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New CEO for Trimline Yacht Interiors

July 22, 2014

Trimline Yacht Interiors, Southampton-based yacht interior specialists, have announced the appointment of Andrew Richards as their new Chief Executive Officer. The company has managed a number of large-scale refurbishment projects in the last year, including the 65-metre motor yacht Shemara.

Andrew Richards

Andrew Richards

Richards, currently Group Key Account Director at Survitec Group Ltd, will take up his post at Trimline on the 7 August and his role will see him strategically lead the company through the biggest development phase in its history as Trimline prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015.

Trimline has undergone its largest expansion in recent years with 12 new vacancies created within the last year alone and the number of employees reaching 100. Turnover at the company has now exceeded £20 million and this is anticipated to increase to £30 million within the next five years.

Gary Oliver, Managing Director at Trimline Ltd, said: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew to Trimline. With 21 years of experience within the marine industry, his knowledge will help Trimline continue to expand and manage its growing portfolio of ship maintenance and projects whilst providing direction and leadership to our ever-expanding staff.”

Andrew Richards said: “I am thrilled to be joining Trimline at such an exciting stage in its development. The opportunity to work within an innovative, forward-thinking company is one that I am very much looking forward to and I look forward to developing established relationships with Trimline’s staff and partners.”

The move to expand the company comes after the addition of an electrical and catering department in 2013 to bring more expertise in-house and increase the support offered to partners. Tony Body has also been appointed to the newly created role of Director of Site Projects to help position the company for further growth.

Trimline has managed a number of large-scale refurbishment projects in the last year including: Red Falcon for Red Funnel and Isle of Wight Ferries, Star Pride for Windstar Cruises, Ben My Chree for Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, HMA Scott and RFA Fort Victoria for the Ministry of Defence, Thomson Dream for Thomson Cruises, Queen Mary 2 for Cunard and the luxury yacht Shemara.

FM – Architettura d’Interni refits 172ft Abeking & Rasmussen motor yacht AMORE MIO 2 (ex Sea Jewel)

July 03, 2014

FM- Architettura d’Interni, the Italian Atelier specializing in the complete service of a project, going beyond the limits of traditional architecture and design, has beautifully refitted motor yacht Amore Mio 2, previously known as Sea Jewel. Made of steel and aluminium, the  172-foot superyacht Amore Mio 2 was built by Abeking & Rasmussen in 1997.

Abeking and Rasmussen superyacht Amore Mio 2 (ex Sea Jewel) refitted by FM - Architettura d'Interni

Abeking and Rasmussen superyacht Amore Mio 2 (ex Sea Jewel) refitted by FM - Architettura d'Interni

For Francesca Muzio and Maria Silvia Orlandini, founders of FM- Architettura d’Interni, it was a real challenge since the project started in January 2014 and was delivered on May 24, 2014. The new Owner of luxury yacht Amore Mio 2 has decided to cooperate with the Firm from Ancona after understanding FM organizational efficiency and especially the expertise and passion of the two young founders of this design atelier.

Luxury motor yacht Amore Mio 2 - Dining

Luxury motor yacht Amore Mio 2 - Dining

Thanks to the high sophistication level achieved by the Firm in displaying projects through dexterity of sketches, technical plans, mood-boards, CGI software and 3D modelling, the Owner of Amore Mio 2 yacht could see in the tiniest details the finished product, even before it was started. This new approach made it possible to complete the project on time and fully meeting the Owner and FM’s expectations.

Luxury yacht Amore Mio 2 - Saloon

Luxury yacht Amore Mio 2 - Saloon

Super yacht Amore Mio 2 has been refitted in partnership with CPN Shipyard Ancona relying on an established network of top level artisans, selected by FM-Interior Architecture among those ranking at the highest level of professional excellence in the Marche region (which boasts a centuries-old tradition, especially in the manufacturing of leather and wood), and able to meet any requirement from the Owner.

Despite being built more than 15 years ago, Amore Mio 2 superyacht can be considered a contemporary jewel of the present, with very specific characteristics. First of all, we are on a 52 mt long boat, whose volumes can definitely be compared to a 60 mt since it has a maximum width of 10.30 mt and 5 decks.

