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84 Luxury Yacht Interiors: Bedroom, Galley and Salon Pictures

Posted on Published: April 13, 2022  - Last updated: June 13, 2022

Azimut Atlantis 50 foot yacht interior design

A yacht is really just a luxury floating home . When you’re talking 70 feet and larger, they’re a lot nicer than my house. As you’ll see in the luxury yacht interiors below, the quality and aesthetics are simply gorgeous. And we merely feature a small handful of such boats. There are thousands and thousands of these worldwide.

Our epic yacht interiors article is split into 5 galleries:  staterooms, guest bedrooms , salons and dinettes, kitchens and bathrooms. The point of this article is to merely give you a glimpse inside these ultra expensive boats… expensive to buy, run and maintain. Be sure to also check out our yacht decks galleries .

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Yacht Primary Bedrooms (Staterooms)

We kick off our yacht interiors gallery with the stateroom. When it comes to the primary bedroom on these boats, no expense is spared. They are large, comfortable and stunning in design. These bedrooms are bigger than our primary bedroom.

Tecnomar Velvet 83 foot luxury yacht - primary bedroom

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Yacht Guest Bedrooms (2 Beds)

Many guest bedrooms on a yacht have two beds so that it can accommodate more people. However, they are, as you’ll see below, still very, very luxurious. These are certainly cozy sleeping quarters.

Abacus 70 foot - bedroom 2 beds

Salon and Dinette Photos

My favorite room on the boat is the salon and/or dinette area. In many cases, the dinette doubles as the living room. Mega yachts have dedicated salons and dining areas. I love these superb lounge designs below in the cabin as well as the upper lounge areas.

Large yacht salon interior

I must admit that kitchens on these super yachts are fairly small. I guess the cooking is done by the staff and yacht owners prefer to have more space for bedrooms, deck space and lounge space. That makes sense given there really is limited space. Nevertheless, these kitchens are gorgeous and the yacht designers certainly didn’t skimp with respect to quality.

yacht kitchen interior design

Most boats dedicate very little space to bathrooms. Not these. The primary bathrooms below are incredible. The smaller bathrooms are guest bathrooms. These luxury yachts are so large and spacious that even the bathrooms are both beautiful and comfortable to use.

luxury yacht bathroom

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How to Design an Amazing Superyacht Interior

Before you take your new yacht on the high seas, the first task is designing its interiors.

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So you’ve had your taste of sailing the high seas – you’ve done the cruises , the private charters and even walked the rounds at the yacht shows – and decided that your love of the ocean requires something more; a yacht of your own. However, if you have purchased a vessel that has not been pre-designed or furnished, the next task will be designing superyacht interiors to fit your requirements.

Much like the design of private jets, the size and usage of a yacht will be the main factors in how the vessel is designed. How many cabins will it have? How many leisure spaces? Will you need space to carry out work or entertain guests?

One of the easiest ways to get around these questions is to work with a yacht interior designer , who can help you work through all the decisions and will also have knowledge of the health and safety requirements of any vessel before it is certified as sea-worthy. Although we would highly recommend seeking expert opinion, it doesn’t hurt to start thinking about what interiors you would like to see in your yacht.

Elite Traveler has put together a collection of interior options including everything from lighting to dinnerware, to spark your imagination and help you start creating the perfect superyacht interiors.

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One of the most important considerations for both the style of your superyacht interiors and the safety aspect will be the furniture you choose. Depending on the size of your yacht, you may also have several rooms to furnish – giving you the opportunity to create your ideal lounge, dining space, office, cabin and even a gym or onboard cinema.

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No matter the type of room, you are sure to find something that suits your style with Visionnaire. The luxury furniture company has been making world-class pieces since launching in 2005, with a strong focus on high-quality, natural materials. We particularly love the stunning Pavone Armchair , a statement piece that comes in a range of colors and metal finishes.

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For beautiful and sustainable woodwork, opt for British furniture manufacturer RAFT. The brand is best known for using sustainable teak that is tried and crafted in Indonesia; the wood is naturally pest-resistant and durable, growing without heavy irrigation or fertilizers. RAFT’s Teak Root Glass Dining Table is a great option for any dining space, coming in a variety of sizes with a contemporary look that will work well with a variety of styles.

If you’re looking for something more bespoke and selective for your furniture pieces, look no further than Glyn Peter Machin . The designer and his team have been crafting bespoke furniture and accessories for over 20 years, with a portfolio of works that covers private residences and superyachts across the world. One of the brand’s latest pieces is a vibrant wireless Audio Cabinet that acts both as a work of art and a functional addition to any cinema room.

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Accessories

One part of interior design that is often overlooked is the accessories within a room – but these can often be the final touches that finalize a space and harmonize it. For example, a well-chosen dining table will need dinnerware that has also been thoughtfully chosen. We prefer luxurious homeware brand L’OBJET’s Aegean Filet collection in gold; its finish is subtle and won’t detract from the food being served, but also has a slightly nautical touch with the scale-like gold trim.

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If you’re planning on entertaining onboard your yacht, it’s impossible to go wrong with Baccarat – the global luxury icon that has been handcrafting beautiful crystal objects for over 250 years, ranging from stand-out decorative pieces to exquisite table and barware. To really make an impression when the celebrations get started, cool your champagne in Baccarat’s Harcourt Champagne Cooler .

When thinking about other types of accessories or final touches to pull a space together cohesively, don’t forget about artwork and how this can play a part in your superyacht interiors. For a stylish, lifelike sculpture to act as a statement piece within any room onboard, opt for a work by Hamish Mackie . The British sculptor is particularly interested in wildlife and capturing the spirit of the animals, with pieces being cast in bronze and silver.

When it comes to superyacht interiors, another important aspect of the design is the materials that are used throughout the vessel – these should be both stylish and seaworthy, adding to the style of a room while still complying with safety checks. A yacht interior designer will know how to approach this, but there are several brands that specialize in yacht materials worth knowing, in case you are planning a specific look onboard your yacht.

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Studioart , for example, is a manufacturer of high-quality upholstery leathers and wall coverings, which mixes innovative technologies with the heritage and craftwork of leather making. This careful balance has meant that the brand can now be found in private yachts, homes and jets across the globe. For other types of surfaces, we love Nature Squared – an innovative company transforming sustainable, natural materials into high-quality surfaces and finishes for a range of products, private homes, yachts and more.

Finally, no list of yacht-worthy materials would be complete without mention of the world-renowned House of Tai Ping : the brand creates some of the most exquisite handmade and woven carpets in the world, which can be found everywhere from five-star hotels to private jet and yacht interiors. In fact, the brand has its own Yacht Division, which was founded in 2002, making it even easier to translate its beautiful designs into pieces that can work on your yacht.

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27 Boat Interior Design Ideas

Boat Interior Design Ideas

When it comes to creating the wow factor for your boat, the interior is just as important as the exterior. And if you’re looking for inspiration, you’ve come to the right place!

We’re going to look at 27 boat interior ideas to create comfort and visual impact in any kind of space.  And there are loads of tips and tricks you’ll be able to use in your own design scheme.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at some fabulous boat interiors …

Boat Interior Ideas

1. elegant teak.

Elegant Teak

In this elegant interior, the beauty of the natural teak flooring and cabinetry takes center stage. The powder blue upholstery and cream counter add subtle color, whilst keeping the design scheme serene and low key.

The curved sofa makes efficient use of the bow to create a convivial area for rest and chat. And the curved edges of the small kitchen make the best of the compact space.

2. Old-School Luxury

Old-School Luxury

This luxurious yacht interior harks back to olden times, with its dark wood panelling and chrome portholes. The glossy finish to the wood and the pale blue upholstery add light and ensure it’s cosy, rather than oppressive.

The angled edges of the desk and kitchen counter create a comfortable space to move around. And sweet pictures of sea-life add interest to the walls.

