Before Baltic Yachts delivers its 32.64m Inukshuk this week, her interior designer, UK-based Adam Lay, has taken us inside the custom sailing superyacht.
The yacht was custom built for a keen yachtsman who currently owns a 24.9m yacht. 'I think it’s safe to say the yacht is an escape, somewhere to spend quality time with family and friends in an informal atmosphere, but the owner wants great sailing performance, hence he selected German Frers to design the boat,' says Adam Lay of Adam Lay Studio.
German Frers designed the carbon-composite yacht, launched by Baltic Yachts in May 2013, to be a fast and efficient yet comfortable performer. Her telescopic lifting keel gives her a shallow draught. Inukshuk's sleek and aggressive exterior by German Frers is complemented by a welcoming, nature-inspired interior by Adam Lay to an owner's exacting brief.
'The owner's brief was "With nature, not with glamour,"' says Lay. 'The owner wanted an interior that was inspired by nature and not at all glitzy. Natural looking finishes, exposed wood grain, texture and brightly-coloured fabrics to balance the natural backdrop, and some stand-out pieces of artwork and lamps.'
The motif was inspired by a specific lakeland area in North America that is unnamed at this time due to owner confidentiality. 'It's a beautiful wilderness, which has inspired many artists and where the owner spends a lot of his leisure time,' says Lay. In order to get the feel just right, Lay went the extra mile in his research by visting arboretums to study and photograph trees that are indigenous to this region. 'I researched native plants and shrubs - and the woodwork is influenced by driftwood and by the silver greys found in White pine and Jack pine tree bark,' he says.'The timber for the wall lamps was sourced specifically from this lakeland region, and the finishes are influenced by hues and textures found in shoreline boulders.'
As for her 'wow' factor, Lay says Inukshuk's interior wows in the details. 'The custom-designed and -made wall and table lights are extraordinary, as is the saloon furniture, which take its inspiration from a forest of trees and those shoreline granite boulders, Lay says.'
Next up from Adam Lay Studio is three motor yacht projects from 38m to 67m and a 'nice little sailing yacht project.' Stay tuned for more from this designer and sailing photos of Inukshuk after her delivery.