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High end superyacht interior design studio KATHARINA RACZEK DESIGN celebrates two very successful years

November 12, 2015

Based in Hamburg, Germany, the high end design firm KATHARINA RACZEK DESIGN (KRD) celebrates two very successful years working on interiors across the superyacht, residential and aviation realms. Over the past 13 years, founder Katharina Raczek has taken the lead on interiors of such outstanding vessels as mega yacht Triple Seven, motor yacht Sapphire, luxury yacht RoMA, as well as the multi award-winning M/Y Siren and S/Y Ganesha.

Luxury mega yacht SIREN at anchor

Luxury mega yacht SIREN at anchor

“The last two years have been extremely exciting,” commented Katharina Raczek. “I won’t pretend that it wasn’t overwhelming at the beginning, but I could not be happier with where the studio is today. My goal was always to go beyond superyacht design and do residential interiors as well as private jet interiors, and we have successfully completed projects in all fields: land, sea and sky.”

Several of the studio’s projects have come from Raczek’s past superyacht clients. KRD has just completed work on a superyacht client’s guest house in the hills overlooking Cannes bay. “I have loved the atmosphere of this client’s entire mansion for years; it is very calm and relaxing, with shades of white,” commented Raczek. “She asked me to work with her architect to modernise the guest wing but at the same time to keep its true spirit.” KRD has also been involved in two very different Global 6000 designs for another superyacht client, taking Raczek into the aviation realm as well. “As space and form choices are limited in aircrafts, the material and detail selection becomes even more important,” she says, admitting that her profound passion for detail is something that is particularly appreciated in this arena.

Superyacht Sapphire Saloon - Photo credit to David Churchill

Superyacht Sapphire Saloon – Photo credit to David Churchill

For Raczek, while moving from the superyacht world into aviation is fairly straightforward, land-based design requires an entirely different approach. In the yachting the support for the team of owner’s representatives, project managers, interior builders, as well as shipyard always allows the designer to concentrate entirely on the design and the client’s vision. On land, Raczek says, you are involved in the minute of all aspects of the project.

The fresh challenges of the land and sky projects provide new inspiration, but for Raczek, superyachts will always remain her first love and focus. At the moment, she is working on the interior refit of a 100m+ explorer yacht in Northern Germany; an important project and a legendary yacht that is due to be completed by the end of the year.

Katharina Raczek - Profile

Katharina Raczek – Profile

About Katharina Raczek

Following her studies of interior architecture in Mainz, Germany between 1998 and 2002, Katharina’s career started when she began working with Hamburg’s superyacht design studio Newcruise as an intern. At just 26 years old, her first lead project was the interior of the 67m mega yacht Triple Seven. Following this important project, Raczek became the dedicated in-house interior designer at Newcruise and eventually a partner. In 2013, Katharina handed in her shares in Newcruise and founded Katharina Raczek Design in late 2013.

Outstanding Feadship Motor Yacht LADY INDIA with interior refit by Versteegh-Design

November 11, 2015

The outstanding 38,55m (126’5’’) motor yacht LADY INDIA (ex Katrion, #665) represents the first superyacht interior refit project performed by Dutch interior design agency Versteegh-Design, an expert at turning pool houses into immersive wellness experiences. Originally launched by Feadship in 2003, superyacht LADY INDIA was put on the market in 2013, and when sold last March, her new Owner decided to rebuild the whole interior.

Motor yacht LADY INDIA (ex Katrion, #665) by Feadship with interior design by Versteegh-Design - Photo by Peter Baas

Motor yacht LADY INDIA (ex Katrion, #665) by Feadship with interior design by Versteegh-Design – Photo by Peter Baas

Comfortably sleeping 8 guests and a crew of 7, luxury yacht LADY INDIA now boasts new interiors, reflecting the owner’s personal style. In order to protect their uniqueness, the interiors were refitted without radically changing the look and feel of the yacht, keeping existing elements and adding a few new elements.

Aboard LADY INDIA Yacht - Photo by Peter Baas

Aboard LADY INDIA Yacht – Photo by Peter Baas

Luxury yacht LADY INDIA - Photo by Peter Baas

Luxury yacht LADY INDIA – Photo by Peter Baas

The new interior design of LADY INDIA yacht is the result of an excellent collaboration between the owner, the interior design shop “Klaarenbeek Interieurs” and Versteegh-Design. According to Versteegh-Design “a combination of parties that strengthened the creative process and benefits the outcome.”

