Nuvolari Lenard celebrates its 30th anniversary at the Venice Boat Show 2022

Nuvolari Lenard is one of the most active yacht design companies in the world. The studio created unique designs for superyacht shipyards Oceanco, Lurssen, Palmer Johnson or CRN as well as production boat designs for production builders like Jeanneau-Beneteau. Over the past 30 years since the studio was founded in 1992, in addition to yachts, the team has developed a diverse portfolio that includes aircraft and residential interiors, but their work is still defined by a deep sensibility for design under all its various forms. .

Dan Lenard and Carlo Nuvolari

Based in Venice, the studio is closely involved with academic institutions in the city and has actively supported the Venice Boat Show since its inception.

“I think we’re good at what we do because we’re passionate about what we do. We treat each new project with fresh eyes as if it were the first and never allow ourselves to fall into disillusionment or cynicism,” says Carlo Nuvolari. “A crucial aspect of all our projects has been the fact that we both grew up sailing. I’ve always found it odd that there are a lot of people in this industry, from designers to builders, who don’t make boats or have a relationship with the sea. That seems fundamental to me if you want to design or build yachts.


Nuvolari recalls the defining moment when an impromptu meeting with Mike Kelsey Sr, the former owner of Palmer Johnson, led the young design duo to design the exterior and interior of 59.5m La Baronessa (later pearl). Delivered in 1998, she is still the largest all-aluminum yacht built in the United States. This project set them on their future trajectory and vintage superyachts such as Nord, Alfa Nero, Vibrant Curiosity, Lady M, Quattroelle and Atlante, but also sailing yachts such as Perini Navi’s Spirit of the VS and Oceanco’s radical Black Pearl and many more.


“We have worked together on some extraordinary projects,” says Peter Lurssen, CEO of Lurssen. “And without the creative input of Nuvolari Lenard Design, these yachts would never have become so exceptional. Congratulations on the company’s 30th anniversary”.
“We enjoy working with partners who are up to a challenge,” adds Marcel Onkenhout, CEO of Oceanco. “It has been a pleasure to see Nuvolari Lenard designs positively impact the yachting industry over the past 30 years and to have personally worked together on a number of groundbreaking projects that have changed what we believe to be possible on a superyacht. Well done, Carlo and Dan, for your unwavering passion and remarkable achievements over the past three decades. We look forward to many more iconic projects in the years to come.

Black Pearl

Dan Lenard and Carlo Nuvolari, along with studio partner Valentina Zannier, are active speakers at yachting events and believe strongly in nurturing young design talent. Five years ago, the studio participated in the establishment of a Master in Yacht Design at the University of Architecture Luav in Venice.

Carlo Nuvolari and LUISS students in Dubai

Besides the University of Venice, Nuvolari Lenard also maintains links with the Politecnico di Milano, the University of Coventry and the Luiss University of Rome. In fact, Nuvolari accompanied a group of Luiss students to the 2022 Dubai International Boat Show in March.

Alfa Nero

Carlo Nuvolari is proud of his Venetian origins and Nuvolari Lenard works closely with the organizers of the Venice Boat Show to coordinate conferences, technical conferences and other initiatives, including the MUVE yacht projects in collaboration with the Foundation of civic museums of Venice which organizes a design competition every year. where Carlo Nuvolari is part of the scientific committee and the jury. This year’s edition will see an exhibition of the best projects, including two racing yachts built by the Politecnico di Torino and Uni Trieste, in the magnificent setting of the Arsenale. He will also present a public conference on June 1 entitled “Sensitivity of shipowners to the environment” as part of a conference organized by Assomarinas.

“After 30 years of activity, it would be a shame to keep our accumulated experience in a drawer and not share it with a younger audience,” says Nuvolari.

Carlo Nuvolari, Valentina Zannier and Dan Lenard

Also, the keel laying ceremony for project NL373, a 65m Nuvolari Lenard design for CRN, took place recently. The yacht will be fitted with a hybrid propulsion system which will allow the yacht to cruise at low speeds through the use of electricity provided by on-board generators.


Credits: Tom Van Oossanen; Giovanni Malgarini; Guillaume Plisson – courtesy of the press office

Previous Rental service expands to Kelowna – Kelowna Capital News
Next An in-depth study exploring the boat rental market – The Greater Binghamton Business Journal