Interior Design Luxury Yacht & Superyacht News

Superyachts by Rodriguez Interiors such as the 208´ Lurssen charter yacht Polar Star

February 15, 2012

Rodriguez Interiors is an international design firm, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The studio creates yacht interiors for clients directly and in partnership with World Class Boat Builders throughout the USA, Canada and Europe. The results of its excellent work can be seen on the stunning vessels, like the 208´ Lurssen luxury charter yacht Polar Star, the 180´ Oceanfast charter yacht Obssession as well as the 156´ Feadship Princess Too superyacht.

The luxury yacht POLAR STAR - Image Courtesy of Lurssen

The luxury yacht POLAR STAR - Image Courtesy of Lurssen

208´ Lurssen Polar Star
Built in 2005 by the well-known German shipyard Lurssen, the super yacht Polar Star is a stunning expedition vessel with Ice class haul, featuring a spacious interior for 12 guests in 6 beautiful cabins. She boasts a friendly crew of 14.

The luxury yacht Polar Star Saloon

The luxury yacht Polar Star Saloon

One of the lovely cabins on board the super yacht Polar Star by Lurssen

One of the lovely cabins on board the super yacht Polar Star by Lurssen

180´ Oceanfast Obssession
The luxury charter yacht Obssession, built by the world class Australian builder Oceanfast is a stunning vessel launched in 1991. Refitted in 2008/2009, the Obssession easily sleeps up to 10 guests overnight and 12 whilst day cruising. 5 lovely stateroom cabins can be found on her board.

The Luxury Charter Yacht Obsession by Oceanfast - Image courtesy of Yacht Obsession

The Luxury Charter Yacht Obsession by Oceanfast - Image courtesy of Yacht Obsession

The super yacht Obssession Interior

The super yacht Obssession Interior

One of the stateroom cabins on board the Obsession Superyacht

One of the stateroom cabins on board the Obsession Superyacht

156´ Feadship Princess Too (ex Princess K)
The luxury yacht Princess Too was built by the renowned Dutch shipyard Feadship in 1999. Refitted in 2006, the Princess Too comfortably sleeps 12 guests in 6 lovely cabins. She is managed by a crew of 10, sleeping in 4 crew cabins.

The Princess Too Superyacht Saloon

The Princess Too Superyacht Saloon

The luxury yacht Princess Too (ex Princess K)

The luxury yacht Princess Too (ex Princess K)

Hogenelst SuperYacht Interiors – a New Holland Yacht Experience Partner

February 09, 2012

Holland Yacht Experience, a select group of a number of the most important Dutch yacht companies operating from Port Canto on the Côte d’Azur is pleased to present its new member to the group HOGENELST SuperYacht Interiors, who have provided with luxurious interiors more than 40 SuperYachts.

An Example of the HOGENELST SuperYacht Interiors Excellent Work

An Example of the HOGENELST SuperYacht Interiors Excellent Work

Hogenelst SuperYacht Interiors can trace its roots back to 1916 when the company started out making handmade cabinets. Over the last three decades they specialized in the engineering, production and installation of yacht interiors for custom-made new builds and Refit Projects. Hogenelst SuperYacht Interiors works in unique and dedicated partnership with leading naval architects, interior designers and top yacht builders.

The company operates from two locations in the centre and the north of the Netherlands, employing around 75 expert craftsmen, including a team with Refit specialists who travel the world. It is for them that the Holland Yacht Experience office on Port Canto will be their Côte d’Azur home base.

Says Jacob Rienstra, “For Hogenelst the HYE provides an excellent vehicle to maintain close contact with our Mediterranean customer base, owners and captains alike.”

The already existing partners of the Holland Yacht Experience, including Balk Shipyard, Wajer & Wajer, Mulder Shipyard, Van der Vliet Quality Yachts and Arie de Boom Marine are thrilled with the addition of this stable and renowned company.

Says Alex de Boom, co-founder of HYE, “We consider Hogenelst a perfect addition to the HYE portfolio, as this company enhances the diversity of our group and obviously aspires the same values of quality and continuity.”

Luxury charter yacht QUINTA ESSENTIA – the ultimate perfection

February 01, 2012

Quinta Essentia, a perfectly chosen name for a yacht that exceeds all expectations, featuring countless innovations in both aesthetics and technical terms. Not surprisingly this stunning 55m Heesen built charter yacht Quinta Essentia is amongst the finalists in the prestigious 2012 World Superyacht Awards. Designed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects in collaboration with Heesen Yachts‘ in-house designers, this 2011 launch vessel features exterior design by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, interior layout design and initial interior concept by Ken Freivokh, which was further developed and decorated by the interior designer Michela Reverberi.

