De­sign Jour­nal

Meet the ul­ti­mate Bond girl: the famed 1980s-era su­pery­acht, M/Y Oc­to­pussy. In­te­rior de­signer Jeff Lin­coln takes us aboard the re­fur­bished, retro-chic ship.

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Dec­o­ra­tor Jeff Lin­coln’s fear­less re­vamp of a 1980s Heesen yacht

IT BE­GAN WITH A PHONE CALL. “Want to check out the Palm Beach Boat Show?” It was late March, and I was work­ing on the home of a long­time client in south Florida. He also hap­pens to be a child­hood friend, so when he called with the in­vi­ta­tion, it seemed like a fun af­ter­noon diversion. The an­nual show draws some of the most im­pres­sive yachts from all over the world, and if you leave your shoes on the dock, you can come aboard and wan­der their decks and cab­ins.

It wasn’t clear to me that my client was se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing pur­chas­ing a yacht that day. I am not sure if he even knew. He’s an ath­letic guy and avid fish­er­man, so I thought at the most he might be con­sid­er­ing a new sport­fisher.

I’ve been an in­te­rior de­signer for some 30-plus years, so I nat­u­rally spent the bet­ter part of the show com­pil­ing my own “dock ap­peal” as­sess­ments of the boats (free as I am from the fi­nan­cial con­sid­er­a­tion of such a pur­chase!). While the smaller boats were pri­mar­ily bright and wellde­signed re­flec­tions of their in­tended pur­poses, I couldn’t help but note that the in­te­ri­ors of most of the larger boats were dull and oddly lack­ing in soul.

Then we came upon the blue-hulled beauty known as M/ Y Oc­to­pussy. A renowned yacht from the 1980s, the

43-me­ter ves­sel was among the fastest su­pery­achts of its kind when she was in­tro­duced by Dutch builder Heesen and helped usher in the era of the lux­ury su­pery­acht (de­fined to­day as any com­mer­cially crewed yacht larger than 24 me­ters in length).

There were big­ger boats that day, and newer ones too, but none had the sheer pres­ence of this one. The in­te­rior—with its low-slung main saloon, five state­rooms, and ca­pa­cious din­ing ar­eas—was redo­lent with 1980s riffs on chrome and lacquer be­fit­ting its Bond-in­spired moniker, along with acres of Art Deco–in­flected cab­i­netry. “What do you think?” my client asked.

“Now this is a boat with style,” I replied.

To be clear, much of the ves­sel’s 1980s style bor­dered on kitsch, but the pass­ing of time sud­denly made it ap­pear fresh to my eyes. Be­sides, those dispir­it­ing forays on those other yachts gave me a re­newed ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the funky aes­thetic.

He bought her, and a few weeks later, he called to ask if I would help him with re­fur­bish­ing the in­te­ri­ors.

I’d de­signed a boat be­fore this one, a 90-foot Vik­ing sport­fisher—not small, but noth­ing like this el­e­gant ves­sel. I re­called the Hol­ly­wood adage that “no­body knows any­thing” about mak­ing movies. I quickly de­cided this was also true for yacht in­te­ri­ors and set out to plot my own course and em­brace her 1980s lin­eage. I coated ex­ist­ing cab­i­netry and mill­work in the liv­ing ar­eas with

“Much of the ves­sel’s 1980s style bor­dered on kitsch, but the pass­ing of time sud­denly made it ap­pear fresh to my eyes.”

bright white lacquer and up­hol­stered un­sightly round metal col­umns in tufted white leather. Against this clean can­vas, I lay­ered in lots of blue. ( While pair­ing blue and white at sea may not be the most orig­i­nal idea in the world, I am a firm be­liever in not do­ing things be­cause you want to be “de­sign­ery.” To me, de­sign should be—first and fore­most—com­fort­able and ap­pro­pri­ate to its en­vi­ron­ment. Then you can throw in a few sur­prises.)

So, in came curvy Vladimir Ka­gan so­fas and vin­tage pol­ished-steel Karl Springer ta­bles, their flow­ing forms mak­ing com­mu­nal spa­ces easy to nav­i­gate (in other words, no bruised shins). A cou­ple of Warhols re­in­forced the vivid pal­ette and the era.

The state­rooms, how­ever, were a dif­fer­ent story. No amount of clever re­con­tex­tu­al­iz­ing was go­ing to save these sorry and dated spa­ces. I reimag­ined them in­stead with max­i­mum sleep­ing ca­pac­ity and com­fort top of mind. All of them ex­cept the mas­ter state­room are be­lowdecks, so I leaned on color to help make the most of lim­ited light.

To­day the boat is a happy place for my client and his en­er­getic young family. In Ly­ford Cay and other Ba­hamian ports, the kids take dare­devil dives from the up­per decks while my client and his wife watch from the newly added sky deck. Thanks to her re­fur­bished Rolls-royce en­gines, M/ Y Oc­to­pussy is once again one of the fastest boats of her size on the seas. Catch her if you can.

An Andy Warhol silkscreen hangs over ver­sa­tile ban­quette seat ing in the yacht’s main saloon. Shade fab­ric, Quadrille.

A lac­quered teak-and-holly din­ing room is en­cased with glass doors that open en­tirely to the ship’s aft deck. Chairs, Artis­tic Frame. Fab­ric, Janus et Cie (striped) and Romo.

In the wet bar and through­out the main cabin, de­signer Jeff Lin­coln (pic­tured) up­dated the wood­work by coat­ing it with white and nat­u­ral lacquer. Stools, John Boone. Rug, Stark.

On the main deck, Suther­land seat­ing is out­fit­ted with Peren­ni­als per­for­mance cush­ions.

LEFT: A mod sit­ting room dou­bles as a sexy cock­tail lounge with curved retro seat­ing by Vladimir Ka­gan. Suede up­hol­stery fab­ric, Romo (blue) and Holland & Sherry (white).

A mir­rored float­ing stair­case and a re­flec­tive mother-of­pearl wall­cov­er­ing (In­no­va­tions) send light into the liv­ing ar­eas and ad­di­tional state­rooms be­lowdecks.

A sky deck lounge and hot tub are re­cent ad­di­tions to the ship. Chevron pil­lows, Peren­ni­als.

LEFT: The mas­ter state­room is on the main deck, giv­ing it ex­pan­sive views and plenty of sun­light. Cab­i­netry, teak. Head­board fab­ric, Quadrille. Ceil­ing pa­per, Sur­faces by David Bonk.

Navy and aqua prints brighten a guest bed­room be­lowdecks. Head­board fab­ric, Quadrille. Bed­ding, Sa­tori Fine Linens. Wall­cov­er­ing, Phillip Jef­fries.

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