Superyacht Amore Mio 2 - Saloon

Superyacht Amore Mio 2 - Saloon

All the interiors of Amore Mio 2 yacht have been refitted, night and day areas, starting from the verification and re-fix of insulation and air conditioning system, up to the choice of furniture items and décor. This has significantly increased comfort on board in terms of acoustics and living spaces.

Attention to the finishing was extraordinary and unique since characterized by manufacturing techniques, which combine the use of the metal, even melted, with woven leather tailored locally. We can define this refit intervention as Haute Couture, where the combination of unusual materials and peculiar processing techniques, have made the atmosphere warm and contemporary, sensual and posh at the same time.

Amore Mio 2 superyacht - Interior

Amore Mio 2 superyacht - Interior

The main deck has been completely re-made. In the forepart of luxury yacht Amore Mio 2, those which were 2 king bed cabins, have been transformed into one large space for exclusive use of the Owner. FM – Architettura d’Interni has designed and subcontracted to skilled craftsmen each piece, which makes up this new area. Promemoria items, Armani Casa fabrics and Dedar wallpaper give the place a touch of elegance and comfort. The former VIP salon, entering the Owner Cabin, has been transformed into an elegant office with relaxing armchairs.

Amore Mio 2 Yacht - Cabin

Amore Mio 2 Yacht - Cabin

Great elegance and light mood surprise the guest who enters the main salon. The use of metal, combined with peculiar value finishing, makes the area rich in extraordinary details. The extendable round table to accommodate up to 12 people, designed by FM – Architettura d’Interni, is made of light grey mahogany wood, with brushed silver and metal details, while the base is covered with woven leather. The Promemoria sofas and chairs, upholstered with Dedar fabrics, surround as the perfect frame three unique items custom-designed by FM – Architettura d’Interni: a coffee table with wood finishing “fusione contraria” (inverted casting) in liquid bronze; 2 small tables in brushed mahogany combine the functionality of the side table to the table/tray combo; East inspired is the central TV cabinet, with leather-wrapped handles with brushed silver and equipped for dinnerware storage. On one side, a football table in steel and glass completes the furnishing.

Amore Mio 2 superyacht - Cabin

Amore Mio 2 superyacht - Cabin

The new concept expressed in the upper deck is colonially inspired, with cognac colours of the structures contrasting the ivory nuance of fabrics. Great attention is paid to conviviality, thanks to the large C-shaped sofa, equipped with side tables and a coffee table designed by FM – Architettura d’Interni, featuring a top made of leather and linen.

Also the curtains matches the colonial mood, handmade tailored and one of a kind decoration item with linen slats and metal details, which design an elegant pattern of grommets.

At the two opposite corners of the sofa, there are two tables with leather carvings, which hide two game tables for backgammon and checkers. To complete the furnishing, there is a central freestanding TV cabinet covered in leather and linen, matching the colours and mood of the curtains.

Luxury motor yacht Amore Mio 2 - Cabin

Luxury motor yacht Amore Mio 2 - Cabin

The lower deck, in the central part, has 3 double cabins, 3 bathrooms and a very large playroom. Liveliness and relaxation are the dominant leitmotif being the area dedicated to the youngest members of the family. Blue, aqua and red leather enliven the area together with Cantori lamps and Loro Piana fabrics. In the aft area, whose access is through private staircase winding down from the main deck, there are two more large VIP cabins, one with twin beds and the other with two queen beds, each with private bathroom and walk in closet.

Super yacht Amore Mio 2 (ex Sea Jewel) is fitted with two C1400 KW CAT engines, reaching a maximum speed of 16 knots. She can accommodate up to 12 guests and has a crew of 21 people for a totally comfortable journey.

55m Proteksan Turquoise Motor Yacht TURQUOISE with refit project by H2 Yacht Design

July 01, 2014

Motor yacht TURQUOISE is an imposing 55m Proteksan Turquoise Yachts-built vessel with a new Owner, who has asked the renowned H2 Yacht Design studio to undertake her entire refit project. The owner’s desire was to refit superyacht Turquoise with a more plush look inspired by the motor yacht Talisman Maiton. The main reason behind this is the fact that they have chartered superyacht Talisman Maiton (designed by H2) a few times and loved how she worked.

