August 4, 2014

By Alex Cheng


This title, a twist on an architectural principle espoused by the great Louis Sullivan, emphasizes that the “function” of interior design is vital when planning the living space of a ship.

I’ve been interested in boat interiors ever since my husband took me to my first sailboat show.  I was instantly impressed with the economy of space required in designing the bedrooms (berths), kitchens (galleys), living rooms (saloons), and even the bathrooms (heads).  In addition to spatial considerations, the designer must select materials that are resistant to water and corrosion, as well as to absorbing odors from fuel and the nasty stuff that is inevitably stored in tanks close to where people eat and sleep.

Above are some examples that I found to be innovative and inspiring.  They are less traditional than the standard wood finish and striped fabric patterns that you might see in many boat interiors.  Instead, they incorporate aesthetic techniques often seen in modern high-end residential design.

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