The Ultimate Bachelor Pad
As the interior designers of the old Como, in addition to the sailboats Corinthian and was the obvious choice for the interior design of Crichton’s latest yacht.
“Having established a great working relationship with the owner over a number of years and several large yacht projects, in many respects the brief was to continue on from the first Como,” says Toby Ecuyer, a partner in the British design firm. “Neville has a progressive outlook and the interior of the latest Como reflects that approach by building on lessons learned from the old yacht and pushing forward with materials and interior arrangements.”
The design team devised a soberly masculine and calming ambiance based on bleached oak and high-gloss Macassar ebony. The mirror finish of the polished stainless steel in the overheads, far from feeling industrial or harsh, lends the interior an interesting dynamic and the impression of higher ceiling heights. Classic white marble was selected for the bathrooms with more ornate imperador marble for centerpieces, such as the bar unit that straddles the sliding glass doors between the main salon and the aft deck. The bar is bisected by the sliding glass doors and a bespoke stainless steel wine cooler covers the gap when the doors are open—a solution that reflects minute attention to detail.
There were several discussions regarding the hanging artwork. The owner eventually opted for simple black-and-white photography and asked RWD to source works by new and innovative photographers. This was done by researching auction house portfolios around the world to build up a comprehensive collection, which was then presented to the owner to make a final choice.
“He’s an incredible owner to work with because he knows exactly what he wants,” concludes Ecuyer. “He has a keen eye for design and understands implicitly whether a solution will work or not.” —J.R.
LOA: 151ft. 7in. (46.22m) LWL: 146ft. 3in. (44.6m) Beam: 29ft. 6in. (9m) Draft (loaded): 7ft. 5in. (2.2m) Construction: aluminum Displac ement: 352 tons Gross tonnag e: 406 Engines: 2 x Caterpillar C32 ACERT
86-inch mirror TV on the dining room bulkhead or admire the seascape without having to rearrange the furniture. Engineered by Feadship, the system relies on compressed air to provide near-silent, frictionless rotation, but it was important that the mechanism recessed into the deck did not detract from the headroom in the guest cabins below, or increase noise levels from the engine room. At the push of a button, the lightweight, composite platform imperceptibly lifts up on its bed of air and can be pushed around using one hand.
Feadship is more accustomed to building high-volume, steel-hulled displacement yachts, and Como is a compact vessel by Feadship standards at just under 500 gross tons. Maximizing stowage space was a priority for her captain, Mark Smith, who intervened to advise the shipyard on where extra inches could be gleaned. He discovered, for example, a generous gap behind the washing machines and dryers in the laundry, which were pushed back to increase the floor area. Naval architecture: Dubois Naval Architects Exterior styling: Dubois Naval Architects Interior design: Redman Whiteley Dixon Guest cab ins: 2 double cabins, 2 twin cabins, 1 master suite Crew: 8 in 4 cabins Builder: Feadship Year: 2014