What is your favourite example of contemporary design?

La Pyramide du Louvre. With the pyramid emerging from the ground, the architect I. M. Pei has found the best way to introduce something modern without coming into conflict with the ancient building.

And something cultural which inspires you?

The novel Novecento by Alessandro Baricco. I am fascinated by this story about a man who lived playing music and decided to die on a ship sailing the oceans.

Which locations inspire you?

Antelope Canyon in Lake Powell, Utah. Sailing its waters alone with nature was like being in another world. This is the way I want people to feel on the yachts we design.

Which yacht from your own portfolio are you most proud of?

The CRN 60-metre J’Ade, launched last December, for its many innovations.