Lead by founder Mark Tucker, Design Unlimited looks forward to new challenges and welcomes the opportunity to work alongside owners looking to realise their own distinctive visions. Cooperation lies at the core of everything that the studio achieves, and in many cases has resulted in enduring client relationships stretching across whole series of yachts.
With over 30 years of experience Mark is a well-known and respected figure in the yacht interior design world. Design Unlimited was founded in the Millennium year and the studio has become renowned for innovation and creativity, combined with technical understanding. Early projects such as Visione, Sojana and Pink Gin V established the studio’s impressive design credentials and Mark’s own experience as both a dinghy and cruising enthusiast have assisted in the expansion of the studio’s extensive production yacht portfolio which includes work for Sunseeker International and Bavaria Yachtbau.
Mark is married to Julie and they have two children. Mark’s passion for the water has led he and Julie to a long and varied sailing career. They currently compete in an RS400 and also sail a 42’ cruiser with the family.
Julie is a qualified legal executive but changed career in 2000 to join Mark in running Design Unlimited. Julie manages all the non-design aspects of the studio, including PR and finance. A career multi-tasker, Julie juggles work, children, boats, dog, cats, family and home with apparent ease and always a smile.
Oscar joined the office and the Tucker household in 2013. He loves to be in the studio and greets both guests and delivery drivers with enthusiasm. Lunchtime is his favourite time of day. Oscar loves walks, sticks and balls and rolling in anything smelly…..
Sophie’s design interest was inspired by childhood trips to London and the V & A, and knew from a young age she wanted to work in this field. Following her BA in Surface & Pattern design, she worked for British luxury brand Aspinal before joining the studio. Sophie’s role is as lead of the FF&E team, putting together interior schemes, mood boards and schedules for our projects. Sophie is a keen sailor, cyclist and kite surfer.
Shortly after graduating from Coventry University’s Transport and Product Design course, Marcus joined Sunseeker International. In his five years there as a designer, Marcus worked on some of Sunseeker’s most prestigious projects including the 40 Portofino, 28m yacht & 155 yacht. Now taking on the role as lead designer in the DU office Marcus has a keen interest in motorsport and, we’ve discovered, cake!
Sarah joined the team in March 2014 and comes from a background in Sailing Event Management and Health & Fitness. As direct assistant to Mark and Julie, she manages everything from extensive travel plans to keeping the office in order. Sarah balances work and home life with perfect balance, ‘managing’ twins at home has been great training for keeping the office shipshape and the team on their toes.
John joined the DU studio in 2012 fresh from Coventry University’s Boat Design course and has grown into a pivotal member of the team. John’s main role in the studio is interior and exterior design and styling and outside work he is an avid mountain bike rider.
Nigel joined the studio in 2012, bringing several years’ experience in marine design to our studio. He graduated from Wolverhampton University with a degree in Product Design, first joining Sealine International where he gained an extensive understanding of all areas in the design and manufacture process. Six years later he joined a leading yacht designer, working for three years designing and managing a variety of projects – from small sailing boats to superyachts, before joining the Design Unlimited team. Nigel is a keen sportsman, riding, running or swimming (come rain or shine).
Adam joined the studio in 2018, after a team member spotted his work at the Coventry Graduate Design Show, he was asked for an interview and the rest, as they say, is history.
Adam is part of our interior design team and he is always to be found with a smile on his face, even when confronting a tight deadline. Adam loves cars and enjoys tinkering under the bonnet of his classic mini although, as he is pretty tall, fitting inside it is a challenge!
Alex joins the team following completion in his degree in Chemistry from Reading University and a season catering a 14 person ski chalet in the French Alps.
His analytic talents are being put to use in streamlining the studio’s administrative processes and assisting with procurement and scheduling.
When not studying screens full of figures he still likes to cook in a more relaxed atmosphere than he experienced in the ski chalet and is an avid skateboarder.
Victoria has a background in Architecture and Urban Design and her expertise is an exciting addition to the Design Unlimited team. She has five years’ experience designing new sustainable communities and regeneration projects across the UK and brings a varied skill set to the studio. Having sailed all her life, Victoria combines a love for the sea with a passion for creative, innovative design.
Charlotte has a BA in Interior Design & Architecture from Kingston School of Art, and previous experience in the residential sector. She has a passion for being on the water, and being a keen sailor is currently working towards her coastal skipper qualification. With experience like this Charlotte is a great addition to the team.
Jordan is a first-class graduate from Coventry University’s Automotive and Transport Design degree course. Jordan also graduated in entrepreneurship from the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy and his varied skillset is a valued addition to our team.
Ollie has a degree in Architecture from Newcastle University. In his role as a junior designer, Ollie’s desire to learn and his committed mindset are sure to help him excel. Ollie enjoys helping with projects at all levels and is keen to further his design skill set.
Sydney holds a first-class degree in Interior Design from Southampton Solent University, and in complement to this she has also worked as part of the interior team aboard a superyacht.
Sydney’s passion for interior design, architecture, and innovative ways to work with space, means Sydney is well placed to work across our both our Design & FF&E Departments.