Turkish shipyard Mazu Yachts has launched its first 24.5-metre yacht Mazu 82 and in turn, revealed her custom interior design by Tanju Özelgin. On schedule to be delivered to her owner soon, the new superyacht is the shipyard’s longest yacht to date and will be the brand’s flagship.Photo: Mazu YachtsMazu 82 was built from lightweight carbon composite to the exterior design and naval architecture of Mazu Yachts. With a clean profile, expansive decks and large hull windows, the edgy exterior styling of the Mazu 82 is also applied in the interior design. To draw as much light in as possible, the deckhouse features large windows, strip glazing in the hull and a custom-made sliding sunroof.Photo: Mazu YachtsPhoto: Mazu YachtsThe shipyard’s founder, Halit Yukay, comments: “The interior and the exterior should never be defined as two different aspects but should be seen as a whole as one is the extension of the other. Both should create a coherent unity and reflect the main mood and feelings the designer intended.”Photo: Mazu YachtsPhoto: Mazu YachtsInside, a custom lighting system helps to illuminate features such as the walnut and leather furniture, the metallic finishes and teak panelling wall decoration and the bronzed tempered glass doors. Guests can also enjoy the yacht’s state-of-the-art audio system and rich materials used throughout the interior, including the soft-leather-like wet surfaces and designer bathroom hardware. Photo: Mazu Yachts Photo: Mazu Yachts “The main challenge with yacht interiors is that the space mostly never stands still and is constantly surrounded by water," says the Turkish designer, Tanju Özelgin. “This aspect will direct your decisions regarding which materials to use, the weight and scale of every piece of furniture, and whether or not the furniture is anchored to the decks or built-in,” he adds. Photo: Mazu Yachts “The space has to be as compact and light as possible without losing the illusion of feeling at home or in a cosy hotel. This was one of our key aspects during the design phase of the yacht: to create a space that feels more as if you were in your own house with all the familiarity and comfort that comes with it,” describes Özelgin.