An Owner Who Isn't Afraid To Stand Out From The Crowd

Yacht StyleIssue 52

An Owner Who Isn't Afraid To Stand Out From The Crowd
Making her debut at the recent Ft Lauderdale Boat Show in Florida, Lürssen's latest 95m Madsummer was known as Project Fiji in earlier Yacht Style features about the yard, and her owner indeed soon plans voyaging into Asia-Pacific waters. In early 2020, an 87m build called Project Hawaii was launched.
Bruce Maxwell

Readers of the annual Top 100 Superyachts of Asia-Pacific will recall that, a decade ago, the first Madsummer, a 78.5m Lürssen designed by Espen Øino, was part of a complex swap in which a Mexican billionaire acquired the vessel and renamed her TV. She then cruised extensively in the Pacific and visited many Asian ports.

The original American owner acquired two smaller superyachts and a Sunseeker in the interim, calling them all Madsummer, and now the 95m Lürssen Madsummer graces Miami waterways. Convention precludes naming the dashing owner, but he is widely identified online, and is closely associated with Miami Beach’s high-profile Fontainebleau Hotel.

The stunning new vessel, says Lürssen, “is a bold, joyous expression of her owner’s love of yachting. From her beautiful sweeping exterior curves penned by Eidsgaard Design to her colourful and personality-filled interior by Laura Sessa, Madsummer is a home from home for an owner who isn’t afraid to stand out from the crowd.

“This superyacht is a first collaborative effort for Eidsgaard Design and Lürssen, and proved a very successful partnership, with the yacht being delivered ahead of schedule.

“On the inside, however, it was to be a meeting of old friends, with Laura Sessa and the owner having worked together on projects spanning the last 15 years”.

Peter Lürssen comments: “The owner’s brief was demanding. However, we believe our engineering expertise has surpassed his wishes to own a yacht that many years from now will be timeless and yet still ahead of its time.

“Our thanks go, of course, to good design and communications with the designers of the exterior, Harrison Eidsgaard, and Laura Sessa respectively for the interior as well as to Moran Yacht & Ship and the owner’s captain who supervised the build on behalf of the owner”.

The interior of Madsummer is suffused with bright reds, whites and, most extensively, blues. The brief from the owner was to incorporate colours and textures in a way that was both stylish and contemporary but also homely and personal. Throughout the yacht, moments of fun and levity complement the décor, allowing the spaces to be beautiful without pretention.

The main salon, says a Lürssen spokeswoman, is a prime example of this patriotic tribute to colour, with an impossibly soft royal blue silk carpet. A captivating raised geometric pattern on the walls, made from dark mutenye wood, cleverly disguises the handles to the storage spaces behind.

To port, a bespoke dining table for 14 catches the eye: layers of coloured lacquer are concealed beneath a white layer which is scored off in circular patterns to reveal the colours beneath, forming a unique and contemporary talking piece.

On the wall, a piece of art depicting an important date to the owner reflects the personal element of the brief. Pale Oregon pine elements and ceilings with straw details lighten the space. To starboard, a comfortable sofa completes the room. A stylish lift carries guests across four floors from the main deck to the sundeck, while a staircase with white leather steps surrounded by a dark Mutenye boarder encircles the lift.

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