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  • 30 January 2015

    Wow - Sunseeker's impressive 28m with Bespoke Heirlooms Linens

    Heirlooms were delighted to work with the interiors team at Sunseeker designing something truly bespoke and show stopping for their 28m at the London Boat Show in January.

    The luxury and sophistication of the 28m was the perfect opportunity to showcase our design skills with stunning results.

    Working with the fabric samples from the interiors of each cabin the colours schemes chosen were rich, warm colours as a base fabric, then adding in vibrant colours for the boarders and the piping.

    The design team were absolutely thrilled and excited with the end result for each cabin which received incredible praise from prospective buyers at the show.

    Already Sunseeker and Heirlooms have received enquiries for similar styles from current owners.

    “We are delighted and proud to continue our long term cooperation with Sunseeker providing bespoke linens for their discerning yacht clients” commented Ruth Douglas Heirlooms General Manager

    Working in partnership with Sunseeker, Heirlooms linens reflects the ethos of Sunseeker’s yachts ensuring the design, quality and attention to detail of our linens perfectly complement the high quality of the interior design within each cabin and living area.

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  • 23 January 2015

    Hand-drawing skill in the superyacht spotlight

    Press Release
    Friday 15 January 2015


    Hand-drawing skill in the superyacht spotlight

     David Rowles, a third year student from Coventry University, scooped the top prize in the inaugural Superyacht UK Design competition yesterday (Thursday 15 January 2015) at the CWM FX London Boat Show.  The contest was sponsored by BMT Nigel Gee and Pendennis Shipyard. 

     Eight students from Plymouth, Wolverhampton, Coventry and Central Lancashire Universities were invited by Superyacht UK, an association within the British Marine Federation, to take part in the competition.   The event is designed to raise the profile of the essential hand-drawing skill which is quickly becoming a lost art; it is also to increase awareness of the marine industry as a potential career option and ensure more talent is available for the design houses.

     The design houses fully supported this new initiative with Mark Tucker (Design Unlimited), James Claydon (Claydon Reeves) and Philippe Briand (Philippe Briand Ltd) joining Superyacht UK Vice Chairman Peter Brown from Burgess Yachts on the judging panel.

     Philippe Briand commented: “I am delighted to be supporting this competition inspiring young British design talent. The BMF and Superyacht UK are doing a fantastic job to grow the British superyacht industry with this contest. I too am committed to the British superyacht industry and community and have relocated my Head Office to London to be at the centre of the yachting world.” 

     David’s philosophy was not to simply start drawing first, but think before starting; ensuring the client’s experience of joy and excitement on his own yacht was captured by the designer.  This was praised by the judges who could see he had clearly thought about the client.  He had clearly listened to the brief, without stilting his imagination.

     Sharing his views of the competition, David Rowles said: “It has been an amazing experience as I am totally enthused by boats.  The competition has presented a lot of opportunities and there is so much to be achieved from being involved.  It will also help to get us recognised.  The invitation was a nice surprise, and I entered with hesitating.”

     It wasn’t a clear cut decision however; two of the students - Andrei Carasu from Plymouth University and William Morris from the University of Wolverhampton - were awarded Highly Commended for their efforts. 

     Also taking part were Adam Dempsey and Jake Donnelly from the University of Central Lancashire, Mark Hopper from Coventry  University, Richard Marshall from the University of Wolverhampton and Guneet Sidhu from Plymouth University.

     James Roy, Yacht Design Director of competition sponsor BMF Nigel Gee Ltd said: “It has been a pleasure to spend two days with these bright, creative and above all else enthusiastic young designers. Their commitment was evident from the start and with a mix of backgrounds the final results covered a broad range of creative ideas. I have no doubt that they will all go far in their chosen fields and commend them all for the effort they put into their work.”

    In addition to BMT Nigel Gee, the competition was also sponsored by Pendennis Shipyard, with the winner receiving a four week paid internship at Pendennis Shipyard.


    To find out more about the British Marine Federation click here

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