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Inside the world of bespoke superyacht art with DKT Artworks

22 January 2018

Few and far between are the superyachts which don’t feature art in some shape or form yet, while some may be content filling their walls with classic Turners and Hockneys, if you want something truly special you have to go bespoke.

Founded in London in 1979, DKT Artworks has been at the forefront of bespoke fine art pieces for both residential and marine projects for over 40 years. Now a 35-strong team of skilled craftsmen, designers and artists, DKT Artwork’s portfolio spans everything from artistic furniture and fabrics to interior decoration and site-specific sculpture and mosaic. To date, DKT Artworks has worked on over 60 of the world’s largest yachts as well as completing projects for renowned hotels and restaurants, international corporations and high-end private residences around the globe.

In 2018 DKT once again sponsored the Boat International Design and Innovation Awards (previously the Showboats Design Awards) and have created a special Judges’ Commendation Trophy awarded as part of the Best Interior Design – Motor Yachts 1,000GT and Above and Best Lifestyle Feature Design categories. Based on the wake created by a yacht, with the shape evolving into a traditional winner’s laurel, the trophy has been designed, carved and cast in silicon bronze at DKT Artwork’s London workshop.

Maple tree bas-relief niched in stucco and metal leaf

So now you’ve decided to commission a piece of bespoke art for your yacht, what’s on offer? Here are just a few of the masterful techniques DKT Artworks can offer:

Bespoke beaten metal finished – decorative, hand-beaten surface finishes in copper, brass, bronze and aluminium add texture to interiors as striking feature panels and are also perfect for frames and artworks.

Enamel Bright Stucco – perfect for those looking at add a little personality to their superyacht, DKT’s Enamel Bright Stucco range combines classic polished plaster with unconventional enamelling and pattern techniques to produce bold, graphic pieces ideal for furniture inlays and wall panels.

Metalled glass – created using traditional gilding methods, the inspiration for this finish came from the patina of oil on water. Every piece is unique and can be used to great effect in a number of different ways.

FineFace Metal Finishes – these delicate, hand applied patterns are applied directly on the surface of the metal creating huge scope for customisation and personalisation and can be applied to furniture and panelling of almost any material.

Layered Verre Églomisé – ideal for screens, doors backlit artworks and decorative wall panels, this techniques combines layers of hand-painted glass, distressed gilding and woven metal fabrics customised with a particular motif or colour for a romantic finish to match any interior design scheme.

Asagao tiles - developed by DKT Artworks and customisable with a range of materials and finishes, these interlocking tiles are hand-carved and cast in faux stone to tessellate and finished with gilded highlights shining through.

The finishing touches to a lily pond design for a private motor yacht, hand-carved then cast in IMO compliant stone finish

Of course, thanks to DKT Artwork’s entirely bespoke approach, these techniques and ideas are just a starting point for your vision and can be combined, altered and customised to meet your exact specifications. DKT Artworks collaborates closely with interior designers to create pieces that work in harmony with your vision with recent partnerships including Winch Design, Studio Indigo, Tim Gosling and Peter Marino.

To find out more and commission your bespoke artwork visit