Each area is clearly zoned for cooking, eating, lounging, and sleeping.

3. Cosy Charm

Cosy Charm

This beautiful narrowboat interior shows how to create all the charm of a country cottage on the water. Beautiful unfinished timber floorboards, a cast iron wood burner and rustic cabinetry work together for a coherent look.

Every detail here has been carefully chosen – note, for example, the old-fashioned whistling kettle and rag rug. The result is the perfect space to relax and unwind.

4. Classic Cream

Classic Cream

Below deck spaces can be dark, but that’s not the case with this beautiful interior. Although the area is quite small, the use of cream counters and soft furnishings creates a light, airy space.

The polished furniture also helps reflect the light. And curved edges ensure there’s nothing to injure passengers as they move around the cabin.

Clean surfaces and minimalist door furniture add to the sense of space. And we love the clever way a room divider doubles as extra workspace for the kitchen.

5. Comfortable Curves

Comfortable Curves

Curves can be particularly striking in boat interiors , working well with the lower ceiling heights. Here, a table is surrounded by a sofa that, together with a separate bench, almost forms a circle.

This is another case where powder blue has been chosen for the upholstery. Blue is a favorite for maritime interiors, and the pale shade works beautifully in darker spaces.

6. Social Space

Social Space

We love the sociable feel that’s been created inside this elegant sailboat. Two curving sofas with tables provide a comfortable space for people to get together over food and drinks.

Here a white ceiling and pale floor help bounce the light around. That’s allowed a darker shade of blue velvet to be used on the sofas, creating a luxurious feel. Subtle detailing like the chevron woodgrain on the wall panels adds to the upscale finish.

7. Compact and Comfy

Compact and Comfy

This sweet interior shows how some bright accessories can add charm to the smallest of spaces. White upholstery provides a blank canvas against which multicolored cushions really pop. And the colors in the fabrics are echoed in the retro prints on the walls.

Other details add to the nautical charm – a porthole mirror, fishing net curtains and glass floats all work brilliantly.

8. Kitchen With a View

Kitchen With a View

This stylish modern kitchen is configured to make the most of the views from the interior of this catamaran. The high gloss cabinets and white worktops keep the space bright. And the large glass windows tempt the eye to the horizon beyond.

The space isn’t huge, but there’s nevertheless a four-ring hob, oven and separate microwave. And there’s a double sink and generous island. The clever design fits everything in without feeling cramped.

9. Sophisticated Neutrals

Sophisticated Neutrals

This super-elegant interior shows how a neutral color scheme effortlessly creates a feeling of sophistication. The gray and cream cushions work beautifully with the honey-toned cabinetry and flooring. Details like the gray rug tie everything together.

We love the wall-mounted wood-burning stove too. It’s a great way to create a cosy atmosphere without taking up valuable floor space.

10. Spotlight on Luxury

Spotlight on Luxury

Lighting can add a whole new dimension to your boat interior . In this stylish cabin, an array of spotlights on the ceiling highlight sparkling accents like the chrome pedestals. The contrast with the matte upholstery creates a feeling of high-end glamor.

And this is another interior where opposing seating creates a sociable space. This would be the perfect spot to get together for evening drinks.

11. Glamorous Cruising

Glamorous Cruising

The curved lines and quality finish in this glamorous cruiser interior make the best of every inch of space. And a combination of recessed spotlights and downlighters creates a snug and cosy atmosphere.

Adding plants can be a very effective way to add softness to what might otherwise be a masculine space. Here a small potted ivy brings a touch of shore-life below deck.

12. Dramatic Contrasts

Dramatic Contrasts

We love the way this cruiser interior uses strong colors for a dramatic look. There’s no sign of the usual marine blue here. Instead, black wall cabinets and sofa backs contrast with cream upholstery and white walls.

The look works because the dark shades don’t overpower the space. The lower cabinets are finished in natural wood, and the countertops are white. And there are plenty of spotlights at both floor and ceiling height to maintain the light levels.

13. Dual Levels

Dual Levels

This luxurious yacht interior shows how using different levels can get the best from a small space. An upper platform provides a comfortable lounging spot, whilst the kitchen and dining area are below. And whilst they’re right next to each other, the varied heights provide an illusion of space.

The caramel upholstery, polished wooden cabinetry and white walls work beautifully together. The result is a calm and relaxing cabin.

14. Maritime Chic

Maritime Chic

This interior is open to the elements. That means everything here has to be weatherproof – as well as smart enough to impress passers-by!

The navy and white pinstriped upholstery looks super-smart, as well as hiding any stains. And the contrast with the white walls and polished wood creates a luxurious and unmistakeably nautical look.

15. Contemporary Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen

This stylish contemporary kitchen shows you don’t need a large space to include showstopping design elements. We love the contrast between the walnut cabinetry and white walls. And adding spotlights around the top of the cupboards turns the whole kitchen into a focal point.

Clever touches make the most of the available space. Mounting the microwave on the wall frees up counter space. And the basin cover provides extra room for food preparation.

16. Luxury Facilities

Luxury Facilities

Few things spell out luxury on your boat quite as well as a stylish head! And this boat interior has it in spade s.

The staircase separates a commode and basin from a wet room, all with matching fixtures. A large mirror helps create a feeling of space in the WC. And spotlights in the ceiling provide bright light without impeding headroom.

Plants work particularly well in bathrooms – on water as well as on land. Here a small plant in a rattan container adds to the spa-like feel.

17. Blonde Ambition

Blonde Ambition

Pale wood can create a stunning interior, as in this attractive cabin. The blonde tones don’t absorb the light, and they look great punctuated with contrasting dark doors.

The small kitchen nevertheless manages to fit in a good-sized fridge and freezer. Its stainless steel doors work perfectly with the metal surrounds and frosted glass of the wall cupboards.

18. Superior Lounging

Superior Lounging

We love the way the generous interior space here has been given over to luxury. The two modular low-level sofas follow the lines of the boat, leading the eye out onto the deck. Mounting the TV at an angle allows it to be viewed by those in any seating position.

The central table is hinged to provide an extra-long surface, but it’s narrow enough not to obstruct walkways. And we love its decorative compass motif.

19. Light Fantastic

Light Fantastic

This cleverly styled interior showcases how effective lighting can be at creating zones within your space.

The downlighting in the kitchen area provides a bright space that’s perfect for cooking and washing up. But in the lounge area, the lighting is more subdued, creating a tranquil and relaxing ambience.

20. Stylish and Elegant

Stylish and Elegant

This fabulous boat interior has all the elegance and comfort of a high-end hotel.

The look is achieved by keeping the color scheme simple and consistent. Walls, carpet and upholstery are all the same shade of cream. Cabinetry and beams are all finished in the same honey-colored teak.

An entertainment center and cabinets act as functional yet beautiful room dividers. And generous sofas invite you to kick off your shoes and relax.

21. Silver Accents

Silver Accents

This unusual interior shows that bold choices can work brilliantly. Galvanized metal trunks make striking coffee tables, while aluminum panels on the armchairs add to the space age look.

The silver tones are replicated in the rug, and even in the outdoor seating on deck. The result is both unique and stylish.

22. Captain’s Table

Captain’s Table

In this boat interior, the captain’s seat is integrated with the on-board living area. Matching cream upholstery on both the captain’s chair and adjacent sofa keeps the space feeling coherent.

Spotlights cast a warm glow over the space, making it feel snug and cosy. And cabinets along the side walls provide plenty of discreet storage.

23. Smooth Transitions

Smooth Transitions

We love the way this elegant interior transitions smoothly onto the deck , creating a feeling of space. Smart chrome accents add sparkle – whether from the stylish table legs, the kitchen faucet, or the cabinet handles.

The cream cabinets have a smart gloss finish to bounce around the light. The contrast with the matte cream upholstery makes the sofas seem even more inviting.

