Martin Francis has designed yachts since 1988 and is the creative design force behind superyachts Senses, Enigma/Katana/Eco, and technical expert for Yacht A. In 2012, he was selected to collaborate with Silver Arrows Marine to build a new yacht under the creative direction of Mercedes-Benz Style.
Born and raised in the UK, he is a Furniture Design graduate of Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London.
Upon graduation, he worked with architect Lord Norman Foster for 20 years, after which he founded RFR with Peter Rice. As an innovative construction and engineering firm, RFR pioneered the use of glass walls in architecture, most notably on Le Louvre's glass pyramids designed by I. M. Pei.
Martin Francis' first motor yacht commission was Eco, since renamed Katana and Enigma, for Emilio Azcárraga in 1991. Her reputation for innovative design and speed for her size was the springboard which launched subsequent motor yacht designs by Francis Design Consulting.
His work spreads across a variety of creative disciplines and he continues his pursuits in villa architecture, as well as his passion for photography and fine art outside of naval architecture.