Inside out: Inviting interior features into exterior design

17 December 2020

When outfitting a superyacht, there is little real distinction between indoors and outdoors, says List GC

It is hard to believe that once upon a time windows on yachts were as small as a football - tiny portholes that would offer guests just a fraction of the view that lies beyond. Today, you would be hard pushed finding a design that doesn’t make an attempt to maximise the “view” factor. This might be in the form of a carefully placed sofa, folding bulwarks to either side of the main saloon or floor-to-ceiling windows granting guests with unrivalled views from every angle. Even owners’ suites are deemed incomplete without wraparound windows or a fold-down terrace.

But the true blurring of the boundaries between inside and out goes far beyond the view. It’s about complete fluidity from one room to another, saloons and exterior lounges that are perfectly interwoven into one harmonious space. Of course, this isn't a new concept; interior designers have long been talking the integration of inside and out, but when outfitting a yacht there is little real distinction between the two, says leading outfitter List GC.

The difference is subtle, bolstered by the use of specially crafted loose furniture, chic cabinetry and onyx bars – items that we’re used to seeing in the main saloon or sky lounge but neither seem out of place on the aft deck or beach club. The secret lies in the craftsmanship and engineering. It takes a certain creative vision and practical experience to conceive furniture that is stylish yet functional, chic yet UV resistant, that combines artisanal skill with the latest in specialist surfaces and can transition with ease from inside to out.

It’s the everyday items thought up by designers and then realised by interior outfitters that blur the boundaries of our reality. It could be as simple as a day bed positioned on the aft deck crafted from splash resistant material, the soft touch of leather dining chairs specially treated to survive the salty marine environment, or teak decking infiltrating the upper saloon.

List GC began as a small family joinery business founded in 1950 in Austria. Now a third-generation family business, it has made its mark on over 100 yacht projects, including the likes of Black Pearl, Kismet, and the newly launched Artefact. And what do all these magnificent beasts have in common? Beautifully integrated indoor-outdoor spaces.