24. Glossy Finish

Glossy Finish

This interior highlights the way that combining matte and gloss finishes can create a feeling of luxury. The woodwork here has a deep lacquer – almost a mirror finish. It could appear gaudy, but against the matte cream sofas it instead looks incredibly classy.

A couple of cushions add a pop of color to the design scheme. And a white ceiling with multiple spotlights adds a sense of height.

25. Cool Blue

Cool Blue

In this interior, blue accents are paired with white leather upholstery to create a classic nautical palette. The blue here appears in the accessories – everything from a sweet ceramic vase to elegant rugs, cushions and throws. The result is a crisp, fresh look.

A glass-topped coffee table is both useful and beautiful. Chrome legs mirror the guardrail beyond the windows. And because the light travels right through the glass, it doesn’t interrupt the flow of the space.

26. Ultra High End

Ultra High End

The interior of this luxury yacht shows what can be achieved if money is no object. All the items of furniture here are one-off creations. We adore the unusual bar and matching coffee table, their curves reminiscent of a beehive.

Cream leather upholstery tones perfectly with the blonde wood. And large vases of orchids enhance the glamorous look.

27. Space for Entertaining

Space for Entertaining

This spacious interior includes several features we’ve seen in other schemes. Luxurious cream leather upholstery? Check. Highly varnished surfaces? Check. And a glass topped coffee table to avoid the space looking cluttered. Check, check, check.

But there are quirkier touches too. We love the metallic upholstery on the 1920s shaped armchairs. And the spectacular chandelier above the dining table is a pleasing addition to the more usual spotlights.

This interior shows that you can mix different design ideas to create a unique and spectacular result.

Feeling Inspired?

That brings us to the end of our look at 27 boat interior ideas . From glamorous yachts to charming narrowboats, there are designs here for every taste and budget.

Whether you’re planning your own project, or are just keen to see what’s possible, we hope you’ve enjoyed our tour. And who knows – perhaps soon you’ll be applying some of the ideas to your own boat.

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Monaco Yacht Show: 7 Yacht Interiors That Will Steal the Show

Room on yacht with intricate blue stone flooring and walls

Running from September 28 through October 1, the Monaco Yacht Show is the highlight of the global boat show circuit. This year’s edition promises to deliver plenty of buzzy debuts, headline-making yacht news, and high-design highlights. There are several new additions to this year’s event in Port Hercules including a sustainability hub and a gadget- and gizmo-filled adventure area , packed with new water toys and flashy supercars —it is Monaco , after all.

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An oversized chandelier defines the space in the informal dining room aboard Ahpo . 

Lürssen, Ahpo

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Interiors of main deck lounge on a yacht

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Stairs leading down to a seating area on a yacht

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Swan 98, Be Cool  

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Seating room with glassbottomed pool above it.

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The Art of Interior Design in Yachts: Exploring the world of luxury yacht interiors and the creative process behind designing them.

Step aboard and immerse yourself in the opulent world of luxury yacht interiors! From sleek modern designs to timeless elegance, the art of interior design in yachts is a captivating blend of style, functionality, and creativity. Join us on a journey as we explore the top trends, layout tips, material choices, furnishing styles, and clever storage solutions that make these floating palaces truly spectacular. Get ready to be inspired by the beauty and innovation behind crafting the perfect yacht interior!

Top trends in luxury yacht interior design

Luxury yacht interior design is constantly evolving, embracing new trends to create stunning and functional spaces that cater to the desires of discerning clients. One notable trend in yacht interiors is the use of sustainable materials, reflecting a growing awareness of environmental responsibility within the industry. Another popular trend is the incorporation of smart technology, seamlessly integrating features like automated lighting and climate control for enhanced comfort and convenience.

In terms of aesthetics, contemporary minimalism continues to be a favored style among yacht owners, with clean lines and neutral color palettes creating a sense of calm sophistication. On the other end of the spectrum, there’s also a resurgence of classic glamour in yacht design, with luxurious fabrics, ornate details, and rich textures evoking a sense of timeless elegance on board.

From innovative layouts to cutting-edge decor elements, staying ahead of these top trends ensures that luxury yacht interiors remain at the pinnacle of sophistication and style.

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Material and design choices for yacht interiors

Choosing the right materials and designs for yacht interiors is crucial in creating a luxurious and stylish space that reflects your personal taste and lifestyle. From opulent marble countertops to sleek stainless steel fixtures, every detail contributes to the overall aesthetic of your yacht’s interior.

When it comes to materials, consider durable yet elegant options like teak wood flooring or leather upholstery for a timeless look. Incorporating high-quality fabrics and finishes will not only enhance the visual appeal but also ensure longevity in a marine environment.

In terms of design choices, think about maximizing natural light with large windows or incorporating innovative lighting solutions for ambiance. Selecting a color palette that complements the ocean views can create a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Whether you prefer modern minimalism or classic elegance, the key is to balance functionality with aesthetics to achieve an inviting and sophisticated yacht interior that suits your unique style preferences.

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Popular interior styles for yacht furnishing

When it comes to interior styles for yacht furnishing, there are a few popular options that exude luxury and sophistication. One classic style is the nautical theme, featuring navy blues, whites, and touches of gold or brass accents to create a timeless maritime ambiance.

For those seeking a more modern look, contemporary design with clean lines and neutral colors like grey or beige can provide a sleek and elegant aesthetic onboard. Incorporating state-of-the-art technology seamlessly into the design can elevate the overall experience.

Alternatively, an eclectic style mixing different textures, patterns, and colors can add personality and vibrancy to the space. Think bold artwork pieces paired with plush velvet furnishings for a stylish yet cozy atmosphere that feels like home away from home on the open seas.

No matter which style you choose for your yacht furnishing, creating a harmonious blend of comfort, functionality, and aesthetics is key to achieving a truly luxurious onboard experience.

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How to design the perfect layout for your yacht

Designing the perfect layout for your luxury yacht is a crucial step in creating a comfortable and functional space that reflects your personal style. Start by considering the flow of the space – ensure there is enough room to move around freely without feeling cramped.

Think about the purpose of each area on the yacht – from dining and lounging to sleeping quarters and entertainment spaces. Each area should serve its own unique function while seamlessly connecting with the rest of the layout.

Utilize natural light to create an open and airy feel onboard. Large windows, skylights, or even glass floors can bring in plenty of sunlight and offer stunning views of the surrounding waters.

Consider incorporating versatile furniture pieces that can easily transform to suit different needs throughout the day. Opt for sleek designs that maximize space without compromising on style.

Lastly, don’t forget about outdoor areas! Designing a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces will enhance your overall yachting experience as you enjoy breathtaking sunsets or dine al fresco under the stars.

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Clever storage solutions for yachts

When it comes to designing the interior of a luxury yacht, clever storage solutions are key. With limited space on board, maximizing every inch is essential for both functionality and aesthetics.

One smart storage solution often seen in yachts is utilizing hidden compartments beneath seating areas or within walls. This not only saves space but also maintains a clean and uncluttered look throughout the yacht.

Another popular option is incorporating multi-functional furniture pieces that serve dual purposes, such as a coffee table with built-in storage or a bed frame with drawers underneath. These innovative designs help minimize clutter while adding practicality to the living spaces.

Vertical storage solutions like tall cabinets or shelving units can also make use of otherwise wasted space, providing ample room for storing belongings without sacrificing floor space.

Overall, integrating these clever storage solutions into the design of a yacht ensures that everything has its place, creating a harmonious and organized environment for passengers to enjoy their time at sea.

Luxury yacht interior design is truly an art form that combines creativity, functionality, and elegance. From incorporating the latest trends to selecting the perfect materials and styles, designing the interior of a yacht requires careful planning and attention to detail.

By following top trends in luxury yacht interior design, creating a layout that maximizes space, choosing high-quality materials and stylish designs, as well as implementing clever storage solutions, you can transform your yacht into a luxurious floating oasis.

