Whereas the less-is-more philosophy applies to each yacht’s exterior, a bolder approach to design is brought into play for the interiors. The diverse material palette is part of the lavish yachting experience created on board each MCY vessel—Lenard shares that it’s not unusual for his design fi rm to use more than 200 materials within a single cabin to heighten the sensory experience on board.
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“We really design every inch of the boat interior,” he shares. “Yet this material mix doesn’t make the interior look over-decorated, because a common design language unites the materials. That’s the really rewarding part about designing interiors in the boating industry—to be able to work with so many materials within such small spaces.” To create such texturally rich layers within each space, the design practice works closely with a global array of furnishing houses, including French textile purveyor Pierre Frey, Thai interior and fabrics brand Jim Thompson, and Italian brands Armani Casa and Rubelli. As with the design for a home, it can take several meetings to discuss and fi ne-tune the look and feel of a yacht.
While the decor possibilities are almost endless, it ultimately boils down to the owner’s preferences. “The interior style is dependent on the customer—even if sometimes they can’t tell us precisely what they want,” explains Lenard. “They show us their possessions in the belief that, if we see all of these together, we’ll come to understand what they like.
So we talk to them to try to understand their aesthetic sensibility. It’s not a question about whether this is beautiful enough for this person—the question is whether this is really the direction that the person wants to take. You have to be disciplined enough to say, ‘This is my style, but it’s not for this client’.” As Lenard puts it: “Our job is to dream for people when their capacity for dreaming stops. From there on, we dream for them—by realising their dreams through our design.” It’s all part of the philosophy the studio bears close to heart for the vessels it designs for Monte Carlo Yachts. “We are trying to create an experience that doesn’t look similar to anything else. It should be a unique experience; we call it a superyacht experience. That’s why people do yachts—to experience something very different from anything else in the world.”
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