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London Design Week - The good, the bad and the ugly

An exclusive armchair session will take place on the 14th of March at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour…

Martin Redmayne, Chairman, and Editor in Chief at The Superyacht Group will be hosting a legendary and exclusive armchair session alongside Ken Freivokh of Ken Freivokh Design, Martin Francis of Francis Studio, and Tony Castro of Tony Castro Yacht Design. The event will take place on the 14th of March at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour from 4 – 5pm in the Summit Showroom.

In this unique, exclusive, and legendary armchair session, be sure to expect the most candid and opinionated design debate in the superyacht realm from three world-renowned design legends. Those onstage will be sharing their anecdotes, sagas, and honest perspectives on the true state of superyacht design and architecture today and tomorrow.

Tony Castro is a longstanding stakeholder of the superyacht industry who has mastered the art of ‘telling it how it is’ and ‘seeing through all of the bullsh*t’. What's more, is that he never shies away from being candid on a truly wide platform, be it on-stage or in the press.

Castro has been in the business for over forty years, having set up his own design studio in 1981 after an illustrious career racing sailboats. His first design Justine III won the One Ton World Cup and became the first yacht to win all 5 races in the world championship - which was the most prestigious and challenging yachting championship of its time.

Ken Freivokh, was raised in Los Angeles, studied engineering and architecture in Peru, and won a Duke of Edinburgh scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art’s school of engineering in London. Notable projects include the 88m Maltese Falcon, the 107m Black Pearl, Oceanco’s 107m  Stiletto, the 137m Dream, the 140m Serene, the 141m Dream Symphony, the 144m Ghost, Fincantieri’s 145m yacht Fortissimo.  Ken is also the current chairman of superyacht tender builder Pascoe International.

Martin Francis trained at the Central School of Art and Design before working as a cabinet maker in 1967, working with Architect Norman Foster on a wide range of projects. He was for 6 years a director of Foster associates in London and the managing director of Foster France.

In 1982 together with Peter Rice he created RFR, the engineering company, where among other things he was responsible for assisting with the cable structure of the Louvre Pyramid using yacht rigging technology. He has lived in France since 1976 where he started his career as a yacht designer with several large motor yachts. His first motor yacht was the iconic ECO followed by several innovative vessels like Senses, Golden Shadow, Sultan, and the 119-meter Yacht ‘A’ for which he was the Technical and Naval designer of a joint project with Phillip Starck. 

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