Luxury yacht TURQUOISE - Sun Deck

Luxury yacht TURQUOISE - Sun Deck

The Sun Deck

In terms of structure work, there were no major bulkheads moved.  The Sun deck has had a major layout change with the reduction of the unnecessary sun bed space and by adding a dining table and a bar opposite. In addition, the BBQ has been moved up to this deck also.

Motor Yacht TURQUOISE - Deck Detail

Motor Yacht TURQUOISE - Deck Detail

The Owner’s Office & Stateroom

Since the owner liked the owner’s office on Talisman Maiton, H2 Yacht Design replicated it and moved the office desk from the window to the back, while removing the piano.

Motor Yacht TURQUOISE - Master Cabin

Motor Yacht TURQUOISE - Master Cabin

Super Yacht TURQUOISE - Master Cabin Study

Super Yacht TURQUOISE - Master Cabin Study

In the Owners’ suite H2 opened up the space by removing the headboard partition to bring some natural light into the wardrobe space.

TURQUOISE yacht - Master Cabin Dresser

TURQUOISE yacht - Master Cabin Dresser

Main Saloon

The main Salon had a bar and more storage added. Plenty of joinery work has been done for this refit by MVS Interior Contractors including the bar, storage, dining room feature wall, as well as the partition between the saloon and dining.

Motor Yacht Turquoise - Main Saloon

Motor Yacht Turquoise - Main Saloon

Luxury yacht TURQUOISE - Formal Dining - Main Saloon

Luxury yacht TURQUOISE - Formal Dining - Main Saloon

TURQUOISE Yacht - Main Saloon Detail

TURQUOISE Yacht - Main Saloon Detail

Main Deck

The exterior layout of the main deck aft has been changed into an exterior cinema and lounging area. It has been described as the ‘Nikki Beach’ area.

Here the refit comprised new cabinetry work, furniture, headboards, carpets, fabrics, lighting, and new AV system that has been changed throughout. Numerous original features have been kept, however have been refinished, covered and personalised to the new interior.

It is important to mention that luxury yacht TURQUOISE has been designed for yacht charter and the owners themselves were avid charterers prior to this purchase. They loved how Talisman Maiton operated. They loved her crew, therefore decided to bring in some of the ex members of the Talisman Maiton crew. This is to help give their clients the same treatment they received, in a new refreshing interior.

Motor Yacht TURQUOISE - Informal Lunch - Aft

Motor Yacht TURQUOISE - Informal Lunch - Aft

Luxury super yacht TURQUOISE - Deck Detail

Luxury super yacht TURQUOISE - Deck Detail

TURQUOISE Yacht - Sky Lounge

TURQUOISE Yacht - Sky Lounge

TURQUOISE Yacht - Sky Lounge Seating

TURQUOISE Yacht - Sky Lounge Seating

Guest Accommodation

The exterior and interior spaces have been designed to accommodate as much human interaction as possible and to create a nice family atmosphere. The lower deck guest cabins each have uniquely themed tones and style.

Turquoise yacht - VIP Cabin

Turquoise yacht - VIP Cabin

Motor Yacht TURQUOISE - Double Guest Cabin

Motor Yacht TURQUOISE - Double Guest Cabin

Luxury superyacht TURQUOISE - Double guest cabin

Luxury superyacht TURQUOISE - Double guest cabin

Motor Yacht TURQUOISE - Twin Guest Cabin

Motor Yacht TURQUOISE - Twin Guest Cabin

Motor Yacht TURQUOISE - Guest Cabin Detail

Motor Yacht TURQUOISE - Guest Cabin Detail

Mechanical Works

Mechanically no major works were done, apart from AV work, Kaleidescape Movie Server System, Multi-room Audio System with Access to Music Library & Guests own music via airplay, External Audio & TV to the Sun Deck, LED HD TVs throughout, including 75” in the Sky Lounge, Aft Deck Cinema with 92” Screen.

Luxury yacht TURQUOISE birds view

Luxury yacht TURQUOISE birds view

The Refit was done in Italy, Genoa at Amico shipyard. Amico worked on all of the exterior changes and MVS & Associates were the interior contractors.

