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The Superyacht Design Forum 2018

The Superyacht Design Forum 2018 programme comprised of five key themes, which delivered on the mission statement and theme: ACTION not Words. The two days featured a total of 30 interactive sessions, with 5 workshops taking place simultaneously, each dedicated to a theme (Technology, Business, Creativity, Sustainability, Style & Interior). The workshops, which took place across the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour provided a unique setting of the various showrooms, allowing delegates to explore the spectacular design-focused space, while inspiring creativity.

B - Business | T - Technology | C - Creativity |  S/I - Style and Interior |  S - Sustainability.
  Click here to learn more about 5 featured themes.   

If you would like to register your interest for The Superyacht Design Forum 2019 - please Click here.

Have an idea for the 2019 programme? -Email- feyi@thesuperyachtgroup.com

 

 


Tuesday

09:00-10:30

Registration and Networking

Centre Dome

Registration and networking breakfast 

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10:30-11:15

Opening Address

Centre Dome

This year’s theme at The Superyacht Design Forum is ‘Action, not Words’. The Chairman, Martin H. Redmayne, will open the Forum by setting the tone and agenda for the next two days and exploring a tangible strategy for the future that actually triggers positive change.

Martin H. Redmayne
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11:15-12:30

Designers & Shipyards: Q&A

Davidson

Good Vibrations

Perrin and Rowe

A Classic Looking Contemporary

Flexform

Asking New Questions

Porta Romana

The Dark Arts

Jensen Beds

In honour of this year’s event theme: ‘ACTION, not words’, we will open the forum with a panel discussion involving the main players in any superyacht project: the designers and the yards. But the difference is, you, the audience, get to quiz them on the realities of this most vital of working relationship.

 

Ken Freivokh
Steve Gresham
Stephen Hills
Justin Olesinski
Ronno Schouten
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Leading academic, Professor Charles Spence delivers a lecture on his research into how vibrations can have a profound effect on the human senses and why, as a result, a reduction in sound can exponentially improve the superyacht owner’s experience.

 

Prof. Charles Spence
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Jonathan Wells, Head of Design at Morgan, presents a case study on the luxury hand-crafted British-built sports car manufacturer, and how it has, over the years, retained the allure of a classic car while developing a super car-like underbody to achieve a truly blistering performance, and a lauded marriage of heritage and modernity.

 

Jonathan Wells
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Do we think we know the people who buy superyachts, their motivations and desires? Peter Economides, brand specialist will take us on a journey to see things from a different perspective and ask new questions about what the future superyacht owner might want.

 

Peter Economides
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Rare skins, materials and stones have an insatiable allure among superyacht owners. But their rarity brings with it a raft of legislation and restrictions on their procurement. If you want to ensure you’re purchasing your raw materials on the right side of the law, attend this educational session, led by a global NGO, leading the fight for sustainability.

 

Adam Grant
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12:45-14:30

Lunch

Decca, McKinnon and Harris, Crestron, Summit Furniture & Tai Ping

Lunch will take place in 5 different showrooms across the Design Centre: Decca, McKinnon and Harris, Crestron, Summit Furniture & Tai Ping, giving you the opportunity and time to explore, network and interact.  

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14:30-15:30

Women in Design

Fromental

Future Materials

Creation Bauman

Sketching Fast with Tim Gosling

Julian Chichester

The Anthropology Approach

Turnstyle Designs

Lateral Thinking

Romo

A candid panel discussion featuring the superyacht industry's most influential female figures. This session will bring together a diverse range of voices within interior and exterior design, naval architecture & engineering, examining whether gender has an impact on the outcome of the final product, asking whether gender-neutral yachting is a desirable, or even achievable aim.

Daria Cabai
Lizzie Deshayes
Fiona Diamond
Lay Koon Tan
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We welcome world-renowned futurist and disruptor Matthew Griffin to the stage to lift the lid on the most cutting-edge research projects and scientific developments. Griffin will reveal how the R&D of today will facilitate the superyacht builds of tomorrow.

 

Matthew Griffin
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A live sketching masterclass with bespoke furniture designer, Tim Gosling. Tim will share his techniques, provide lessons in how to sketch in front of clients, no matter what the circumstances, and offer some unflinching feedback for any willing participants.

 

 

Tim Gosling
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To understand design is to understand human values and create the ultimate client experience. In this profound exploration of the relationship between interiors and our human make-up, co-founder of FM Architettura d'interni, Francesca Muzio explores socio-cultural paradigms and their impact on the design process.

