Everything on a superyacht has been meticulously designed – from the layout of the galley to the clips that hold ceiling panels in place. Design concerns the entire industry and those involved in this process have vital insights into the current trends in the market. For this reason (and following on from the hugely successful issue last year), The Superyacht Group decided that it was imperative to dedicate an entire issue to design, which is now available to download.
For this issue, managing editor Rachel Rowney commandeers our regular industrialist feature and sits down with a number of female designers to discuss their experiences in the superyacht market, in her very own ‘Rown’ Table discussion. “There are more opportunities on a mass level,” explains Daria Cabai, naval architect and founder of Navalmartin, when discussing women in design. “There are incentives where there have to be a certain [number] of women on the board in some places, equal pay, and salaries are being revealed.” Here, Cabai is joined by Fiona Diamond, founder of Seymour Diamond; Selina McCabe, partner at Winch Design, and Lay Koon Tan, co-founder of Nature Squared.
Focusing on the business of design, deputy editor Rory Jackson joins John Leonida, partner at Clyde & Co and renowned superyacht designer Andrew Winch to demystify contracts in the design process. “It is often the case with designers that, even if they have a contract in place, they do not necessarily know how to use a it effectively,” says Leonida. “This is especially true of young designers, who often rush straight into design work before a contract is even in place.”
The lack of understanding of design contracts means that many designers are playing with fire during the process, but this fascinating discussion outlines how designers can avoid getting their fingers burnt though the careful compilation of a good design contract.
Brokerage editor, Felix Sowerbutts dissects who (and indeed what) leading designers have been creating over the last ten years. Here, the fleet analysis uncovers which studios have created the lion’s share of recent projects and highlights what we can expect from the design community in 2019.
Virtual reality (VR) is becoming a vital part of the design process and something that design studios are profoundly integrating into the process design. Mediterranean editor Bryony McCabe examines how VR can provide some serious benefits to studios and shipyards alike, from being used as a sales tool to saving costs when it comes to implementing changes. “We implemented VR as a tool to really imagine the spaces and visualise the connection between those spaces,” says Vripack’s creative director Bart Bouwhuis. “We could not have achieved the same interior design and open-plan layout without it.”
Finally, I take a journey down to the south coast to decipher how clients can fully get to grips with an owner’s requests. Mark Gardner, head of exterior design at RWD, and Jack Canning, the company’s head of interior design explain how they get into the clients’ mindset to produce exactly what they want to create.
I’m very excited to say that in this issue we have officially announced the theme for The Superyacht Design Forum, which will be returning to Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour in 2019. To find out more and reserve your place click here.
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If you have enjoyed reading this article, you’ll love our upcoming event, The Superyacht Design Forum, taking place on 25 - 26 June 2019 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. The Superyacht Design Forum provides anyone in the superyacht design world with a unique opportunity to explore new thinking and share smarter solutions for the future of superyachts. To find out more or to register, click here.