From February 22–24, the Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt in Kitzbühel, Austria, hosted the world’s most glamorous yacht event: the Global 2015 Superyacht Design Symposium. It was a gathering of giants, with superyacht owners, industry professionals, top tastemakers and opinion-formers from the creative industries all under one roof. Think visionary yacht designers Philippe Briand, Terence Dinsdale, Peder Eidsgaard, Andrew Winch, Rémi Tessier, plus a host of other luminaries. Delegates attended lectures and workshops with the likes of Céline Cousteau (World Economic Forum Council on Oceans member and granddaughter of Jacques Yves Cousteau); Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard (leading exponents of British avant-garde design); and Lady Tina Green (superyacht owner and co-founder of Green & Mingarelli Design).
Two stellar designers picked up golden Neptune statuettes at the annual ShowBoats Design Awards: Rémi Tessier Design received the ‘Interior Design Award–Motor Yacht Above 500GT’ for an amazing wellness deck on the yacht, Grace E. The ‘Judges’ Commendation for an Outstanding Feature’ award went to H2 Yacht Design for the yacht, Graceful, boasting the world’s first indoor swimming pool-cum-dance floor-cum cinema.
Meanwhile, luxurious new additions to the Swarovski Surface Collection were unveiled: New Glass Surfaces, created in partnership with famous naval architect Martin Francis, feature crystals delicately set into glass layers that give luminous depth to interior surfaces. Swarovski Optik (Swarovski’s sister company specializing in optical devices) also showed high-end innovations that were a hit with birdwatchers and nature lovers at the event.
But it was the sight of the spectacular Crystal Carbon Sail installation by award-winning architect, Greg Lynn that wowed attendees. Seven meters high and extending over eighty square meters, the sail-inspired high-tech sculpture was made from 117,000 meters of crystallized carbon-and-aramid panels and featured 1.5 million tiny Swarovski crystals that washed its surfaces with shades of clear, aquamarine, pink, red, peach and blue.