Adam Lay Studio in Monaco – 10-year anniversary and debut of Inukshuk and new concept with Edmiston and Feadship
by Risa Merl
UK-based superyacht designer Adam Lay celebrates his 10-year anniversary of his firm Adam Lay Studio this year, and what better way to ring in the milestone than with the recently launched sailing yacht Inukshuk and a new design concept for Feadship debuting at the Monaco Yacht Show.
Adam Lay designed the interior of the Baltic Yachts’ 32.64m sailing superyacht Inukshuk, which features an interior inspired by the lake regions of North America. Inukshuk's owner, 'wanted the interior to feel neutral, but with outstanding pieces of lighting and fabrics,' says Lay, and the designer delivered to stunning results. The neutral-gray interior is highlighted by beautiful, colourful fabrics, graphic nature photographs, custom made light fixtures and one-of-a-kind headboards that are art themselves. The headboards were inspired by lichen, says Lay, in all its colours from bright green to orange, as the owner wanted the headboards to be art rather than have a piece of art mounted. Inukshuk is also a study in excellent space planning, comfortably accommodating eight guests in an owner’s suite, a VIP and two twin cabins. Crew quarters is for five in three cabins.
Baltic Yachts is celebrating an anniversary of its own at 40 years and said, 'It’s already some years ago since the five young and brave men founded Baltic Yachts and set out to create boats that incorporated the very latest thinking in yacht design and new technology. Forty years later, we can surely say that the mission to design and build boats that are faster, stronger and lighter has been achieved.'
To this end, the German Frers-designed Inukshuk was built in carbon composite and created to be fast, efficient and comfortable, while her exterior design is sleek and agressive with a low-profile raised salon. She has a telescopic lifting keel, providing a shallow draught, and a carbon rig.
Adam Lay is also showing off a new superyacht concept in Monaco with the Andromeda project, which makes its debut this year on the Edmiston stand. This is proposal for a 67m Van Lent Feadship for which Adam Lay Studio have penned an exterior and a classical interior. According to Lay, the interior has a gentleman’s club and formal dining room intended to be a flexible space in which to gather for pre-dinner drinks or for afternoon tea, and the owner’s stateroom is entered through a private passageway, walls adorned with artwork, through double-doors to a vast cabin with 180-degree panoramic views. For more information, contact Robert Shepherd in Edmiston's New York office.
All of this makes for a lot worth celebrating in a year where the designer also marks his 10-year anniversary of opening his own studio. 'Ten years is fabulous milestone for our studio. It's taken almost twenty years of hard work to get to our 10th anniversary as a business!' says Lay. 'Now we have a new breed of sailboat interior on show at this year's Monaco Yacht Show with the Frers/Baltic Yachts 107' Inukshuk. I would like to thank all those people who had faith in me at the beginning, and gave me the opportunities I worked so hard for. I would also like to thank all of our clients who have inspired and indulged us as a design studio. It has been an absolute privilege to work in this industry with so many wonderful colleagues and friends and I am very much looking forward to the next ten years.'