Rémi Tessier

Hong Kong Tatler - - Boats -

French de­signer Rémi Tessier fell into yacht in­te­rior de­sign by chance. “A client of mine wanted to pur­chase a sail boat and he asked me to do the in­te­ri­ors,” says Tessier, who be­gan his ca­reer as a cab­i­net­maker be­fore work­ing with spa­ces. That first project, a 52-me­tre yacht called Squall, was launched in 2002. It went on to grace plenty of mag­a­zine cov­ers and won an In­ter­na­tional Su­pery­acht So­ci­ety de­sign award.

“It was min­i­mal but not cold,” says Tessier of Squall’s in­te­ri­ors. “It was com­fort­able and warm, con­tem­po­rary with a touch of vin­tage. This com­bi­na­tion was quite un­usual at the time and it has stayed time­less.”

After Squall it was smooth sail­ing for Tessier into more yacht projects. “The clients who come to me want some­thing close to na­ture. They are so­phis­ti­cated; they don’t want any­thing too ba­sic, too raw.”

Tessier still works on land-based in­te­ri­ors, such as res­i­dences, but he finds yacht in­te­ri­ors far more chal­leng­ing. “The com­plex­ity is 10 times greater than with a house or apart­ment. With a yacht, your house is mov­ing. You need wa­ter­tight com­part­ments. It’s en­coun­ter­ing dif­fer­ent weather con­di­tions, so it should work for cool and warm cli­mates. It should be a chameleon—able to adapt to any­thing.”

Keep­ing adapt­abil­ity in mind doesn’t mean Tessier has com­pro­mised on style, though— or wow fac­tor. “I’ve done an atrium with a glass ceil­ing and a glass floor with built-in LED fea­tures, and I’ve done a fire­place on an out­door deck,” he says.

Next on the hori­zon is out­door fur­ni­ture for yachts. “I haven’t found what I need so I’m de­vel­op­ing it my­self for my clients,” he says. “For ex­am­ple, I’ve done a lounge sunbed that ro­tates 360 de­grees, with an in­vis­i­ble canopy and elec­tric back­rest.” The fur­ni­ture is some­thing he cre­ates ex­clu­sively for his clients—for now, that is. remi-tessier.com

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From left: A bed­room aboard the Squall, de­signed by Rémi Tessier; the atrium of the Vava II, also by Tessier

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