Much talk has surrounded the recently launched Azzam Super Yacht, which knocked the previous number one super yacht, Eclipse off the top spot. However ship yard builders now say the drive now in yacht design is focusing on the interior.
Instead the focus is on developing interiors that best serve their owners’ lifestyles and hobbies. Lurssen is seeing increased requests for indoor pools, often measuring up to 25 metres in length, and the integration of advanced, streamlined home-entertainment systems that can all be controlled via iPad. For a 90-metre ship the most advanced systems cost between €3-5 million.
Britain’s Andrew Winch Designs, a London-based studio that designs yachts, homes and private aircraft, has also noticed a growing interest in highly personalised interiors. The company regularly sources artworks to decorate its clients’ boats – Matisses, Hirsts and sculptures by Dale Chihuly have all proven popular recently – but specially commissioned original pieces are also frequently requested.
An American client recently enlisted the agency to create a towering, mahogany "tree of life" that would incorporate elements of his country’s wildlife and natural history and act as a learning tool for his grandchildren. Rising through a vast atrium over many levels of the yacht, the tree was decorated with carved butterflies, eagles, cougars and more. It took a team of master craftsmen the equivalent of seven man-years to create the piece.
It is also great to hear assembled representatives’ insistence that sustainability is set to be one of the industry’s main driving factors in the years to come. Peter Lurssen encapsulated this increased sense of environmental awareness by saying that superyacht owners realise that "when the oceans aren’t pretty there’s nowhere for them to go".
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