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What happens when you put the world’s best superyacht designers in one room and give them a pile of pencils and an hour to come up with a yacht of 10 years’ hence? We found out earlier this year when hosting our annual Superyacht Design Symposium in Kitzbühel, Austria. From lunar energy sources to mobile islands, the sky is the limit for this elite, who push the boundaries of design daily.
Also pushing boundaries is the ever-evolving beach club, the star of our biannual Design Report (which you may notice is even bigger this month thanks to your unquenchable thirst for interiors’ trends). Owners of tomorrow will think 20 metre pools are the norm, as will be gardens that slope gradually into the sea from the aft deck, according to one inventive designer. But if I were doing up a yacht myself, I would try to persuade Jordana Reuben Yechiel to reveal all her design tips. If anyone knows how to do up a superyacht in style, it’s her.
I experienced the breadth of superyachting for this issue – from touring Motor Yacht A with Philippe Starck in Abu Dhabi to climbing on board Top Gear’s SsangYacht on the back of a truck in a boatyard on the UK’s River Hamble. I loved every second of it. Starck was the biggest surprise. The French philosopher-designer was totally engaging when we met, expanding on the state of superyacht design and his creative process. Motor Yacht A is one of those superyachts everyone wants to see inside, and to do it with Starck himself was something I’ll never forget. You can read our exclusive interview with him – and take a peek inside the yacht yourself – in this issue.
How to explain the SsangYacht? Not easy, which is why I’ve left that pleasure to Eddie Jordan. He jetted to Monaco for a New Year’s Eve boat test aboard this unique hybrid, and wasn’t altogether impressed with his Top Gear co-stars’ take on the superyachting lifestyle. Although I reckon the feet-nibbling fish could catch on...