Ben Harrison

With a degree in architecture and a passion for sailing,
designer Ben Harrison spent seven years with Andrew Winch Designs before joining Eisgaard Design in 2007, where he holds the position of creative director. Harrison is participating in the BV80 Case Study on day three of this year’s Global Superyacht Forum (GSF). Here the English designer tells us a bit more about his work.

SuperyachtDesign: Which project to date has been your favourite?
Ben Harrison: The 66m project 809 that we have in build at RVL, she has some stunning features including a three-deck glass atrium with sweeping cantilevered marble stair. It certainly has a wow factor. 

Describe your role in the production BV80? 
We were engaged from the very start of the project and have been responsible for the exterior and interior design. Part of this process has been working closely with the Blohm+Voss engineering team to develop the BV80 as a semi-custom yacht. 

A focus group at this year’s GSF is ‘Design: Can we integrate the whole process – from ideas to engineering to operation?’ What’s your opinion on this? 
The design process should always take into consideration all the disciplines involved, and of course the end users (client and crew). I would not, however, see all these disciplines literally coming together under one umbrella. We always believe that great design is a series of well-decided compromises, and it is necessary to be independent to fight for those elements you believe in most strongly.

You are participating in the keynote case study on BV80, what can the audience expect to learn from your presentation? 
The presentation will demonstrate how in this instance, exhaustive market research, a well-defined design brief, avant-garde and creative design thinking, intelligent marketing and ultimately presentation, resulted in the launch and sale of the first BV80 build slot. The nine month R&D, engineering and design process is also an interesting aspect for which we hope to give the audience an insight into.

Ben Harrison is participating in Wednesday 18 November's 'BV80 Case Study' session. To view the full programme, please click here.  

The Global Superyacht Forum will be held from 17 – 19 November 2014 in Amsterdam. To secure your place at the event and join leading companies and individuals in debating the future of superyachts, visit or call +44 (0) 207 924 4004. 

The Global Superyacht Forum is held in collaboration with METS and The SuperYacht Pavilion. 

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