Ban­nen­berg & Row­ell

Hong Kong Tatler - - Boats -

Ban­nen­berg & Row­ell are prob­a­bly best known for cre­at­ing the in­te­ri­ors for Abramovich’s fa­mous Eclipse, but that gi­ant is just one of many ves­sels they have worked on. The company, which is headed by Dickie Ban­nen­berg and cre­ative di­rec­tor Si­mon Row­ell, was founded by Dickie’s fa­ther, Jon. “He was the first to pull to­gether all as­pects of yacht de­sign un­der one stu­dio roof,” says Row­ell. “His ca­reer and his legacy are well doc­u­mented and he is still an im­por­tant ref­er­ence in the in­dus­try to­day.”

Ban­nen­berg Sr once said, “It’s a very im­por­tant thing—never to be for­got­ten— that all of th­ese won­der­ful things we have done start with one per­son’s imag­i­na­tion.” His son also cred­its the yacht own­ers with be­ing savvy and so­phis­ti­cated enough to let the de­sign firm take a mod­ern, fresh ap­proach. “By the time an owner reaches the pur­chase of a cus­tom yacht, he or she usu­ally has some ex­pe­ri­ence in yacht­ing and a pro­gres­sive un­der­stand­ing of con­tem­po­rary de­sign,” Ban­nen­berg Jr says.

It’s no sur­prise, then, that Ban­nen­berg & Row­ell’s cre­ations are in­di­vid­ual and in­no­va­tive—from the Lan­cia Grand Tourerin­spired Gulf rac­ing colours, be­spoke chrome cab­i­net han­dles and tyre tread car­pet de­signs of the 37-me­tre Aure­lia, to the built-in con­cealed backgam­mon set and “un­usu­ally large shower” in the owner’s cabin of the 73-me­tre Preda­tor. “We treat each project in­di­vid­u­ally and quite sim­ply get a kick out of cre­at­ing new so­lu­tions,” says Row­ell. “Each yacht is ef­fec­tively a pro­to­type, which might lead to a stress­ful work­ing en­vi­ron­ment… but that is off­set by the fact that we work with sim­i­larly driven ar­ti­sans and pro­fes­sion­als.

“Some of our projects are pretty cut­ting edge; our cur­rent Palmer John­son 48-me­tre in­te­rior has some of the most com­plex in­te­rior ge­om­e­try that we have ever un­der­taken, with sources of in­spi­ra­tion as di­verse as ki­netic sculp­ture, an­i­mal ar­mour and ex­per­i­men­tal ar­chi­tec­ture,” he says. “Even the bound­aries of so­lid­ity, trans­parency and struc­ture are blurred. It’s ex­cit­ing stuff.” ban­nen­ber­gandrow­

mak­ing a spla sh From its Gulf rac­ing colours to its chrome cab­i­net han­dles, the 37- me­tre Aure­lia is a vi­sion of be­spoke beauty

part ners in de­sign Ban­neberg & Row­ell’s Dickie Ban­nen­berg ( left) and Si­mon Row­ell

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