The growing global demand for superyachts has created a surge of interest in high-end interior designers who can translate their aesthetics into ultra-luxury vessels.
BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA, May 3, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Skyrocketing worldwide superyacht and rental boat post-pandemic demand has created a surge of interest in high-end interior designers able to translate their aesthetics into ultra-luxury nautical layouts.
With the charter market expected to reach nearly $28 billion within five years, Australian interior designer Keeley Green has been working hard in recent months to meet growing demand from luxury shipowners around the world. whole world.
“We are in the process of finalizing design concepts for two yacht projects, one in Australia and one in New Zealand,” Keeley Green said. Interior design said the director.
“One is for private use while the other is for luxury charter in North Queensland waters when completed.
“The interest in bespoke luxury design from the maritime sector, both from the Asia-Pacific region and Europe, is really out of the ordinary at the moment. People see it as a safe and private vacation option. .
Currently, Keeley Green Interior Design is revitalizing the 35-meter Princess Iluka, the largest and only Super Yacht in the world to be built from Houn Pine.
Built in 1979 and with a 750 year old speckled gum keel, the interior of the ship was in need of a modern update.
“She is an incredible yacht, with a long sailing history and the work we are doing now will ensure she remains a beautiful luxury vessel for her next 40 years,” said Ms Green.
The talented designer, who also owns a wallpaper and fabric wholesale business that she set up in partnership with Italian artist Amanda Ferragamo, already has interiors for several other luxury ships on the drawing board.
The influx of superyachts reflects a global trend that has propelled sales of luxury pleasure craft to an all-time high over the past year.
Jason Roberts, managing director of Australia’s leading yacht transport and customs broker, Aurora Global Logistics, said there had been a significant increase in demand for superyachts since the start of the pandemic.
Demand was so high that some buyers were securing them out of sight overseas through brokers and then having them refurbished in Australia.
“We have seen a 35 per cent increase in superyachts over 35 meters entering Australia since the onset of Covid,” Mr Robert said.
“Australians seemed to have saved money during the pandemic and many are looking to spend it on boats.”
Ms Green said that unlike designing a home with superyachts, there were no show suite owners who could walk through to get a sense of what the end result would be.
“We work with the client and the project management team for innovation and a design that really works,” she said.
“We work on space planning and design direction using blueprints and renderings to enable visualization. It really gives our customers an idea of what the finishes will look like, which is especially important when space is a bit tight.
Ms Green said an investment in bespoke interior design is paying dividends for charter operators.
“Often people wait a long time to get the charter, so it makes sense to make sure the design and layout of the ship makes customers feel like it was definitely worth the wait,” she said. declared.
While some owners have spent millions updating their vessels, Ms Green said good superyacht interior design is more about bespoke solutions than a blank cheque.
“There are so many things to consider, like the weight of the materials which all contribute to the gross tonnage, and their longevity in extremely harsh conditions,” she said.
“There are also other variables to consider, such as adherence to industry codes or compliance standards that can translate to local, national or international use.”
Ms Green said guest expectations had moved away from the clichéd nautical aesthetic and owners and their guests wanted a more luxurious, albeit floating, European hotel-style experience.
“With Princess Iluka, we are recovering the walls and revamping some of the furniture.
“With the other private vessel we are stripping her completely and designing an interior to suit her age and size and when completed she will have beautiful berths with hand painted Italian panels on the walls, using designs originals by Amanda Ferragamo.”
Her bathroom is adorned with mosaic ornate walls, has a double sink and a huge bathtub, while the design of the yacht also has a wellness center including a day spa and for entertainment , there will be a club-style piano lounge.
Ms Green said luxury design for vessels permanently exposed to corrosive salt water that also travel at high speeds often through rough sea crossings presented many challenges.
“Even the largest ships need thoughtful spatial design to make the most of every space, ensuring they interact well with each other,” she said.
“We rely heavily on the curves of the bespoke furniture we put into ocean projects, partly because it mimics the sleek curves of the boat, but also for practical safety considerations when people are moving around the vessel when he is on the move.
“Careful interior design can ensure that every available alcove is used as hidden storage and we use bright, reflective surfaces such as stainless steel or mirrors to provide a feeling of space and openness.”
The European-trained designer says her aim is to be part of the innovation in the maritime industry’s approach to interiors.
“I would love to be part of the evolution of maritime design, bringing a fresh perspective to modern ship interiors and am proud that Keeley Green Interior Design is well on its way to doing just that for our growing global clientele.”