photographer: © Design Unlimited, London
Sailing Yacht Bliss
A new generation of sailing yachts is creating a stir, and in particular the ultramodern Yacht Bliss, the target of much admiration even from specialists and experts. With its innovative carbon fibre construction and the claim to being a “green way of sailing” – amongst other things, it avoids the use of exotic woods – Yacht Bliss from the dockyard of Yachting Developments / Dubois Naval Architects sets entirely new standards.
A position that was also a challenge for the interior design by Design Unlimited.
The briefing for the yacht was clear: modern, stylish, minimal but also comfortable. All things that many owners can relate to. The challenge: to limit the use of wood as a form of design solely to the installation of wide floorboards. An affront – after all, nautical design lives by the generous use of exotic woods such as teak and macasser. But this was the very task that the interior designers took on when they made the search for alternative innovation and impressive materials and surfaces their aim. And as a result, the rooms on the yacht shine in a breathtakingly cool design that would look equally at home on a futuristic spaceship. The colours are white, silver and blue, with chocolate brown accents for relief in the cabins. The finest leather and exquisite surfaces such as stingray skin adorn the yacht’s walls and fittings. Specially commissioned glass works complemented by customised lacquered cabin ceilings enhance the cool, contemporary elegance. The necessary well-being touch in the minimalist, modern look is provided by generous groupings of white leather sofas, such as in the elegant saloon with its fabulous panoramic views. Although the room is designed in a matching range of colours, the feel is varied by the use of different textiles, surfaces and carpets. The long, stylish Gallery is the central room on the yacht, and contains the breakfast bar with direct access to the crew galley. The sleeping accommodation consists of one large cabin with two en-suite bathrooms, and two separate guest cabins. The secret: a cleverly concealed sliding bulkhead divides the master bedroom into two separate cabins. Flexible partitioning of the private areas will enhance the sailing yacht’s appeal for different target groups, which could range from family excursions with children to sailing trips with friends – everything is possible. This is a yacht that can be used for regattas as well as for luxury charters. It’s the ideal combination of comfort, style and sailing fun. After departing from the dockyard in New Zealand, its next ports of call will be the harbours of the South Pacific.
The interior designers also praised the owner, who had no inhibitions when it came to pushing boundaries and creating something truly out of the ordinary. “It was undoubtedly a challenge to create an interior that was comfortable while at the same time highly contemporary,” explained Mark Tucker of Design Unlimited. “And it is very rare to almost entirely eliminate wood in the way that we did. Yet we identified and sourced an array of modern fabrics and finishes that together created some of the most striking effects that we have ever worked on, and we are absolutely delighted with the final result.”
Design team: Bootsdesign: Dubois Naval Architects Ltd
Interior Design: Design Unlimited, London
Werft: Yachting Developments, Neuseeland
Project partners: Armaturen Dornbracht: MEM