 

Francesca Muzio
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Is the industry too prosaic in its approach to the creation of superyachts? Are we really at the vanguard of maritime engineering? James Roy, principal of pioneering new naval architecture company, Lateral Naval Architects takes to the stage to present the company’s vision, while outlining how thinking outside the box can continue to push the boundaries of what naval architecture can achieve.

 

James Roy
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15:30-16:00

Coffee Break

Centre Dome

Coffee Break 

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16:00-17:15

Open-Source Superyacht Design

Oficina Inglesa

Bulletproof Your Boat

Flexform

The Spirit of Sailing – The Way Ahead

de Le Cuona

Crew Safety: Compromised by Design?

Summit Furniture

Rebuilding the Fleet

Siberian Floors

In the highly secretive world of superyacht design, new projects are often hidden from sight and wrapped up in non-disclosure agreements. The investors behind NAUTIQ are developing a new alternative. In conjunction with the team at Vripack, they’ve been working on a range of proven, tried and tested superyacht platforms that will be openly available for designers and yacht stylists worldwide. In this interactive session, Patrick Coote will share the story that led to the appointment of Vripack and Marnix Hoekstra will give an insight into the work that’s been undertaken over the last 12 months.

Marnix Hoekstra, VRIPACK Yacht Design

Patrick Coote
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In this era of instability and the growing security difficulties, the world’s richest people want to protect themselves and their families from unpredicted dangers. With over 30 years of experience in the ballistic, security and defence industry, ASL GRP lead a workshop on how bespoke ballistic protection can safeguard your environment.

Jonathan Diffey
Jack Haigh
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In this fireside chat, Martin Redmayne will be joined by one of the many legends of superyacht design, Philippe Briand. We take a look at one of the most memorable careers in yachting history and discuss the future of the sailing yacht market.

 

Philippe Briand
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Globally-recognised technical expert, Jo Assael is joined by the crew of Black Pearl, the world’s most impressive sailing yacht to discuss how designers who favour aesthetics over efficiency can pout crew lives at risk. In light of recent accidents, this panel will show how smart design doesn’t have to compromise operational safety.

SY Black Pearl Crew: Derek Munro, Richard Tatlow, Danella Lamb & David Goldie

Jo Assael
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With thousands of yachts floating around the world, all ageing at different rates, this session will explore the optimum approach to upgrading the existing and future fleet. Is this one of the major design opportunities for the future, rather than chasing the dream of 90m concept new builds who are measured in ten units per annum.

Andrew Whittaker, Southampton Solent University 

Francis Gumbs
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17:30-19:00

Superyacht25 Launch

North Dome

Join us for a champagne reception as we toast the launch of Superyacht25. Created in partnership with MB92, this beautiful book celebrates some of the most prominent icons, innovations and images from the last 25 years of superyachting.

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19:00-22:00

The Superyacht Design Forum Party

Design Club

The Superyacht Design Forum Party hosted by The Design Centre Chelsea Harbour.

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Wednesday

09:00-10:00

Registration and Networking

Centre Dome

Registration and Networking 

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10:00-11:15

Intellectual Property Rights

Samuel Heath

Green is the New Black

Dedar

Tearing Up the Rule Book

Summit Furniture

Retaining Interior Individuality

Victoria & Albert

Constructive Criticism: Land vs Sea

Tai Ping

An essential topic for any designer, two of the world’s leading IP lawyers lead a workshop for delegates on how they can protect their creations and protect themselves from accusations of plagiarism.

 

Elena Cristofori
Russell Edson
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Land-based energy sectors are making extraordinary progress towards so-called ‘green technologies, and the world’s perception of energy efficiency, usage and storage are undergoing a seismic shift. But is the yachting industry keeping pace with this change? We invite the world’s foremost propulsion experts to present the case for hydrogen fuel cell power, as the energy of the future.

William Blomstrand 

 

Klaus Vänskä
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A unique case study that showcases how problems of function and operational challenges have been the catalyst for a genuinely innovative solution. Taking a look at the recently unveiled SL102 asymmetric by Sanlorenzo, we explore the objectives and methodologies behind this groundbreaking yacht project in conversation with Sanlorenzo's CEO, Massimo Perotti, as he explains the processes that have led to an ACTIVE solution.

