UK, London. As the end of the year rapidly approaches, we are pleased to present the first edition of SuperyachtDESIGNERS and the final edition of SuperyachtDesign for 2014, Q21.

The first edition of SuperyachtDESIGNERS features 25 studios, each presenting its interior and exterior conceptual designs, key in build and built projects, while sharing each studio’s personality and passion for design. “We are very happy with the final result,” said Richard Partington at HydroTec. The new portfolio, along with its digital Partners platform, makes it easier than ever before for owner’s, their reps and brokers to find the right design team for their new build, refit or conversion projects. Get your complimentary copy of the portfolio at the 2015 SuperyachtDESIGN Week preview next year.

The winter issue of SuperyachtDesign is packed full of the latest design news and ideas from studios around the world. With a focus on the practical aspects of design, Q21 looks at how design can make superyachts safer, transparent and smarter. The issue begins with an article by Paul Murphy, director of Intecho, on implementing automated systems on existing vessels, using the refit of Kogo as an example. “Automation and intelligent technologies are ideally considered as part of a new build,” explains Murphy. “This isn’t to say, however, that these kinds of automation solutions cannot be retrofitted to a yacht with relative ease.”

From intelligent creativity to improved safety in helideck design, David Nelson — safety manager and principal aviation consultant at Helidecks Training Solutions — and yacht design director at BMT Nigel Gee James Roy discuss the technical challenges of incorporating a certified helipad on a superyacht.

Sunrays in Monaco (image by Andrew Johansson)

Bergamo-based studio Officina Italiana Design is the focus in this edition of Case Study, while Fiona Barratt-Campbell shares her inspiration, designs and the importance of her Northumbrian roots in Artisan. We also visit Dutch interior outfitter Struik & Hamerslag as the company celebrates its 50 anniversary in 2014.

“What we enjoy most is that these vessels have a real purpose. Designing specifically for unusual tasks is a great challenge,” explains Robert McFarlane, who together with owner’s representative Terry Allen discuss the conversion of two 70m offshore supply vessels into an ocean paradise for In Build.

We also present our ‘Best in Show’ from this year’s Monaco Yacht Show in Design Event, while Chris Conlon at Amalgam reveals the intricacies of model making in Perspectives. We also explore the bespoke crystal solutions featured on 43m PhilMi, with an interior design by French studio Melot + Trillo, in Focal Point.

(L-R) James White and Elliot March (image by Justin Ratcliffe)

When designers Elliot March and James White decided to drive from London to Monte Carlo to attend the Monaco Yacht Show, they were determined to do it in style. SuperyachtDesign went along for the ride of a lifetime in a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé – click here to see our video of the trip.

Design Debate explores the topic of privacy, as the desire for inside/outside spaces continue to grow in popularity among owners. While this edition of Mood Board looks at the design development of the latest interior furniture in the market. We also present new concepts from Oceanco, Feadship, Sea Level Yacht Design & Engineering, SABDES and Bray Yacht Design And Research to mention a few.

We hope you enjoy both issues and look forward to seeing many of you in the New Year!