Guido de Groot Design was launched in 1997 and is based in Leiden, the oldest university town in Holland. The award-winning studio employs eight designers of varying nationalities and specializes in innovative interiors and exteriors for both luxury motor and sailing yachts. Through the years, the Guido de Groot's design office has evolved to the point that it works with some of the most prestigious shipyards worldwide. Many of the projects combine interior and exterior design and include sailing yachts, fast motor cruisers and more sedate displacement yachts. The Guido de Groot philosophy is to create high-quality designs, both interior and exterior, that should be appreciated for their purity and harmony. This philosophy can be seen in the stunning yachts that glide out from the studio.
Has graduated with a bachelor of science degree with honours from the Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena (USA) and worked for more than six years as a car designer in Paris for the French car manufacturer Citroën. His love affair with yachts began back in 1986 when he saw the fourth "Highlander" close to completion at the De Vries (Feadship) yard. Awestruck by the majesty of this 45-metre masterpiece, he started drawing yachts in parallel with his career in car design. The next decade was spent learning everything there was to know about luxury yachts. He launched Guido de Groot Design in 1997, specialising in innovative interiors and exteriors for both luxury motor and sailing yachts.
Is industrial (transport) designer from the United Kingdom with over 15 years experience working in senior design positions, with a series of prestigious automotive manufacturers including Citroen, Isuzu and Nissan. Immediately before creating Ian Nisbett Design in 2006, Ian held the position of assistant chief designer at the Mazda Advanced Design Centre in Yokohama, Japan. In the roles of both designer and project manager Ian has been responsible for a number of acclaimed concept and production cars and has experience of working in North America, Europe and Japan.
Inspired by design based on technical prerequisites translated to parameters, Jacques studied Architecture & Engineering at Delft University of Technology. One of his main focuses throughout his study was the way technical requirements or boundary condition could drive the design. In this search he developed a special interest in a large variety of digital tools that help to analyse and design. Examples are designs driven by acoustics, building physics or environmental parameters. As much as he is interested in finding clever solutions for design tasks, he is interested in the esthetical appearance. His background enables him to translate his ideas to cohesive designs. His personal preference goes to contemporary minimalistic designs with a clear use of space in relation to its function. In the Guido de Groot Design team, Jacques is involved in both interior and exterior design.
Born in Portugal, he started as a civil engineer working for 6 years in a variety of projects and constructions; from metallic structures to luxury interiors (finishings). He then decided to pursue the old calling of design (vast interest, from cars to interiors). Autodidact by nature, he focused on studying 3D tools which, along with hand sketching abilities (mastered in art and design studies), allow him to illustrate his ideas to clients. He has also worked in several architectural 3D projects in Portugal and The Netherlands. In the Guido de Groot Design team, Paulo's personal imprint of a modern and minimalist interior style has been present since 2005, being able to continue his learning process.
Born in Spain, he studied Industrial Design at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia where he completed his studies with a Master degree in automotive styling and concept design. At this stage he already started to get interested in yacht design since his graduation project was a luxurious car strongly inspired in the yachting world. From there on he started his career as automotive designer in the italian Giugiaro Italdesign office placed in Barcelona where he has been for five years. He has been working mostly as automotive interior designer but also in other transportation projects. At this time he thought of giving his career a drive in a new direction and joined Guido De Groot Design team in 2012 working as exterior designer and 3d modeller.
Born in Napoli, Francesco is an architectural graduate (with distinction) from Federico II di Napoli University. He went on to complete a master degree in interior yacht design from IED-Rome. Here his graduate project focused on a 24 meter powerboat which won first place in the international Diporthesis contest that was organized by the Aspronadi Group in 2011. As an Italian architect, Francesco’s inspiration draws from classical architecture and it is his goal to combine this with yacht design. He strongly believes that both architecture and yacht design, although different, share the same design process and the idea of design as a sculptured art. Francesco joined the Guido de Groot Design Team in 2013 and currently works as an interior designer and 3D modeler.
Born in Italy, Emanuele developed a strong passion for yacht designing, that brought him to be a transportation designer, after graduating at IED (Istituto Europeo di Design) in Torino (Italy) in bike, yacht & train design in 2013, with a bike thesis project in collaboration with Honda. Upon graduating, he started his initial career at Roberto Curtò Design in Rapallo (Italy) where he had the possibility to work on many different types of boats, thus improving his skills and knowledge, while remaining always more fascinated by his job. He now joined Guido de Groot Design team in 2016 as exterior and interior designer.
Born in Italy, he got his bachelor’s in Industrial Design at the University of the Study in Florence and then he completed his master’s degree at ISIA Florence still in Industrial design. From that point he moved abroad from Italy where he started his design career. Still very young, Alessandro joins Guido de Groot design in 2019 after 7 years of experience developed in UK working for the Derby based consultancy, David Gordon ltd where he was Lead Visual Designer, working on international projects in the transport design sector. He is now covering the role of Interior Yacht and Visual Designer bringing to the already consolidated team his pragmatic approach and attention to detail.
Is responsible for marketing and public relations. His passion for yachts and yacht construction started at a very young age, since his father was a boat builder. His career in yacht construction began parallel to his marketing studies in the Netherlands. In the past 10 years he has worked in marketing and sales positions for different well known Dutch Shipyards. Through these various positions he improved his technical knowledge of yacht construction, broaden his marketing skills and has developed a wide network in the industry.
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