UK, London. With less than eight weeks to go until SuperyachtDESIGN Week, we are excited to announce our summer edition of SuperyachtDesign will be out next week and available at the three-day design event.

Issue 27 is full to the brim with ideas, commentary and new thinking starting with an insightful visit to Cor D Rover studio in the Netherlands, where the designer applies a novel approach whereby production design proposals are ‘vetted’ by a focus group. “The yachting industry is very insular, and what we think the market wants is based on traditional owner profiles,” says Rover.

Cor D Rover (image by Justin Ratcliffe)

This rare approach prompted the question as to where the responsibility of promoting yachting to the wider market lies, and what role a yacht designer plays in this? Industry leaders share their thoughts in this edition of Design Debate.

From understanding what will meet the evolving requirements of today’s owners with Cor D Rover, we also hear from naval architect and yacht design director at BMT Nigel Gee James Roy, who explores some of the issues surrounding the adaptation of technology on board yachts.

Glass sculpture by Jan Frydrych (image by Andrew Johansson)

From new technologies to understanding and harnessing old techniques and materials, we travel to the Czech Republic to meet glass master Jan Frydrych and Marek Landa, founder of Crystal Caviar. Frydrych, who is best known for his works using optical glass, creates his works of art by starting from the inside and working outward. “Like an architect, I create compositions that are dependent on set mathematical parameters, with proportions being central to the piece,” says Frydrych.

Promotech installation

Glass is one of the many materials used by lighting specialist Promotech in its projects, the focus of Perspectives. The Italian company considers itself as a group of high-tech artisans with a mission to provide its clients with ‘outside-the-box’ lighting solutions. We also present crew quarter solutions from designers Greg Marshall and Dimitris Hadjidimos that improve privacy.

“One of the biggest asks of the crew is privacy, and more superyachts are getting pressured from crew prior to joining to include single-berth cabins, or a cabin solely for themselves if the cabin is configured as bunks,” explains Julien Jouault, project manager.

Kingdom Come

Making the most of interior spaces was one of the many goals for designer Maria Speake who was tasked with taking on the interior refit of Kingdom Come. The 60.5m classic Feadship was the first yacht project for the designer, as was the design of OneOcean Port Vell’s grounds for Spanish studio SCOB. The focus for this edition of Domus Design, founders Sergi Carulla and Oscar Blasco reveal how the project came into being and what inspired their creation.

OneOcean Port Vell yacht club

We also explore the various alternatives to the monohull in Tech Talk and present examples of some of these other options in Concepts from studios Green Yachts, Christopher Seymour Designs, Andy Waugh Design, Venetian Design and Dennis Ingemasson.