Five incredible superyacht interior designs
Last updated: 17/06/2019
Superyacht interiors are the ultimate in luxury décor. Designing the interior of a superyacht is where the overall theme or personality of the vessel can really come alive, giving owners and designers a chance to be creative and make the most of the space on board, whilst also managing its constraints.
Below, we showcase the variety of superyacht interiors, from the champagne and caviar theme of M/Y Kismet, to the light and soft finishes on board M/Y Galactica Supernova.
1) Champagne & Caviar - M/Y Kismet
Having been sold to a new owner, Reymond Langton Design was tasked with creating a brand new interior for Lürssen's Kismet, with the brief for her new style being "Champagne & Caviar".
Kismet’s interior is one of glamour and opulence, showcasing a variety of themes and influences, from Art Nouveau and Baroque, to Persian and Japanese.
Rich textures and materials are featured throughout including leather, stone and dark woods, complemented by swathes of gold, honey, mahogany and cream to name a few. One standout feature of her interior is the sweeping staircase of gold metalwork, shown above, which reaches up to and around the salon, creating a double-height entertainment area.
2) Early Art Deco – M/Y Lady Christine
Owned by Lord and Lady Laidlaw, Lady Christine was the first superyacht project for interior designer Rodney Black. Black says, “The interiors for the Lady Christine started with thoughts of the great Art Deco designers, especially Emile-Jacque Ruhlmann, of the 1920s and the ship Normandie. It soon moved away from that to become a new take on modern design approached from the twin sources of ancient architecture and modern craft.”
The intricate craftsmanship is evident throughout, with four woods weaved into the interior: Macassar ebony, maple, cherry and amboyna burr. Alongside an Art Deco theme, depictions of iconic structures can be seen in the entrance to the main and owner’s deck, including the Taj Mahal, Empire State building and Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The staircase is described by Black as, “A wonder of construction with the stair strings winding their way up and onto the drum of the stairwell, then up through the different levels until they reach the ceiling boss under the sun deck.”
3) Classic elegance – M/Y Joy
A true example of elegance, Feadship’s M/Y Joy was the first superyacht project for designers Studio Indigo, with a brief to create something entirely different to other yachts. Over 250 finishes, materials and styling were used in creating her interior, with a focus on creating a natural flow between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Joy is described by Studio Indigo as blending a “contemporary feel with classic yesteryear touches, invoking elegance and richness.” This is certainly evident in the images of Joy’s interior, where neutrals and pastel colours blend together seamlessly. The above image also shows how the palette of the owner’s suite works perfectly with the panoramic views out to the foredeck.
4) Rich interiors – M/Y Maybe
The largest yacht ever designed and built in Spain, 59m custom-built M/Y Maybe was designed by Toni Colom of Marcelo Penna Yacht Design, and debuted at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show. Marcelo Penna explains, “The project, led by Toni Colom is a timeless and luxurious approach to match the exterior lines, and the general concept embraces strong architecture with a combination of vivid colour palettes.
“The rich interiors bring together exotic woods, mirrors and exquisite fabrics; these details reflect the modern and elegant style of the yacht’s interior.”
While Maybe’s interior could be considered somewhat neutral when compared with designs such as M/Y Kismet and Coral Ocean, Penna explained that her elegant design also allows the owner to customise it with a more modern or classic touch.
The exotic woods in Maybe’s rich interiors, which Penna mentions, are perfectly showcased in the above image of her incredible spiral staircase, which wraps around a life connecting each level.
5) A stellar design – M/Y Galactica Supernova
Built as Heesen’s largest superyacht to date at 70m, the pressure was on for an amazing interior for Galactica Supernova. The result is a stunning mix of finishes in neutral tones, with splashes of colour throughout. Sander Sinot, who worked with the owner to design the interior said, “It was the owner’s wish to create an easy-going beach club feel that provided balance, so each space is connected with one cohesive style, but distinguished by subtle differences.
“The brief called for a light interior, so I chose a delicate balance between monochromic and soft colours. While these colours are different in a very minor way, they do differ in surface texture and range from an eggshell satin finish to high gloss, while utilising various all-natural materials that reflect a relaxed and informal lifestyle.”