Whether you prefer a modern minimalist look or a classic nautical style, there are endless possibilities when it comes to designing your yacht’s interior. So let your imagination run wild and create a space that reflects your personal taste and lifestyle while enjoying the ultimate luxury on the open seas.

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From patricia urquiola to ken fulk, these high-profile designers are nixing traditional yacht interiors for free flowing designs with luxe furnishings., by andrew sessa.

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Celebrated architects and decorators known for shore-side projects are increasingly taking to the water, where they’re proving they’re anything but “at sea.” Armed with high-profile yacht commissions, these designers are throwing the cookie-cutter layouts and tired aesthetic tropes of typical marine interiors overboard. Instead, they’re employing floorplans that flow more gracefully, luxe furnishings and blue-chip art that would feel at home in the most sophisticated urban pied-à-terre.

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The force of this shift could be felt at September’s Monaco Boat Show, where new designers brought an outsider’s eye to the industry. One especially envelope-pushing case in point: Oceanco recently began an initiative to reimagine the super yacht from top to bottom, tapping forward-thinking Dutch interiors studio Tank as well as former Rolls-Royce design lead Giles Taylor to make it happen. While we wait to see, and sail on, what they’ll create, we’ve gathered an elite crew of star decorators, many brand-new to the life aquatic, whose genre-changing work is on the water right now.

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A rendering of the saloon aboard Bergman Design House’s Eden yacht.  Courtesy of Bergman Design House

This studio launched its superyacht arm, Njord , in 2020 to meet the needs of residential clients spending more time on the water during the pandemic. “They loved their yachts for a week or two, but the boats didn’t feel like home when you lived on them for months,” says cofounder and creative director Marie Soliman-Berglund, whose team set out to give the vessels that special ambience. Apart from adding decadent details such as decks from French flooring purveyor Oscar Ono and cutting-edge air-filtration technology, Njord created taller rooms, or the illusion thereof. The main saloon on the 249-foot Eden features a metallic fabric overhead and an opening to the floor above. Combined, the interventions give the space a “sense of height and elegance” that’s tricky to achieve in a ship’s tight quarters.

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The deck on SD96, designed by Patricia Urquiola.  Courtesy of Patricia Urquiola

Italian yard Sanlorenzo recently built upon its award-winning aesthetic credentials by enlisting Spanish-born Urquiola for an ongoing collaboration. Featuring a travertine-encased central staircase of bronzed steel and oak and pieces from Urquiola’s own furniture collections, SD96 puts a refreshing focus on flowing spaces and open views. “I like working on projects where the client asks you to do something you’ve never done before,” says Urquiola, who notes that being “a beginner in the industry helped me propose my personal way of experiencing the boat, making sure that the usual comfort of a home is replicated in a smaller space.”

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The living room aboard Icon , designed by Bryan O’Sullivan Studio.  Courtesy of Bryan O’Sullivan

Lauded for his recent work with Maybourne Hotels —including London’s Connaught , Berkeley and Claridge’s —the Irish-born O’Sullivan crafts superyacht interiors that incorporate his signature mix of custom pieces, midcentury furniture, curated artworks, rich textures and colorful accents. His 164-foot Mosaique and 221-foot Icon impress with such atypical nautical furnishings as a one-ton serpeggiante -marble soaking tub, a Vladimir Kagan glass-topped coffee table and curving sofa, Pierre Chareau lighting and custom pieces from Apparatus. Currently he’s at work on the full refit of a 230-foot yacht and annual updates to Icon .

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Mikic , a former fashion designer, actually made his interiors debut at sea, crafting elements for London property developers the Candy brothers’ yacht in 2006, which led Elisabeth Murdoch to commission Mikic to decorate her entire 159-foot Elisabeth F. two years later. “I designed it in a way that was like an apartment,” he recalls of the vessel, which won awards at both the Monaco and Antigua boat shows. “I had almost no built-in furniture, which is crazy.” Today he continues to buck marine norms. Combining classic elegance with playful colors, patterns and textures, he gave a 109.5-foot yacht a bachelor-pad feel, and he’s now putting sheepskin-clad Fritz Hansen chairs and tufted boucle sofas on a 195-foot sailing yacht alongside contemporary British artworks by the likes of Bridget Riley.

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A recent refit by 212box of Monte Carlo Yachts ’ 105-foot MCY 105 that includes custom furniture in the owner’s suite.  Nick Rochowski Photography

Yale School of Architecture grads Eric Clough and Eun Sun Chun—whose projects include a 6,000-square-foot Houston penthouse and more than 150 Christian Louboutin boutiques— recently completed their first marine commission, a refit of Monte Carlo Yachts’ 105-foot MCY 105 for a client in Hong Kong. Chun and Clough selected surprisingly seaworthy fabrics from Loro Piana and Hermès , furniture by Blackman Cruz and Carl Hansen and lighting from the Urban Electric Co. One particularly homelike vignette finds classic Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs surrounding a French-walnut dining table under an abstract painting by Laurent Hours.

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Founding principal Michael Cox and design director Zunilda Madera bring an acute appreciation of luxe details to yacht interiors (thanks in no small part to the decade Cox spent with Ralph Lauren ’s home brands). For the 152.5-foot vessel of a client whose homes in Monaco and Austria they decorated, the duo combined custom furniture from DeAngelis —including plush upholstered sofas with a depth and a softness that defy at-sea expectations—with finds from the Paris Flea Market . These idiosyncratic pieces, they say, bring a collected, eclectic patina to the yacht, reflecting the client’s personality.

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The deck aboard Halekai by Ken Fulk.  Courtesy of Ken Fulk

A consummate showman, Fulk just completed his first yacht interior, a wooden sailing vessel for longtime clients. It combines historic inspiration with whimsical contemporary twists. The ship’s name, Halekai, means “home on the sea” in Hawaiian, which points to the state of mind of both clients and design team. With Honolulu’s Iolani Palace as a jumping-off point, Fulk combined the European and the indigenous, creating such evocative details as carved teak doors and custom marquetry in teak and koa wood and embroidered headboards based on a royal Hawaiian wedding quilt.

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Known for designing hotels and restaurants from Chicago to Osaka, Bernerd first brought her signature industrial élan and masculine edge to the sea nearly a decade ago. “Yacht interiors so often veer towards the traditional,” she says. “We’ve sought to bring a fresh, contemporary, sporty feel with pale washed woods and beautiful linens mixed with textured fabrics.” On a just-completed 102-foot Sanlorenzo yacht, marble insets adorn built-in cupboards while panels of green onyx clad a bathroom’s walls and the front of the glam below-deck bar.

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The Most Exciting Superyacht Interiors of 2019

By George Bains

Every year Superyachts.com brings you interior insights from the world’s most iconic yachts, bringing you closer to the luxury on board these floating palaces. In our retrospective series on 2019, we look back at some of the best interiors revealed.

There is no better place to start than the winner of the MYS Gala Award for Best Interior. The 111m Lurssen , designed by British studio Winch Design , has a wonderfully unique interior that sends guests on a period-based journey through worldwide luxury. Each guest suite on board TIS features styling from a different location close to the Owner’s heart, the Owner collaborating closely with the designers throughout the process. Influences stretch across the globe, from Tuscany to South East Asia, with the only the very finest materials relating to each region’s history selected.

The social areas on board TIS are ample, making for an unbelievable guest experience. Winch has fitted the yacht’s saloons with panoramic windows to afford unforgettable views across the ocean, helping also to flood the areas with natural light and complement the décor’s light feel. There are both indoor and outdoor cinemas found on this magnificent superyacht, while a 19-person al fresco dining table is the perfect spot for evening entertainment.