As a team (designer, yard, contractor and client) they have produced what anybody in the industry would consider unattainable. TURQUOISE yacht was delivered in time for the Genoa International Yacht Show, following and very short and impressive time frame of 6 months.

Various people from the industry have praised her outcome. Turquoise just hosted the annual Royal Party with 250 guests attending, including His Serene Highness Prince Albert II. She was also hosting an event during the recent Monaco Grand Prix and is now fully booked for charter.

All images courtesy of H2 Yacht Design

Latest project of Trimline Yacht Interiors – 56m motor yacht TACANUYA

June 17, 2014

Trimline Yacht Interiors, Southampton-based yacht interior specialists, are currently working on their latest project – the 56m motor yacht Tacanuya. The areas of superyacht Tacanuya will be sympathetically revitalised at Burgess Engineering’s Porchester facility. Work is expected to last until July, with Trimline’s specialist team there for the duration.

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Superyacht Technical Services, representing the yacht’s owner, scoured a host of European yards before finding the facilities and the necessary value at Porchester.

Trimline have been appointed by Burgess Engineering to refurbish the Guest Suites on the Tacanuya yacht creating luxurious relaxation spaces in the bedrooms and bathrooms. Working alongside Superyacht Technical Services and the Burgess Engineering Yard, the designs by H2 Yacht Design will be turned into reality by Trimline’s specialist yacht joiners and CAD technicians.

New bathroom suites are being created with bespoke, lightweight marble interiors from Grama Blend and handmade Wenge cabinets designed by H2. These will be hand made at Trimline’s Southampton headquarters. Made-to-measure glass and stainless steel shower screens will complement the contemporary space.

Inside the Guest cabins, Trimline will be making way for additional lighting, blinds and newly upholstered panels to soften the rooms’ appearance. Luxurious carpet by H2 and hand crafted desks by Trimline will be added, made in satin finished Cherry wood.

Nigel Spooner, Director Technical and Design at Trimline Yacht Interiors, said: “The work to Tacanuya will showcase the beautiful construction of our bespoke joinery and Trimline Yacht Interiors attention to detail.”

Luxurious cabins for 70 Sunreef Power Yacht designed by students from Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland

May 13, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014, saw the second-year students of the faculty of Design and the specialization of Architecture of Aquatic Ships from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poland’s Gdańsk, present their projects of polish-style VIP cabins. The idea took inspiration from the luxury catamarans that are built by the Sunreef Yachts company, which boasts over 13 years of leadership in construction of the most exclusive units from 60 to 200 feet long.

Luxurious cabin for 70 Sunreef Power Yacht

Luxurious cabin for 70 Sunreef Power Yacht designed by students from Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland

For over two months, during the basic course of yacht technology, under the guidance and supervision of the Sunreef Yachts Designer – MA Marta Kaszuba, young architects prepared their polish- style visions of exclusive cabins for the 70 Sunreef Power (example is charter yacht DAMRAK II). Despite of having the same topic of the project, every student prepared their own original and modern concept.

70 Sunreef Power Yacht Cabin

70 Sunreef Power Yacht Cabin designed by students from Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland

Before taking up the challenge, the students had the opportunity to visit the Sunreef Yachts shipyard and have a closer look at all of the stages of construction, by visiting several units, including the newly established 70 Sunreef Power yacht. The unit is known of it’s elegant shape and impressive living space, which can be designed according to the owners choice. The shipyard is a leader in custom – made individually designed catamarans. So far, the company did not have any orders for polish – style designed interiors, but there is a huge chance that the student’s projects will now inspire new clients.

students from Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland

Students from Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland

Last month, Sunreef Yachts signed an official agreement with the Faculty of Ocean Engineering and Ship Technology of the Gdańsk University of Technology, whose main goal is to exchange experiences between the company and the university. Cooperation with students from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk proves that the shipyard extremely appreciates it’s cooperation with educational institutions.

