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5 yacht designers discuss the evolution of lifestyle rooms

5 yacht designers discuss the evolution of lifestyle rooms

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Bannenberg & Rowell

Don't devote too much space to one use

“If you are talking about new designs, it’s going to come from new lifestyles, new ways of using boats,” explains Dickie Bannenberg of Bannenberg & Rowell.

And the new ways owners want to use their boats — exploration or simply seeking out the last inch of privacy — is already influencing design, says co-founder Simon Rowell. “Even now, you see much more contemporary interiors, much more of a connection with the water and with the exterior decks.”

However, they caution against giving any space over entirely to any one use, which risks limiting future flexibility. This applies not just to lifestyle rooms but also for fairly standard features like dining saloons. Should they be given the heave-ho altogether? “That’s not for us to say,” says Bannenberg diplomatically. “But do you really need that sort of banquet space for 14 people?”

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