2019 also saw the first ever glimpse inside 85.10m Valerie, currently listed for sale with IYC. Originally delivered by Lurssen in 2011, Valerie completed a refit earlier this year which has kept the superyacht up to her impeccable standards. While Espen Øino took care of the exterior profile, and Reymond Langton is the designer responsible for Valerie’s intricate interiors. Commenting on the design, IYC Sales Agent Richard Gray said that “ spending time onboard, you begin to realize the time, effort and detail that has gone into building such a timeless masterpiece .” A video released by IYC revealed an Art Deco-inspired design, teasing some of the stunning materials and textures of the yacht.

14 guests are accommodated in 7 cabins across Valerie’s 6-deck structure. An enormous 20-foot swimming pool graces the yacht’s expansive sundeck, while there are plenty of toys and tenders stored on board waiting for the guests.

A statement of sophistication. Earlier in the year, the Superyachts.com team were invited onboard Tankoa’s 72m Solo. Touring the yacht with the backdrop of Barcelona’s stunning skyline, the team were left in awe at the craftsmanship onboard.

The sophistication of Solo’s design stems from a distinctly Italian influence. With the exterior lines penned by Francesco Paszkowski, Margherita Casprini was selected to draw the interior spaces. Casprini’s styling has been meticulously curated, giving careful consideration to each piece of material allowed on board. Commeting on the interior design, Captain Renzo Chelazzi said “you can find marble, oak in different colours, black oak for the floor, grey oak for the walls. Calacatta marble, ebony, macassar, cappuccino stone from Rajasthan which mixed together makes the interior be so amazing .”

Solo’s opulent details are enhanced by some quite stunning structures in integrated into the design, including a private elevator leading to the main deck from the Master Cabin.

"You can find marble, oak in different colours, black oak for the floor, grey oak for the walls." M/Y Solo Captain Renzo Chelazzi

"You can find marble, oak in different colours, black oak for the floor, grey oak for the walls."

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Rearranging the interior of a boat is often enough to make it more comfortable and welcoming. If you have just bought a used boat , these tips can help! Decorate the interior of a boat and match design, comfort and functionality. This article will give you some ideas for an easy renovation without spending a lot of money.

1 – Refitting your boat by optimising storage space 2 – Customise and revamp the interior of your boat with a little paint 3 – Decorating the interior of a secondhand boat: fabrics

1. Refitting your boat by optimising storage space

For certain secondary boat interior refits you don’t always need to call in the professionals. You can in fact do some cheap renovations yourself with a little ingenuity and a few good tips. Roll up your sleeves and get out your toolbox… let’s go!

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Without committing yourself to a total overhaul, you may want to start by renovating a few things inside your boat. Opting for furniture with rounded corners, making fittings as functional as possible or adding shelves and drawers to every nook and cranny to cut down on lost space are just some of the arrangements that will make your life easier once at sea.

  • A fridge with drawers enables you to compartmentalise storage and keep things cooler.
  • Wooden, melamine or metal tableware will prevent breakages once on the water.
  • To store fruit and vegetables and prevent them from spoiling prematurely, you can use nets that you can hang up in the kitchen.

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2. Customise and revamp the interior of your boat with a little paint

Just like the interior of an apartment or house, when it comes to decoration, it’s worth considering repainting certain surfaces. You don’t have to of course, if the existing colours and materials suit you as they are. But in some cases, a lick of paint can give your boat’s interior a new look, enabling you to personalise it . Giving one or two wooden surfaces just a simple coat of varnish will bring a touch of charm and authenticity to certain spaces.

However, repainting surfaces using white or pastel tones will make them brighter because even when there are a lot of portholes, they are often narrow. Light-coloured walls or ceilings will also help to optimise the light sources

To keep things looking warm and cosy, why not repaint a section of the boat in the colour of your choice? Adding touches of paint here and there will harmonise and brighten up the whole interior. Cupboard frames, finishing strips, handrails, fold-out tables, handles or even shelves are all elements that you can opt to repaint.

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3.Decorating the interior of a secondhand boat: fabrics

Curtains, bed linings and cushion covers are all opportunities to refurbish the interior of a secondhand boat and customise it more to your own liking.

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First step: measure the benches and bunks so you get the right size of mattress. This is a good way of making your secondhand boat more comfortable as well as a good option for replacing parts that are sometimes worn out by the weather. Once all your foam mattresses are ready, give them zipped protective covers made of waterproof fabric (this makes newly purchased items last longer).

Then choose sheets and fabrics in a soft and durable material (linen or cotton) that you can cut to the right size to cover the mattresses and benches. You can select either bright, neutral or pastel colours that match the colours you’ve used on the rest of the boat interior. Then opt for the bedlinen of your choice.You can make a cabin with dark wooden walls brighter using light-coloured bedlinen. On the other hand, if your walls are white, why not go for warm or dark coloured sheets to make the space more welcoming? Just like at home, you are advised to keep a spare set of bedlinen, so that you can rotate it while you wash the others.

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Cushions are another decor option you should capitalise on! As backrests or to frame a bench, they are both useful and decorative. Again, you should give them waterproof, zipped covers. You can then choose a fabric in the colours and patterns of your choice and sew it to the right size. Extra tip: get two sets of covers, so that you can wash them regularly

For curtains, start with some porthole-sized cords, which you can attach with small open hooks for when you want to “”pull the curtains””. Depending on your preferences, you can then choose fabric of varying degrees of opaqueness, based on how much light you want to pass through, if any. As for colours and patterns, go wild! Be careful though not to overload the whole design scheme and to try and keep a sense of consistency with the rest of the decor you’ve chosen.

And why not a few frames!

The last little touch to decorate the interior of your boat and make it look like this: add a frame or two! Choose an illustration, a nice photo or why not a poster of a nautical event you attended. Choose a lightweight frame with Plexiglas glass and fix it securely to avoid a disaster during a turbulent navigation.

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In pictures: Inside Damen’s 60m superyacht ENTOURAGE

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By Nina Done   25 May 2023

Marking her debut onto the world stage at the Palm Beach International Boat Show in March, the custom Amels 60 (196ft) superyacht ENTOURAGE proved an instant hit, with lucky show-goers afforded the first glimpse into her chic and voluminous spaces.

The first official pictures from Damen Yachting have now been released showcasing her custom light-filled interiors by Canada-based design studio Burdifilek to perfection.

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Delivered to her owner in February 2023, the 853 GT motor yacht ’s head-turning exteriors come courtesy of world-class designer Espen Øino, with Damen Yachting responsible for her naval architecture. 

Appointed to create a luxurious and serene interior, Burdifilek’s first superyacht project has been a resounding success, developed in line with the owner’s “clear brief and global vision into a tranquil and elegant home at sea.”

She captures the essence of innovative superyacht design through subtle interplay with her surroundings evidenced by her seamless stream of windows, fold-down balconies and wide deck spaces.

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“The Owner knew exactly how he wanted to entertain and how he wanted the flow through the spaces to be. When the sun sets, the yacht transforms, shifting from day to night, evoking a completely different feeling,” says Diego Burdi, Burdifilek’s co-founder.

“This unique opportunity led us on a journey of exploration where every design aspect of the yacht was considered at the highest level. Conceived as a floating oasis of luxury, the interiors are a playground of timeless elegance, ultimate comfort with a sense of peace conveyed through a monochromatic palette,” adds Diego Burdi, whose portfolio includes the W Hotel, New York’s Club Monaco and some of the world’s most dynamic commercial environments.

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Highlights include a sprawling sundeck complete with a Jacuzzi pool, bar and sumptuous loungers, as well as a shaded L-shaped sofa and alfresco dining area, ideal for more informal meals with incredible views. Additional dining options can be found on her main deck aft, bridge deck saloon and a casual dining set-up in the main saloon. If guests so desire, they can even enjoy a meal under the stars at water level on her swim platform. 

