At the Monaco Yacht Show in September, Eurocopter exhibited a “collectable art” EC135 helicopter with a distinctive zig-zag, blue-on-white livery aboard the 282-foot super-yacht Quattronelle.
The project began with the idea of creating something unique and different in the vertical-lift marketplace, according to Eurocopter (Stand No. P10). The result is the striking, zig-zag design that creates a link between the helicopter and yacht landing pad. And thanks to its contrasting pattern with integrated lighting, the helicopter’s appearance changes, depending on the observer’s perspective.
“A helicopter doesn’t have to be just a technical accessory; it also can be a work of art,” explained German artist Rita Weber who created the exterior design. My zig-zag design respects the external lines of the EC135 but creates a unique helicopter.”
To provide an optical tie between the helicopter and its ocean-going home, yacht designer Nuvolari & Lenard of Venice, Italy, adapted and applied the same blue-and-white, zig-zag pattern to the Quattronelle’s helipad.
The five-passenger EC135’s “wow” factor also extends to the cabin, which combines posh materials from well-known international designers–silk carpet by Tai Ping; leather in fuschia from Foglizzo; and cashmere-covered interior walls by Loro Piana.
The twin-engine EC135 is also a roomy aerial runabout, with flat floor and space for as many as five passengers plus one pilot.
The Quattronelle is the first Lürssen-built super-yacht to be designed by Nuvolari & Lenard and was launched in 2012.