Sailing the Seas in the Lap of Luxury
Heesen Yachts collaborate with yacht owners, the Books, to create elegance and comfort in their 's 47 meter steel series vessel
Book Ends is the 13th hull in the Heesen Yacht’s 47 meter steel series, which is defined by its classic-contemporary exterior and a highly optimized interior layout that intelligently utilizes every centimeter of space on board. The build of this particular yacht was begun on spec by Heesen, with renowned British design firm Bannenberg & Rowell retained to create the interior. The owners, the Books, joined the project towards the end of the build and wanted to put their own stamp on their new yacht. Thus, the final result that we see is based on the owners’ personal stylistic choices and input. There were particular items from the original Bannenberg & Rowell design that suited their taste quite well, and other things that they wanted to change to meet their needs.
An expanse of glazing lightens and opens up the interior, a factor that attracted the owners to the project in the first place and fit their “light and bright” interior concept. In various aspects, the Books made selections that emphasized simple elegance and light materials. This included removing the original wood panelling that had a pattern and replacing it with a plain, light wood. Patterned rugs were also replaced in favor of white rugs, which the owners preferred. Any furniture deemed superfluous, such as a chaise in the master stateroom, was removed as well to make the interior roomier. The owners also edited the lighting plan in the main saloon in order to brighten the space further and add lighting that would specifically aim at pieces in their art collection.
This collection not only adds splashes of color and personality into the interior, but it also represents where the Books have traveled thus far, as many of the pieces have been collected along the way, or have a relevance to places that are important in their lives. A subtler but equally important artistic touch are the custom mezuzahs that grace each of the doors, handmade by an Israeli artist.
The light and bright interior is broken up with dashes of the Books’ signature color - a bold and warm orange, which is seen in the exterior as well. Before the owner of this yacht was known, the original interior designers chose orange footstools in the appropriate shade for the main saloon.
These were kept by the owners, and further accents in orange were added in throw cushions and blankets indoors, as well as shade umbrellas and canvas cushions outdoors.
The owners are proud of the personal imprint they have been able to put on the yacht despite taking delivery so close to the end of the build. All of the re-styling work was done after launch and away from the yard, with Heesen team members flying in to meet the yacht and making the updates remotely, a testament to the yard’s commitment to perfecting each yacht for their owner’s requirements.