The finishing features – interior design accessories for yachts
When it comes to superyacht interior design, it’s a world away from design for the home. Interior designers work in much tighter constraints in terms of space, and it takes much more time and effort to create the perfect interior for the client.
Another major part of the process, is putting in place those finishing touches that can really enhance a beautiful design. Yachting Pages spoke to Yacht Décor Inc. and Absolute Breton to find out the importance of accessories on board, from their effect on a room’s design, to how they balance their ideas with client demands.
It’s the little things in interior design that matter
When it comes to accessories for superyacht interior design, think of a cake without icing; it looks delicious, but needs that finishing touch to make it unique. “Accessories are vital to completing the overall look, finish and feel of a superyacht interior”, says Dana Duquesne of Yacht Décor Inc.
According to Dana, “Accessories can complete the look in a subtle fashion, co-ordinating with the décor in colour, shape and texture. Alternatively, they can provide a “wow” factor, using contrasting colours and/or styles, for example, brightly coloured modern art glass pieces in a minimalist neutral interior”.
Pilar Ardila, of Spanish leather company Absolute Breton, says it can be difficult to find accessories that fit the quality and design of the furniture. “For example, sometimes great, high-end tables can contradict items such as a remote control box. A designer high-end table deserves accessories that fit the quality of its design and finish.”
Popular pieces on board
Like the entire process of superyacht interior design, choosing accessories often comes down to personal preference. While there might be a particular accessory, which will really complement the desired design on board, there are also certain staples which can be found in many an interior. Pilar from Absolute Breton listed a whole range of popular accessories with clients, ranging from menu folders and magazine racks, to candle holders and baskets for towels and shoes.
But of course, the choice of accessories varies between different designer brands as well; while Absolute Breton’s most popular accessories offer practicality, Dana at Yacht Décor Inc. finds that decorative accessories tend to take precedence with clients. “The most popular accessories for superyacht design include decorative bowls, objets d’art and throw pillows. I also occasionally use a classic coffee table book.”
Getting the right balance
“I believe interior design and décor should reflect the style, taste and passions of the client”, says Dana. Equally however, clients can put their own spin on the interior style. “If a client has a clear idea and understanding of his or her own style, I act as a catalyst, in order to convey that in the yacht’s interior décor. But if a client desperately wants or needs help, I first consider how the client will use the vessel – private or charter – in order to determine how best to proceed.”
In terms of her own choice of accessories, Dana believes it’s all down to either the type of vessel or the client’s own interior design tastes. “At times a design scheme needs bold accents, and at other times, quiet elegance conveys the message clearly. If a client chooses to use accessories, he or she has collected, the personal significance and charm of the items will shine.”
Absolute Breton places a huge focus on customer needs in its manufacturing process, combining the brand’s experience with customer preference in order to suggest a specific product and material. In terms of a favourite product, it has to be, “minimalist products with high-end finishes. We especially liked a leather menu folder which we manufactured for a yacht.”
Nothing is off limits - design is personal
As interior design accessories are often tailored to the client’s taste, it can be difficult to define trends. Also, trends can come and go, and what suits one yacht may not necessarily suit another.
Designers also receive some outrageous and unusual requests, due to the somewhat opulent tastes of some clients. “Perfection and high demand are really the trends in this world”, says Pilar. “The most unusual order we have had was a wastepaper bin which was to have a leather exterior and white velvet interior! When manufacturing it, we did wonder if the customer would create a label to say that nothing could be thrown into its interior”!
Get some inspiration for your interior accessories by visiting our Pinterest board. Or if you’re planning an entire re-fit, check out our other interior design guide.