Interior photography by David Churchill
Quietly, and rather below the yachting industry radar, an experienced Turkish maritime family built a displacement motor yacht in the comprehensive shipbuilding facilities in Tusla, south of Istanbul. Dream On was delivered in Spring 2008.
Bannenberg were commissioned to design an interior with glamour and richness, taking advantage of the large volume within the Soyaslan-designed hull and superstructure. Working closely with the Owners, rosewood, oak and shagreen were used extensively throughout the accommodation on joinery executed with great precision and quality by Ulutas.
The drawing development programme with the interior outfitter was unusual and concise: detailed sketches by Simon Rowell – Bannenberg Creative Director – were turned into shop drawings, complete with isometric views of all components, by Ulutas.
Particular Turkish influences in the interior came from the carpets – all from local ( and international ) supplier Stepevi – and the Ottoman ceramic motif which was developed into bronze panelling along the Main Deck corridor.
The Main Salon provides an elegant seating area aft with pieces by Kingcome, a pair of striking red Africa chairs by Promemoria and handed chairs by Todd Hase, upholstered in Designers Guild charcoal and gunmetal fabric. A dramatic cabinet housing a TV divides the seating from the forward dining area where a custom designed circular table is illuminated by a William Yeoward chandelier composed of pulled shards of opaque glass. This required a degree of marinising to avoid the peace of meals being disturbed by the clink of swaying glass.
Moving forward along the passageway, floor panelling of hammered timber provide a textural counterpoint to the rosewood and Ottoman bronze panelling, before the luxurious Stepevi wool and silk carpeting leads to the Owner’s Stateroom where calm oak panelling with nickel highlights sit with distinctive rosewood window surrounds.
The Skylounge is marked by comfortable seating arranged to see a large flat screen TV concealed behind secret panelling on the forward elevation. A pair of custom-designed Bannenberg coffee tables sit port and starboard. An oak-panelled Owner’s office and an exercise room have also been incorporated in this deck.
Dream On cruises in Turkish and Western Mediterranean waters and is an elegant, and understated, testament to a happy collaboration with very private Owners.
When asked about Dream On, Dickie Bannenberg commented "We greatly enjoyed the experience of working alongside very private, but experienced, Owners to create a glamorous interior which contains subtle strands of Turkish-inspired detailing and finishes".
Dream On is offered for sale by Oceanstyle.
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