 

Massimo Perotti
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RWD’s Jack Canning leads a brainstorm of delegates about how designers walk the tightrope of drawing inspiration from their peers, without copying their ideas. How does one retain their unique stamp on a creation? And is there actually enough uniquity within interior design?

Jack Canning
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In a fun, but candid environment, we invite a selection of revered residential and superyacht interior designers to constructively critique each other’s work, in an enjoyable act of peer review. We’ll ask the question: ‘why are superyacht interiors more expensive than their residential counterparts, and is this price hike justifiable?

 

 

Karen Howes
Evan K. Marshall
Selina McCabe
James White
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11:15-11:45

Coffee Break

Centre Dome

Coffee Break 

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11:45-12:45

Designer Contracts

Houles UK

Design in ACTION: Biomimicry

de Le Cuona

Human-Centred Design

Davidson

A Superyacht UnConference The Future

Romo

A Breath of Fresh Air

Savoir Beds

How do Designers, Architects & Subcontractors protect their interests legally and contractually? This candid conversation will provide a better understanding of how to approach the legal process from a Design perspective, with the suggestion of standard form contracts for Design projects being tabled.

 

John Leonida
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This session will explore the fascinating world of biomimicry, a rapidly growing area of materials science where reductionist researchers have stripped things back to the most efficient models on the planet – living things – as the basis for the development of next-generation materials. What can we learn from the natural world?

 

Richard James MacCowan
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In an industry that is traditionally, highly focused on the technical solutions and marvels of construction of complex ultra-luxury yachts, it seems we have forgotten one of the most crucial elements: The humans on board.

 

Joost Mertens, Vripack

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Imagine if you could just take a blank piece of paper and write down the most important things about Superyacht Design that you’d like to change, then you all agree the core things that needs everyone’s focus, discussing how to change them and developing a realistic plan – Welcome to the Un-Conference.

 

Martin H. Redmayne
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Patrick Voorn, the founder of a new HVAC consultancy company which is part of the Bond Group, will outline their approach to planning and designing climate control systems onboard superyachts. HVAC systems traditionally take up considerable space and consume large amounts of energy. We will explore options for the future of such systems and their impact on designers.

 

Norman Janneck
Zeb Robin
Patrick Voorn
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13:00-14:30

Lunch

Decca, McKinnon and Harris, Crestron, Summit Furniture & Tai Ping

Lunch will take place in 5 different showrooms across the Design Centre: Decca, McKinnon and Harris, Creston, Summit Furniture & Tai Ping, giving you the opportunity and time to explore, network and interact.

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14:30-16:00

Designing Your Online Marketing Strategy

McKinney & Co

Let Me Entertain You!

Crestron

Crystal Clear

Colony

Aeroboat, Powered by Rolls Royce

Whistler Leather

Re-Thinking, Re-Using, Recycling

Julian Chichester

How can your brand use digital strategies to get closer to your clients? This marketing session will highlight how luxury brands use various digital platforms to improve their online presence. Using case studies from successful companies, this workshop will equip attendees with best practices for future campaigns.

 



Chris Donnelly
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Crestron and VBH invite you to a creative brainstorm session to explore the future of user interfaces. With mobile devices driving how we interact with technology around us, this raises the question: what will UI’s on board superyachts be like in the near future?

 

Udo Bakker
Casper Kleiman
Phillip Pini
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We close our event with a special presentation from one of the most revered artisans in the yachting industry, Marek Landa. Landa will inspire delegates with the story of how his company pioneered the use of decorative glass and crystal in sculpture, while regaling them with the history of Bohemian art. It is sure to be a fitting end to a fantastic two days.

 

Marek Landa
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Aeroboat, Powered by Rolls Royce, Leather by Whistler

A discussion with founding partner Mike Reeves, of Claydon Reeves, and Whistler Leather, revealing the background of the ultimate dayboat and how the project has evolved from an initial sketch into a turnkey project.  

 

 

Mike Reeves
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We build some of the most extravagant assets in the world, with incredible materials, miles of cabling, acres of coating and forests of woods, yet very little thought goes into the process of what happens at the end of the projects life or during a rebuild, when materials are extracted and discarded. The approach of big world architects is focused on lifecycle management, what can we learn.

David Nelson, Foster & Partners

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16:00-17:00

Closing Drinks Reception

North Dome

Join us in the closing drinks reception to celebrate a successful event. 

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