Hoek Design celebrates its Silver Jubilee
by Malcolm MacLean
Hoek Design in the Netherlands will celebrate its 25th anniversary in August 2011. The leading design and naval architecture office is still run by its founder, Andre Hoek, who today shares the boards with a range of specialists from across the spectrum of luxury sailing and motor yachts. The company will mark its silver jubilee in style by hosting a special Hoek Design Cup event within the Superyacht Cup in Palma in June. Eight superyachts designed by Hoek Design have already agreed to participate and more are expected to confirm in the coming weeks.
After graduating as a naval architect, Andre Hoek started his design career in 1979 with C&C Yachts in Toronto. The Hoek Design office was officially opened in August 1986 and three years later moved to its current location in a spectacular 16th century building in Edam.The design team today consists of ten naval architects, hydrodynamicists, structural engineers, interior designers and stylists. Iconic sailing yachts designed by the team include the 43.4m Lionheart and 33.05m Shamoun.