5 of the best Philippe Starck-designed yachts


One of the most famous designers in the world, Philippe Starck has turned his hand to many diverse disciplines over the years, but his superyacht fleet is the most monumental tribute to his talents and his enduring passion for the sea.

Launched in 1999 by Tencara, Virtuelle is one of the earliest Starck yachts and saw the designer work in close partnership with naval architect Andrea Vallicelli. This 24 metre all-GRP sailing yacht is notable for her extensive use of curved teak decking, while below decks, she can accommodate up to six guests in three cabins.

"With Virtuelle, the challenge was to make the design of the boat coherent with the extraordinary know-how and science that was in it," Starck comments. "I began to clean the design until I arrived at a completely smooth, completely ‘flush’, completely magical boat; a kind of silvery rocket, iridescent underneath, covered with teak and with a small bathtub to shelter humans."



Tencara |   24 m |   1999

Wedge Too

Described by Dutch builder Feadship as a “spectacular departure from the norm”, Wedge Too hit the water for the first time in 2002 measuring 65.01 metres. Starck’s interior design flourishes include a luminous superyacht staircase, and an assortment of bespoke furniture, ranging from the exquisite to the bizarre. Accommodation is for 12 guests, with a separate owner’s deck, and she is staffed by 18 crewmembers.



Feadship |   65 m |   2002

Motor Yacht A

Now a world-famous superyacht, Motor Yacht A was commissioned by Russian owner Andrey Melnichencko and launched in 2008 by German yard Blohm+Voss. Starck spent four years working on the project, creating the interior and exterior design, as well as the design for the custom tenders, while former collaborator Martin Francis provided the naval architecture. This 119 metre was one of the earliest examples of the reverse prow, and you can read all about her harmonious interiors in the upcoming design issue of Boat International.


Commissioned by the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, who sadly died before she was completed and launched at Feadship in 2012, 78 metre Venus is another instant icon to originate from Starck’s drawing board. Her sleek exteriors feature a notably large proportion of glass, while her voluminous interiors are believed to total around 1,500GT. Any further details are a closely guarded to this day.

Photo: Feadship



Feadship |   78.2 m |   2012

Sailing Yacht A

The largest and most controversial of all of Starck’s designs, Sailing Yacht A was the Frenchman’s second creation for Andrey Melnichenko. Currently undergoing sea trials in the Mediterranean, the 142.81 metre Nobiskrug yacht is due to be handed over to her owner in time for the summer season. Officially described as a sail-assisted motor yacht, this divisive design comprises eight decks, with an underwater observation deck hidden in the bulbous bow.



Nobiskrug |   142.81 m |   2017