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Ilse Crawford's top 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 yachtShemara 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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