Copyright Design Unlimited 2018


Escapade is a 37.5 metre Dubois sloop and was built at Fitzroy Yachts in New Zealand, launched in 2014. A detailed and exacting project, DU worked very closely with the whole family during each stage of the design development, spending time both at the studio and the clients’ home to form a clear picture of how they wished to use their yacht and the styling cues that were close to their hearts.

Agreeing a headline brief in the early stages was a good measure of expectations, and after the first round of in-depth discussions the agreed theme was a contemporary, eclectic interior with Malaysian influences. This has delivered a timeless and calming interior that provides a sanctuary for family relaxation during extended sailing trips.

The subtle underlying tones within the final Design Unlimited style were carefully selected as the backdrop to enhance the exoticism of the Malaysian touches. The final result was achieved using traditional materials including hand woven Songket silk panels, hand crafted teak carvings and a Merbau timber floor which darkens naturally over time.

A clear link to nature was high on the priority list. The use of individually selected stones including Verde Bamboo, Wild Chianti and Agate mineral brought the feel of natural materials alive in the statement features throughout the interior. Finally, bold and exciting artworks from the owner’s private collection work in harmony with the fundamental elements from the style, adding the desired dénouement to this modern and inspiring yacht.