You grew up in Salzburg. How do you go from high mountains to designing speedboats?
Extreme sport, in which technical and dimensional limits are tested, fascinated me from an early age. For this, the lake and mountain environments of Salzburg are perfect. Skiing, paragliding and especially sailing made a huge impression on me from very early on. As a designer, the path to designing boats were very straightforward.
Designers often speak about design schools and design stars. Which designers influenced you and your designs?
I was lucky to be at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, when brilliant designers like Paolo Piva, Hermann Czech, Boris Podrecca and Jasper Morrison were there to discuss ideas and design. But I cannot name any one designer as the biggest influence though. The real influences were the many interesting people in whose environment I could develop my own language, my style and above all my passion for design.
Your speedboat remind me slightly of a Wally-Yacht-design. Did that style play a role in your design?
Luca Bassani has long been a global ‘game – changer’ in the top division of boat designs with a form of language that goes beyond previous pattern. With Cosmo6oo, I try to liberate this language and to make it available to a wider prospective group.
How do you plan to target specific markets with your product?
I would be happy to provide our natural environment with something more passionate, that’s not limited to a specific market segment. The attraction and the motivation to have a speed boat at the front door, should hopefully be greater than the product.
Is the design motivation already a question of style for a designer?
Absolutely. Whether I‘m developing a control system for a large zoo or a speedboat that can unlock, or give us access to our natural environment silently and directly, like gliding, is quite a difference. Therefore, the Cosmo6oo uses sustainable technology as a stylistic device. To link our fascination with the speedboat experience, to our fascination with the wonders of our waterways. Of course it can also equipe oceangoing yachts as charter boats. Conceptually it lends itself as an impulse generator or catalyst for urban planners. I have a great desire to share thoughts and ideas with architects about how you could use the incredible potential of the Danube for urban landscape design. The boat should spark the desire to be on water.
How do you actually connect Smart Technology with the outlaw image of speedboats.
With forceful understatement … the result of minimalism in design. For example, we adapted the shape of the boat to the absolute minimum water displacement possible.
In that way Cosmo6oo offers, in reality, what others only promise as a marketing pitch: ‘Cosmo is fast and its engine is quiet’. What used to be a strong outboard motor, or ideal sailing wind, is irrelevant. Even though Cosmo6oo has ferocious power and style, it’s an unbelievably friendly boat that rocks gently amongst water lilies.
By that I mean, that conceptually, the design of Cosmo6oo aims to open up the room for presentation, which has to be determined by the individual.