It’s a fact often lamented in the superyacht industry: the designers of these spectacular craft don’t get their due. It falls to _Boat Internationa_l, therefore, to lionise these hardy few, who share a patience unrivalled in the world of design. We gathered the top 50 designers for a photo shoot at the Superyacht Design Symposium 2015 to celebrate those who are at the pinnacle of the industry.
Tim Heywood Design
The most charming man in yachting, yacht designer Tim Heywood is a true A-lister. He started his career with Jon Bannenberg before branching out on his own in 1996. His prolific output includes the hugely successful Limited Editions series with Amels and Feadship projects such as 808, now named Symphony, at 101m the yard’s biggest boat.
My favourite design… “That’s like asking which my favourite child is!”
Rémi Tessier Design
When this French former cabinetmaker walks into a room, people nudge each other and whisper: “That’s Rémi Tessier!” Arguably the outstanding interior designer of his day, he’s self-taught when it comes to yachts and defines himself as a craftsman of luxury.
My favourite design… “Every single project is special to me, I love them all!”
Espen Øino International
Øino’s Monaco-based studio is taking over the world. With projects in build in six countries and a recent output comprising the 140m Ocean Victory, 95.2m Kismet, 89m Infinity and the 77m Silverfast, Øino is at full throttle.
My favourite design… “The latest on the drawing board! But I am very fond of Skat and the Silver series”
Terence Disdale Design
Another superyacht designer who started his career under Jon Bannenberg, yacht designer Terence Disdale opened his own firm in 1973 so he could spend more time fishing and less time at a desk. It didn’t quite work out, as hit followed hit for the London studio. It soon became one of the industry’s leading lights, to the point where it has more interior designs in the world’s top 101 superyachts than anyone else.
My favourite design… “The 162.5m Eclipse”
Andrew Winch Designs
Yacht designer Andrew Winch is one of the few superyacht designers to have successfully moved into more mainstream territories, including jets and architecture. But his boating output hasn’t suffered – quite the opposite, with recent launches such as the 91.5m Equanimity and 99m Madame Gu reinforcing this studio's pedigree.
My favourite design… “Truthfully it is every single one of them”