takes its root from the old tradition of La Spezia Shipwrights and which unceasingly renew keeping up with the times. For more then forty years Ugo Faggioni has been a very well-known naval designer, his experience has been handed down to his son Stefano who since 1995 has actively collaborated with, in very important designs such as Sud, Marlin and the Bertram series in Miami. From Ugo's tragic loss in the year 2000, the family activity has profitably carried on with the realization of restoration projects for very important classic boats.
The 6th March 2015 the University of Genoa and the Politechnic of Milan awarded Stefano Faggioni with the first Honorary Master Degree in Yacht and Cruising Vessel Design.
The idea of restoration within the nautical field takes a different meaning from the typical terminology. In fact unlike a piece of furniture, a painting or a sculpture, an old boat cannot be restored only to be preserved otherwise it would turn to a museum piece. On the contrary, the boat, even if she is a real work of art, is conceived to sail. She's "a fragment taken from the earth", a living creature as are the passengers who live on her, and right around them and for them she has to be restored, keeping the old charm without altering her own nature, but respecting the current demands of space, comfort and safety.
In virtue of this philosophy many boats have come back to life and to sail honouring that very history which they contributed to. We brought to life boats which wrote the history of yachting such as Orion, Croce del Sud, Astra, Candida, Yali, Sylvia, Emilia, Mariette, Sakkara (ex Dodi) and many more, including Marlin the famous 1930 Fast Commuter Yacht belonged to J.F. Kennedy.
From the year 2000 many other prestigious restorations have been added such as Black Swan, Iduna, Magda XIII, Pianosa, Javelin, Deva (ex Te Vega), Lulworth the amazing 1920 Big Class Gaff Cutter of which we do want to underline the extremely delicate work of recovery of the original inside, Patience, a 1931 bermudian sloop by Camper & Nicholson and La Spina the first 12 metre class built in Italy by Baglietto in 1929. During 2009 S.F. completed the preliminary project for the entire restoration of USS Williamsburg, the 75 m M/Y built in 1930 and belonged to USA Presidents H. Truman and D.D. Eisenhower.
Planning And Design
Planning and design are parallel activities to restoration. During the last few years we have been conceiving and launching prestigious hulls: from the schooner Ishtar (1992) to the ketch Amira and Barabba (1979), the Multi series (1975), the Clio 81and 105 series (1982) and to the 35 metres motor yacht Sud (1999) whose interiors have been conceived with the typical sobriety of a sailing boat but hardly common on boats of such dimensions. We have completed projects of many kinds: a gaff schooner, Caicco type, built completely of wood in Bodrum, Turkey, ships and military motor patrol vessels as CP254 and CP259 for the Italian Navy (1983), other military motor vessels for the Venezuelan Navy (1973). We have joined the realisation of hydrofoils and speedboats such as Guizzo (1993), belonging to the Tirrenia, and very luxury yacht such as the famous 105 metres Lady Moura (1988). Between 1997 and 1998 we have been chosen from the Bertram Yacht of Miami to renew the gamut of their 54, 60 and 73 feet famous Fisherman presented in 1998 at the Miami Boat Show and later produced. From 2005 Studio Faggioni is involved with styling and interiors project of Naumachos 82, a 24 metres Explorer Vessel series built by Cantiere Navale di Pesaro; from 2007 to 2009 SF made the whole interiors project for two big yachts (80 and 54 m) in Art Deco style.
Since 2009 Studio Faggioni is transferring its own experience of yacht Design and planning in houses interiors and architecture projects, a sort of "landing" from yacht luxury world. So, S.F. is actually involved in an important restoration of a 17th Century's Villa in Tuscany, close to Lucca and in a complete refitting of an important Resort in Gaeta, named Aeneas' Landing. In 2010 we started a brand new project for a very big sporting village in Guanacaste (Costa Rica).