Meanwhile, with her tender tucked away in her foredeck garage, guests will thrill at the motor yacht's well-appointed waterside beach club area, featuring a sauna and day head, as well as a range of gym equipment. They also have access to the yacht's well-equipped toy locker and vast swim platform for supreme on-water fun.

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On a luxury yacht charter, ENTOURAGE provides accommodation for 12 guests across 5 suites.

Positioned on the main deck, the owner’s suite comes equipped with a lounge area, two bathrooms and adjoining twin-bed guest suite, as well as a fold-down balcony providing exceptional views over the water, perfect for a morning coffee watching the sun rise. The remaining generous cabins can be found on her lower deck.

Designed to a specific brief by her experienced owner, each interior space has been meticulously crafted to create a unique feel, yet one that still maintains complete harmony with the rest of her beautiful interiors.

“It’s an extremely well-optimised design. Together with the Amels team we invested a lot of time fine-tuning the Amels 60 design, really looking back at the Limited Editions past, talking to clients. She looks beautiful,” says Espen Øino of Espen Øino International.

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The Amels 60 has been developed to carry the spirit and philosophy of the Amels Limited Editions forward to a new generation. Designed with the environment in mind, ENTOURAGE features IMO Tier III compliant hybrid power and propulsion technology, cutting-edge equipment and technology, superior seakeeping abilities and a transatlantic range of 4,500 miles.

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Superyacht ENTOURAGE is available for yacht charters in the Mediterranean for the summer season, including popular hotspots such as the  French Riviera , Amalfi Coast and Greece . 

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To discover more about chartering M/Y ENTOURAGE, please get in touch with your preferred yacht charter broker . 

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6 Architects That Are Now Creating Designs for Superyachts

Posted: December 11, 2023 | Last updated: December 11, 2023

<p>Exciting yacht design doesn’t require reinventing the wheel. But a fresh view always helps. That’s why more yacht owners are looking for land-based architects and designers for their new build and refit interiors, preferring a cross-pollination of ideas over the tried and true.</p> <p>The first owner to shy away from the traditional yacht designer set was billionaire Lukas Lundin, who tasked Italian architect Cristina Gherardi Benardeau to design the interior of the 274-foot Savannah. The Feadship, launched in 2015, is largely remembered as the first superyacht with a hybrid propulsion package. But the interior is just as radical.</p> <p>Benardeau, a designer of retail space for Giorgio Armani and Christian Dior Couture, gave the 262-foot yacht the world’s first “Nemo lounge,” or a bubble in the hull where the owners and guests could see underwater.  It also featured what looked like a floating superstructure, employing long strips of tinted glass inspired by skyscrapers. (The same visual trick was employed later in Oceanco’s 361-foot Jubilee.) Savannah was the first boat to receive full metallic exterior paint job to blend in with the ocean surroundings—an idea later seen on superyacht Kensho, when it delivered in 2022.</p> <p>Since then, a number of owners and boatbuilders have employed residential architects to do interior designs, as well as offer exterior flourishes (though naval architects complete the structures and running surfaces.) Rome architect Achille Salvagni has done projects for Rossinavi and Azimut, Lord Norman Foster created a series that later became the YachtPlus fleet, Lazzarini & Pickering designed the Benetti Motopanfilo 37M, and next year, Matteo Thun & Antonio Rodriguez will show their talents on Azimut’s SeaDeck Series.</p> <p>Even residential stalwarts like Zaha Hadid Architects can’t help but experiment with nautical projects. Following the 2016 reveal of the firm’s Unique Circle Yachts series, the studio collaborated with Vitruvius Yachts this year on Britain’s new “royal yacht” project. And more recently, the architects unveiled concept renderings for Oneiric, a proposed catamaran in collaboration with Italian shipyard Rossinavi.</p> <p>From skyscraper to sea, here are six yachts designed by mainstream architects.</p>

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Exciting yacht design doesn’t require reinventing the wheel. But a fresh view always helps. That’s why more yacht owners are looking for land-based architects and designers for their new build and refit interiors, preferring a cross-pollination of ideas over the tried and true.

The first owner to shy away from the traditional yacht designer set was billionaire Lukas Lundin, who tasked Italian architect Cristina Gherardi Benardeau to design the interior of the 274-foot Savannah. The Feadship, launched in 2015, is largely remembered as the first superyacht with a hybrid propulsion package. But the interior is just as radical.

Benardeau, a designer of retail space for Giorgio Armani and Christian Dior Couture, gave the 262-foot yacht the world’s first “Nemo lounge,” or a bubble in the hull where the owners and guests could see underwater.  It also featured what looked like a floating superstructure, employing long strips of tinted glass inspired by skyscrapers. (The same visual trick was employed later in Oceanco’s 361-foot Jubilee.) Savannah was the first boat to receive full metallic exterior paint job to blend in with the ocean surroundings—an idea later seen on superyacht Kensho, when it delivered in 2022.

Since then, a number of owners and boatbuilders have employed residential architects to do interior designs, as well as offer exterior flourishes (though naval architects complete the structures and running surfaces.) Rome architect Achille Salvagni has done projects for Rossinavi and Azimut, Lord Norman Foster created a series that later became the YachtPlus fleet, Lazzarini & Pickering designed the Benetti Motopanfilo 37M, and next year, Matteo Thun & Antonio Rodriguez will show their talents on Azimut’s SeaDeck Series.

Even residential stalwarts like Zaha Hadid Architects can’t help but experiment with nautical projects. Following the 2016 reveal of the firm’s Unique Circle Yachts series, the studio collaborated with Vitruvius Yachts this year on Britain’s new “royal yacht” project. And more recently, the architects unveiled concept renderings for Oneiric, a proposed catamaran in collaboration with Italian shipyard Rossinavi.

From skyscraper to sea, here are six yachts designed by mainstream architects.

<p>Architect Roberto Palomba has been designing houses for decades. His Milan-based studio, Palomba Serafini Associati, includes the Italian Consulate in Detroit, home décor and even tableware, among its past projects. His first yacht is the <a href="https://robbreport.com/motors/marine/amer-41-explorer-superyacht-cool-innovations-1234794265/">Amer</a> F100, which features a unique “Glass Cabin” as the main salon. It was designed in partnership with Ludovica Serafini. “My aim was to change some standard boat elements to create something completely different,” Palomba told <em>Robb Report</em> during the yacht’s world debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival. “Certainly, our perspective offers a fresh look, an architectural vision rooted in the world of architecture and interior design, translated into the realm of yacht design.” The Glass Cabin is an architectural glass box that encases the main salon and formal dining area with windows that are larger than other yachts with similar dimensions. The garden creates openness, light and a continuous connection with the sea. Continuing the theme, reflective surfaces are used on the walls and ceiling across all social areas to bring more light in, while stairs joining the main deck to the bridge are topped by more glass, opening the heart of the yacht to blue skies.</p>

Amer F100, Architect Roberto Palomba

Architect Roberto Palomba has been designing houses for decades. His Milan-based studio, Palomba Serafini Associati, includes the Italian Consulate in Detroit, home décor and even tableware, among its past projects. His first yacht is the Amer F100, which features a unique “Glass Cabin” as the main salon. It was designed in partnership with Ludovica Serafini. “My aim was to change some standard boat elements to create something completely different,” Palomba told Robb Report during the yacht’s world debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival. “Certainly, our perspective offers a fresh look, an architectural vision rooted in the world of architecture and interior design, translated into the realm of yacht design.” The Glass Cabin is an architectural glass box that encases the main salon and formal dining area with windows that are larger than other yachts with similar dimensions. The garden creates openness, light and a continuous connection with the sea. Continuing the theme, reflective surfaces are used on the walls and ceiling across all social areas to bring more light in, while stairs joining the main deck to the bridge are topped by more glass, opening the heart of the yacht to blue skies.

