Open Flow: Niniette 66

Bugatti’s Niniette 66 instills studied feng shui into the cockpit.

The nonlinear design of the Bugatti Niniette 66’s cockpit is intended to inspire “seamless” onboard interaction.Courtesy Palmer Johnson

This year’s launch of boats designed by famous carmakers includes the Niniette 66, based on Bugatti’s Chiron supercar. “There is Bugatti DNA all over this yacht,” says Timur Mohamed, CEO of ­Palmer Johnson, which built the Niniette 66. “On the exterior are the signature Bugatti lines, duotone carbon fiber and the Chiron’s accentuated centerline.”

A fire pit is not standard ­equipment on most open cockpits, but Bugatti thought it would enhance the Niniette’s ambience. Palmer Johnson’s CEO notes that the feature was researched for safety. “The low flame has been used on other yachts,” he says. After the marshmallows are toasted and the s’mores are all gone, the pit converts to a dining table.Courtesy Palmer Johnson

The cockpit’s nonlinear shape is intended to challenge traditional yacht design. It includes a lounge with a built-in hot tub, facing lounges around a fire pit, and a helm resembling the space-age dash of the French supercar. “We wanted to ensure that the cockpit flowed organically, with no straight lines,” Mohamed says.

The vessel’s 21-foot-4-inch beam allowed for some creative concepts. “Our designers could play with organic shapes to add more flow around the deck,” Mohamed says. “It creates a fresh, new way of living on board.”