Mark Bod­ding­ton, Sil­ver­lin­ing

Hong Kong Tatler - - Boats -

Mark Bod­ding­ton’s first yacht project was a big one. His company, Sil­ver­lin­ing, was com­mis­sioned to craft fur­ni­ture for a su­pery­acht be­ing con­structed for Prince Je­fri Bolkiah, the play­boy brother of the sul­tan of oil-rich Brunei. “Some­one we’d worked with on the first home we did for the Duke and Duchess of West­min­ster rang me up and said they’d got a project with Prince Je­fri, who wanted to fin­ish a boat in six months,” says Bod­ding­ton.

Bod­ding­ton and his ar­ti­sans had al­ready cre­ated fur­ni­ture for the likes of David Bowie and Kevin Cost­ner, but this was their first foray into ocean-go­ing in­te­ri­ors and it was the be­gin­ning of a long­stand­ing re­la­tion­ship with yacht­ing. “We do a lot of su­pery­achts now,” says Bod­ding­ton. “We’ve done all the items of fur­ni­ture on some yachts and about 50 per cent on oth­ers.”

Bod­ding­ton be­gan his ca­reer as a craftsman mak­ing fur­ni­ture de­spite com­ing from the fam­ily be­hind Bod­ding­tons Brew­ery and its range of beers. “I was the ninth gen­er­a­tion in the fam­ily but I didn’t go into the business. I fol­lowed my pas­sion of mak­ing fur­ni­ture,” he says. “From the age of four or five, I’ve made fur­ni­ture. My mother has a book­case I made when I was five.”

The beau­ti­fully de­tailed, be­spoke and ut­terly per­sonal work Sil­ver­lin­ing is do­ing has kept its clients com­ing back for more. “It’s a mir­ror of their taste and the things they like, and the project may be very con­tem­po­rary or cut­ting edge, or it may be very art nou­veauin­spired,” says Bod­ding­ton.

One unique piece Sil­ver­lin­ing cre­ated for a su­pery­acht was a seven-me­tre ta­ble with en­grav­ings de­signed around the client’s logo. The ta­ble bears the ster­ling sil­ver hall­mark of Sil­ver­lin­ing. “I didn’t want to sign my name, so I de­cided to use a sil­ver hall­mark,” says Bod­ding­ton. “Any­body who looks up a piece of our fur­ni­ture can see when it was made.” sil­ver­lin­ing­fur­ni­

marine craft From top: Founder of Sil­ver­lin­ing Mark Bod­ding­ton; a bar de­signed by Michael Leach and con­structed by Sil­ver­lin­ing from gran­ite and rosewood for the yacht Pal­la­dium

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