Italian naval architect Stefano Righini, designer for some of Azimut-Benetti's most exclusive collections, was appointed to the Altagamma Honorary Council in Rome last week as an Italian Ambassador of creative excellence.

The honour from the Altagamma Foundation is bestowed on leading figures in the Italian creative and design community, whose skills and creativity have contributed to strengthening the Italian culture of excellence and its recognition worldwide in many different fields.

Tenor Andrea Bocelli, designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and artist Michelangelo Pistoletto also received the award.

“Stefano Righini is not only a leading naval designer, as demonstrated by over 5,500 boats on the water that bear his name, but also the prime mover behind the most important light and space revolutions in yacht interiors over the last 20 years,” says Azimut-Benetti chairman Paolo Vitelli. “Stefano has left an unmistakable imprint on his designs, making an important contribution to our group’s growth and leadership.”

Righini is responsible for the transition from portholes to big windows integrated into the hull of Azimut-Benetti yachts. He is also the inventor of Benetti coupe, sport fly and trawler models produced from composite materials on a large scale.

“These are innovations that have not only driven Italy to a position of leadership on international markets, but also influenced the decisions of many other shipyards,” Vitelli adds.