SuperYacht of the week: The ultra modern Bliss
Saturday, 20 February 2010
The latest composite sailing superyacht from naval architect Ed Dubois, Bliss, has been launched by Yachting Developments in New Zealand. The ultra modern interiors were created by Design Unlimited, the leading interior design and styling studio.
The original brief given to Design Unlimited was for a modern, stylish, minimal look with little or no wooden finishes save for the wide‐planked polished wenge floors. This involved the design team in a challenging search for innovative and striking finishes and as a result the interior has evolved to incorporate a stunning futuristic design more usually associated with a space ship than a luxury yacht. As studio head Mark Tucker says: “It’s been great to work with a client who has no inhibitions when it comes to pushing the boundaries and creating something truly out of the ordinary.”
The palette for the interior of Bliss is white, silver and blue with accents of chocolate in the guest accommodation. Finishes used for the wall panels and furniture include Spinneybeck and Edelman leathers and Alma shagreen (stingray skin). Customised glass pieces from Fusion Glass combine with specialist bespoke lacquered bulkhead finishes for an overall effect of cool, contemporary elegance.
Despite the minimal modern look, comfort is still integral to the Bliss' design. The raised saloon, which has panoramic views, features plenty of large white leather sofas on which to relax. Texture has been added with a variety of new Majilite finishes, scatter cushions and soft rugs. Fabrics used include Jasper Conran, Sahco Hesslein and Jab International. All bathroom fittings are from Dornbracht and the window blinds are by Oceanair.
Entertaining on board Bliss is important to the owner and he wanted the galley to be an area where he would be happy to spend a lot of time. Design Unlimited created a stylish, large and well equipped space with a breakfast bar which opens on to the crew mess for ease of use.
The sleeping accommodation comprises an elegant master cabin with his and hers en‐suite shower rooms together with a pullman aft and two separate en‐suite guest cabins. The master cabin can be converted to two separate en‐suite cabins via an ingenious ‘hidden’ sliding wall.
One area which has worked especially well is the owner’s lobby, which features panelled walls with polished stainless grooves and an original stunning owner‐specified full height artwork.
“It was undoubtedly a challenge to create an interior that was comfortable while at the same time highly contemporary,” Mark Tucker went on to say, “and it is very rare to almost entirely eliminate wood in the way that we did. Yet we identified and sourced an array of modern fabrics and finishes that together created some of the most striking effects that we have ever worked on, and we are absolutely delighted with the final result.”