The interior of a superyacht is the ultimate of sophistication. No material can replace marble or gold.
Not a material is too extravagant to complement the eccentric interior design of a superyacht.
Nowadays there are plenty of modern options to choose from for an
interior. Not a material is too extravagant to complement the eccentric
interior design of a superyacht. These materials are not always very
practical when it comes to sourcing and installing, which has a negative
effect on the practicality and the costs. Still, even if cheaper
substitutes are available, owners of a yacht are more likely to choose
the more exclusive and authentic natural materials.
For precious stone, due to its weight, techniques such as honeycombing are used.
Although good imitation materials are available, a client or designer wants to have the real materials.
People like the rich look of the natural materials and do not think that any other alternative belongs on a superyacht. “The interior of of an 80m-plus superyacht is difficult to compare with any loft, villa or even supercar” says a spokesman of the interior production department of Oceanco in ‘Accounting for taste’, “it is the ultimate of sophistication, so no material can replace leather, marble or gold.”
This view is supported by Perry van Hirtum, manager of interior engineering at Heesen Yachts: “Although good imitation materials are available, most of the time a client or designer wants to have the real materials. For them, the artificial material is not ‘rich’ or real enough and does not belong on board of a superyacht.”
Examples of the most popular materials are alligator leather and
lizard skin, but also very much appreciated is marble and even onyx or
amethyst. The complications with these materials can arise early, in
obtaining the materials. Second obstacle is the installation. Either
because of the requirements of the client (owner) of the superyacht, or
the designer, or because of the fragility of the material. “Some of the
materials are incredibly difficult to install and require mostly
specialised work.” says Van Hirtum. The amount of work that goes into
it, on top of the high price of the refined materials makes the prices
increase exponentially. The installation of several natural materials
like onyx or quartz can cause problems because they can break during
Backlighting brings a special and very wanted effect, but is a very delicate technique.
Sometimes the downsides of these materials can be made work for you.
The quality of exotic materials affects the costs, but it is often
still very challenging to persuade a client to opt for a more
cost-effective or practical option. And their natural beauty or unusual
structure makes them very appealing for the client to apply in a larger
quantity. Which makes it even harder to come by. To lighten the weight
of precious stone it can be necessary to use techniques like
honeycombing. Backlighting brings a special and very wanted effect, but
is a very delicate technique.
The weight of the stone can, on the other hand, when well used, work to
the yacht’s advantage. “Sometimes the downsides of these exotic
materials can be made work for you.” states James Claydon, founding
partner of Claydon Reeves, in ‘Accounting for taste’.
And even tough high-quality initial work will cost more, a cheaper job is more likely to cause more additional costs in the future. Every material comes with its own personal hindrance during installation, which this needs to be overcome. But nothing is impossible.
Natural materials are a vital asset to each design and the asset that makes a superyacht unique and complementing his owner.
Source: Accounting for taste Written by Georgia Boscawen Magazine The Superyacht Report – Issue 174 – November 2016