UK, London. SuperyachtDESIGN Week will see acclaimed speakers take to the stage for six keynote sessions throughout the event, held from 23 – 25 June. These presentations are perfectly complemented by four distinct smaller forums: Think Tanks, Design Debates, Meet the Designer and Technical Workshops. These sessions, hosted in Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour showrooms, provide an intimate, informative venue for open discussion and candid comments.
The Meet the Designer sessions throughout SuperyachtDESIGN Week (SYDW) allow for unparalleled access to superyacht legends. This year, the programme features a stellar line up of renowned designers. With decades of combined experience, get up close and personal with those who shape, influence and define the superyacht design world.
Day one, 23 June.
An eminent name synonymous with superyacht design, Disdale’s work includes M/Y Al Salamah, M/Y Ecstasea, M/Y Montkaj, M/Y Sussurro and the Tigre D’Or series. The subject of a packed out workshop in 2014, Disdale returns to SYDW and is sure to once again entertain and educate guests.
J. Robert Scott, First Floor, North Dome
Cristiano Gatto and John Munford
A collaborative session between two internationally renowned designers, Tuesday afternoon sees Cristiano Gatto and John Munford join forces for this Meet the Designer session. Gatto founded his yacht design studio in 2001, after specialising in sculpture, industrial design and contemporary art. John Munford, known for his classic designs built by Royal Huisman and Feadship, has a career spanning over 40 years, and principle of his own studio since 1978. Join them to discuss highlights, anecdotes and cautionary tales of their design careers.
Summit, Third Floor, North Dome
Day two, 24 June
Leach began his illustrious career working with established yacht designers Ed Dubois, Bill Dixon and Terence Disdale, before setting up his own studio, Michael Leach Design in 1997. As designer and director, Leach has overseen numerous award-winning projects, including M/Y Solemar, M/Y Anna, S/Y Hemisphere and M/Y Palladium.
Davidson, First Floor, South Dome
Francis returns to host this session at SYDW in 2015. Originally trained as a bespoke cabinetmaker, Francis’ career spans across different sectors, countries and practices. One time director of Foster Associates, Francis’ experiences range from working on the creation of the Lourve Museum’s iconic pyramid to collaborating with Philippe Starck for Yacht ‘A’ to designing five 120,000 GRT cruise ships, luxury residences and superyachts, to consulting with famed crystal designer Swarovski.
House of Tai Ping, Fourth Floor, Design Centre East
Day three, 25 June
A long-standing collaborator with Royal Huisman, Jonathan Rhoades of Rhoades Young Design, will take part in this intimate Meet the Designer session on the final day of SYDW. Rhoades Young’s interior designs can be found on S/Y Wisp, S/Y Blue Papillon, S/Y Pumula, S/Y Kamaxitha, S/Y Arcadia, S/Y Antares and S/Y Maria Cattiva. Originally trained as an architect, join Rhoades to gain an insight into the mind behind this famed design studio.
Stark Carpet, Third Floor, South Dome.
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