Currently senior designer at Feadship, Tanno Weeda has been active in the world of superyacht design for the past 15 years. Joining a mixed group of panellists on day two, Weeda will discuss the new and upcoming legislative restrictions of deisgn in relation to crew requirements. SuperyachtDesign spoke to Weeda about his experience in the industry and what guests can hope to take away from their time at SuperyachtDESIGN Week.
How long have you worked in the superyacht industry? Can you share a bit about your background?
I have been working in the yachting industry for more than 15 years. Having a background in design and furniture making, I started off at the drawing board in interior. During this period I saw a lot of different aspects of the yachting industry. This variety fascinates and inspires me in my current job as a yacht designer.
What project are you most proud of?
No two Feadships are the same, so it is hard for me to pick a particular project I have been working on. Each design has its own challenges and interesting beautiful details, so I learn every day, which makes my job very inspiring and stimulating. Each and every Feadship has certain design elements that make me proud.
What is your design philosophy?
Our design philosophy is simple: start from a blank sheet and the assumption that everything is possible. Each Feadship reflects the style of its owner, how they like to relax and/or party, their ideas of the ultimate travel experience, the places they would like to discover and so much more. Feadship combines all these parameters into one package and adapts the design process to every individual client. We turn our clients’ dreams into reality; we create the ideal yacht in the clients’ desired aesthetic style. Design makes things better.
What attracts you to the world of superyacht design?
We are working in an environment in which we have the possibility to dream, and make the most beautiful product in the world.
What aspect of SuperyachtDESIGN Week are you most looking forward to?
The connection between the different interests in the yacht design world and the building industry.
Why do you think events such as these are important for the industry?
It is very inspiring talking to people from other companies with different opinions or ways to look at things. For me, SuperyachtDESIGN Week is a fantastic platform for just doing that.
What can guests hope to hear about/take away from your session?
From an early stage on and right to the end, the designers are very much involved in the projects. It might be very interesting to hear what the idea and the thoughts are behind the yacht we are all working on. It hopefully shows you how to look with a designer’s eye at the wishes and requirements of an owner (and Lloyd’s) and how to design it functionally, practically and esthetically at the same time.
What exciting upcoming projects/innovations can we see from you in the near future?
There is a lot of innovation going on at Feadship. As you may have seen at last years’ yacht shows, we love to think ahead in our future concept design. But I can promise you that in the very near future, there will be some very cool stuff coming out of the yards at Feadship.
Weeda's breakout session will run on day two of the event, 25 June from 12:00 - 13:30.
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