UK, Romsey. Yacht designer Steve Gresham has been self-employed since graduating from Coventry University with a 1st class degree in transport design over 20 years ago. Having worked with the likes Don Shead Yacht Design, Tony Castro Yacht Design and H2 Yacht Design, Gresham has decided to launch his own studio Gresham Yacht Design at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show.

“As soon as I left university I set up my own business, which focused on general industrial design work,” explains Gresham with a smile. “However, when I decided to move to Southampton, I started to get into boats and my first client, as I have always been freelance, was Don Shead. I worked with him for about six years before branching out and doing work for Palmer Johnson, Tony Castro and Jonny Horsfield, who coincidentally studied with me at university. I have 20 years experience within the industry and felt that it was time to work under my own name.”

Gresham’s experience is not limited to designing, having project managed a number of builds (some of which are currently under construction) and offered technical consultation. Having created yachts from 25m up to 120m-plus — combined, Gresham has designed over 500m worth of superyachts that are in build — Gresham and his team are able to provide a full design service, although its speciality is exteriors.

“While I enjoy working on the exterior design of superyachts, we work alongside interior designers and decorators, providing a full design service, from inception to completion, using our team of creative talent,” continues Gresham.

Gresham believes that his USP is his ability to communicate ideas and thoughts quickly on paper through detailed sketching. Paired with his understanding of 3D visualisation and form, materials and construction processes, the designer is confident in the studio's ability to offer exactly what a client wants.

“The style of the yacht is dictated by the owners’ wishes and requirements,” concludes Gresham. “Our style is current and innovative and we like to push the boundaries and not be too conservative. We want to develop and explore new original concepts, but always with an eye on the feasibility of these designs.”

In the next issue of SuperyachtDesign Q17, we hope to present the first concept to come from the newly founded studio.