Pushing the Boat Out

by Becky Hoh in Interior designed homes

Hill House Interiors recreates its mix of interior glamour and opulence for a super yacht setting.

International designers Hill House Interiors, headed up by co-founders Helen Bygraves and Jenny Weiss, worked alongside Oyster, world renowned creators of cruising yachts, to deliver an indulgent interior for the third ever 885 model and their first ever yacht project.

Launched at the Monaco Boat Show, the 24 meter 885 is the largest in Oyster’s core range, and each yacht is bespoke, designed to meet the requirements of its owner exactly.

‘We are immensely proud of this, our first ever yacht project‘ says Bygraves. ‘The challenge for us was to install the lavish finishes we use in our superluxe interior schemes- bringing all the comfort and luxury of a Hill House designed luxury mansion to sea! We wanted to create the ultimate in nautical extravagance, offering true luxury and comfort, while at sea and in port.'

The owner, a long standing Hill House client and avid sailor, wanted the epitome of the perfect sailing yacht, combined with the unique brand of glamour and luxury the interior designers had brought to his private homes in The UK and abroad.  Involved from the outset, Hill House consulted on furnishings, finishes and even the final layout.

The yacht does not disappoint – It perfectly replicates the feel of Hill House’s elegant and plush interiors they are known for on land.

On the upper deck there is a lounging pad with soft furnishing upholstered in Dedar fabric, for al fresco dining on a decadent scale.

‘We are immensely happy with the end result, and so happy was our client that they set sail for St Barts almost as soon as it was finished!’

The aqua palette continues down to the lower living space, accompanied by taupe and teal, by use of Kravet and Armani fabrics. Best and Lloyd supplied the lamps, which are fixed on to the leather clad cabinetry with Hill House’s signature nailing detailing.

The lighting scheme, created in conjunction with Oyster, is a key feature that can be subtle and integrated, as well as a marker of the contemporary edge, with its chroma changing mood lighting LEDS.

Much thought has gone into the below deck space, which has been designed to incorporate a retractable sliding door.  By day, the two cabins become one, allowing guests to enjoy the TV den and children to play on their Play Stations, while still absorbing the ambience of the living space. As night draws in, the lower cabin can be reverted back into a bedroom, screened off from the living area.

And as a grand statement to show that simply transferring their on-land aesthetic to sea was not enough, Hill House encouraged Oyster to install their first ever lacquered kitchen to this project.  The resulting kitchen incorporates ecru and black lacquers, with the organic interior woodwork and comes complete with a collection of fully integrated top-of-the-range appliances by Miele.  The client required crystal glasses and the highest quality crockery, so Oyster and Hill House devised clever storage within the kitchen to conceal and protect the precious items while at sea.

‘It was imperative that in the kitchen and living spaces ample storage was a priority,’ says Weiss on the functional aspect of the kitchen too, ‘as we know a cluttered super yacht is never chic.’

Pale amethyst tones were specified for the master bedroom, one of five bedroom cabins on board, punctuated with a tactile charcoal coloured headboard in an iridescent Space Dust fabric by Zinc. This focal point is flanked by two fixed bedside bamboo and glass lamps. As well as these sort of considerations, durability is also an issue and Hill House have combined the highly durable with the deluxe with a faux silk carpet by Sylka. The master bathroom has taken on the same concept as the kitchen, with lacquer and chrome detailing, another first for an Oyster Yacht bathroom.

There are three more bedroom suites, which all have a recurring geometric patterned motif, another of Hill House’s signature statement looks, provided here by circle print bedspread by Sacho, and fabrics by Hermes in zingy citrus.

This is a very special project that not only incorporates all the regulations and restrictions enforced by creating a design scheme for an interior that resides on the sea, but has style and panache and a high quality finish and feel.

‘We are immensely happy with the end result,’ Bygraves proclaims happily, ‘and so happy was our client that they set sail for St Barts almost as soon as it was finished!”


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