Solemates

by Lürssen Yachts, Espen Øino and Glade Johnson

Solemates is a spacious 60-metre yacht with a harmonious, elegant design. The vessel was presented at the last Monaco Yacht Show and has now begun to sail the waters of the Tropics and the Mediterranean. It is one of the many high-quality vessels built recently by Lürssen Yachts, and continues the success of the latest yachts launched by the shipyard in this series, Arkley and Linda Lou.

The exterior and interior design
Solemates’ exterior design is the work of Espen Øino. The five-deck vessel is characterised by soft, balanced lines throughout the yacht. The “total white” colour of the exterior enhances the shape of the yacht, giving it a decidedly contemporary profile. The vessel’s large but always balanced, proportionate measurements made it possible to create spacious interior areas that can be subdivided into many different sections. The decks and outdoor areas are similarly huge, and the connecting routes between one area or deck and the next have been flawlessly designed.

Glade Johnson, which was commissioned to produce the interior design, devised airy, welcoming spaces enhanced by refined furnishings and decorative features. The designer selected all the materials with care: precious woods, marbles, leather, fabrics, etc.
A “squared” design concept was chosen for Solemates, and this makes its mark on the style of the yacht, as the designer explains: “The design concept for the Solemates interior was based on a strong use of pure rectilinear shapes, strong horizontal lines and was balanced by the contrasting use of soft sensuous natural materials with
fluid textural patterns found in natural stones and woods. The woods used throughout a majority of the interior are satin-finished medium-toned maple burl, straight grain anigre, and wenge. For the fabric selections, we opted for an approach of understated elegance and selected mostly natural fibres, low-sheen fabrics in pale tones. An abundance of natural coloured artistic glass is used throughout the interior to reintroduce natural light throughout and to be reminiscent of the water environment. Mirrored glass and polished stainless steel are used as architectural accents and trims throughout to provide a lighter feeling to furnishings and visually expand the spaces.”

When you start to explore Solemates from the main deck, the luxurious yet always welcoming atmosphere is immediately apparent as you enter the large salon with its semi-circular external windows.
The salon is flawlessly furnished based on a modern, refined taste that invites the yacht’s 12 guests to enjoy a dream cruise.
The squared concept of the yacht is apparent from the first glance. “The striking main foyer stair tower that connects the three interior decks is dominated by a bold wenge-clad square design 3-storey grid wall that contains inset panes of subtly textured art glass and mirror. There are custom doors throughout the owner’s area and public places that have horizontal maple burl slats and insets of custom bubble art glass that at times creates the illusion of being a reflective surface yet fools the eye by being translucent at the same time,” explains Glade Johnson.
Maple burl is used as the main veneer on board Solemates, with wenge, anigre and ebony / macassar as accent woods. All the ceilings are in the same style with off-white squared Majilite panels in the domes and off-white lacquered panels in lower ceiling areas.
Next to the salon is the dining area, which can be turned into a separate space with the aid of sliding doors to provide a certain amount of privacy at need. The large rectangular table stands ready to receive guests. The area features an unusual lighting solution that perfectly matches the setting, consisting of an arrangement of 18 ceiling lamps divided into groups of six.
The furnishings of the main salon and the dining area feature light colours for the sofas and armchairs, primarily in plain colours – light dusty pink, powder and caramel – combined with speckled effects on the cushions and refined fabrics. [...]

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