55m Heesen Motor Yacht Quinta Essentia

55m Heesen Motor Yacht Quinta Essentia – Photo Carlo Borlenghi

Thanks to a large number of challenging concepts and flawless construction demanded  by her Owner, who has consistently built at Heesen, the shipyard have successfully realised a yacht with some extremely accomplished shipbuilding. One particular example is the metallic red paintwork specially formulated in honour of the Owner’s Montemaggio Merlot vineyard, while the radical ‘eye’ concept in the master suite includes not only full-height windows but also technically challenging glass bulwarks to create panoramic infinity views.

Enjoying the view aboard luxury charter yacht Quinta Essentia by Heesen Yachts

Enjoying the view aboard luxury charter yacht Quinta Essentia by Heesen Yachts

Perhaps one of the most exciting focal points of the motor yacht Quinta Essentia is the 7,000 litre main deck Spa Pool pool, featuring a pressurised water fall though 3,000 one-millimetre holes drilled into a 3 metre length of polished stainless steel embedded into the deck-head. Such is the pressure of the falling water that it can be used as a screen for projecting films. Surely, a feature that many charter guests would truly appreciate.

The impressive Spa Pool aboard luxury superyacht Quinta Essentia

The impressive Spa Pool aboard luxury superyacht Quinta Essentia

In addition, Heesen yachts have built a  wet dock to house the 25 foot limousine tender, allowing guests to simply walk aboard the tender with ease. With the same colour scheme as Quinta Essentia, the Vripack designed yacht tender was custom built in New Zealand by Vaudrey Miller.

Luxury Motor Yacht Quinta Essentia

Luxury Motor Yacht Quinta Essentia

Moving onto the sun-deck, Quinta Essentia offers unlimited possibilities for those seeking active relaxation or luxurious beauty treatments. The entire deck is dedicated to health and beauty, including a fully-equipped Technogym, sauna, steam room and professional treatment salon. Quinta Essentia’s charter guests can unwind between sessions in a circular television lounge with spectacular views and sea-grass panelling designed by Michela Reverberi. Located on the same deck is the second Spa Pool, sunbathing areas and a large al fresco dining terrace.

Quinta Essentia Yacht's Circular television lounge with spectacular view and sea grass panelling designed by Michela Reverberi

Quinta Essentia Yacht’s Circular television lounge with spectacular view and sea grass panelling designed by Michela Reverberi

The sky-lounge features two distinctive circular saloons surrounded by curved full-height windows that open out to side balconies and the aft deck. Heesen’s ability to work with the most challenging briefs is clearly reflected in the complex installation of a baby grand piano and the fireplace located in the forward television lounge.

Active relaxation in the fully equipped Technogym aboard Quinta Essentia yacht by Heesen Yachts

Active relaxation in the fully equipped Technogym aboard Quinta Essentia yacht by Heesen Yachts

A sumptuous dining saloon was positioned within the second circular area of the upper deck. The entire main deck was then dedicated to a vast open-plan lounge, featuring exceptional style and flawless build quality.

Motor Yacht Quinta Essentia - View of the main saloon on the left

Motor Yacht Quinta Essentia – View of the main saloon on the left

Superyacht Quinta Essentia Main Salon – Photo credit to Emilio Bianchi

Pearlised panelling required over twenty layers of lacquer sprayed and hand rubbed to produce the desired effect. The degree of installation difficulty was increased by the design requiring extremely fragile Macassar ceiling bands that continue down the full height of the wall. Custom-engineered Ad Notam black mirror plasma screens were seamlessly fitted within the Macassar cabinets.

Main Saloon - Heesen Yachts 55m Quinta Essentia

Main Saloon – Heesen Yachts 55m Quinta Essentia

Sumptuous dining table for 12 guests - Superyacht Quinta Essentia

Sumptuous dining table for 12 guests – Superyacht Quinta Essentia

Motor Yacht Quinta Essentia - Dining chairs designed by Michela Reverberi

Motor Yacht Quinta Essentia – Dining chairs designed by Michela Reverberi

Heesen motor yacht Quinta Essentia provides accommodation to twelve guests in six elegant, unique and highly personalised cabins. The master suite spreads over almost 100 square metres on the main deck. It is set within a concave cocoon of glass and opens out on both sides to a full-length private balcony. A ceiling height of over 2 metres emphasises the size of the suite. Walk-in wardrobes, an additional double cabin and a private office create the atmosphere of an entire apartment dedicated to the Owner.

