The Viken Group acquires the hot laboratory of the Italian design studio

Created just two months ago by leading design company TDoS, the Viken Group is already showing its strength in the market with its latest partnership. Formed with the aim of providing global expertise to several sectors of yacht and cruise design and construction, the group’s new acquisition of Hot Lab aims to benefit its growing portfolio.


The acquisition of Hot Lab is the Viken Group’s latest move in a series of strategic partnerships and acquisitions, all aimed at strengthening its “global offering of comprehensive design, naval architecture and project management services”.


Since its founding in Milan in 2004, Hot Lab has become famous for its “Architecture for Voyagers” approach, which sees a “renewed balance” between luxury and style aboard cutting-edge superyachts. Winning dozens of international awards and worldwide recognition, the studio’s smart approach to yacht design is based on calculated research and innovative thinking.


Hot Lab design lead Enrico Lumini commented: ‘we have always emphasized the quality of our design and the professionalism of the entire Hot Lab team. As a proud extension of the Viken Group family, we can only grow both.’


The studio will join Italian naval design and architecture firm Thalia Marine, which became the first company to be acquired by the Viken Group following its formation announcement earlier this year, as well as TDoS. The new partnership will welcome a “customized and cost-effective service” with an additional “streamlined production process”, tailored to each customer.


“Being part of the Viken Group is something we are extremely proud of. This is just one more demonstration of our achievements to date and the promise of the development of even bigger projects in the future,” added Antonio Romano, marketing manager at Hot Lab.


Hot Lab will continue to operate from its offices in Milan, with company founders Enrico Lumini and Antonio Romano remaining at the forefront of its approach to design.


Stefan Nilsson, CEO of Viken Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Hot Lab and its employees to the Viken group. Hot Lab’s Architecture for Voyagers approach is a welcome addition to our group’s overall offering, which also includes TDoS’ expertise in the complete design of cruise ships and large yachts, and the engineering engineering of Thalia Marine. . We are well on our way to realizing our vision of being better together for our employees and our customers, while striving to achieve our overall goal of a better tomorrow.


TDoS CEO Madelene Hall commented: “The acquisition of Hot Lab will both enrich and strengthen our cruise business. The collaborations between TDoS and Hot Lab will infuse the DNA of private luxury yacht design into cruise ships, facilitating the design of super luxurious and efficient cruise ships. At the same time, our yacht brand will benefit from the business insights we have gained through decades of experience in the cruise ship segment.


TDoS Director of Yachts Daniel Nerhagen added: “The acquisition allows TDoS to continue to focus on cruise ships and large yachts while continuing to hone its unparalleled expertise in large vessel back-of-house operations, complying with SOLAS regulations and solutions. cost-effective designs. The Viken Group’s strategic coordination enables TDoS to continue its exploration and expansion of sustainable design within the simplistic and natural approach inherent in our Scandinavian design heritage.

Joseph E. Golightly