Guilty 35m yacht with Jeff Koon exterior paint


115.81ft | Cantieri Navali Rizzardi | 2008

The 115.81ft custom Motor yacht ‘Guiltywas built by Cantieri Navali Rizzardi in Italy, she was delivered to her owner in 2008. The yacht’s interior has been designed by Porfiristudio.


Guilty offers accommodation for up to 10 guests. She is also capable of carrying up to 5 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience.


Powered by 2 MTU (16V4000M90) 3,647hp diesel engines and propelled by her twin screw propellers Motor yacht Guilty is capable of a top speed of 29 knots, and comfortably cruises at 26 knots. She can carry around 26,500 litres of diesel on-board in her fuel tanks. Her water tanks store around 3,200 litres of fresh water.

Dakis Joannou, a Greek industrial mogul from Cyprus, is also one of the leading contemporary art collectors in Europe, which explains his decision to make an artwork out of his newest mega-yacht, by commissioning Jeff Koons and Italian yacht designer Ivana Porfiri to design the ship. From this fruitful collaboration, a luxurious boat named Guilty emerged, measuring 35 meters in length, and being priceless in artistic value. This project represents the largest Koons’ endeavor so far and a serious step forward in contemporary yacht design.

Owner Dakis Joannou arranged a fantastic collaboration between superstar American artist Jeff Koons and Italian yacht designer Ivana Porfiri. Although the colorful exterior brings to mind the Pop paintings of Roy Lichtenstein, Guilty’ s bold geometric designs–alternating yellow rhombuses, pink triangles and blue polygons–were actually inspired by British naval camouflage from World War I.

Joannou, one of the world’s most important contemporary art collectors, what matters most about Guilty is that it provokes a reaction. “We did what we wanted; style was irrelevant,” he says of his maritime masterpiece. “We designed a boat in an antistyle method. We have no rules, no programs, no plans.” Porfiri worked with him to get every element of functionality in place before moving on to Koons’ kaleidoscope design.

Razzle Dazzle, as the exterior pattern is called, “was a technique used during World War I as a camouflage not to conceal an object but to confuse the viewer,” Koons explains. “The process was extremely complex,” Joannou adds, noting that Guilty was painted by hand. “Ivana sent the design to Jeff, and he did some 3-D designing in his studio. I did not interfere at all.”

Ivana Porfiri

Ivana Porfiri is a designer from Milan, Italy. She was involved in aesthetic development of several private homes worldwide, a wine cellar in Italy, various office buildings, product design and design of yachts and floating vessels – 14 yachts and one ship bear her signature. She believes that it is important to be active in more than one specialized field, in order to nurture creativity as well as enable opportunities and different working experiences.


Dakis Joannou

Dakis Joannou is a very well known industrialist and a renowned art collector, with earliest works of his collection dating to 1985. He was first amazed by Jeff Koons’ piece One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank, back when Koons was not yet as famous as today. Presently, Joannou collection contains a vast selection of internationally acclaimed artists, including pieces by Koons, Vanessa Beecroft, Michael Bevilacqua, Joseph Kosuth, Takashi Murakami, Shirin Neshat and many others. Dakis Joannou also founded the Deste Foundation in Athens, an organization dedicated to supporting contemporary art.

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