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Sep 2005

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Daniele Carnevali


"Superyacht" is synonymous with luxury and with space. Architects, often working closely with demanding owners, design furnishings of all kinds, using all kinds of materials. There are customers who are lovers of classic styles and who want to relax surrounded by the natural colour of wood. Then there are those who follow the latest trends, preferring minimalist layouts, with furniture painted white or made of avant-garde materials, such as carbon. Marble, however, available in an almost unlimited variety of colours, is a material almost all owners appreciate. It is an ostentatious material, connotes quality, is beautiful to look at, and solid. In fact, marble, thanks to its strength and to the fact that it is easy to clean, is particularly suited for surfaces that are constantly worked, such as galley counters and bathrooms. But it also adds beauty, when inserted with a particular motif in furnishings, for example, or when used for floors and ceilings. And then there are those who let their imaginations go, embellishing furnishings with exotic mosaics. Italy is home to some of the leading international firms specialising in marble. One of these is Zunino Marmi, which has a great deal of experience with superyachts, having often worked with shipyards of the level of Mondomarine, Spertini Alalunga, CBI Navi and Maxi Dolphin, as well as with famous companies such as Arredamenti Porto.

Zunino Marmi, a family firm today managed by Claudio Zunino, has been in the marble business for more than 130 years. This experience is a guarantee of its ability to choose the best raw materials, to do flawless work and to collaborate productively with designers and architects. The firm not only supplies materials but also does onboard installation. In addition to all kinds of marble, it offers granite, onyx, sodalite, quartzite, slate and other fine materials, all refined using numerical- control centres. This is a system, which, on the basis of data in the software and a water-jet cutting machine, is able to work on any type of material, from marble to stainless steel, from glass to plastic. It uses sophisticated CAD-CAM software compatible with the most widely-used technical design programs on the market, thus ensuring complex, 100% accurate work. The final product is impeccable, partly because the cutting technology, using water, causes no thermal changes to the edges of the material. Each piece is in any case hand-finished by the firm's staff before being installed. The "light marble" offered by Zunino Marmi is an ideal solution for large yachts since the result, combined with vacuum technology and aluminium, to carbon- fibre or ultra-light resin honeycomb, is indistinguishable from solid marble and yet is lighter and stronger.

For more information: Zunino Marmi, Via Piacenza 3r, 16137 Genoa; Tel.: +39 0108392526/0108 391477; Fax: +39 0108 70040; Web site:; E-mail: