Ever wanted to know what the inside of a private yacht looks like? Or wondered how designers squeeze a fully functioning, luxury home inside the cabin of a boat?
It’s the first semi-custom 36m yacht from the Martinique line by Dutch builder Moonen, and the stunning design even won it the prestigious World Superyacht Awards, 2019. The yacht was designed to please rather than to impress.
The owner wanted a boat with a steel hull for stability and comfort, and long-range cruising capacity for ‘go anywhere’ experiences.
In terms of exterior design, he wasn’t interested in trying to keep up with the latest fashions or a brash and boastful look. He wanted a classic, timeless and elegant yacht that would be stylish yet practical with a sense of identity and character. The interiors were to have an understated luxury that’s not too precious and can be enjoyed by all.
Also on the wish list were plenty of shaded exterior areas, five cabins and a tender garage so that the decks would remain clean and uncluttered. A well-equipped galley on the main deck was a must, and the owner also wanted several spacious dining areas.
While the boat was 80% built, the shipyard (Moonen) still allowed for a degree of personalisation. The bimini on the sun deck was replaced by a hard top, the Jacuzzi was removed and the dining table was enlarged so it could seat 16. The sun deck became a large convivial family space for lunch, drinks, parties and barbecuing.
The upper deck lounge – dubbed the ‘winter garden’ – connects directly to the large outdoor dining space. Sliding glass doors give this space stunning 270° views, creating an open and light space that is perfect for either formal or informal dining and spending quality time with loved ones. Furniture is by David Linley, with an external carpet from Tim Page. Potted plants and custom art pieces add to the cosy, home-from-home feel, a breath of fresh air from the overly opulent interiors on traditional superyachts.
The boat’s general architecture and interior design were initially created by Nauta Design and offered the team at Studio Indigo a fantastic starting point to continue the look with carefully selected loose fixtures and fittings.
Studio Indigo wanted the interior to be comfortable and practical while also having some personality. And while they were keen to create a sense of the style and luxury usually associated with superyachts, they avoided anything that felt contrived or unnecessarily precious.
In the main living area, Studio Indigo selected furniture from Holly Hunt and Giorgetti in neutral fabrics to show off the Le Manach fabrics from Pierre Frey. The colours in the cushions were then picked up in the bespoke silk rug woven specifically for the boat by Tufenkian.
Tones of turquoise, aqua and ochre were used to give the space a warm and soothing ambience. Beautiful lamps created by Charles Paris in gunmetal and polished and brushed stainless steel are sculptural objects in their own right. Studio Indigo also designed the dining table in mirror-polished stainless steel, featuring woven metal trapped in between layers of glass.
Aside from the communal outdoor areas and lounges, there’s also a particularly spacious, lavishly finished galley – a nod to the owner’s passion for cooking.
There are four guest cabins on the lower deck, but the master bedroom sits on the main deck (the boat can sleep up to ten guests).
With spectacular panoramic views, the master suite features a woven leather tartan headboard, flanked by Charles Paris lamps with distinctive horizontal shades that pick up on the banded theme of the Rubelli fabric covering the walls.
The master bedroom also has a generously sized walk-in wardrobe…
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… and a spacious en-suite bathroom with natural teak, white panels and basaltina stone.
The en-suite guest cabins on the lower deck comprise two VIP cabins and two twin cabins, the latter of which have extra Pullman berths which make the bedrooms roomier.
Each of the guest cabins on the lower deck were given their own colour scheme based on the horsehair fabric that was used to clad the walls – very practical, yet tactile and with a subtle shimmer that beautifully reflects light.
Walls are complemented by woven leather from Lance in a 21st Century tartan, made especially for each cabin. To add a sense of luxury, Roman blinds were made with fabric from Hermès, Dedar and Tissus d’Hélène, while bedside lamps were sourced from Charles Paris, maintaining design continuity.
Externally, each deck was colour coded using a range of fabrics by Evitavonni, resulting in each area having its own character and identity. Outdoor furniture from Summit was finished in a rich dark lacquer to complement the boat’s black accents within the superstructure.
The boat’s wide-body superstructure makes her feel like a much larger yacht, owed to the exterior design by Rene Van Der Velden, and the naval architecture by Diana Yachts.
Together with a warm and comforting interior design that is flooded with natural light, the boat feels homely and like a home-from-home at sea.
Photographer: Breed Media