SAM FORTESCUE JAN 16, 2020
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The next stage is to turn these concepts into hard renderings that can be shared with the client. Here, Le Quément’s automotive experience has proven a boon. He brought in Autodesk software unknown in the marine sector and persuaded VPLP to train up some of its staff to use it. Where before a rendering might have taken weeks to complete, they can now churn them out in a matter of hours. Suddenly it is possible to work up half a dozen alternative designs and present them to a client quickly and easily.
This iterative design process is part of what persuaded Groupe Beneteau to commission VPLP to design its new Excess catamaran range. “I convinced them that it was much better that we do that ourselves because we had designed the Lagoons, and we knew exactly how to move the dosage of the personality.” He shows me a mood board contrasting the two lines. While Lagoon is all mineral—bold edges and manmade forms—Excess is “animal,” with flowing curves. Lagoons are aimed at older, more comfortable sailors, whereas the Excess boats are younger, sportier and offer more contact with the water.
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