US, Grand Rapids. Scott Group Custom Carpets has launched a new nine-piece collection designed specifically for the superyacht market. Yacht Collection No. 6 is a mixture of traditional and contemporary designs that focus on the tactile nature of a barefoot seafaring lifestyle. Yacht Collection No. 6 exclusively uses wool, cashmere and silk – fibres that make up the bulk of Scott Group productions. SuperyachtDesign.com spoke to Scott Group’s marketing director Jennifer Kirchgessner and marketing designer Alyssa Bart.
No strangers to the superyacht market Scott Group has previously worked with superyacht designers such as Terrence Disdale and Andrew Winch on a number of projects as well as having experience in the commercial and private aviation sectors.
The concept behind the collection is the naturally occurring phenomena found on oceanic shorelines. Be it the grainy texture of sand or the irregular formations of rocks, “I wanted to interpret those textures and translate them into luxuriously soft line”, explains Bart. “Not only is the luxury in the handle of the carpet, its in the plushness and the construction,” added Kirchgessner.
The Lantana Fade is an all-silk sandy tan design. “The central element, the lattice, fades out to the extremities and replicates the way the tide weaves in and out of the shore, leaving behind faded patterns in the sand,” continues Bart. “The texture is amplified by the loops in the silk, you get the sheen as well as the soft touch.”
All Scott Group carpets are designed using CAD software, the designs are transferred onto the material and then hand tufted – the entire process is contained in-house. Hand tufting allows artisans to maintain closeness with their subject matter, but negates the time needed to hand knot as well as increasing the variety and depth of plushness available.
"Hand tufting provides a cleaner, more precise look than hand knotted carpets would, and allows us to create various textures and aesthetics using the gun. Multiple dimensions and layers can be achieved through hand tufting by using over-tufted, under-tufted, and directionally tufted techniques. There’s great flexibility in the way the tufters can move to achieve different looks as well," elaborates Bart.
“With the Acquila we went a little more contemporary. It goes back to the organic shapes you might find on an ocean beach, it is very broken and watery but is presented in a distinctly geometric fashion. Our own interpretation of the broken forms,” says Bart. “It’s a geometric design, but parts of the design are a little broken, so it’s not a standard repeat which makes it more sensually intriguing. This feature also makes it more usable on a superyacht because it is not hard geometric – we have been very conscious to produce designs that work in the non-rectilinear spaces you would find on board,” concludes Kirchgessner.
Yacht Collection No.6 is defined by its touch; tactile textiles are fundamental to the luxury experience.