A superyacht is a blend of innovation and tradition; a creation that marries the latest technology and advances with classic notions of luxury. But in a world that often sticks closely to archetypally luxurious materials, introducing new alternatives to old favourites is a tough sell. However, since longevity and keeping weight down is a vital part of designing a superyacht, modern, man-made materials can offer an attractive option.

Lapitec is one such material. A unique, sintered stone product, it uses advanced scientific techniques to create a surface that is neither natural stone, artificial quartz, ceramic or porcelain, but nevertheless has the advantages of them all.

Made in Italy, Lapitec uses highly refined natural elements, which are blended in a controlled physical and chemical environment during the manufacturing process (to a degree that was not possible before), creating a material that has the strength of a ceramic with the properties and look of natural stone.

100 per cent mineral with no resin or hydrocarbon based binding components, it has a similar make up to granite but with a tight, cryptocrystalline structure similar to porcelain. Strong, hardwearing, mould-resistant, anti-bacterial, impervious to UV rays and scratch resistant, Lapitec is also non-absorbent, easy to maintain and available in slip resistant finishes.

Available in four different finishes, it comes in an array of natural hues and according to its manufacturers, it weighs 2400 kg/m3, making it one of the lightest cladding products with its material advantages available. Lapitec is yet to be used on board a superyacht, but applications include interior and exterior cladding, galley and bathroom surfaces, and furniture. Iconic French designer Philippe Starck has already incorporated it into a range of outdoor furniture.

Lapitec is available across Europe and now available in the UK through The Marble and Granite Centre.

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