Gesamtkunstwerke. A complicated, composite word in German, which has its origins in the cultural world of central Europe. It can be translated as something like “total work of art”, in other words a perfect creation that is aesthetically pleasing and technically complete. And Kismet is nothing if not that.
The same goes for all the other vessels built by the German shipyard Lürssen throughout its long history. For example, its most recent marvels include the two splendid yachts Oasis and Linda Lou. Both are 60-metre long and have a displacement of around 1200 tons, with naval architecture by Lürssen Yachts: the magnificent Oasis has exterior styling and interior design by Glade Johnson Design, while the splendid Linda Lou has exterior styling by Espen Øino International and interior design by François Zuretti. They are a dream come true for their owners. And now the new Kismet 223’: she’s a 68-metre transoceanic yacht, with naval architecture by Lürssen Yachts, exteriors styled by Espen Øino International and interiors designed by Raymond Langton Design. Launched with suitable ceremony in the cold waters of the North Sea, and finally delivered to her Owner at the beginning of this year, she has just made her maiden voyage to the Caribbean – a strictly private affair. She is also set to make her first charter cruise this summer in the Mediterranean. In addition to this she will be making her public debut in late summer at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.
The concept of Kismet
The Lürssen yard’s most recent 223-foot unit is a yacht with a displacing hull and pronounced superstructures. She has been designed specifically for long voyages, and so she is fully and suitably equipped to allow comfortable occupation for several months, without needing to make obligatory stopovers. The vast interiors and generous external spaces, spread over the yacht’s six decks, were cleverly planned at the design stage, with a clear general accommodation plan. This offers numerous guests generous areas for recreation and entertainment, with solutions that hit the mark for both private use and charters – as the Owner explicitly requested. Indeed, by creating Kismet, the Lürssen shipyard has fully satisfied the high expectations of her Owner. The yard made full use of the vast technological potential of its advanced, sophisticated systems and the impressive technical experience of its expert staff.
On this occasion, the Lürssen shipyard once again worked with major design studios. The exterior styling was done by Espen Øino International. They gave Kismet a compact, sturdy look, inspired by imposing images of naval vessels – a highly specialised sector in which the Lürssen yard is an undisputed leader. However, this look was refined with the smooth, rounded shapes of the superstructures, skilfully ennobled by stunning details and two-colour paintwork calculated to create a high-impact look. The team at Raymond Langton Design was commissioned for the interior design. Their highly skilled efforts gave Kismet’s interiors all those tailor-made features that the Owner wanted for himself and his guests, including those on charters. The result is an on-board experience that outdoes that of a five-star hotel.
Passengers find themselvesenveloped in a classic yet contemporary style, skilfully composed of a seamless combination of elements. Ornaments and decorations range from formal elements inspired by Art Deco to an informal Ethnic style. The high point is the large collection of works of art. This sumptuous elegance is wonderfully emphasised by harmonious details and opulent finishing – without tipping over into pointless ostentation. The Kismet project was meticulously drawn up to detailed technical specifications carefully compiled by Moran Yacht & Ship. These professional yacht brokers are expert construction consultants. Moran also saw to the complex mission of yacht management, providing direct, ongoing supervision of the various stages of construction. It actively oversaw all the activities in the yard, working closely together with the Owner’s project management team, which consisted of Kismet’s captain and engineers, who contributed their incredible wealth of practical experience and consolidated knowledge. Kismet was built to be fully compliant with the classification standards of the Lloyd’s Register of Shipping Maltese Cross 100 A 1, SSC Yacht, Mono G 6, LMC, UMS, as well as the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Code for the Safety of Large Yachts. So, built according to the strict parameters laid down by MCA regulations, Lürssen’s new 223-foot yacht is thus fully qualified to offer charter cruises on the seas and oceans of the whole world. She can carry and accommodate twelve passengers in six suites, and eighteen crew members in nine cabins. Kismet’s chartering activity is to be managed by Moran Yacht & Ship.[...]