Blind Date

by Heesen Yachts and Omega Architects

This is a yacht that makes a real impression right from the first glance, not only because of its name – elegantly stylised in a unique logo that figures at various points aboard the vessel – but also because of its interior design and its elegant, sophisticated lines. Blind Date shares the characteristics of a series of successful vessels, including

Elandess, Mon Plaisir, Let It Be and Yalla, all produced by the well-known Dutch shipyard Heesen – a synonym for passion, performance and perfection.

The yacht was launched in summer 2009, the fifth vessel in the “47-metre displacement class” series. It boasts distinctive, innovative features from the point of view of spatial design and technological equipment.

The exterior and interior design
The yacht was designed by Heesen Yachts in collaboration with Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, who devised its aerodynamic lines with the characteristic pelican beak bow, a trademark of Heesen. Designers Michael Keech and Graham Green of Keech Green worked on a superyacht for the first time.
They created the interiors in the Modern Deco style, marked by a timeless elegance that nonetheless stands out for its innovative details and solutions. It embodies the kind of luxury that is appreciated for its unostentatious yet glamorous style and the pure, essential simplicity of authentic beauty.
For all its characteristics, including the high quality of the build, the engineering solutions chosen and the layout, Blind Date was awarded the prestigious Neptune Trophy in May at the 2010 World Superyacht Awards.
The award was made in the category “Displacement Motor Yacht below 500 Gross Tons”. It’s worth noting that another Heesen yacht, Celestial Hope (see Yacht Première, issue 13) also received the Neptune Trophy this year, this time in the category “Semi-displacement or Planing Motor Yacht of over 40-metres in Length”. These two awards confirm the excellence of the work of the Heesen, which can meet the needs of the most demanding clients thanks to the cutting-edge performance of their vessels.
Blind Date is an invitation to set sail and discover every sea, from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean and from Alaska to the Caribbean. Its level of comfort and its equipment, which has been carefully studied down to the finest detail, not only for the Owner and guests but also for the crew, make setting out on such cruises a real pleasure.
Keech Green Designers told us about their first experience in producing the interior design of a yacht: “Once we had completed the interior design of our clients’ house in London, they also commissioned us to produce the interior design for Blind Date. They wanted to create a home from home, a setting that was luxurious, comfortable and cosy, and suited to a lifestyle at sea. Although this was a complex undertaking, we were supported by the Heesen shipyard, and worked with them in close collaboration. The confidence that both the builder and the Owner had in us helped a lot. The result was very satisfactory and we are very pleased with the award won by Blind Date.”
Now for the key differences between Blind Date and its sister ships, and the innovations that have been introduced in terms of the spatial layout. Firstly, the extension to the wheelhouse deck should be noted: this made it possible to install a gym. There is also the staircase connecting the four decks, elegantly decorated with an underwater scene motif in relief, with a bronze metal finish.
Thousands of fibre optics enhance the finish of the installation and provide light at varying intensities depending on the level of and the contact with natural light. It is an authentic 3D sculpture in motion.
This unique piece, which runs vertically through the ship, was produced by Keech Green in collaboration with the artists of Based Upon, as Graham Green explains: “Our initial inspiration for the design of the staircase lining was loosely based on an antique Art Deco panel. As the design developed, it was decided that the walls lining the staircase should be finished in antiqued bronze metal. As weight was an issue we were thrilled to discover Based Upon who were able to realize our design by applying their liquid metal finish to a beautifully carved relief which perfectly reflects the spirit of our underwater seascape design.”
As far as the fibre optic lighting is concerned, Lee Prince of Light + Design Associates, which provided the entire lighting system for the yacht, says: “Working hands on with interior designers Keech Green at Heesen’s workshops enabled the careful positioning of each of the 4000 bubbles to create the desired effect – creating light bubbles is quite an unusual week’s work!”. [...]

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