Throwback Thursday: as we draw close on the last day of a successful 2015, here's a glimpse back to the early stages of construction of the Pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris, 1989. Martin Francis created a solution for a life-size maquette by having four cables hung from a crane, for I. M. Pei to visualise the main Pyramid in relation to the Museum, and in preparation for Jacques Chirac's visit to the site. The Pyramid is an example of glass cable-bracing pioneered by Martin and his former firm, RFR.
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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.
Swarovski collaborates with yacht architect Martin Francis to create a new series of tactile surfaces.
Silver Arrows Marine launches a new web site with a video of the project development.
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."
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.
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.