Interior Designers In High Demand For Superyachts
By: Sequel PR
With the charter market tipped to be worth almost $28 billion within the next five years, Australian-based interior designer Keeley Green has gone full throttle, to meet a spike in demand from luxury vessel owners worldwide.
"We're in the process of finalising design concepts for two yacht projects, one in Australia and one in New Zealand," the Keeley Green Interior Design Director said.
"One is for private use while the other is intended for luxury charter in North Queensland waters once it is complete.
"The interest for bespoke, luxury design from the maritime sector, both the Asia Pacific region and Europe is truly off the charts. People are seeing it as a safe, private holiday option."
Currently Keeley Green Interior Design is revitalising the 35-metre, Princess Iluka, the world's largest and only Super Yacht to be built from Houn pine.
Built in 1979 and with a keel made from 750-year-old spotted gum, the vessel's interior needed a modern update.
"It's an amazing yacht, with a long sailing history and the work we are doing now will ensure it remains a beautiful luxury vessel for its next 40 years," Ms Green said.
The talented designer, who also has an established wallpaper and fabric wholesale business she created in partnership with Italian-based artist Amanda Ferragamo, has interiors for several other luxury vessels already on the drawing board.
The influx of superyachts reflects a global trend that has sent sales of luxury leisure craft to a record high over the past year.
Ms Green said unlike designing for a home with superyachts there were no display suites owners could walk through to get a feel of what the final result would be.
"We work with the client and project management team for innovation and a design that truly works," she said.
"We work on space planning and design direction using plans and renders to allow for visualisation. It really gives our clients an idea of what the finishes will look like which is particularly important when space is a little tight."
Ms Green said an investment in bespoke interior design was paying dividends for charter operators.
"Often people have a long wait to secure the charter, so there's some logic in making sure that the design and fit-out of the vessel makes customers feel it was well and truly worth the wait," she said.
"There are so many things that need to be taken into consideration, such as the weight of materials which all contributes to the gross tonnage, and their longevity in extremely harsh conditions,"