Luxury Superyacht Quinta Essentia - Main saloon with the baby grand piano in the background

Luxury Superyacht Quinta Essentia – Main saloon with the baby grand piano in the background

Upper Saloon Table Lamps custom designed by Michela Reverberi - Quinta Essentia Motor Yacht

Upper Saloon Table Lamps custom designed by Michela Reverberi – Quinta Essentia Motor Yacht

The Owner’s en suite bathroom features state-of-the-art technology fitted within period design style. The stunning one-piece black stone bath is mounted on a white onyx floor. Edging the lacquered wood cabinets is the black marble detailing and the mirror is inset with an immaculately bonded silver leaf frame.

Waking up in luxury, comfort and style to unparalleled views - Owner's Suite - Motor Yacht Quinta Essentia

Waking up in luxury, comfort and style to unparalleled views – Owner’s Suite – Motor Yacht Quinta Essentia

Owner's Suite - Luxury charter yacht Quinta Essentia

Owner’s Suite – Luxury charter yacht Quinta Essentia

Opulent Owner's Bathroom - Superyacht Quinta Essentia

Opulent Owner’s Bathroom – Superyacht Quinta Essentia

Superyacht Quinta Essentia offers an individual customised control pad each, which allows her guests to operate the entire entertainment system: blinds, lighting and even crew communications.

Guests suites provide the same degree of luxury and detailing as is evident in the rest of Quinta Essentia. Superbly planned, the convertible, full-beam VIP, double and twin cabins on the lower deck open directly onto a central lift lobby therefore maximising the size of each cabin.

Twin Guest Cabin - Superyacht Quinta Essentia

Twin Guest Cabin – Superyacht Quinta Essentia

Guest Cabin - Motor Yacht Quinta Essentia

Guest Cabin – Motor Yacht Quinta Essentia

Beds and furniture are all set on plinths giving the impression that they are floating. The less the furniture sits on the floor, the greater the atmosphere of light and space. It is preferable but more difficult to build cabins this way – that is why Quinta Essentia superyacht is a Heesen.

Quinta Essentia Yacht - Atrium

Quinta Essentia Yacht – Spectacular Atrium

Moving onto the bridge is where Quinta Essentia yacht offers touch sensitive optical glass console. Balancing weight, power and performance, MTU V20 engines were installed. Following the beliefs that the quality of crew areas directly affects their efficiency, Heesen Yachts built Quinta Essentia to exceed the latest MCA regulations for crew accommodation.

There are unlimited possibilities to enjoy your Mediterranean charter vacation aboard Quinta Essentia

There are unlimited possibilities to enjoy your Mediterranean charter vacation aboard Quinta Essentia

Initial concepts for luxury yacht Quinta Essentia by Ken Freivokh:

As seen on the images below, Quinta Essentia’s initial concept proposals were very bold, making use of glass, structural composites, full integration of cantilevered furniture with ceiling and bulkhead features; a full relationship between furniture and the envelope of the yacht. As Ken Freivokh said himself: “Most certainly, not the more traditional situation of creating a room, and then dropping some furniture in!”

Initial concept for the 55m Heesen yacht Quinta Essentia project by Ken Freivokh - Main Saloon

Initial concept for the 55m Heesen yacht Quinta Essentia project by Ken Freivokh – Main Saloon

“Such structural integration was designed to create an exciting and dynamic interior, very well suited to the nature of the lightweight performance yacht, and ran through all the elements of the space, from floors to ceilings to bulkheads, panelling and furniture.”

Initial concept for the Owner's cabin by Ken Freivokh - Heesen Motor Yacht Quinta Essentia

Initial concept for the Owner’s cabin by Ken Freivokh – Heesen Motor Yacht Quinta Essentia

When asked about the main aspects taken into consideration when designing the interior layout of Quinta Essentia, Ken Freivokh replied: ” In relation to chartering, my view is that a designer charged with creating an interior intended for both private use and for chartering has two choices: to recommend that such interior follows standard and accepted layouts, such that nobody chartering could possibly be offended by the unusual or extreme; or to create something which is indeed unique, exciting, special – so special indeed that it becomes one of the strong reasons why the yacht is sought after, as it offers a totally unique experience, which cannot be matched by other yachts of similar size.”