<p><a href="https://robbreport.com/motors/marine/admiral-yachts-246-foot-kensho-new-design-features-1234763352/"><em>Kensho</em></a>‘s owner was a first-time yacht buyer who wanted a one-of-a-kind vessel. He looked beyond the pool of yachting talent for a designer who could create a signature statement inside the 246-foot Admiral. The owner eventually decided on Paris design house Jouin Manku, an experienced architecture and industrial design studio, without a single yacht to its name. Co-founder Sanjit Manku took the design brief and ran with it, eschewing traditional yachting layouts for high-volume and big sea views. Variations on the established interiors include lofty 8.9-foot-tall ceilings, open-plan cabin layouts (where the bathrooms are on display) and locating the owner’s salon—more akin to an observation lounge—to the upper deck where the captains’ wheelhouse is traditionally located.  “We drew on our restaurant design experience to create an ambience and furniture that is practical yet opulent,” Manku told <em>Robb Report</em>. “The dining chairs have ski feet that make it easy for guests to slide in and out, and we incorporated flattering lighting rather than ceiling spotlights.” The end result is a stunning, personalized interior that is unique in yachting. </p>

‘Kensho,’ Jouin Manku

Kensho ‘s owner was a first-time yacht buyer who wanted a one-of-a-kind vessel. He looked beyond the pool of yachting talent for a designer who could create a signature statement inside the 246-foot Admiral. The owner eventually decided on Paris design house Jouin Manku, an experienced architecture and industrial design studio, without a single yacht to its name. Co-founder Sanjit Manku took the design brief and ran with it, eschewing traditional yachting layouts for high-volume and big sea views. Variations on the established interiors include lofty 8.9-foot-tall ceilings, open-plan cabin layouts (where the bathrooms are on display) and locating the owner’s salon—more akin to an observation lounge—to the upper deck where the captains’ wheelhouse is traditionally located.  “We drew on our restaurant design experience to create an ambience and furniture that is practical yet opulent,” Manku told Robb Report . “The dining chairs have ski feet that make it easy for guests to slide in and out, and we incorporated flattering lighting rather than ceiling spotlights.” The end result is a stunning, personalized interior that is unique in yachting. 

<p>Refits are also getting design overhauls by non-yacht designers. Lürssen’s 318-foot <a href="https://robbreport.com/motors/marine/superyacht-carinthia-vii-refit-lurssen-1235333612/"><em>Carinthia VII</em></a>, first delivered in 2002 and designed by Tim Heywood, was sold in 2022 to a new owner. He called on Italian studio Bizzozero Cassina Architects for what turned out to be a major refit in a nearly record 300 days. The architectural studio is experienced in real estate, including a few of the owner’s private properties. But yacht refits are a recent addition to its portfolio. “The key to any project’s success is to know the person, their lifestyle and the way they think,” architect Paolo Bizzozero said. “Only with these three ingredients can you remedy a truly bespoke environment that works for them and for their life.” Key additions include a 1,334-sq. ft. sundeck, with a large dining table and teppanyaki grill. Equally impressive was the 39-foot-long glass-paneled swimming pool on the main deck (with two large televisions to view live sports), and a 968-sq. ft. air-conditioned gym on the bridge deck that also serves as a winter garden.</p>

‘Carinthia VII,’ Bizzozero Cassina Architects

Refits are also getting design overhauls by non-yacht designers. Lürssen’s 318-foot Carinthia VII , first delivered in 2002 and designed by Tim Heywood, was sold in 2022 to a new owner. He called on Italian studio Bizzozero Cassina Architects for what turned out to be a major refit in a nearly record 300 days. The architectural studio is experienced in real estate, including a few of the owner’s private properties. But yacht refits are a recent addition to its portfolio. “The key to any project’s success is to know the person, their lifestyle and the way they think,” architect Paolo Bizzozero said. “Only with these three ingredients can you remedy a truly bespoke environment that works for them and for their life.” Key additions include a 1,334-sq. ft. sundeck, with a large dining table and teppanyaki grill. Equally impressive was the 39-foot-long glass-paneled swimming pool on the main deck (with two large televisions to view live sports), and a 968-sq. ft. air-conditioned gym on the bridge deck that also serves as a winter garden.

<p>Bentley fans who dream of a book-matched yacht interior might look closely at the 67-foot Contest 67CS.  Commissioned by a private client and launched in November, it is the first collaboration between Bentley and Contest Yachts. with all the design flair Bentley could bring to a yacht. Conceived to match the luxe design of a custom continental GT coupe, the sailboat features the same materials, motifs and craftsmanship on its cars and home designs, including the same hand-stitching found on the Bentley steering wheel and the yacht’s Malvern Chair. Bespoke one-offs include a bar and vanity unit, the captain’s chair and “Egg” table, and a sofa which was hand-built at Bentley’s engineering facility and finished in its signature trim. The brand’s iconic diamond-quilted hides were also included across entire yacht interior. Small details like the tissue box and drink coasters were created from scratch to match the owner’s taste.</p>

Contest G7CS, Bentley Interior

Bentley fans who dream of a book-matched yacht interior might look closely at the 67-foot Contest 67CS.  Commissioned by a private client and launched in November, it is the first collaboration between Bentley and Contest Yachts. with all the design flair Bentley could bring to a yacht. Conceived to match the luxe design of a custom continental GT coupe, the sailboat features the same materials, motifs and craftsmanship on its cars and home designs, including the same hand-stitching found on the Bentley steering wheel and the yacht’s Malvern Chair. Bespoke one-offs include a bar and vanity unit, the captain’s chair and “Egg” table, and a sofa which was hand-built at Bentley’s engineering facility and finished in its signature trim. The brand’s iconic diamond-quilted hides were also included across entire yacht interior. Small details like the tissue box and drink coasters were created from scratch to match the owner’s taste.

<p><a href="https://robbreport.com/motors/marine/superyacht-entourage-hybrid-propulsion-4500-mile-range-1235029262/"><em>Entourage</em></a>, the second hull in Amels’ 60 Limited Editions range, is the owner’s second yacht. He had clear ideas about the functional layout of the boat, so he appointed commercial design firm Burdifilek to realize that vision. The Toronto-based co-founder, Diego Burdi, adopted a “marine design” approach. “I believe strongly that you should feel like you’re on a boat,” he told <em>Robb Report</em>. That is apparent in areas like the the lower-deck staterooms where the bulkheads hug the curve of the hull. Carved and layered wooden ceilings—a detail introduced from the owner’s experience in real estate—add drama and tactility. Most significantly, Burdi reversed the central stairwell and tucked it into the perimeter of the yacht to create a wider walkthrough and, in so doing, a work of art.</p>

‘Entourage,’ Diego Burdi, Burdifilek

Entourage , the second hull in Amels’ 60 Limited Editions range, is the owner’s second yacht. He had clear ideas about the functional layout of the boat, so he appointed commercial design firm Burdifilek to realize that vision. The Toronto-based co-founder, Diego Burdi, adopted a “marine design” approach. “I believe strongly that you should feel like you’re on a boat,” he told Robb Report . That is apparent in areas like the the lower-deck staterooms where the bulkheads hug the curve of the hull. Carved and layered wooden ceilings—a detail introduced from the owner’s experience in real estate—add drama and tactility. Most significantly, Burdi reversed the central stairwell and tucked it into the perimeter of the yacht to create a wider walkthrough and, in so doing, a work of art.

<p>The 279-foot <em>Symbiosis</em> is Studio KMJ’s nature-driven introduction to the world of superyacht design. Unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show, the 3,000 GT concept speaks to a rising trend for biophilic design with 10 nature-driven features. These include a “tree of life” planted on the main deck aft that stretches across two decks, a 1,000-sq. ft. irrigated lawn tended by a gardener and intended for both play and picnics, and a life-sized herbarium called “The Sanctum” where herbs, spices and vegetables can be cultivated. The Swiss designer Kurt Merki Jr collaborated with Axel Massmann, CEO of Yacht-Green, who acted as a strategic advisor on best practices to “green” the superyacht lifestyle. According to the designers, the natural elements are fully buildable. All it needs is an owner willing to take a leap.</p>

‘Symbiosis,’ Kurt Merki, Jr.

