How Patrick Knowles created a tropical paradise on board a 63m ISA

8 April 2021

The 63 metre ISA displacement superyacht has been turning heads since she first hit the water in 2010. With a long sloping stern, the yacht flaunts a slender profile finished with a moonstone hull and ice white superstructure. And yet, her impressive and stark exterior,  by Andrea Vallicelli in collaboration with ISA's in-house design team, belies the soothing interior within.

Images: Kristina Strobel

Created by US design studio Patrick Knowles, the interior is described as “Key West-styled” and captures the colourful spirit of the southernmost tip of the Floridan coastline. It was important for the owners to feel on vacation from the moment they stepped aboard; this was something they had expressed in their first meeting with Knowles and formed the foundation of the entire interior. 

A tropical paradise is created by pairing soothing colours with lush fabrics, making use of environmentally-friendly, natural materials such as bamboo, palm wood and coconut shells. Eye-catching artworks adorn the walls, adding a splash of colour throughout, from vibrant murals of tropical plants and aquatic life to a 30-foot-tall light fixture constructed from Murano glass that sits within the spiral staircase joining all three interior levels.

Elsewhere, hand-carved glass sea creatures and red coral lamps serve as playful reminders of the surrounding seascape, not forgetting the marine-blue Tai Ping rug in the skylounge that paints a picture of sunlight playing off the ripples of the ocean.

Each detail is brought to life by large windows that run the length of the main saloon and skylounge, bathing the interior in natural light with the help of a sliding glass aft door connecting the interior spaces with the yacht's al fresco offerings aft.

The yacht is surprisingly voluminous given her slender exterior with 1,226 GT and a 12-metre beam for Knowles to play with. There are six cabins in total with a master suite in pride of place forward on the main deck. The remaining guest accommodation can be found below, home to a VIP stateroom, two doubles and two twins, each with its own botanical theme: hibiscus, orchid, palm and bamboo. These themes are reflected in hand-carved wooden panels and cabinets accompanied by custom woven carpets and paintings.

Even when the final cushion was plumped, Knowles and his design team weren't quite done. From the outset he wanted to create a full sensory experience to complement his paradisal masterpiece - something extra special would go beyond the colourful visuals, magnificent as they were. Through aromatherapy, a light scent of magnolia and green tea wafts from cabin to cabin, and as each guest steps aboard, they are handed a signature welcome cocktail, devised by Knowles as the perfect accompaniment to the tropical paradise that awaits.