February 15, 2010 by john

Sailing Yacht BLISS is the latest composite sailing superyacht from naval architect Ed Dubois has been launched by Yachting Developments in New Zealand. The ultra modern interiors were created by Design Unlimited, the leading interior design and styling studio.

The original brief given to Design Unlimited for yacht BLISS was for a modern, stylish, minimal look with little or no wooden finishes save for the wide‐planked polished wenge floors. This involved the design team in a challenging search for innovative and striking finishes and as a result the interior has evolved to incorporate a stunning futuristic design more usually associated with a space ship than a luxury yacht.
As studio head Mark Tucker says: “It’s been great to work with a client who has no inhibitions when it comes to pushing the boundaries and creating something truly out of the ordinary.”

The palette for the interior is white, silver and blue with accents of chocolate in the guest accommodation. Finishes used for the wall panels and furniture include Spinneybeck and Edelman leathers and Alma shagreen (stingray skin). Customised glass pieces from Fusion Glass combine with specialist bespoke lacquered bulkhead finishes for an overall effect of cool, contemporary elegance.

Despite the minimal modern look, comfort is still integral to the yacht’s design. The raised saloon,
which has panoramic views, features plenty of large white leather sofas on which to relax. Texture
has been added with a variety of new Majilite finishes, scatter cushions and soft rugs. Fabrics used
include Jasper Conran, Sahco Hesslein and Jab International. All bathroom fittings in superyacht BLISS are from Dornbracht and the window blinds are by Oceanair.

Entertaining on board is important to the owner and he wanted the galley to be an area where he
would be happy to spend a lot of time. Design Unlimited created a stylish, large and well equipped
space with a breakfast bar which opens on to the crew mess for ease of use.

The sleeping accommodation comprises an elegant master cabin with his and hers en‐suite shower
rooms together with a pullman aft and two separate en‐suite guest cabins. The master cabin can be
converted to two separate en‐suite cabins via an ingenious ‘hidden’ sliding wall.

One area which has worked especially well is the owner’s lobby, which features panelled walls with
polished stainless grooves and an original stunning owner‐specified full height artwork.

“It was undoubtedly a challenge to create an interior that was comfortable while at the same time
highly contemporary,” Mark Tucker went on to say, “and it is very rare to almost entirely eliminate
wood in the way that we did. Yet we identified and sourced an array of modern fabrics and finishes
that together created some of the most striking effects that we have ever worked on, and we are
absolutely delighted with the final result.”

Design Unlimited specialises in yacht interior design and exterior styling for both custom and production
yachts. Founded in 2000 by Mark Tucker the team has worked on some of the most well‐known sailing and
motor superyachts afloat today, as well as working in conjunction with many famous brands including
Sunseeker, the Hanse Group and Moody. To find out more go to

General enquiries:
Julie Tucker
Design Unlimited
+44 (0) 1329 282444

Media contact and for high‐res images:
Matt Johnson
ClearLine Communications Ltd
+ 44 (0) 1962 820358

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2 Comments - Share Your Thoughts

  1. Verfel

    Verfel on February 17, 2010

    I have seen this absolutely stunning piece of craftsmanship berthed in Auckland. What a stunning design, and just love the very very sleek look. I would be very interested to know what height the mast is?

    Can anyone help?



  2. john

    john on February 18, 2010

    Hi Felicity

    Yeah, BLISS is a real beauty.

    Dubois has been refining their sloops for many years now – each one a little better – and then the various builders compete fiercely and proudly to build the best one.

    The luff on yacht BLISS (built by Yachting Developments) is 41.35m, so the mast must be about another 2m+ standing on deck making a mast height of around 44m – see

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