55m Heesen Quinta Essentia Yacht - Atrium - Initial concept for the project by Ken Freivokh

55m Heesen Quinta Essentia Yacht – Atrium – Initial concept for the project by Ken Freivokh

Interior design developed by Michela Reverberi

The extremely attractive and conceptual interior design of the vessel is contemporary and futuristic, featuring an intimate atmosphere that is not too stark. The inspiration for Michela Reverberi’s interior design work was ‘Quinta Essentia’ – the fifth element – which is the highest synthesis of the four elements. These four elements – Earth, Water, Air and Fire – are represented in the four guest suites, while the Owner’s suite with the silver colour palate synthesises them all. The fifth element theme of Quinta Essentia yacht is integrated subtly into the design through details, colours and patterns, which are displayed against an absolute and pure white background.

One of the unique design features created by Michela Reverberi - a carved wood medallion placed above the beds

One of the many unique design features created by Michela Reverberi – a carved wood medallion placed above the beds

In a few words, motor yacht Quinta Essentia is a masterpiece on her own. She is unique and immaculate  in her design as she is in her construction and craftsmanship. A yacht that will embrace even the most discerning client, providing utmost in luxury, comfort and technology.

The luxury charter yacht Quinta Essentia will be available for charter vacations around the stunning and historically rich Mediterranean this summer season. She is available at a rate of EUR €350,000.00 per week (plus 25% expenses, plus EUR€20,000 security deposit). For additional information please, contact our friendly team.

Azimut-Benetti Yachtique launches the second ”Styling Lounge” in Viareggio, Italy

January 26, 2012

Last Thursday saw the official opening of the beautiful new design showroom ”Styling Lounge” in Viareggio, Italy. The twostorey emporium dedicated to the clients of Benetti has been purpose-built to show all of the latest materials, fixtures and fittings to create the ultimate superyacht interior.

Yachtique second ”Styling Lounge” in Viareggio, Italy

Yachtique second showroom ”Styling Lounge” in Viareggio, Italy

The Styling Lounge has been fitted out with elegant storage cupboards, created by expert craftsmen from the Benetti shipyard. Each cupboard is a veritable Aladdin’s cave, full of beautiful fabric samples, leathers, woods, mosaics, tiles and marbles from the world’s top designers and craftsmen. It has been designed as a one-stop-shop for yacht owners to review, compare and select the finest materials on offer.

The showroom is finished in high-gloss lacquered Zebrano wood with cream leather furniture and smoked glass screens. Its classic elegance is in contrast to the already existing Styling Lounge, located just 50m away, which has a slightly more contemporary feel, and is used almost exclusively by Azimut customers.

“Our aim was to create the optimum environment where yacht buyers can immerse themselves in the creative process of interior design and styling. There are separate areas for laying out plans, reviewing samples, viewing renderings on large screens, working and relaxing” says Giulia Galanti, the manager overseeing both showrooms. She adds, “We can satisfy a myriad different tastes and preferences to piece together interiors that are an accurate reflection of the buyers’ character and personal style”.

Over 80 people attended the elegant reception last night, including captains, brokers as well as suppliers.

Sunseeker’s 28m yacht and the Predator 53 yacht strengthen Design Unlimited’s leading position on the motor yacht interior market

January 16, 2012

A new chapter is market in the partnership between the well known and prestigious luxury yacht builder Sunseeker and the leading interior and styling studio Design Unlimited, thanks to the launch of the new 28m Motor Yacht and the Sunseeker Predator 53 yacht at the 2012 London International Boat Show.

Sunseeker Predator 53 yacht with interior by Design Unlimited

Sunseeker Predator 53 yacht with interior by Design Unlimited

Design Unlimited has been responsible for the interior design of 15 Sunseeker motor yacht models in recent years, including the 30 Metre Yacht and the Predator 130 yacht, and the two latest models once again demonstrate the ability of Mark Tucker and his team to maximise the comfort and utility of the spaces available using furnishings and textures that are both welcoming and stimulating.

The result is public spaces and private cabins that hold their appeal over time, and whose natural tones promote calm and relaxation whether the yacht is in the tropics or more temperate climes.

“We are very privileged that our work with Sunseeker has allowed us to work on an exceptional variety of motoryachts, both in terms of size and style,” said Design Unlimited’s Mark Tucker, “and to such a high standard of fit‐out. These two latest projects once again gave us the opportunity to create interiors that are contemporary but at the same time will not date. We are confident that they will give their owners many years of enjoyment.”

While well‐known as a leader in interior design and styling for superyachts, Design Unlimited has a thriving practice working with a number of leading builders of production and semi‐custom boats,

both motor and sail. Clients include top brands such as Sunseeker and Bavaria, and the studio has been responsible for the interiors on models from Moody, Fjord and Grand Banks. As well as its innovative and appealing approach to styling, the team at Design Unlimited utilises state‐of‐the‐art software to create detailed designs that can be fed straight into the production process, thereby shorting development times and delivering efficiency gains on the factory floor.