Super Yacht LADY INDIA - Dining - Photo by Peter Baas

Super Yacht LADY INDIA – Dining – Photo by Peter Baas

LADY INDIA superyacht - Saloon - Photo by Peter Baas

LADY INDIA superyacht – Saloon – Photo by Peter Baas

Renowned for their expertise in craftsmanship and high-quality detail woodwork, “Giorgetti” furniture was chosen, in order to equal the quality and details of the original cabinets. All furniture was placed well-considered in the seamless and bespoke design and fits perfectly in combination with the wooden cabinets. The floor covering consists of very luxurious high pile carpets and the blue color makes a nice contemporary combination with the red cabinet wood. A notable design detail is the shading in the carpet, which looks like ocean waves. Waves which smoothly continue in all cabins; to have a sea view, both inside and out.

LADY INDIA Yacht - Bar - Photo by Peter Baas

LADY INDIA Yacht – Bar – Photo by Peter Baas

Luxury yacht LADY INDIA - Cabin - Photo by Peter Baas

Luxury yacht LADY INDIA – Cabin – Photo by Peter Baas

The bamboo wood panels on all doors of LADY INDIA superyacht were replaced by smoked glass mirrors and wall panels were replaced by new shiny fabrics to give them a touch of glamour. The walls of the stairs are covered with a special 3d wallpaper in an Audrey Hepburn style. The hallway features a vista panel with a direct view to the master cabin’s art. Wall panels and railings are decorated with cross diagonal elements, which are also reflected in the bed’s stitched leather headboards. The storage cabinet was converted into a luxury open drinks cabinet. The TV room on the aft deck was changed into a bar made of bent copper and leather. Moreover, the bar is fitted with all DJ mixing console connectors, giving the opportunity to party on all times.

Superyacht LADY INDIA - Photo by Peter Baas

Superyacht LADY INDIA – Photo by Peter Baas

In addition to the interior, Versteegh-Design was also asked to create a graphic design for the new yacht’s logo. Their expertise and experience in designing aircraft interiors and train design were of great help when designing the striking interiors of super yacht LADY INDIA (ex Katrion, #665).

Beautiful classic interiors of New Sunreef 74 Sailing Yacht LUCY Z (LZ)

November 11, 2015

Launched by Sunreef Yachts around mid-September 2015, the brand new sailing yacht Lucy Z (LZ) represents the hull number 4 of the sleek Sunreef 74 line, unveiled only about a year ago. Luxury yacht Lucy Z mixes up all the advantages of a large, freshly-built catamaran with the spirit of a classy traditional yacht.

Sunreef 74 sailing catamaran Lucy Z - Interior

Sunreef 74 sailing catamaran Lucy Z – Interior

Lucy Z yacht boasts massive living space, stability, shallow draft and is rigged with cutting edge gear. Tailored to meet the Owner’s specific needs, the vessel represents a true masterpiece in terms of interior design. Her authentic marine decor is the result of a close collaboration between the yard’s in-house design office led by its Director – Joanna Szulc and Dana Avriel – designer and architect appointed by the Client for this amazing project.

Luxury yacht Lucy Z Custom-finished Interior

Luxury yacht Lucy Z Custom-finished Interior

Sailing yacht Lucy Z - Cabin

Sailing yacht Lucy Z – Cabin

Reflecting the times of the yachting classics, Sunreef 74 sailing catamaran Lucy Z boasts custom-finished interiors generously clad in dark wood, a navy marine upholstery, original brass décor elements, as well as an acoustic Yamaha piano.

Lucy Z Yacht - acoustic Yamaha piano

Lucy Z Yacht – acoustic Yamaha piano

More charter yachts built by Sunreef.

LG Hausys involved in luxury interiors of Superyacht SELENA by Van der Valk – Continental Yachts

November 10, 2015

UK company, LG Hausys, has been involved in the luxury interiors of superyacht SELENA, delivered by Van der Valk – Continental Yachts this year. The striking interiors of Continental II 2300 Flybridge motor yacht SELENA feature fabulous acres of wood, mixed with steel, leather and HI-MACS® details. The brand new 25m luxury and contemporary SELENA has just spent her first summer on the Adriatic Sea.

Wim van der Valk Continental II 2300 Flybridge superyacht SELENA

Wim van der Valk Continental II 2300 Flybridge superyacht SELENA

The interior space of luxury yacht SELENA, fully tailored and organized to meet all the requirements of her Owners, is split into two levels: the steering section including a lounge with dining room, kitchen, storeroom and control room, and the lower deck, with four cabins for guests all with respective private amenities.