WD J. Martins Interior Yacht Refit to attend Antibes Yacht Show 2014

April 08, 2014

From April 23 to 26, the French interior design office, WD J. Martins Interior Yacht Refit, will be present at the 2014 Antibes Yacht Show in Antibes – a popular French Riviera yacht charter destination - together with the Portuguese luxury furniture company Jetclass, to provide a VIP area of extreme sophistication and glamour. WD J. Martins offers innovative and original design solutions for yachts, hotels and residences. To the extensive portfolio of the company’s clients belong such outstanding vessels as the 53m Feadship charter yacht Elisabeth F, as well as the 58m Amels motor yacht Lady Mona K.

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Established in 1981, WD J. Martins Interior Yacht Refit can also provide a full project management service, using an established team of highly skilled and professional tradesmen. They offer a follow-up that includes the establishing the building site, purchase management, the coordination of trades, and full support during the reception of the work.

The studio can respond to special requests both in the choice of materials and the organising of any manufacture. The creation of bespoke interiors that combine aesthetics, form and function, and made-to-measure products are routine elements of their daily lives.

New brand RIVALTO introduced by Arte Veneziana

April 04, 2014

Arte Veneziana is proud to introduce their new brand RIVALTO, representing a reference point in the luxurious furnishings, with a total living concept that joins the oldest Venetian craftsmanship tradition with a contemporary taste. Arte Veneziana is specialized in providing interior design solutions for luxury residences, hotels and yachts. Among their contract projects belongs motor yacht Lady Haya as well as superyacht Force Blue.

Interior design solutions by Arte Veneziana

Interior design solutions by Arte Veneziana

A collection of objects and exclusive pieces, made from exceptional quality materials: glass, mirrors, fine fabrics and noble woods with finishes according to the oldest craftsmanship decorative techniques; this is RIVALTO. The new furnishings concept offering custom solutions, with creativity and uniqueness as its strength. Created from the experience of Giancarlo, Alessandro and Nicola Zanin, Rivalto ivalto ivalto ivalto runs over the Venetian glass tradition entrusting the design of its application to the architect Giovanni Luca Ferreri.

Glass with its reflections and mirror surfaces is the leitmotif and the material that distinguishes the brand, making precious woods, fabrics and marble with a solely Italian manufacturing ability, transforming each object in a one of a kind piece with refined and elegant finish.

Interior design by Arte Veneziana

Interior design by Arte Veneziana

The collection is viewed as a total living idea, aiming to offer a complete selection of furnishings and fittings that range from the dresser to the chair, from bathroom fittings to the candelabra. Rivalto ivalto ivalto ivalto gives a complete service, from the personalisation of the single piece to the creation of whole interior projects. We have a catalogue of predefined products with the possibility of personalising according to ones tastes or whims. In this sense the concept of total living can satisfy the need to design private homes and luxury hotels.

The new furniture collections that RIVALTO offers its customers convey the search of balance between geometry and decoration. In the SHINING STRIPE collection the essential design of the structure, with its strict volumes, are the backdrop for a line that captures the light and that transmits in its shimmering reflections, multiplying it, the sight of the light spectrum.

Interior by Arte Veneziana

Interior by Arte Veneziana

The style that defines the NEXT DECO collection send back to an era where the preciousness of the furnishings was defined by the constructive wisdom expressed in the decor as the highest moment. These proposals are placed along a line of research in growth: the Rivalto Home Interiors style.

IY&A Awards 2014: Further Shortlist Success for Waterline-designed superyacht ZENITH

April 03, 2014

Waterline Yacht Design have achieved further shortlist success in the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2014, with superyacht ‘Zenith’. Luxury motor yacht Zenith has been nominated for both the ‘Power Yacht over 40m’ Award as well as the ‘Yacht Interior Design’ Award.

Aboard Waterline-designed superyacht Zenith

Aboard Waterline-designed superyacht Zenith

The Interior Designer for the 41m wave piercing “z bow” catamaran super yacht Zenith was Vera McElroy. The interior design philosophy was to create a unique experience to encapsulate the marine world, the fluidity of water, the unique experience of being in a yacht and to capture the owner’s vision of a light, fresh aesthetic.

