Design trends in the superyacht world are dictated less by colour pantones and accessories de la mode, and more by the lifestyle factor. Being on board is more akin for an owner these days to being at home on the water. Designers and interior outfitters create spaces that reflect the passion and visions of the owner. After all, the interiors of superyachts can be anything – anything but ordinary. And exceptional design is what binds it together.
Here we explore the key yacht interior trends for 2020.

Turning the inside out
Sumptuous taupe cushioned seating, woven fabric rugs in vibrant hues, and wood panelled bars with silver leaf motifs. It may sound as though this collection of furniture belongs in Jay Gatsby’s front room, but it is in fact exterior yacht furniture specifically designed for outdoor use.

Here, practicality and purpose meet pure luxury. Striking materials are stain resistant, the brightest of materials are colourfast, and even the most stylish sun loungers have been designed to be conveniently stackable. With the surge in popularity for living by the water’s edge, a seamless design language that extends the indoors out now reigns. When identical materials and tones are used for both interiors and exteriors, the result is a highly elegant and sophisticated setting, without boundaries or interruptions. And in order to realise that, the yachts of today need to be outfitted with interiors that stretch to the outdoors, and all the while remaining aesthetically appealing and perfectly functional. Seamless compatibility achieved with artisanal flair.

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Back to nature
From leaves, seeds and barks to sea-shells, eggshells, and even feathers, a reinterpretation of the beauty of nature has seen a resurgence in the use of natural materials on board. A preference for wood, stone and leather over substitute alternatives, and natural finishes in favour of resins, liquid metals or new techniques has successfully pushed to the fore.

This trend is, for instance, elegantly epitomised on board Oceanco’s 90m DAR where the essence of nature is smoothly captured in the interior design and stone, mussel shells, natural textiles and leather abound. And the trend even extends to the treatment and colouring of wood, to enhance its texture and grain. While new techniques and experimental materials are appreciated by some, at present, many owners want metal to be metal, and stone to be stone.

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Transparent design
One recent contemporary yacht concept features one-way glass treated to match the exterior paint. The aim is for the yacht’s silhouette to transform according to her location, light, and surroundings, but it’s also a clear example of how progressive the use of onboard glass has become. Technical advances in the past decade have led to glass becoming a primary material for designers.

Glass has always been at the forefront of design, with some projects famously featuring curved glass and underwater observation lounges. But the double curvature (horizontally and vertically) that we see today creates incredible architectural spaces, from construction to steps to partitions. And even mullions are practically redundant thanks to floor to ceiling windows, and the advent of glass observatories.

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Merging technology and design
Our life is becoming increasingly “smart” and we can no longer imagine everyday life without technical gadgets. The demand for living spaces that must be able to keep pace with these changes is consequently also increasing. High-tech on board is nothing new in the yacht sector. But while people previously liked to show off the technical devices that they owned, today it is all about understatement – but only at first glance. Extendable screens that disappear into sideboards, plug sockets that are concealed by sophisticated folding mechanism, or speakers that are integrated into glass windows or wall mirrors – innovative technologies blend in with the architectural elements of the interior in order to avoid compromising the style and atmosphere of the interior decor.