Luxury yacht SELENA - Twin Cabin

Luxury yacht SELENA – Twin Cabin

On the outside, next to the second helm, is a lounge area on the flying bridge, with a large L-shaped sofa and a living zone on the bow.

Motor Yacht SELENA - Bathroom

Motor Yacht SELENA – Bathroom

To give the interiors of SELENA yacht a more modern look and create an unusual colour contrast, the dark brown walnut containing grey and black grains has been used, with contemporary details in steel and acrylic stone. HI-MACS®, used predominantly in the bathrooms and kitchen, proved vital in this sense: the new generation acrylic stone is in fact rich in those characteristics which helped make the project a success, not only in terms of aesthetics by also function.

SELENA Yacht - Bathroom

SELENA Yacht – Bathroom

Thermoformable, HI-MACS® can potentially take on any shape at all, while its surface, which once treated no longer shows any sign of joints, prevents any dirt from taking hold because it is totally impervious.  HI-MACS® therefore made it possible not only to create bathrooms in a number of different colours (using four different shades of the bright and original Lucent collection), but also to give the impression that all the interiors of SELENA superyacht are one continuous piece of material. The best example shown by the washbasins, perfectly integrated into the vanity top.

Super Yacht SELENA - Bathroom

Super Yacht SELENA – Bathroom

Hygienic, strong and uniform, HI-MACS®, supplied for SELENA yacht by Baars & Bloemhoff and transformed by Bone Solid, repels stains and mould, and ensures an excellent seal even after many years.

Interior images of Newly Launched WIDER 150 Super Yacht GENESI

November 06, 2015

Ancona-based Italian shipyard, WIDER Yachts, has proudly unveiled the new interior images of the recently launched WIDER 150 super yacht GENESI (project name). Created by Fulvio De Simoni in collaboration with WIDER Founder and CEO, Tilli Antonelli and the yard’s in-house design team, the brand new motor yacht GENESI boasts accommodation layout well suited for a luxury superyacht charter, including an amazingly generous full-beam owner’s suite that can also be split into two distinct areas, as well as four en-suite cabins; two VIP cabins and two standard cabins, one of the latter also including a Pullman berth for a child. Read more about this striking vessel here.

Wider 150 Yacht GENESI just launched

Wider 150 Yacht GENESI just launched

Superyacht GENESI - Wheelhouse

Superyacht GENESI – Wheelhouse

Luxury yacht GENESI - Dining

Luxury yacht GENESI – Dining

Super Yacht GENESI - Cabin

Super Yacht GENESI – Cabin

GENESI superyacht - Cabin

GENESI superyacht – Cabin

Luxury yacht GENESI - Bathroom

Luxury yacht GENESI – Bathroom

Yachting Developments and Adam Lay Studio release first interior details about Beautiful 34m Frers-designed Hull 1012 Yacht

October 30, 2015

Yachting Developments and Adam Lay Studio are proud to release the first details about the interior of the beautiful 33,7m Hull 1012 yacht, currently under construction. Scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2016, superyacht Hull 1012 is a majestic Frers sloop, designed as a family orientated vessel capable of travelling the world in maximum comfort and style.

Yachting Developments superyacht Hull 1012

Yachting Developments superyacht Hull 1012

“Serious blue water sailing has been driving the project and the design brief from the start,” said Adam Lay, responsible for the elegant interior design of sailing yacht Hull 1012. “The owners are proper sailors who undertake lengthy voyages enjoying the journey as much if not more than the destination.”

110' Frers Yacht Hull 1012 - Saloon

110′ Frers Yacht Hull 1012 – Saloon

The interiors of luxury yacht Hull 1012 will be spacious and full of natural light, taking inspiration from the owners’ previous yacht. A family orientated layout, with a natural flow between the owner and crew spaces, will create an open plan apartment style layout that maximizes the interior. “This layout, where you can virtually see from the forward bulkhead to the aft bulkhead was a major part of the design brief and layout optimisation discussion,” said Lay.

110' Frers Superyacht Hull 1012 - Owners Cabin

110′ Frers Superyacht Hull 1012 – Owners Cabin

A focal living space on board Hull 1012 superyacht will be the generous full-beam salon, with portholes, skylights and high level coachroof windows, all streaming light inwards. The salon hosts a bar to starboard and a versatile dining area for eight people.

