How much time do you invest in researching new technologies and materials?
We are always on the lookout for new materials and invite people to show us new pieces that we could potentially use in our designs. We have a couple of big A/V driven projects on at the moment, on the back of which I learn more than is healthy! When it is all said and done though I am most interested in interior finish and materials.
What aspect of yacht design do you enjoy the most and why?
I have a global and overarching overview of the studio, with Simon leading the creative side. I’ve always said that my role and remit is to ensure that what comes out of the studio is a Bannenberg & Rowell Design. This overarching picture is one side and then on the other I have to say that I get weirdly obsessed with the typography of names when they go up on boats and that kind of detail is important.
What is your biggest concern with the next generation of designers who are entering into the market under their own name?
Simon and I were talking about this topic this morning, particularly the timescales of young designers breaching out on their own and when is the best time. Simon pointed out that he has been part of the team here for 9 or 10 years but in the broader scheme of things, he was identifying how you have to have patience. You can't expect to rock up and produce something notable and famous after a period of a few years, it takes a long time. I would say you need 15 years at least under your belt before thinking about branching out on your own.
What are your views on free pitching and creating designs for little or no fee?