The Travel Channel to feature Motor Yacht Triumphant Lady on 16th January

January 13, 2012

Built by Sterling Yachts to a beautiful design created by Jon Bannenberg, IYC charter yacht TRIUMPHANT LADY will be featured on The Travel Channel’s ‘Florida Beaches’ scheduled for 16th January 2012 at 7:00pm in the program’s only content dedicated to yachts and yachting.

Triumphant Lady Superyacht in her splendor

Triumphant Lady Superyacht in her splendor

About SuperYacht Triumphant Lady

Motor Yacht Triumphant Lady‘s grand entrance welcomes her guests on board with utmost in elegance and style. The opulent three-story grand staircase starts in the spacious guests quarters below and ends in the Main Salon.

Triumphant Lady Yacht Main Saloon

Triumphant Lady Yacht Main Saloon

One of the most fascinating features aboard charter yacht Triumphant Lady is the Jon Bannenberg designed glass-bottomed spa pool, located on the Sun Deck,  that bathes each level below in a shimmering glow of natural light.

Beautiful interior of the luxury charter yacht Triumphant Lady

Beautiful interior of the luxury charter yacht Triumphant Lady

The Upper Deck features an elegant al-fresco dining table seating 10 charter guests in privacy. In addition, adjacent to the Main Deck, a more formal dining area has been created inside.

Luxury motor yacht Triumphant Lady - Staircase

Luxury motor yacht Triumphant Lady - Staircase

Superyacht Triumphant Lady offers a beautiful and secluded Master Suite found on the Main Deck, with a king-sized bed and large walk-in wardrobe. The Owner’s suite is also equipped with a Samsun 32” LCD flat screen TV, DirectTV Decoder, and Denon 758 Region Free DVD Decoder. Furthermore guests can enjoy the luxurious master bath, with double vanity and walk-in shower.

Luxury Superyacht Triumphant Lady - Master Suite

Luxury Superyacht Triumphant Lady - Master Suite

A large foyer below leads to the guests accommodation, including  three guest staterooms with oversized Queen beds, en suite bathrooms and seating areas, while the fourth stateroom has a Queen sized Murphy bed, en suite bathroom, luggage locker as well as a wine locker. Unique feature of this room is the retractable bed that hides into the wall, creating space to become a massage room.

Triumphant Lady motor yacht - Double Stateroom

Triumphant Lady motor yacht - Double Stateroom

Triumphant Lady’s Sun Deck, as mentioned before, boasts the stunning and ever so relaxing glass-bottomed spa pool, seating eight people. There is plenty of space and loungers for those wanting to enjoy a bit of sun-time as well as a well-equipped gym and day head. Beyond the gym lies a secluded area, where one can enjoy a massage or relax in privacy.

Double Stateroom charter yacht Triumphant Lady

Double Stateroom charter yacht Triumphant Lady

Two 21ft tenders are stored on board Triumphant Lady yacht. Access to the water activities has been created thanks to a full width swim platform with a fold-down staircase. Bow can be accessed via the wheel house, where comfortable oversized seating can be found to those wishing to enjoy some fresh air.

Al Fresco dining on board Triumphant Lady Superyacht

Al Fresco dining on board Triumphant Lady Superyacht

For those  interested to learn more about this unique and magnificent International Yacht Collection Yacht  (IYC) Triumphant Lady, please tune into The Travel Channel:

What: Florida Beaches

When: 16 January 2012, 7:00 PM (time subject to change)

Where: The Travel Channel

Description: (from The Travel Channel): “From a secret seaside recording studio to a 155-foot mega-yacht, get ready for an exclusive tour of Florida beaches that’s bursting with luxury. TV-G, CC”

Glass-bottom Spa Pool - Motor Yacht Triumphant Lady

Glass-bottom Spa Pool - Motor Yacht Triumphant Lady

Technical Information about M/Y Triumphant Lady

Naval Architect: Jon Bannenberg

Year: 1985 / Major Refit: 2009

State Rooms: 10 Guests in 5 State Rooms

Length Overall: 155´  (47m)

Beam: 28´

Draught: 8´

Flag: Marshall Islands

Classification: ABS

Main Engines: Twin Caterpillar 3512 TA

Fuel Capacity: 13,700 US Gallons

Range: Trans Atlantic

Equipment:

