Inspired by the sea’s graceful flow and balmy Mediterranean nights, Katharine has created a yacht interior like no other – one that places opulence and functionality at the heart of its impeccably designed interiors. “I was thrilled to be commissioned by our beloved existing client. We had just finished the finer details on their dream home in Europe and they were so pleased, they asked if we could jump on board for their yacht project. The brief included open, light spaces with sweeping windows. They wanted top-level brands with a focus on sustainability and our team created a wonderful bespoke layout with unique decor and carefully considered finishes.”
In the timeless Main Salon, hand-picked touches of serene colours, richly detailed artworks, sculptures and luxury home accessories from Katharine’s Chelsea boutique elevate the interior and create a richly textured aesthetic.
A palette of blue, terracotta and creamy whites is a subtle nod to the breathtaking views surrounding the yacht.
Honed travertine stone blends with coral sculptures in shared entertaining spaces. Hand-chiselled oak wall panelling with a limewash finish pairs with Parisian hand-woven fabrics to create a blend of luxurious organic natural textures. Matt, sunken ceilings are found above, while tactile carpets by Tai Ping feature underfoot. Glossy surfaces were wisely pared back to encourage a sense of openness and freedom. Large expanses of glazing create an abundance of natural light and ensure the flow from the interior to the exterior decks outside is seamless.
Meanwhile, in the dining area, the team commissioned handmade porcelain sculptures for the mirrored niches, and the tableware set features stunning work by Marie Daâge in delicate shades of sea blue. Mid-century inspired seating is wrapped in Perennials ‘Snazzy’ water-resistant fabric, while a backdrop of hand-carved wood with intricate wave detailing envelopes the formal eating space.
Of the four-bedroom suites, the master bedroom is suitably the centrepiece of tranquillity. Carved timber lamps and finely embroidered bed linens create a peaceful space for relaxation. A walk-in ensuite featuring fine marble sinks and Scandi-influenced timber detailing is hidden behind a built-in entertainment system.
A considered balance of textures is highlighted on the flybridge. No dark materials were chosen, effectively uplifting the synergy of the outdoor entertaining area to match the client’s sporty lifestyle. L-shaped sofas hug the aft deck, carefully positioned to soak up the sunrays. Meanwhile, a casual dining space for six is located towards the bow. This area offers abundant options for relaxing with additional lounging sheltered by shade.
The yacht is fitted with an advanced selective catalytic reduction system (SCR). This special exhaust system works to reduce the emissions of nitrogen oxide by using a reducing agent. This allows the yacht to navigate in restricted emission-controlled areas and cuts harmful emissions of other gases by up to 80%.
When the project came to a close, the client was delighted with the results once more, commenting to Katharine: ‘It was everything they had ever dreamed of’.
Following the success of this award-nominated project, Katharine has launched a dedicated Yacht Division of the KP design studio, and looks forward to working on an ever-increasing number of maritime commissions for her roster of international clients.