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Yacht Design Continuing During Lockdown, says Studio Indigo Founder

19 April 2020 • Written by Olivia Michel

Founded by Mike Fisher in 2005, superyacht and interiors design company Studio Indigo has worked on award-winning boats such as 36-metre Brigadoon and 70-metre Joy.

For episode five of our new video series, At Home with BOAT, the studio’s founder and owner of 36 metre Brigadoon talks to BOAT International editor Stewart Campbell about design projects still currently underway at the studio despite the coronavirus lockdown.

Although a number of Studio Indigo's land based projects “have come to a halt” due to quarantine restrictions, Fisher emphasised that the company, which is operating remotely, is still hard at work on its superyacht assignments.

Discussing how isolation was helping to aid productivity, Fisher said that “for the design side of things it’s particularly useful because it’s quality time where you can sit down and you can really think about what you’re designing.” According to Fisher, being in quarantine “is actually a really good time to get ahead with most projects.”

Fisher added that many designers are “taking advantage and knuckling down, and hopefully being creative as well”, during this period of isolation.

Current projects underway at Studio Indigo include another Amels 60 hull.

The designer also talked in detail about specific superyachts that the Studio Indigo team is currently involved in. These include the Amels 60, as well as three new Moonen hulls ranging in length from 36 to 120 metres.

Discussing his work with Moonen, Fisher said that being the owner of Brigadoon, which was delivered by the Dutch shipyard in 2018, provided him with “incredibly invaluable” experience when it came to designing new projects.

“Through my own experiences on a boat, I know the kind of things that work and that don’t work”, said Fisher, adding that “to be able to talk to an owner, and tell them of my own experiences and my own knowledge I think is reassuring – it gives confidence.”

The Studio Indigo-designed saloon on board Fisher's superyacht Brigadoon.

Fisher went on to say that Brigadoon was currently anchored in Palma de Mallorca, with her crew living under lockdown for the time being. Should restrictions be lifted before the end of summer, Fisher said that he would be ‘looking forward to heading to the Greek Islands and onto Turkey, fingers crossed.”

If his superyacht holiday can take place, Fisher may well cross paths with Blush owner Eddie Jordan, who mentioned plans to visit the same destinations in episode three of At Home with BOAT.

For more episodes from At Home with BOAT, click here.

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