Elevator

At Anchor Stabilization – quantum

VSAT – World Wide Telecommunication

with Hi Speed Internet

WiFi Throughout

2 x Office / Work Stations

Satellite phone – Iridium

Satellite TV – DirecTV with Receivers

Electronic Charts – Nobeltec

2 x 130kw Northern Lights Generators

2 x 3,000 GPD Watermakers

2 x Furuno Radar

2 x Depth Sounders

2 x GpS

Gyro – Autopilot – VHF Radios – WeatherFax

Wet Bars / Icemakers Throughout

Recreation

Spa Pool (600 US Gallons)

Gym – Massage Room

32´ Century Tender / 2 x 250Hp Yamaha

22´ Nautica RIB / 225Hp Yamaha

2 x 1300cc Yamaha Wave Runners

2 x Double Kayaks

Water Skis – Fishing Gear – Beach and Water Toys

SCUBA Dive and Nitrox Compressor with Storage

Banks

Scuba and Snorkel Gear

Video Library – Music Throughout

Interior furnishings by LIST, including the 60m Super Yacht Slipstream by CMN

January 04, 2012

The Austrian company LIST provides custom solutions for interior furnishings of private luxury yachts and elegant cruise ships. One of their prestigious clients was the 60m motor yacht Slipstream, built by the CMN shipyard and launched in 2009.

Luxury Superyacht Slipstream - Photo credit CMN

Luxury Superyacht Slipstream - Photo credit CMN

Decades of experience working with fine materials and a passion for detail make this Austrian family business the world’s leading outfitter. LIST offers flexible, custom solutions for the most extraordinary requests. Their individual solutions serve the top segment of luxury yachts with a length of over 50 meters.

On board luxury motor yacht Slipstream Credit G. Plisson

On board luxury motor yacht Slipstream Credit G. Plisson

With a highly qualified project team of more than 40 specialists, LIST is geographically flexible and works internationally, wherever the customer´s yacht may be. Their geographic independence guarantees rapid, individual realization of any request.

LIST has a worldwide reputation of being able to turn even the most extraordinary requests into a reality. Every client can depend on the company one hundred percent. LIST guarantees the highest quality, from design to implementation.

CMN super yacht Slipstream Credit S. Mc Bride

CMN super yacht Slipstream Credit S. Mc Bride

“As a global company, we represent our country throughout the world. We are pleased to be one of the leading domestic companies in the sector general contracting, which were awarded by Leading Companies Austria “, said DI (FH) Burkhard List, CEO of LIST General Contractor.

Motor Yacht Slipstream at her launch

Motor Yacht Slipstream at her launch - Image credit to CMN Yachts

“Thanks to our innovative strength in the area of material development and processing technique, we have managed to position ourselves in the international top class. We would like to expand and strengthen this position for the long term.”

The company will be present at the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show, September 22-29.

I3D – Lighting design studio for luxury super yachts

January 02, 2012

At the beginning of December, 2011 we have posted an article about an interdisciplinary design consulting firm I3D Inc. (In3Design), which specialises in lighting design for luxury yachts. Designers focus on the unique identity and atmosphere of the given space, how it communicates with people, and how it changes to suit their needs. While almost every other detail is customized on yachts, lighting is frequently ignored. When the sun sets and the lights are turned on, one discovers the most generic illumination, often provided by outdated lighting technologies.

Lurssen Superyacht Pacific - Photo credit to Martin Groothuis

Lurssen Superyacht Pacific - Photo credit to Martin Groothuis

On most modern yachts, very little stands out at nighttime. They are undefined masses looking like ‘black-holes’ from shore when moored in a bay. The hours that exterior stylists spend on creating signature shapes disappear into darkness and are not represented at all. Private residences and restaurants often have more unique lighting than multi-million dollar yachts.

Emotional and unique approaches to yacht lighting create subtle moods and add both pleasure and value to a yacht by reflecting an owner’s personality. These lighting techniques put a signature stamp on form and function, adding sophistication to luxury. I3D sees the untapped potential for stunning new lighting designs for luxury yachts.

Interior lighting designed by I3D for super yacht PACIFIC - Image courtesy of I3D

Interior lighting designed by I3D for super yacht PACIFIC - Images courtesy of I3D and Lurssen

Beatrice Witzgall’s passion for performance sailing, combined with her lighting expertise, allows her to understand the opportunities that lie beyond the traditional lighting approaches. This combination leads to a deeper understanding of the practical challenges and requirements of yachts as far as realizing their design potential and opportunities.

At this point, I3D has worked on numerous yachts ranging from some of the most high-profile and prominent superyacht launches to high performance catamarans. I3D involvement ranges from full lighting design services, to technical consultancies, to support in architectural design aspects and development of graphics. I3D has worked extensively with many acclaimed designers such as Bannenberg-Rowell, Reymond Langton, German Frers and shipyards such as Luerssen, Abeking & Rasmussen, Nobiskrug, Hodgdens and Gunboat.

