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Designer Walter Franchini, marine surveyor Don Patten, project manager Hydrodynamics, noise and vibration specialist Joe Smullen, the Seahorse Design Group in Holland for the hull profiling and coefficients, cabinetmaking firm Ludwig & Dominique in Paris and interior outfitters Metrica in Germany, and Barbara Lane from New York for carpet and fabric consultation. “Fresh, new, young, timeless, orderly and, yes, architectural” is how her owners sum up the interior and exterior design. It is a combination that all own-ers strive for, but which few are able to achieve as completely—generally due to concerns about cost and compromise—as has been done with Lady Anne. “Designers are often reluctant to put their egos aside in favor of the client’s needs, but having worked with Walter on our previous yacht, he simply rolled up his sleeves and did everything we wanted.” The question of resale, which often is overlooked in the owner-driven world of custom yachts, reflects Lady Anne’s owners’ experience with previous builds, and their stature as astute business people. “You don’t build for personal needs alone,” they say. “You look at the envelope for the future and build also for other people’s requirements.”A prime example of this market awareness is the flexible layout of the master suite on the main deck. Designed as a self-contained apartment, it includes a library and a VIP cabin for guests that can be closed off from the owner’s cabin. In case the current or future owners wish to charter the yacht, but keep clothes and personal possessions on board, the his-and-hers walk-in wardrobes in the master cabin, which offer additional closet space, require fingerprint recognition for entry. For security reasons, guests must carry electronic passes that control access to their areas only. In addition, the crew has to clean the cabins within a certain timeframe or they will be denied access. The system also logs when doors are opened and by whom and can automatically print a muster list in the event of an emergency. The owner’s area includes a private galley complete with trash compactor, propane gas cooker, icemaker, coffee maker and fridge-freezers in case they or special guests want to prepare their own food. “In this day owners say. One of the main principles governing the interior design is that guests have the freedom to help themselves or to ask a steward. In the theater room on the main deck, there is a casual European-style bar arrangement where guests can help themselves at any time or be waited on. On the gym deck, the hibachi and barbecue grills have adjacent stools, meant for Japanese-style dining rather than Western-style drinking. Although every deck level is designed for full dining, with a pantry and dumbwaiter service, the sun deck in particular shows how careful storage planning has maxi-mized the open-air dining space. Two Staalart tables, each built of granite on a honeycomb base with a stain-less steel plinth that can be joined with a center leaf, seat 16 diners. There are three additional fold-out tables and 22 folding chairs stored out of sight in the aft coaming. The total seating capacity aboard the yacht is no less than 98, plus the six stools around the grill.

The gym-an essential feature on a modern yacht, has a cushioned floor for sound suppression, a massage area, a separate bathroom with an enclosed shower and separate sauna. In the lobby, the five-story main stair-case culminates to a domed glass skylight, which also forms the center of a table on the top deck with a view down to the lower deck (sensibly, the skylight is domed to dissuade guests from standing their drink glasses on it). On the foredeck is a 10,000-liter pool equipped with a swim jet, Jacuzzi and handrail for water aerobics. Overhead on the top deck there are double stainless steel guardrails overlooking the pool. The second rail is positioned outward so that guests may lean on the inner one and not feel as if they are standing on the edge of a precipice. Intelligent stowage and ease of access to equipment and machinery was high on the list of priorities. Not an inch of space was wasted. All the sofas and beds, for example, have storage space under the base cushions or mattresses. Disguised closets in the paneling reveal DVD libraries, napkins and bottles of mineral water. The table extension for the theater room is stowed in a void space in the elevator. The owners and the technical team spent more than eight months draw-ing up the technical specs, where the direction was to customize as little as possible and install off-the-shelf systems and machinery for reliability and spare parts. The team spent much time designing the systems to allow them to be serviced in situ rather than having to be dismounted first. The result of this hidden detail-ing is that all the systems and equipment, especially in the wheelhouse, are mounted on extractable rails. For easy reference, charts are stored as drop files in a pullout drawer, much like an office filing cabinet. Eventhe washing machines and dryers in the laundry roomcan be accessed from behind without having to be dismounted. Each deck level has its own dedicated room for a centralized air-conditioning unit with humidity control, ultraviolet sterilization and ozone injection Governed by the same principles of ease of access andmaintenance, Heinen & Hopman says it is one of thebest systems it has ever installed. Lady Anne has 11 crew cabins, each with a flat-screen TV, computer station and personal locker. The yachhas an extra cabin on the bilge deck and a full-beam mess to accommodate a total of 22 crew. Practical considerations and details designed to the ergonomics the crew’s workflow and function of the crew mean smaller crew can work more efficiently. Every dining area has its own set of crockery, cutlery and glasswarethat can be washed in each pantry and stored locally. Because the dumbwaiter also serves the laundry deck, it can be used to transport bed linens. The exterior styling, with its bull noses, was not created that way just for aesthetic reasons. The spaces were treated with anti-slip paint to provide the crew with footholds while hanging from the cleaning tracks. The tracks themselves are hidden and recessed at 45 degrees, which means that the cars slide better because less vertical weight is imposed on the mechanisms. The large interior salon’s double windows were also designed with easy cleaning in mind. The oak panels lining the mullions can be unclipped, allowing the inner windows to swing open. The windows in the owner’s library suite, prone to sea spray due to their forward position, are fitted with freshwater sprinklers for automatic rinsing.

The owners of Lady Anne describe their yacht’s interior background décor as “forever.” The yacht is modern, stylish and elegant. For inspiration, they looked to the grand salons of the transatlantic liners from the 1920s and thirties, such as Ile de France and Normandie. They began collecting their furnish-ings, with several original pieces by Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, one of the greatest Parisian ébénistes (cabinetmakers) of the twentieth century. Today the Parisian cabinetmaking firm Ludwig & Dominique continues Ruhlmann’s work, fabricating pieces using old-fashioned wood plugs instead of screws. The Lady Anne project took nine of the company’s craftsmen two-and-a-half years to complete. The guest cabin furniture is in the style of Jean-Michel Frank, the influential designer and decorator of Parisian haut monde in the thirties. The dining room and salon on the upper deck best reflect the Dupré-Lafon style of understated luxury. The rectilinear detailing is complemented by the use of rich and unexpected materials, such as parchment (handmade in Paris), lacquer, shagreen (sharkskin), French oak, Makassar ebony and bronze. The brick-shaped pillars, which interpose two tones of oak, have been quarter-cut across the grain and heavily aggravated, also recalling the bold volumes of Dupré-Lafon. So as not to interrupt the symmetry of the décor, the air-conditioning the vertical lines of the soffit panels. The final effect is utterly modern, with timeless appeal. The legacies of Frank, Dupré-Lafon and Ruhlmann are uniquely joined together in the theater room on the main deck. The Makassar ebony dining table and chairs were made by Ludwig & Dominique in Ruhlmann style, with an ingenious extension system that allows the table to be increased in size, while its position rela-tive to the overhead lights and place settings remains unchanged. The original crescent-shaped mahogany writing desk and lamp by Ludwig & Dominique blend with the pony-hide poufs. The card-game table with its reversible baize felt or leather top illustrates the continuous interaction of elements. Ludwig & Dominique also prepared the Bordeaux calfskin finish of the card table, matching its shade to the leather lining the bulkhead, which was then fitted by Metrica. The 7.1 surround-sound audiovisual system in the theater room and telephone network throughout the yacht is by ANT. A Creston tablet controls the plasma TV, projector screen, lighting, blackout and sheer.
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