Adrian Lee knew exactly what he wanted with his 55m Benetti, Ocean Paradise. Eschewing big name designers to work entirely on the project himself with in-house Benetti designer Mauro Izzo, Lee wanted to create home, not a museum. Using plexiglas, carbon fibre, interesting textures and quirky touches, Lee demonstrates that a superyacht doesn’t need to follow traditional patterns of luxury. Another hands-on owner is the proprietor of Italian shipyard Mondo Marine, Alessandro Falciai. The seasoned yachtsman goes through the technical modifications and refit of his 58m Adamas II. Issue 11 also talks to self-confessed dreamer and boat lover, owner Eric Merlin, who shares his journey designing and building a fin de siècle paddleboat using just an antique postcard as a guide.
When it comes to the interior of a superyacht, it is easy to overlook the importance of a specialist interior outfitter, but it is these behind the scenes experts that take an interior to the next level. Andrew Langton of Reymond Langton and Kai Dittmar of Metrica use the 73.5m Mogambo as a way of demonstrating the importance of the designer-outfitter relationship.
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