Super yacht Pacific in Harbour of Kiel - Photo courtesy of Ferdinand Rogge

Super yacht Pacific in Harbour of Kiel - Photo courtesy of Ferdinand Rogge

Luxury yacht projects that are included in I3D’s portfolio:

85m Lurssen motor yacht Pacific

PROJECT TEAM “JOSI”:

Delivery: November 2010

Interior: Bannenberg Rowell

Exterior: German Frers

Shipyard: Luerssen, Germany

Awards: Finalist for Superyacht Awards 2011 – Judges’ Commendation in the ‘BEST DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHT OF 1,300GT TO 2,999GT’

LIGHTING STATEMENT:

For PACIFIC, the owner’s brief was clear: “impress & surprise us showing something that hasn’t been done before on any yacht.” Therefore, I3D had the amazing opportunity to implement many of our unique design visions into this outstanding project. All spaces were defined by different light settings for the various user scenarios. Integrated lighting accentuated the multitude of complex materials and textures; and the complex and outstanding architectural design details. A mood-altering color scheme linked interior with exterior spaces and created a fluent spatial experience. Together, these and other innovative lighting features created PACIFIC’s unique signature look, pushing the envelope for innovative lighting design and setting a new industry standard.

60ft Gunboat catamaran Phaedo with Architectural Layout / Graphic / Lighting by I3D -  - Image courtesy of I3D

60ft Gunboat catamaran Phaedo with Architectural Layout / Graphic / Lighting by I3D - Photos Levin Trautmann / Team Phaedo

66′ Gunboat catamaran Phaedo

PROJECT DETAILS “6604”:

Delivery: October 2010

Shipyard: Gunboat, South Africa

Project Manager: Paul Hand

Architectural Layout / Graphic / Lighting: I3D, inc.

Client: Lloyd Thornburg

Awards: 2011 Best Boats: Flagship Multihull

This catamaran truly pushed the envelope and redefined what a fully equipped “performance cruising boat” nowadays can mean. Not only did it apply race boat technology, pushing weight

and performance to the limit without compromising or sacrificing luxury life-style elements in a highly designed loft-type space, but it also rethought every system, detail, and technological

addition. The result is a custom, modern, cleanly-designed, stylish and open penthouse space that has every feature of a fast, light-weight performance racing yacht. This 66’ Gunboat catamaran is equal in many aspects to an over 100’ Super Yacht in terms of space, speed, performance, and quality of finishes. However, it is optimized in terms of crew, maintenance costs, fuel, and energy savings. It sets new standards for catamarans, bringing the possibilities to a new level. This project represents I3D as truly an interdisciplinary firm with scope ranging from architectural layout to the styling and branding including graphics and the lighting design.

Lurssen mega yacht Pacific - Photo courtesy of Ferdinand Rogge

Lurssen mega yacht Pacific - Photo courtesy of Ferdinand Rogge


YACHTS – other design services: architectural design & GRAPHICS

• architectural design

I3D – In3Design are a strong believer in an integrated design approach that combines backgrounds and bridges disciplines, using a comprehensive understanding of a situation in order to create

new insights and see new potentials. Relying on their strong background in architecture, they created for PHAEDO an open loft-style modern space for this usually cluttered platform yacht. I3D focused on creating clean lines, alignments, and a continuity of space that connects the inside to the outside in order to create a seamless spatial experience.

• BOAT GRAPHICS & LOGOS

With I3D’s strong understanding of the various design disciplines, they understand the underlying design principles, concepts and themes enabling them to develop a representative brand. The graphics should strengthen and accentuates the identity and have a unique, but specific character. Graphics should reflect the overall design principles of the project.

YACHTS –  I3D’s confidential projects that make part of their portfolio

LIGHTING design CONSULTANCY – UNDISCLOSED details : I3D respect their clients wishes to keep project details confidential! Yacht projects are a combination of high-end individualized residential spaces with a strong hospitality aspect. Yacht projects deal technically with very challenging conditions. Their involvement extends from interior to exterior lighting, in which they specifically focus on creating a strong signature look. Due to the character of the industry, I3D unfortunately can’t share or disclose further project details and images of their work despite having had the great opportunity to work on some outstanding and unique designs. Some, but not all, of their yacht projects, are listed below.

