Designed by Danish practice Norm Architects in collaboration with acclaimed US-American naval architect Bill Tripp, and built in Greifswald, Germany, by esteemed yacht-builder MS Yachtbau, it would be fair to say that as far as sailing yachts go, “Bella” has everything going for it. Measuring almost 22 metres in length, with a sleek, aerodynamic silhouette and elegant interiors of Scandinavian minimalism, Bella, the first of the Y/Yachts model Y7, marries competitive sailing performance with comfort and style like no other.
Founded by Michael Schmidt in 2014, MS Yachtbau grew out a desire to manufacture the perfect sailing yacht. With an equal emphasis on both technology and aesthetics, the brand’s luxury carbon yachts are not only lightweight and fast, but also sport an interior design sophistication not usually associated with sailing boats. Manufactured in collaboration with an eclectic selection of international designers, each Y/Yachts model uniquely marries design, craftsmanship, function and the latest technology, and Bella is no exception.
Underpinned by a minimalist sensibility of elegant simplicity and understated refinement, the interior design is characterised by tactile surfaces, natural materials and matt finishes. Extensive use of wood veneer that gently follows the curves of the yacht’s hull, concealed lighting, and a selection of smooth and coarse fabrics create cosy, homely spaces that are also highly sophisticated. Crisp details and high-quality craftsmanship, from the frameless doors and seamless cabinetry to the convex and concave veneer surfaces, imbue the yacht’s interior with a sculptural quality as well as echo the streamlined profile of the exterior.
What’s really impressive though is how little the spaces reminds one of a yacht interior despite having to follow strict safety guidelines that require for example all furniture to be fixed and handrails to be installed. Instead of curtailing their vision though, Peter Eland and Linnea Ek Blæhr of Norm Architects have taken advantage of such requirements to enhance the yacht’s minimalist sensibility. Case in point, the mandatory handrails whose lithe silhouette of black steel is picked up by the slender desk lamp and bedside light fittings, as well as other black details throughout the interiors. From the smallest features such as these, to the extraordinary engineering that allows the 28.5 tons yacht to smoothly sail across the sea, Bella is a beauty inside and out.