John Munford at the Summit showroom

"I think in the future the term "lighting hub' will become increasingly popular," explained Kevin Andrews of Ideaworks during his breakout session this afternoon during day two of SuperyachtDESIGN Week with Jaron Ginton of Ginton Naval Architects. However, the challenge, Andrews noted, is in finding hub positions on board - these take up space that owners aren't always willing to give up. The space needed for LED, battery-controlled lighting is lessening and, in Andrew's words, "it is getting better". There is no reason, he added, that in the near future we won't see superyachts become battery efficient.

The future, for Andrews, however, is wireless technology. Wireless technology is becoming more practical and reliable, Andrews explained: "The world is becoming less dependent on cables and hubs are becoming the key to flexibility." This means that yachts can no longer rely on an electrical technician, but instead an ETO or someone on board needs to be proficient with a laptop as this is the future - hardwire-based solutions are no longer a viable option.

Intelligence in Design

Internationally renowned furniture designer John Munford spent an hour this afternoon discussing the history of folding furniture design with a room of delegates at Summit Furniture. "Folding furniture is nothing new," he said, as he flipped through examples of furniture from the Egyptian age all the way through to Victorian campaign furniture. Munford sat on a platform surrounded by his own outdoor furniture designs, each one beautifully constructed from teak and stainless steel.

"Carbon fibre is great but furniture on yachts needs to be built for the weather and be heavy enough not to blow away," he said. "And there is something comfortable and human about wood. Teak is a great material for the weather. But we will have to find an alternative to teak one day." The discussion then turned to the different types of wood that could be used, with one audience member suggested pitch pine - a material that has been used in fishing boats in the past.

Following their presentation on VriThink! last year, Marnix Hoekstra, Joost Mertens and Pim Dijksman from Vripack returned to SuperyachtDESIGN Week to reveal what they've discovered. As well as showing how street art has influenced the market in fashion and other design fields, they also emphasised the desire for more choice. "At one stage, people were happy with a black or white iPhone," said Dijksman. "Today people want more personalised things and want a phone in different colours."

The trio went on to reveal how this research would benefit the industry going forward talking into account technologies such as 3D printing. "By 2019, we want to have reduced the build time by 25 per cent, and we believe this is achievable," said Hoekstra. "But this revolution needs the greatest innovations thinkable."

David Harber

In his Artisan and Innovator presentation, David Harber shared that "it's a series of quirky jumps that have led us to some of our projects". Speaking about their innovative work with sculptures and using various materials, Harber explained that they're always looking for a challenge and very happy to work towards just about any brief a client will ask for.

Videoworks spoke about their innovative new system that offers bespoke audio video solutions to enhance your AV time on board. A fun and interactive presentation kept guests entertained throughout.

The final session on day two saw a keynote presentation by Andrew Bailey from McLaren. Addressing a packed room, Bailey looked at many of the aspects that are shared in the automotive sector with those of the superyacht and aeronautical sectors. While touching on efficiency and performance, Bailey pointed to the importance of improving environmental factors. "The automotive sector is continuously pushed by the green factor, taking the environmental impact into serious account," said Bailey.

The former naval architect went on to review the key advances that have been made as a result of research for F1, pointing to specific models through time, highlighting key design features such as those related to aerodynamics.

Watch an interview with Bailey following his presentation by clicking here.

We would like to thank our sponsors for this event: Gold Level: Awlgrip, Blohm+Voss; Silver: Clyde & Co, Jonathan Fawcett and Kevin Glancy; and Bronze: AIM Yacht Interiors, Decored, Heirlooms, MyYachtMyMusic and OceanLED.

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