Design proposals:

• EXTERIOR DESIGN for a very large Megayacht

Designer / Shipyard: N/A – confidential

• EXTERIOR DESIGN for a large Megayacht

Designer / Shipyard: N/A – confidential

FULL DESIGN SCOPE

• 24.5m M/Y exterior lighting

Designer / Shipyard: N/A – confidential / USA

Delivery: November 2010

• 78m A&R #6492 – mega yacht Amaryllis – Full Interior & Exterior

Designer: Reymond Langton Design

Shipyard: Abeking & Rasmussen, Germany

Delivery: Summer 2011

• 149’ explorer yacht – Interior & Exterior

Shipyard: N/A / USA

Delivery: 2011

TECHNICAL LIGHTING CONSULTANCY:

• 78m A&R mega yacht TITAN

Designer: Reymond Langton Design

Shipyard: Abeking & Rasmussen, Germany

Delivery: Summer 2010

• 74m M/Y #783 mega yacht Graffiti

Designer: Reymond Langton Design

Shipyard: Nobiskrug

24m motor yacht RE-SET by Francesco Corda with luxury yacht charter in mind

December 29, 2011

Super yacht Re-Set is an innovative 24 metre vessel designed by the young Italian designer Francesco Corda from FJM Powerdesign. Having graduated in Architecture from La Spezia with the motor yacht Re-Set being his thesis, Francesco has created this spacious vessel with the luxury yacht charter market in mind.

24 m Re-Set yacht by Francesco Corda of FJM Powerdesign

24 m Re-Set yacht by Francesco Corda of FJM Powerdesign

Inspired by the shape of such elegant bird as the swan, FJM Powerdesign created yacht Re-Set features flowing lines with overall contemporary look combined with classic features. Thanks to her ‘centre console’ layout, the yacht offers excellent and vast outdoor spaces, which are highly sought after by yacht charterers these days.

Aft look at the 24m superyacht Re-Set by Francesco Corda of FJM Powerdesign

Aft look at the 24m superyacht Re-Set by Francesco Corda of FJM Powerdesign

In order to please a larger spectrum of clients on the superyacht charter market, the overall style of the motor yacht Re-Set is quite simple with particular attention being paid to the cabins. The double cabins feature a more ‘sober’ and linear style in order to suite a more mature clientele, yet the twin cabins have been designed with a younger guest in mind.

Interior of the Re-Set yacht by Fjm Powerdesign

Interior of the Re-Set yacht by Fjm Powerdesign

Re-Set motor yacht by Francesco Corda is designed to be as economical as possible, for the Owner himself as well as the charterer. Eco-friendly materials have been used on board and she is designed to be fitted with two Volvo Penta D13B-GMP-900 cv@2300 rpm. Re-Set’s maximum speed should reach 24knots and her cruising speed is to be approx. 20 knots.

Bathroom on board Fjm Powerdesign yacht Re-Set

Bathroom on board Fjm Powerdesign yacht Re-Set

With the overall length of 23.97 m and a draft of 1.03 m, she has a displacement of 53 tonnes. Motor Yacht Re-Set is designed to accommodate 8 guests in two double cabins, two twin cabins as well as a crew of 2.

Re-Set motoryacht by Fjm Powerdesign - Twin Cabin

Re-Set motoryacht by Fjm Powerdesign - Twin Cabin

BlackSwan motor yacht Re-Set by Francesco Corda of FJM Powerdesign

BlackSwan motor yacht Re-Set by Francesco Corda of FJM Powerdesign

Jongert 3900 Lucia M superyacht designed by Guido de Groot – 2011 ISS Design Awards Finalist

December 15, 2011

The Jongert 3900 motor yacht Lucia M was added to the 2011 ISS Design Awards´ list of finalists. Jongert built Lucia M superyacht´s sophisticated exterior and stunning interior were both created by the world-renowned Guido de Groot Design studio.

Jongert 3900 super yacht Lucia

Jongert 3900 super yacht Lucia

Luxury yacht Lucia designed by Guido de Groot

Luxury yacht Lucia designed by Guido de Groot

For more than 20 years, ISS’s Annual Design Awards – based entirely on peer review – has celebrated the very finest naval architecture, design, interiors, engineering and builds in the large yacht industry.

Motor yacht Lucia by Jongert

Motor yacht Lucia by Jongert

The ISS Design Awards honours the finest new super yachts, built and delivered to their owners over the previous twelve months. It is a notable achievement in itself to be named as a Finalist in this prestigious field.

Luxurious interior on the Jongert super yacht Lucia designed by Guido de Groot

Luxurious interior on the Jongert super yacht Lucia designed by Guido de Groot

The office of Guido de Groot Design is very much honored by this latest achievement.