Dudgeon, the Knightsbridge-based luxury sofa maker, has recently been awarded an order to make all the bespoke upholstered furniture for a superb new sailing superyacht the 62 metre schooner SY Athos. Designed for private European clients by André Hoek and being built at Holland Jachtbouw in Zaandam, The Netherlands, Athos is scheduled for launch in summer 2009 and will be the 57th superyacht commission (and the 18th sailing yacht commission) for Dudgeon since its first such order in 1992.
This furniture commission, comprising bespoke sofas, bespoke banquettes and chairs, will form a key part of the overall interior design of Athos, with many of the pieces designed to be integrated into interior woodwork by de Ruiter Interiors of Purmerend, with whom Dudgeon worked on the international award-winning ketch, SY Adèle, also designed by André Hoek.
Following a brief to create the most comfortable seating possible for the saloons and deck houses, the furniture will be made to the superb standards of luxury on which Dudgeon has built its sixty year old reputation. Among the many pieces, the three curved main saloon sofas will be made using traditional springing and pure down cushions to create an unparalleled level of comfort.
Styling for the furniture will be classic but contemporary using elegant shapes, discrete curved arms and mahogany showwood bases.
The furniture will be made at Dudgeon’s London workshops, and will be fitted on site by the company’s own craftsmen. In the sixteen years that the company has made furniture for the superyacht industry, it has designed and fitted furniture in boatyards around the world, mainly in Europe but also as far away as New Zealand.
“We are delighted to have won this order,” said Dudgeon managing director, Hugh Garforth Bles. “It is always pleasing to be asked to make special furniture for clients who appreciate our skills and quality.”