In order to lengthen the life of the luxury yachts by taking even greater care of them, there is a visible growing demand of their owners for the vessels’ refit and redecoration or as Vripack likes to call it, for ‘dressing them up’, instead of doing the usual and going for the new-build. Recent refits performed by this trendy yacht design and styling studio are such beautiful vessels as motor yacht Ilona for Amels, superyacht Blade (ex-H2ome) for Nakhimov or the classic Feadship luxury yacht Julia for Balk Shipyard.
“This is definitely a trend at the moment”, says Joost Mertens, one of the designers at the Vripack Design Studio where experienced interior stylists restyle, redress, refurbish and improve interiors, all turning out to be great services.
Existing ‘software’ like curtains, chairs, carpets, lamps and accessories are replaced by contemporary items consisting of practical and sustainable materials like silk, marble and silver. If desired, Vripack goes further than that by placing art collections, glassware and crockery, all of course in close consultation with the owner and family.
Vripack doesn’t mind tackling the ‘hardware’ either by replacing cabinets, improving the bar or modernizing the bathrooms as the sky is the limit. All to be done before or after her launch or just to make her even more attractive when exhibiting at a boat show. For the owner Vripack takes care of the whole process; from design, naval architecture and engineering up to delivery of the goods on board.
“We are now in the middle of refitting one of the biggest Vripack Doggersbanks at a shipyard in the USA where, together with her new owner, we are upgrading a big chunk of the interior to future standards, or in Vripack jargon, we are dressing her up like a lady”, Mertens adds with a smile.