Reymond Langton Design was co-founded in 2001 by Pascale Reymond and Andrew Langton. With 20 years of yacht design experience between them working with Donald Starkey and Tony Castro, the pair set up their small studio in Richmond, west London. Within a year the first two new build contracts were underway, enabling their former colleague and friend Jason Macaree to join as a director and the trio never looked back.
By 2004 the studio was starting to grow a small team and had secured exciting and recognisable commissions such as LuÌˆrssen’ 68m Kismet and Abeking & Rasmussen’ 68m Aviva. These were soon followed by larger yachts such as the 78m Eminence and the incredible 134m Serene — largest yacht ever built in Italy at that time.
Reymond Langton has designed and delivered 28 motor and sail yachts in the past 12 years, with four more designs presently in construction. The company has been fortunate to work on predominantly premium brand yachts in Germany and Holland and is passionate about quality and delivering the best of the best to its clients.
Originally based in London, the studio’ HQ and a large part of the growing team moved to a historic Georgian townhouse in the beautiful city of Bath. In London, Reymond Langton has a second smaller studio in a quirky modern mews house, which is conveniently located for client meetings.
• General arrangement (yacht planning)
• Exterior design
• Interior design
• Furniture design
• Design management
Q : How were you introduced to the world of superyacht design?
All three partners were introduced to this amazing world when they worked for Donald Starkey. Pascale was head designer and studio manager and worked for Don for 12 years. Andrew and Jason were there for half that time. The trio worked on a number of iconic projects that opened a door to this remarkable ‘bespoke’ industry.
Q : Where does the inspiration for new projects come from?
Our clients have often brought an inspirational design brief to the table as they are usually invigorating and extraordinary people. For most this is their dream project and they want something exceptional and unique. This in itself sparks our creativity and we start to draw on a myriad of new influences from deco to the most modern architecture and lighting, furniture, paintings, jewellery and even details from fashion such as designer handbags and clothing. For the exterior we also look to the latest automotive design, concept cars, sculpture, sci-fi films and futurists work such as Syd Mead.
Q : If there were an award for the best design of all time, which one would you choose?
As a lifelong petrol head I am always drawn to car design, although compared with some breath-taking architecture such as the Chrysler Building—and other incredible human achievements—cars don’t seem to carry as much importance. That said my favourite aesthetic is the GT40. Fifty years on the shape is still so modern, dynamic and sexy! But the best design of all time has to be Sir Alec Issigonis’ Mini. No one has bettered the packaging or the sheer fun of this incredible iconic little car.