Every September, visitors to the Monaco Yacht Show can admire some of the world’s finest ocean-going vessels, their sleek hulls matched by luxurious and meticulously designed interiors. The industry term for this elevated level of finesse is “yacht standard” – and, where once it was confined to the high seas, it is now informing land-based spaces, with yacht owners and designers seeking to recreate a high-spec combination of style and practicality in the home.
The starting point is craftsmanship. “There is a level of excellence in terms of quality that is the standard order of business for yacht interiors,” says the award-winning designer Achille Salvagni. “Yacht owners want homes with the same level of perfection – whether that’s about finish or service.”
Salvagni’s studio, which designs both luxury residences and superyachts, has a team of in-house architects (including naval architects), interior designers and expert joinery and fit-out specialists. “They are accustomed to fabricating these jewel-box environments off-site, ensuring that they fit perfectly wherever they are installed,” he says.
Clever use of space is another inspiration, as the demand for storage that delivers on style and practicality becomes ever more important at home. “As living areas on yachts are constrained, the interiors are known for the careful optimisation of space – combined with elegance and functionality,” says interior designer Bryan O’Sullivan, who has offices in London and New York.