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by Wanda Rich
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The directors of Ocean Residences Development Ltd. (ORD) announce the appointment of an important selection of international interior designers who will be engaged to design and create the interiors of our residential yacht, M/Y NJORD. Briefed to prepare the concepts for one of the Penthouses and a fine residential apartment, these homes will see the sun set in a different place all year round.

Jean-Michel Gathy|DENNISTON.
Born in Belgium, Gathy has spent much of his adult life based in Asia. After founding his architecture and design studio, DENNISTON, in 1983, he has gone on to become the go-to name for the creation of innovative and forward-thinking designs for leading luxury hotels around the world. This is the result of the blending of his European education, his upbringing and his lifestyle. Gathy’s recognised signature aesthetic and exposure to luxury lifestyle together with his deep passion for travelling and conservation meant he was a clear choice for the team behind M/Y NJORD – his values aligning very closely with the founder’s vision of conservation, adventure, community and philanthropy.

“I have travelled my whole life and it has actually been my school of learning,” says Gathy who, due to various work commitments, is generally away from home for up to 200 days of the year. “People often ask me what triggers my creativity? I believe whilst travelling, you actually unconsciously amalgamate a library of visual information, emotion and experiences, which carve the mind and the brain. Luxury hotel brands and developers make space to allow the integration of all these assets in their products, be it in hotels, resorts, yachts or real estates.”

Francesca Muzio|FM Architettura.
Architect Francesca Muzio co-founded Italian studio FM Architettura in 2010 after working on no less than 112 of the world’s most prestigious superyachts in her previous creative role at CRN – Custom Line, Ferretti. FM Architettura is now a world leader in interior design with a wide array of distinctive projects not only in the yachting sphere, but also in the luxury hospitality and residential sectors. Eclectic style, individuality and aspiration are the basis of every project. Francesca’s design expertise has led her to join the prestigious panel of international judges in the Dezeen Awards 2021. Her most acclaimed projects in London include the renowned Presidential and Signature suites at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London, as well as the newly launched 90-metre M/Y Zen, whilst the 63-metre super-yacht Oasis, built by Lürssen, won Boat International’s World Superyacht Awards in 2020. Based in Ancona, the studio works with the finest Italian craftsmen, known as the ‘Mani d’Oro” who weave together the richest aspects of design, creating individual depth, soul and personality for every home and space.

“Our clients are buying a home for life on board M/Y NJORD, and the centre of our inspiration is always the individual person, their emotional relationship to their home, and their lifestyle. This sense of belonging, together with health, wellbeing and sustainability are the main focus of our designs,” says Francesca. “Each of our original designs is the result of a unique creative process that begins with exploring the client’s personality, integrating their ideas and discovering their specific passion and lifestyle. Individuality and aspirations are the basis of every project. The studio ethos is ‘I am my home’.”

1508 London.
1508 London is a design studio specialising in design of high-end private residences, luxury and boutique hospitality projects, and residential developments, as well as yachts and product design. Born out of the idea of perfection in design, their name is derived from a moment in time during the year 1508, when a then-unknown artist named Michelangelo, armed with only a pencil, presented himself to Pope Julius II, and was commissioned to paint the frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Deeply rooted with a collaborative approach, their designs are drawn from measured principles, inspired by history, geography and the local architectural vernacular. Their expertise extends across all stages of design and construction, beginning with feasibility studies, planning applications, conceptual and detailed design, through to monitoring construction on-site, procurement, dressing and handover. The business takes great pride in ensuring each project is finished to the highest level of quality. With offices spanning across four continents, 1508 London offers a world-leading service of best-in-class design, and are a collective of authentic atelier studios with a global reach.

Kelly Hoppen Interiors.
The multi-award-winning designer will create exquisite moments of luxury and personal enrichment while paying homage to the form, function and craftsmanship of M/Y NJORD’s 289m residential yacht. Every dimension of the project will be curated with meticulous attention and detail. With thousands of projects over the last four decades, Kelly and her team are experts in creating multi-faceted couture interiors and advising on every aspect of a project, from concept to implementation and delivery. The team’s diverse portfolio of unique projects includes some of the world’s most exclusive residential buildings, private homes, private jets, five-star hotels and revolutionary cruise and yacht projects. Having changed the face of the design industry with her signature East Meets West style, Kelly’s ever-evolving style, defined by a subtle fusion of clean lines and neutral tones, is intuitively balanced with opulent warmth. Her passion for design and understanding clients’ needs is what Kelly lives and breathes each day, for the past 45 years as a designer. Commenting on her appointment, she said: “I am truly honoured to have been chosen to be one of the designers for the extraordinary NJORD yacht. Being able to create homes for people on board M/Y NJORD gives me great pleasure, as I am passionate about designing couture and unique interiors and spaces that reflect the resident’s needs and individuality. I look forward to bringing my vision to life and to continue pushing the boundaries in creating luxury.”

Founded by David Linley in 1985, LINLEY has a world-renowned reputation for fusing striking design with exemplary craftsmanship. David, son of Princess Margaret (sister of Queen Elizabeth II) and celebrity photographer Lord Snowdon, developed an interest in woodworking at school in England. He then went on to study wood craftsmanship at Parnham House under the celebrated John Makepeace. Right from the start, LINLEY pushed the boundaries, uniting the world’s finest designers with master craftsmen. LINLEY Interior Design, founded in 2007, has developed an international reputation for creating interiors that represent British design at its best. The style is elegant and eclectic, forming unique schemes renowned for their craftsmanship and detailing. The NJORD penthouse scheme was inspired by Modern Art Deco. This design is evocative of the 1930’s with the peerless elegance of its naval architecture.

Sabrina Monte-Carlo.
Sabrina Monte-Carlo, the iconic interior design studio based in Monaco since 1999, includes six elegant showrooms, all located between the Principality and the port of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. This family business – comprising of a reactive team of forty multi-lingual specialists, naval architects, interior designers, fabric and tableware experts and graphic designers – has become a reference for yacht owners and professionals. Designs from the studio grace over 150 of the world’s largest yachts and the portfolio now includes contemporary villas on the French Riviera, grandiose palaces in the Middle East, Louis XV apartments in Paris, rustic chalets in the Swiss Alps and modern private jets. With its refined selection of manufacturers, and its own collections, Sabrina Monte-Carlo strives to be a one-stop design destination: selecting the most unique outdoor and indoor furniture, upholstery and linen, tableware, accessories, lighting, carpets and now even children’s furniture. The studio applies its warm yet contemporary Mediterranean aesthetic while considering every need and requirement of their international client base.

Legendary interior designer Alberto Pinto was inspired by cross referencing cultural references from a young age. Born in Casablanca to Argentine parents in 1943, he went on to study at the Ecole de Louvre in Paris before launching a photo agency in New York. Pinto started designing for his friends, creating eclectic interiors in a variety of styles with bold, daring details, setting up the Paris studio in 1968. His sister, Linda Pinto, took over the studio in 2012 when the iconic designer passed away. Eclecticism, luxury details and refinement remain the key words when creating interiors for prestigious clients worldwide, including the Saudi Arabian and Qatari royal families. PINTO has designed the interiors of 10 of the world’s 100 largest yachts as well as numerous private residences, aircraft and hotels, notably The Lanesborough and The Dorchester in London. True “architecture d’interieur.”