Luxury yacht Zenith - Interior

Luxury yacht Zenith - Interior

Luxury yacht ‘Zenith’ showcases a seamless and contemporary design of the interior and exterior, created by the same design house. Elements of loose furniture allow the yacht to be re-styled easily to future trends and tastes for any future owner.

Zenith superyacht - Interior

Zenith superyacht - Interior

A spacious and luxurious high class design matched with amenity, fuel efficiency and technical excellence. The light-filled spaces in the superstructure of the main and mid decks capitalise on the extensive glazing connecting to the external decks and the surroundings. This further enhances the enjoyment of being on the catamaran while experiencing the panorama of the ocean waters.

Aboard luxury catamaran super yacht Zenith

Aboard luxury catamaran super yacht Zenith

Waterline Yacht Design worked with the world leading multi hull naval architects, Incat Crowther from inception to completion on this latest build. Their focus was to capitalise on the space and efficiency advantages of a multihull while refining the overall and detailed aesthetics. Andrew O’Connell’s view is that catamaran hull technology, integrated with great lines and three dimensional forms of the superstructure can produce a highly efficient yacht with graceful, balanced and beautifully refined aesthetics.

Chris Connell Design shortlisted for IY&A Award 2014 with motor yacht BLACK PEARL

April 01, 2014

design et al are proud to announce that Chris Connell Design has been selected as one of the finalists for the International Yacht & Aviation Award 2014, with motor yacht Black Pearl. Superyacht Black Pearl has been nominated in the ‘Yacht Interior Design’ category.

Superyacht Black Pearl with interior design by Chris Connell

Superyacht Black Pearl with interior design by Chris Connell

Luxury yacht Black Pearl is the creation of a 21st Century expedition yacht. The 31.5m yacht was designed for a couple wanting their own purpose designed yacht that complimented their needs and contained inhabited features they loved from their previous yacht.

Black Pearl Yacht - Wheelhouse

Black Pearl Yacht - Wheelhouse

The Black Pearl yacht features Chris Connell’s minimalist and sophisticated aesthetic; natural materiality, design quality and the commitment to design details. A classic and restrained interior was proposed for Black Pearl ‘almost like an Armani suit, tailored and detailed, neutral and calm’. As Chris Connell’s first boat interior, it was maintained that materiality and scheme should be consistent throughout, even down to the linen. Chris Connell Design was responsible for all interior detailing.

Black Pearl superyacht - Saloon

Black Pearl superyacht - Saloon

It was crucial that the functionality of the yacht’s interior was successful and was important for the boat’s essential interior components to be finetuned to the millimetre to maximise space and efficiency. These essential components included the feature stair hand rail, joinery, wet zones (i.e gallery), cabins, main helm, fly bridge and dining. All built-in storage and detailed upholstery items were also designed as well as colour scheme and materials for the exterior.

Luxury yacht Black Pearl - Cabin

Luxury yacht Black Pearl - Cabin

All areas were carefully analysed and designed to maximize space and utility items like air conditioning streamlined or concealed were possible. Light fittings were among the things designed by the Chris Connell design office, including the stair hand rail, which became an important sculptural element of Black Pearl superyacht. The exterior colour scheme was also selected by the Chris Connell design office, including the orange boot stripe, which in turn suggested the colour of the skull-and-crossbones logo design.

Two Awards for Westport Yachts Interior Designer

April 01, 2014

Teresa Francis, one of Westport Shipyard’s two interior designers, has recently received two awards at the Seattle Design Center’s 15th annual Northwest Design Awards gala. Ms. Francis took a first place award for a 130-foot superyacht Westport 130 as well as a second place award for a 112-foot motor yacht Westport 112. Both prizes were in the Exotic Retreats category.

Luxury yacht Westport 130 - Saloon

Luxury yacht Westport 130 - Saloon

According to a Seattle Design Center spokesman, the event recognizes projects in 14 categories by firms working in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Western Canada and Alaska. Through an anonymous process, a panel of West Coast industry experts evaluated the 120 entries on the basis of proportion, composition, use of space, materials and appropriateness of the design solution.

W112 Yacht - Galley

W112 Yacht - Galley

Westport Shipyard is an American-owned builder of high-quality composite yachts and military vessels with three shipyards in the state of Washington.

The company is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.