By: Rick Hess/Mae Case, DISD
When does a sea vessel cross the line from being just an ordinary boat to an extravagant yacht? While both give us the unique experience of enjoying life on the high seas , yachts, known to be the epitome of excess and luxury, allow affluent people to marry their love for the sea with their penchant for lavish living. With the most costly yachts in the world surpassing the $300 million mark in building costs, these vessels may be the most expensive option in both luxury goods and vacation retreats. When budget isn’t an issue, yacht interior designers, builders and owners pull out all the stops to create over-the-top sea dwellings.
Even when cost is not the most significant factor in yacht design, it remains a major one due to the extra challenges that surface when adapting current design trends from the mainland to the special conditions of being out at sea. Being mindful of the unique surroundings allow yacht designers to create innovative design solutions without sacrificing personal design aesthetics. The Design Institute of San Diego explores some of these most outrageous yachts, and “superyachts,” sailing through the ocean blue at the moment. Allow this post to pull you inside the realm of yacht interior design and leave you sailing into the horizon.
The H2Home yacht has quite a remarkable interior designed space designed by A-Lab Marine. The main cabin provides a 360-degree view, giving its riders a direct connection to their surroundings. The sleeping quarters use texture and dramatic lighting solutions to provide a “weightless” feeling. This in turn creates another direct relationship to the sea through thoughtful interior design.
The taTii Superyacht designed by Tamsen Yachts and Ivan Erdevicki with Naval Architects provides its guests with the most luxurious experience possible, including a spa, a dining area, immaculate views and plenty of room for sunbathing. The interior is rich with materials and soft lighting, emphasizing the extravagance of the experience.
Don’t let the simple exterior fool you on this yacht named after Air Force One. The interior has 4 themes: “luxury, comfort, elegance and absolute entertainment.” Upon arrival, guests are immersed in a theatrical experience complete with opulent fabrics and intricate lighting. Sea Force One offers sun-drenched relaxation during the day and turns into a magnificent entertainment venue at night.
This playful yacht designed by Porfiristudio is “one of wildest looking yachts of all times.” Owner Dakis Joannou is a true art enthusiast and one of the largest collectors in Europe. Integrated into both the interior and exterior is the work of many notable artists, including Jeff Koons, Liza Lou, Joseph Kosuth and Takashi Murakami, demonstrating the importance of art in design at sea just as on land.
Tangram 3DS is collaborating with Schopfer Yachts, LLC, on a sleek new yacht design. This 250-foot yacht will be able to accommodate 12 guests in classic luxury with a futuristic streak. With soft fabrics, rich textures, and plenty of gold tones, it doesn’t get much closer to a royal experience than cruising in this yacht.
One woman will be sure to make her mark on the future of yacht interior design: Zaha Hadid. She is collaborating with Blohm+Voss to design and build a new era of superyachts, drawing on “fluid dynamics and underwater ecosystems, with hydrodynamic research shaping the design of the hull.” The modern curvatures of the interior architecture pull you through the spaces. “Each yacht is an engineered platform that integrates specific hydrodynamic and structural demands together with the highest levels of comfort, spatial quality and safety,” explains Hadid.
A yacht design project is a unique undertaking because of the variety of special circumstances that surround it. Like any home, a yacht’s design should be a reflection of the owner’s taste, with an interior designer at the helm to find that perfect balance of grandiose style and effective functionality. For those fortunate enough to own one, there is a common desire towards making it bigger and better than the rest. With many existing yachts boasting amenities that include saunas, gyms, theaters, recording studios, swimming pools and even helipads, there’s no denying that there is no such thing as excess in this unique facet of the yacht interior design industry.
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