The lovely cabins aboard Hull 1012 yacht will comfortably sleep up to 8 guests, and will be themed around memorable trips on board the owner’s previous yacht. “The colour schemes have been meticulously worked around the owner’s photographic images which will eventually adorn the new yacht’s bulkheads,” commented Lay. The full-beam owner’s cabin can be found aft and features skylights to add natural light and allow airflow without air conditioning.

110' Frers Sailing Yacht Hull 1012 - Owners Bathroom

110′ Frers Sailing Yacht Hull 1012 – Owners Bathroom

“Adam Lay Studio is delighted to be working with the owners and their family on this project,” added Lay. “It is a pleasure to work with Germán Frers again after our successful collaboration on the five times award-winning S/Y Inukshuk and also with Yachting Developments after a successful collaboration on the award-winning refit of J-Class Endeavour.”

“It has been a pleasure for Yachting Developments specialist interior team to work on the interior of Hull 1012, which has been so beautifully designed by Adam Lay together with the owners,” said Ian Cook, Managing Director of Yachting Developments. “As the build of Hull 1012 enters its final six months we are looking forward to showing off the end result to the world.”

110' Frers Super Yacht Hull 1012 - Aft Guest Cabin

110′ Frers Super Yacht Hull 1012 – Aft Guest Cabin

A full interior design overview as well as designer’s statements will be unveiled upon the vessel’s launch.

See more charter yachts built by Yachting Developments here.

Ocean Alexander among IY&A Awards 2016 Finalists with NEW 112’ Tri-Level Yacht

October 23, 2015

Ocean Alexander has been announced as one of the finalists for the 2016 International Yacht & Aviation Awards, with their new 112’ Tri-Level yacht. The beautiful 112’ Ocean Alexander Tri-Level superyacht was shortlisted in the ‘Interior Design – Power Yacht’ category.

The 112' Tri-Level Yacht by Ocean Alexander - Saloon

The 112′ Tri-Level Yacht by Ocean Alexander – Saloon

The new 112’ Ocean Alexander Tri-Level luxury yacht provides superb accommodation in five luxuriously appointed staterooms. These include a full-beam master stateroom on the main deck, fitted with a large seating area, along with a spacious vanity as well as a small night-head for the owners’ convenience. The master head, positioned forward, has a full-sized Jacuzzi tub with separate shower and his-and-her walk-in closets.

112' Ocean Alexander Tri-Level superyacht - dining

112′ Ocean Alexander Tri-Level superyacht – dining

The 112’ Ocean Alexander Tri-Level yacht also boasts an amazing formal dining with seating for 10, along with al fresco dining on the aft deck with the expansive table and settee. The crew quarter can comfortably sleep from four to six crew members, depending on the configuration. The sky lounge provides an additional living/entertaining area with seating for 8-10, a game table, and opens to the immense boat deck. The boat deck, being one of the largest found on this size, is fitted with an oversized bar, a huge settee and table, along with a hot tub.

112' Ocean Alexander Tri-Level luxury yacht - Master cabin

112′ Ocean Alexander Tri-Level luxury yacht – Master cabin

Externally, the pilothouse forward features side doors leading out to a Portuguese bridge to help facilitate docking and offers fantastic views. The Bridge deck and Sun deck provide amazingly generous space and possibilities for entertainment for the owner and their guests.

More Ocean Alexander charter yachts.

Majestic Oyster 825 Superyacht MAEGAN among IY&A Awards 2016 Finalists

October 09, 2015

The majestic Oyster 825 superyacht MAEGAN by Oyster Yachts has been announced as one of the finalists for the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2016, competing in the ‘Interior Design – Sailing Yacht‘ category. A successor to the popular Oyster 82 yacht, luxury sailing yacht MAEGAN provides elegant and luxurious accommodation for six guests, with fully equipped galley and crew areas, enabling a full ‘six star’ service without compromise to her performance.

Oyster 825 Yacht Maegan - Interior

Oyster 825 Yacht Maegan – Interior

Boasting strength and seaworthiness whatever the conditions, luxury yacht MAEGAN features a sleek, easily driven hull from Humphreys Yacht Design. This maximises the standard layout of the en-suite owner and guest accommodation in three double cabins aft, whilst providing independent quarters for four professional crew to run the yacht discreetly.

