Only when we truly understand our clients tastes and lifestyle, do we pick up a pencil and respond.
Dickie Bannenberg, one part of the Bannenberg & Rowell Design Partnership, is reluctant to pinpoint current design trends in bedroom suites on board superyachts. He told us, “I think you know about our trend-spotting viewpoints. There are simply too many yachts and owner types to accurately identify trends. However, if you had to twist my arm on this, I guess it might be the emergence of integrated balconies and terraces to the bedroom area.”
Between them both, Bannenberg and Rowell have designed some of the industry’s more adventurous and interesting interiors and that means they have encountered owners with very definite views on what makes the perfect master suite. Bannenberg tells us:
“I think the most interesting example to give here was how we approached the master bedroom on 85m Pacific launched by Lürssen. The original General Arrangement (GA) had the master bedroom in the conventional location, forward on the upper deck. Prime real estate. The owner, analytical to the end, considered this and explained pragmatically that as he only required the bedroom to sleep for a handful of hours, he would prefer to give this space to a more convivial saloon space.
“Consequently, a new location had to be identified for the master bedroom. To the builder’s initial consternation, Simon (Rowell)rejigged the GA for the forward half of the accommodation on this deck, planning a central passageway that canted off the centreline to port and a new master bedroom which now had both forward and side aspects from its offset location on port side. So, rather than look for features within a bedroom, the bigger issue here was how to maintain some kind of hierarchy with spaces and maximise the benefits of a radical change in orientation.”
To create truly unique designs for an owner’s suite that is tailored to their owner’s brief, the Andrew Winch Designs studio listen closely to understand the complexities of their client’s life. Andrew Winch told us, “Only when we truly understand our clients tastes and lifestyle, do we pick up a pencil and respond, ensuring that each design is both visually stunning and tailored to our client’s like a glove!” Applying this value, the Winch Designs team create bespoke, multifunctional master suites that provide their clients with the space for both privacy and relaxation whilst on board their yacht. Winch adds:
Calm, peaceful and private are all words that are associated with a master suite. Silent and still, it should offer the perfect retreat for the superyacht owner to escape from their busy world, and allow them the opportunity to close their eyes and relax.
Whereas once the master suite solely incorporated a bedroom and en-suite facilities, the Andrew Winch Designs team have seen an increase in the desire for master suites that offer multiple functions and appear more as if a private penthouse apartment. Complete with walk-in wardrobes, private study and lounge facilities, as well as private exterior balconies and deck areas, the master suites of today can allow the owner complete independence from other guest areas whilst on board.
Some believe it is not the floor area devoted to a master suite that makes it special, it is more a case of how that space is filled. In 1985, the then 21 year old craftsman Mark Boddington set up Silverlining inside a disused cowshed with a vision to become one of Britain’s leading furniture makers. Now, nearly three decades later, his company’s innovative and award-winning furniture can be found on board superyachts around the world, much of it installed in the master cabins. Silverlining managing director, Paul Cook, told us:
The master cabin is the single most important space for a yacht owner. Sleeping, bathing, dressing, dining, working and relaxing are now all pre-requisites of successful special design.
“Owners are now younger so whole family master cabins are required for young children and nannies. Intuitive technology driven by the ‘iPhone’ effect and minimal crew interaction need to provide discretion and privacy. Private family dining on balconies and inter-connecting spaces such as bathrooms or dressing areas that can become studies or relaxing areas are now the norm.
“Spaces and furniture need to be multifunctional and finishes low maintenance so that owners and their families can relax without worrying about injury to young children or damage to expensive furnishings. All in, time is a precious commodity so time with family in a safe and relaxing environment is now the number one priority in master cabin design.”