For the design community, the Monaco Yacht Show provides the ultimate platform to not only showcase new designs, but for inspiration, trend spotting and potential collaborations which may arise as a result of the show. This year was no exception, as a number of highly anticipated yachts made their debut in Port Hercules and a number of studios and shipyards unveiled an array of exciting new concepts. But one of the other facets of the show was affirming some new design trends in the market.
I genuinely feel that some of the interiors on display were truly outstanding at the show this year. There is such a huge difference between a superyacht interior that has been done to death - simply to make is as ‘super-luxury’ as possible (there are plenty of these on the market), and one that is executed with the perfect balance of luxury and more relaxed elements on board and meticulous attention to detail. A great example of the latter was Abeking and Rasmussen’s 74.5m Elandess, designed by Harrison Eidsgaard, featuring a natural colour scheme, with some dark blues and greys added into the mix, and elements such as an open central staircase connecting the lower and upper decks, featuring a skylight which draws light right down into the hull of the vessel – and the result is truly spectacular.
Another truly impressive interior was Tankoa’s latest project, 72m Solo, designed by Francesco Paszkowski and Margherita Casprini. The project features a dark grey colour scheme drawing attention to the yacht’s bight art collection selected to bring some dashes of colour into the interior. The layout of the yacht moved slightly away from the traditional GA which was nice to see, with no doors from the aft deck into the main salon, which has created space for an additional lounge area. Tankoa also used the show to announce a series of developments at the shipyard including the introduction of a new custom division, which CEO Euro Contenti said “will be positioned to compete with Northern European shipyards.”
During the show, Rosetti Superyachts unveiled its new 52m supply superyacht concept, which features a vast 142sqm aft deck. Alongside the new design, Fulvio Dodich, Chairman and CEO of Rosetti Superyachts said, “the new design is really the introduction of a new trend. It is important for us to demonstrate our flexibility in offering different supply vessel concepts.”
Perini Navi unveiled a far more diverse yachting portfolio that it is traditionally known for, with the launch of several new lines: the ‘Argonaut’, ‘Voyager’ and ‘Heritage’ motoryacht collections and the ‘E-volution’ range of high-performance sailing yachts. “We wanted to provide a good selection of different styles, which is why we’ve used different design studios,” explained Franco Romani, Design and Style Director at Perini Navi, to Brokerage Editor, Felix Sowerbutts. “We have started building motoryachts under the Perini brand, which combine the expertise of Picchiotti and the know-how of the sailing yacht designers at Perini.”
The official unveiling of a new design collaboration between Fincantieri and Van Geest Design took place during the show as the entities came together to present the 106m Mirage. The new concept was inspired by cityscapes and reflective surfaces and has an ultramodern distinctive finish, which I actually think is a really interesting addition to the market.
There have been a number of trends in development that were being spoken about by numerous designers leading up to the show, primarily the integration of more subtle interior styling, which seems to be a trend associated with the younger generation of superyacht owners. And it was great to hear from a number of designers at the show that this is a trend that is here to stay.
Designing a superyacht is not about creating the most expensive looking interior possible; it’s about designing an interior to fit the lifestyle of those on board, and I think that came through this year in a number of interiors.
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