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Ilse Crawford's top 5 tips for yacht interior design

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Consider the interiors right from the start

Leslie Williamson

Ilse Crawford, the designer of Sir Charles Dunstone's classic yacht Shemara and founder of Studioilse gives her top tips for doing up a superyacht...

Superyachts are an odd hybrid. On one hand, they have to be really functional – after all, yachts need to be able to float in some pretty difficult conditions. On the other, they are people’s homes, sometimes for quite a long time, so have to feel personal. The challenge is to combine the two. We describe this process as putting warm values into a cold system – it means integrating unmeasurable human qualities into the measurable system of building to tight schedules and strict performance criteria. On a boat, family, friends, guests and staff are all together in a confined space, and their movements and differing needs have to be considered.

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