The 279-foot Symbiosis is Studio KMJ’s nature-driven introduction to the world of superyacht design. Unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show, the 3,000 GT concept speaks to a rising trend for biophilic design with 10 nature-driven features. These include a “tree of life” planted on the main deck aft that stretches across two decks, a 1,000-sq. ft. irrigated lawn tended by a gardener and intended for both play and picnics, and a life-sized herbarium called “The Sanctum” where herbs, spices and vegetables can be cultivated. The Swiss designer Kurt Merki Jr collaborated with Axel Massmann, CEO of Yacht-Green, who acted as a strategic advisor on best practices to “green” the superyacht lifestyle. According to the designers, the natural elements are fully buildable. All it needs is an owner willing to take a leap.

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Snake-like procession of insect larvae spotted again in Interior Alaska

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Another mass of gnat larvae was reported in Fairbanks this week.

University of Alaska Fairbanks entomology professor Derek Sikes said the sighting on Pika Road is the latest report of what he calls snake worm larvae.

“Because it looks a little like a snake when you have all these larvae moving in long column across a road,” said Sikes, who is also the Museum of the North curator of insects.

The unusual lines of moving gnat larvae were first reported in Fairbanks in 2007, and Sikes said sporadic sightings have come in over the years since.

“When people see these things going across trails or roads, it’s quite remarkable, and people take pictures and send them in,” he said. “But we don’t get reports every year, so we don’t know how cyclical it is. We don’t know if they’re actually making these columns in the woods where nobody is observing them.”

Sikes said he initially worked with specialists in Germany and Japan to identify the larvae, eventually looking at their DNA.

“(It) became pretty clear that we were dealing with new species,” he said.

Sikes said the data got back burnered until 2021 when post-doctoral entomology researcher Thalles Pereira of Brazil picked it up.

“He came and finished the project,” Sikes said. “Did all the final analysis and wrapped it up and drafted the paper.”

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The paper came out in December 2023.

Sikes said a lot of questions remain about the species they officially named  Sciara serpens , including whether it is different from gnat larvae observed in similar formations elsewhere in North America. There’s also the question of why the larvae group in snake-like processions.

Sikes theorizes they climb on top of one another to protect themselves while crossing roads and trails.

“Sliding over their comrades below so you get this kind of conveyor belt thing going across the road where they can make it across with minimal exposure of their moist bodies to the dry conditions,” he said.

He said another possibility is that the formations are a defensive measure.

“Birds that might otherwise prey on individual larvae, will leave them alone because they look like a big animal, like a snake or something,” he said.

Sikes encourages anyone who sees snake worm gnat larva to report them with photos, time, location and other information, using the iNaturalist app.

He said all the Alaska observations have been in the morning when its cooler, but it’s unknown whether the larvae columns are weather-related.

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4 ways to maximise your yacht's interior spaces

Soft colours and wide windows.

Spaciousness at sea is much like spaciousness on land: it’'s a feeling, an experience, not measurable in square footage. When we’'re feeling cramped, space is a good thing. When we'’re feeling isolated and disconnected, a football field of interior space can feel vacuous. At that point, we seek out a small, intimate space that makes us feel more at home.

The challenge for designers of superyachts is to make what feels too small feel bigger and vice versa without resorting to drastic measures. Huge open plan living spaces with cavernous ceiling heights are common on land, but despite some yacht designers finding ways to extend ceiling height, the fact remains that the standard measure of motor yacht overheads is less than eight feet.

However, there are many ways to extend space and make superyacht interiors feel bigger, despite the comparatively low ceilings.

The Donald Starkey designed interior on Trident , a 65 metre Feadship , features softer colours and wide windows to make spaces seem more expansive, as strong colours and a lack of natural light can make places appear small.

The right mix of muted and strong colours

"In the end, it’'s all a matter of comfort,"’ says Manhattan-based architect David Easton , who, in partnership with Hoek Design , is responsible for the interior of  Marie’ , a 54.8 metre  Vitters sailing yacht launched in 2010.

‘"The key to making a small space large is not only a sense of scale, it’'s giving that scale a sense of excitement,"’ explained Easton. ‘"Soften the upholstery fabrics so they blend in with the surrounding walls. I prefer neutrals. They'’re less jarring to the eye.’ Too many jarring contrasts and interruptions make a small space cramped."

But a few strategic breaches on  Marie  do catch the eye, contributing to the excitement.

"‘Colourful paintings and pillows provide the accents,’" explains Easton. ‘"Mirrors on side panels bring the outside in, expanding the space. Think of the furniture pieces as sculpture. When they’'re resting directly on the floor they will feel heavy. You can get them to ‘float’ by putting them on legs. Let air surround them. A blue-tinted ceiling enhances the ‘float’ upwards. Eighteen inches is the usual seating height. Scaling furniture back to 17 inches high makes a big difference, though not noticeable.

_‘"Marie’'_s anigre wood walls are a light, warm colour blending in with the floating of the ceiling and even the floors," continues Easton. "However, none of the colours are an exact match. We also pushed the deck open at one point to alleviate the ceilings being low at all points. In the salon you can look up into that heightened space. And downstairs it looks double height.’"

Scaled down furniture

"Most furniture is oversized these days,’" says Newport-based designer Candace Langan . ‘"On Ninkasi , the owner’'s wife and I ordered custom pieces scaled back to standard size and that worked.’"

The 42 metre Ninkasi was launched in 2010 as Calliope by Holland Jachtbouw  and features design by Langan'’s late husband, the celebrated naval architect Bill Langan .

Langan, like Easton, used lighter colours combined with light carpets and lots of natural light. And just as mirrors expand the apparent size of the room, reflecting the outside in, she used high-gloss reflective finishes to add light. In concert with those mirror-like effects, Ninkasi has nested twin spiral staircases that serve as light wells through all three decks.

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Claris

Glass instead of walls

Interior designer Glade Johnson , based in Bellevue, Washington, had the perfect solution for low ceilings on board the largest yacht ever launched or re-launched in North America.

"‘We got rid of the walls as much as we could,’" said Johnson of the 100 metre  Attessa IV , which uses glass in lieu of walls .

‘"But this takes a lot of planning with the shipyard," added Johnson. "Not only to use glass, but to make the glass itself disappear. Not every yard likes doing this. But they need to create a channel to hold the glass built right into the superstructure. It’ is installed before the floor is installed. Once the glass is secure at the bottom of the bulwark, the floor plane seems to pass right through to the outside.

‘"With granite or some similar material on the deck as well as bordering the interior space, that wall-free, expansive feeling is multiplied once more," explained Johnson. "The only thing left to consider is the safety issue of people walking into glass, which can be solved by etching.

‘"If you stand at the entry point on the boat deck, you can see through the glass wall across the foyer past the central staircase, through the opposite glass wall to the exterior handrail. Beyond that there’'s the horizon,’" said Johnson. ‘"If you were to look down at the boat plan, you would see that the glass enclosing the foyer staircase actually curves inward. This alone added two-and-a-half feet of deck space to the terraces. But at the same time, the glass had the effect of making the interior volume feel larger."

"Glass walls are just one way to extend space," added Johnson. "For example, mirrors running all the way to the ceiling cause that ceiling to feel like it’s continuing ad infinitum. Frame the same mirror and it stops. Mirrors from ceiling all the way to the floor have the effect of expanding the entire room into the next."

Attessa IV was originally built by Hayashikane  in 1999 but underwent a masterful rebuild and was re-launched by the Washington Yachting Group in Vancouver in 2010.

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