OUR HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WORLD’S TOP MARITIME LUXURY EVENT:
This year, the Monaco Yacht Show celebrated its 26th edition with well over 30,000 participants from around the world. Private yacht owners, future buyers and decision makers from leading companies in the yachting and luxury sectors converged on the sumptuous coastline of Monaco late last month to discover 125 of the most desirable yachts unveiled over the past year, as well as the latest trends in naval architecture and design, technology and nautical leisure accessories.
This spectacular exhibition once again highlighted some of the constant changes in an industry driven by the desire and purchasing power of its wealthy clientele. Overall, the event isn’t just a display of high end designs conceived for the yachting industry; it’s also an emotional experience for its visitors, as they connect with the numerous visual concepts on show, and most importantly, it’s an accurate health indicator for the overall sector.
We spent our weekend exploring the many stylish creations that the show had to offer – from stunning new superyachts to the finest tableware designed for their hospitable service, and we were able to walk away with lasting impressions of what the design industry’s trends will be on this side of the spectrum. We’ve also identified specific brands that seem to cater best to yacht developers, as far as lighting and interiors go.
CEDES Milano is a small craft company established seven years ago – a family business that recently expanded due to the roaring success of its stunning technical-decorative products. The Italian craftsmanship is the backbone of CEDES’ new line, which captured the hearts of many during the Monaco Yacht Show. The marvellous details, the proficiency of leather and wood work and the luxurious tone of every single item that CEDES designs are part of the manufacturer’s production philosophy. As the company itself says, ‘only the most skilful hands can turn natural materials into everyday yet original and absolutely unique objects’, and by all possible standards, this Italian brand fully delivers on its promise.
With the new opening of its London store, FRETTE is now shifting its focus more and more on the bespoke sector of design. After a five-year absence, the historic Italian manufacturer of luxury home linen returned to the Monaco Yacht Show with a stand entirely dedicated to ‘Bespoke’, a service that the brand is now offering to a global clientele in need of unique and tailor-made interiors. With choices from a wide range of fabrics and colours, clients can have monograms or special designs embroidered as part of this new endeavour from FRETTE.
The luxury Italian brand not only graced its Monaco visitors with superb materials displayed across two Poltrona Frau beds, but it also wowed them with its splendid dress-up of the interior of 460 EXP X, the latest yacht model from the San Lorenzo fleet, fully customised to fit the boat’s style. With its return to MYS and its ‘Bespoke’ service, FRETTE is back on top of its game as a leading fabric manufacturer for the luxury yacht sector.
Kevin Glancy first opened its doors in 1989, and has since established itself as a top luxury supplier for yacht interiors, private residences and aircraft. Its reputation for sourcing the most exquisite porcelain, crystal and silver is ever-present, as the brand constantly designs and delivers superb homeware lines dedicated to some of the world’s most sumptuous yachts.
Kevin Glancy partnered up with Jonathan Fawcett, its sister company and supplier of incredibly fine linen and towels, in order to once again showcase its beautiful portfolio and production philosophy. The latter stems from their close work with proficient artisan craftsmen and designers, in pursuit of their brand ethos: ‘uncompromising passion’. With clients such as Wright Maritime Group and Edmiston, to name but a few, Kevin Glancy and Jonathan Fawcett presented their new collections at the Monaco Yacht Show this year and we were simply hooked.
Sabrina Monte Carlo is the interior design brainchild of Sabrina Monteleone, whose extensive knowledge of fabrics and design proficiency have pushed her to the top as one of the first decorators to focus on luxury outdoor décor. The brand specialises in interiors for yachts, private residences and jets, and chalets, and works with an impressive team of architects and designers in order to deliver high end bespoke results. Sabrina Monte Carlo is a brand that prefers to transform the design, purchase and installation process into an immersive experience for its clients, and its new collection – showcased at Monaco Yacht Show – is yet another testament to its personalised and detailed approach.
You all know Preciosa by now, as a master brand of Bohemian Crystal, glass artistry and exquisite lighting, and as one of the leading representatives of the luxury interiors industry. So it made all the sense in the world for us to discover and simply adore Preciosa Maritime, its yachting speciality extension present at the Monaco Yacht Show.
The special maritime engineering unit of Preciosa now develops new surface finishes, innovative fixing solutions and tests the safety standards, on top of its masterful delivery of stunning and artful lighting. The craftsmanship and dedication become understatements as soon as you see the lighting fixtures – Venus and its roots in the iconic ‘Maria Theresa’ chandelier; Muutos and its hand-blown contemporary charm; the incredible Waterfall lighting piece that moves via mechanical automation; and the Mercury linear chandelier to name but a few.
Where innovative design is concerned, Eggzero definitely stole the show. The Italian firm implements technology into design in a non-invasive and yet life-changing manner. Its philosophy revolves around letting the tech part enter the client’s home and personal world, and shape itself to the needs and desires of the residents.
Their bespoke solutions for yachts and luxury residences were part of this year’s highlights at the Monaco Yacht Show, as the brand focuses on turning any living space – including those out at sea – into a playful and sophisticated haven. With years of experience in the marine field, Eggzero’s team specialises in integrated technology solutions for superyachts ranging from 40m to over 100m – they provide the full service package, including consultancy in design and masterful implementation.
With an everlasting passion for the vibrant and luxurious world of the superyachts, we look forward to our next weekend at the Monaco Yacht Show. Champagne, stunning designs and the engines purring under the Mediterranean sun – perhaps Eggzero called it best with ‘La Dolce Vita’.