Readers of are privy to exterior lines of all of the superyachts that hit the water, and many are instantly recognisable to the trained eye. But not so many of us are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the opulent interiors that house the yachts’ owners and their guests.

Owners are particularly private individuals and many are reluctant to share their tastes in home furnishings, colour schemes and bathroom fittings with the wider world. But our trusty sister publication, SuperyachtDesign can always be relied upon to gain access to the areas others can’t, and 2013 was no different. Here is a selection of the most eye-catching interiors of the last 12 months.

The Baltic Yachts-built sloop, Inukshuk may only be 32.6m in length but that didn’t prevent British designer Adam Lay from creating an impressively spacious salon for this performance racer.  Asked by the owner to create a space that mirrored a North American Lakeland area he was fond of, Lay commissioned a foam-cored, oak-covered dining table to be the focal point of the salon. In keeping with the naturalist theme, he used the same lightweight core material to produce three ‘stones’, which negate the need for an additional coffee table. “The idea is that when you’re sitting on the divan, the end stones are flat,” Lay explained. “His brief was for me to take cues – quite literally in some cases – from nature.”

Inukshuk's salon. Image courtesy of Jeff Brown.

Cristiano Gatto’s brief from the owner of 62m Icon superyacht Maidelle was to build a ‘home from home’, merging formal and informal spaces, and nowhere was the latter more overtly on display than in the opulent dining area where heavy use of mahogany, rosewood and dark walnut complemented a wall of Venetian glass that annexed a storage area for the yacht’s china.

Maidelle's dining area.

Benetti’s 55m Ocean Paradise featured a unique interior in that it was both conceived and designed by the joint owners, Adrian and Lionel Lee alongside Benetti’s own designer, Mauro Izzo. Adrian felt the interior, utilising carbon fibre, Plexiglas and locally sourced materials, could only be conceived by them, but required the support and advice of a professional. “Making something look beautiful is easy but creating the right concept and layout is difficult, and I am happy with what we have accomplished”, he said.

The main salon on board Ocean Paradise. Image courtesy of Andrew Johansson.

And finally, in contrast to the interiors featured above, Hakvoort’s 40m Apostrophe was art deco magnificence from bow to stern. Design house Reymond Langton delivered a remarkably detailed interior marrying walnut, ebonised walnut and macassar ebony and featuring Gustav Klimt-inspired painting throughout. And in a nod to the lengths designers go to achieve the perfect setting for their owners, the commissioned artist travelled to Vienna to immerse themselves in Klimt’s work.

40m Apostrophe

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