News & Press

Please check this page regularly for our news and features in the international media.

Boat International
Design Heroes

October 2015

Boat International speaks to renowned yacht designers about their favourite design items, and publishes an article on a hand-crafted Venetian forcola in Martin's collection.

Salt by Swarovski
Making Waves

Spring/Summer 2015

Swarovski's inhouse magazine, Salt, talks to Martin Francis about his career in yacht design, and how his artistic influences have inspired his latest Surfaces Collection at Swarovski.

The Cult of Luxury

March 2015

Forbes discusses yachts in its series "The Cult of Luxury" and focuses on superyachts A and Enigma.

Boat International
Lunch with Martin Francis

January 2015

Two years after sitting down for lunch with Martin Francis in 2013, leading yacht magazine Boat International reprises its series of rendez-vous with yacht designers, and meets Martin in his Riviera residence.

Swarovski collaborates with yacht architect Martin Francis to create a new series of tactile surfaces.

Meer und Yachten
Insight into the Future of the Yacht World

July 2013

German magazine Meer und Yachten publishes an article "Insight into the Future of the Yacht World" and features Martin Francis foremost as one of the most influential and innovative yacht designers. The July 2013 issue highlights our design of a 130-meter motor and sail boat.

Silver Arrows Marine launches a new web site with a video of the project development.

Boat International
Lunch with Martin Francis

January 2013
Boat International 2013

Boat International speaks to Martin Francis against the backdrop of the Galeries des Arcades in Biot on the French Riviera. This month's issue reveals his story through yachting and architecture, with a special feature on his artwork, art collection, and collaborations on the iPad version.

Silver Arrows Marine

January 2013

Silver Arrows Marine, in partnership with Mercedes-Benz Style, commissions a 14-meter yacht design. Inspired by Mercedes-Benz's Silver Arrows racing cars in the 1930s, Francis Design has designed the yacht with an innovative hull whose form gives it greater mobility and speed. The concept was revealed at the Monaco Yacht Show 2012.

"[On the] new yacht, called simply A... the 390-foot craft's bow is angled inward, resembling a submarine or a sleek locomotive; the control center soars from the stern rather than the middle of the boat."

Yachts International
On the "A" List

August 2008

Grace Trofa of Yachts International speaks to Martin Francis in-depth following the launch of Yacht A.

Boat International 25th Anniversary Special Issue
25 Influential People
25 Significant Yachts

June 2008

Boat International runs a special feature in its 25th Anniversary Jubilee Special Issue. Martin Francis is named one of the 25 most influential people in the world of yachting. Francis Design also receives recognition as designer and architect of Senses and Enigma, two of the 25 most significant superyachts.

The Architects' Journal

April 1986

Architects' Journal ran a 14-page feature on Martin Francis and reviewed his architectural and designs innovations to date. The work featured includes his designs from his furniture, glass engineering, and naval design portfolio.