Maegan Yacht - Cabin

Maegan Yacht – Cabin

Super yacht MAEGAN boasts a very linear interior, with joinery in horizontal grain quarter-sawn limed oak and a walnut sole throughout. This creates a spacious and welcoming yacht with a wonderfully open and airy feel, benefiting from judicious use of painted panels and careful fabric selection to add contrast and interest to a minimalist brief from a very knowledgeable and design literate client.

Maegan superyacht - Saloon

Maegan superyacht – Saloon

Oyster 825 yacht MAEGAN also hosts a large, full-beam saloon, with the feeling of light and space which is further enhanced by a state-of-the-art side-sliding glass companionway and Oyster’s trademark triple Seascape windows providing fantastic views to the horizon when seated.

More Oyster Marine charter yachts.

Further shortlist success for Sunrise Super Yacht IRIMARI in IY&A Awards 2016

September 29, 2015

Sunrise super yacht IRIMARI (hull 632) has reached a further shortlist success in the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2016. In addition to the ‘Power Yacht over 60m’ category, the imposing 63-metre mega yacht IRIMARI has been also nominated for the ‘Interior Design – Power Yacht’ award.

Sunrise Yacht IRIMARI (hull 632) - Saloon

Sunrise Yacht IRIMARI (hull 632) – Saloon

Destined to provide ultimate comfort at sea for extended cruising, luxury yacht IRIMARI is a mighty ocean-going vessel with transoceanic range, boasting graceful lines and perfect proportions by ever-talented Espen Oeino. Her naval architecture is by Unique Yacht Design of Antalya, while her stunning bleached-oak and copper-strip interiors were created by Focus Yacht Design of Bremen.

Superyacht IRIMARI - Dining

Superyacht IRIMARI – Dining

The favourite aspect of superyacht IRIMARI (hul 632) is the variation of a common design vocabulary in order to achieve spaces which flow into each other and form a sequence with well-matched surfaces. Therefore the different rooms create a calm and inviting environment without ever being boring. The design works so well due to the attention that is purposefully grabbed by highlights, which ensure the individuality and purpose of each room. These highlights never compete with each other, but appeal with the overall ambiance on board. They are designed to complement and enhance each other.

Luxury yacht IRIMARI - Cabin

Luxury yacht IRIMARI – Cabin

Mega yacht IRIMARI - Bathroom

Mega yacht IRIMARI – Bathroom

Oceania Marine announces acquisition of Superyacht Interior Manufacturer SMI

September 25, 2015

The largest superyacht refit and repair facility based in Whangarei, New Zealand, Oceania Marine are currently in the process of taking over the superyacht interior manufacturer SMI, as the logical expansion to their existing shipyard facilities. With operations expected to be taken over by October 1, the services of top class interior joinery company will be offered to the ever expanding group of Oceania Marine’s clientele, including such outstanding vessels as the 46M Palmer Johnson motor yacht VANTAGE, recently refitted by the company.

46M Palmer Johnson superyacht VANTAGE at Oceania Marine North Shipyard, Port Whangarei, New Zealand

46M Palmer Johnson superyacht VANTAGE at Oceania Marine North Shipyard, Port Whangarei, New Zealand

The two companies have a long association through refit as well as new build yacht projects and are positioned close to each other in Port Whangarei, New Zealand. The principle of SMI, Grant Willis, is fully committed to marine projects in Croatia and has decided to base himself there for the duration. As a consequence, the business was offered to Oceania Marine, who were happy to accept it.

Oceania Marine Managing Director, Martin Gleeson, said: “Marine interiors are often an important part of our projects at the shipyard and with the opening next month of the Port Whangarei Marine Centre we see this requirement growing. When SMI was offered to us for purchase two main aspects motivated us to say ‘Yes’. Firstly, SMI is a key sub-contractor and we wished to preserve the quality and competitive pricing that they offered us. Secondly, adding the SMI brand with its world class reputation and innovative processes to our stable would add massive value to Oceania Marine’s offerings to clients.”

SMI, while retaining its own identity – SMI Ltd, will be incorporated into Oceania Marine Group, who will sustain SMI’s demonstrated core values: flexibility, absolute quality, as well as total customer satisfaction.

Oceania Marine have also announced the appointment of Doug Black as General Manager. He boasts invaluable work experience in this specialised sector of the marine industry, and is tasked with driving sales to grow the company. Oceania Marine is currently working on the refit of a vessel with interior by SMI, underway in Refit Shed C at Oceania Marine’s North Shipyard.