Kirk Lazarus, Molori De­sign

Hong Kong Tatler - - Boats -

Like Rémi Tessier, Kirk Lazarus stum­bled into de­sign­ing yacht in­te­ri­ors, but from a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion. The en­tre­pre­neur and hote­lier used to work in the en­ergy in­dus­try and was obliged to en­ter­tain clients lav­ishly. “I’ve char­tered nu­mer­ous yachts of var­i­ous sizes over the years, and I al­ways felt the yachts didn’t make you feel at home,” he says. “They were too gold or too stark, and the use of space al­ways fol­lowed the same lay­out.”

After putting a fleet of su­pery­achts through their paces, Lazarus built his own, the 50-me­tre Told U So, which is decked out in a mix of sleek con­tem­po­rary fur­nish­ings, an­tiques, an­i­mal skins and Mis­soni fab­rics. “I wanted it to ap­peal to all gen­er­a­tions, to be mod­ern but also fea­ture an­tiques and be homely. I also wanted who­ever was char­ter­ing it to feel an in­stant sense of own­er­ship, so the photo frames are de­signed so you can put your own pho­tos in them, and each guest has their own sec­tion of the boat and own out­door space,” says the self-taught, South African-born de­signer.

His per­sonal ap­proach—and bold, no-rules style—has drawn a num­ber of com­mis­sions since Told U So hit the wa­ter. He’s work­ing on a par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing su­pery­acht due to be launched in three years. “There’s a spe­cial wa­ter cham­ber, so you can scuba-dive from inside the boat and swim straight in and out.”

Lazarus, un­happy with the fab­rics op­tions for yacht in­te­ri­ors and out­door spa­ces, is cre­at­ing his own, some with Mis­soni and some in-house at Molori De­sign. “The Med can be cold, ver­sus the hu­mid­ity of the Mal­dives, so fab­rics have to be re­silient,” he says.

Molori De­sign is even cre­at­ing its own cut­lery, crock­ery and tow­els “with recog­nised names,” he says. “I find it naff to have a boat’s name on all the tow­els,” he adds, so don’t ex­pect to see mono­grams. The fab­rics and other prod­ucts will be for sale at Molori De­sign’s new store in Venice Beach, Los An­ge­les, which is set to open in Novem­ber.

brag­ging rights The in­te­rior of the 50- me­tre Told U So sports Mis­soni fab­rics and sleek con­tem­po­rary fur­nish­ings

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