Vive La Vie has the unmistakeable style of prestigious German shipyard Lurssen Yachts, which has become a synonym for elegance, luxury and quality. She is a successful combination of its traditional know-how and the wishes of the Owner, who was involved in every step of the design and construction process.
The result is a 60-metre yacht, launched in 2008, with an unusual design for
yachts in this class.
Each detail has been perfected to create a sophisticated environment that’s linear and pure, but rich in interesting details and surprises that cannot fail to impress fortunate guests invited on board.
Since her delivery Vive La Vie is cruising around the world and the owner is one of the few who is using his yacht constantly.
So far they visited 27 countries and sailed 28.000 nm and stop in very attractive locations as Sardinia, France, the West Indies, Polynesia…. cruising the world on a Lurssen yacht is not just going from one destination to an other, it is exactly what the ship name says: Vive La Vie, enjoy life.
The exterior and interior design
Vive La Vie has four decks. The exterior structure, with smooth lines and traditional shapes, was developed from an engineering project by Lurssen, while the interior design is by Dutch architects L. Pieterse and Marilyn Bos-de Vaal of Art-Line Interiors. “We worked closely with the Owner, who commissioned the yacht for his own private use. This meant we could work on fulfilling his requests, with his complete support, thus enjoying plenty of freedom and innovation in the choices that were made”, says Frank L. Pieterse. Linearity and sophistication were maintained, so that “the resulting design is extremely bold and original for a yacht”. For example, each room is linked to the next for a free-plan layout resulting in multi-functional areas that are open and convenient for the occupants. What’s more, the interiors are remarkably bright thanks to the extensive glazing. As the Owner specifically requested, the designers maintained this concept of customised, comfortable spaces throughout the yacht. The sweeping seascapes that can be enjoyed from every area are one of the key elements of this vessel.
The materials featured – wood, metal, leather – have been used in a different, non-traditional way; simply, yet giving rise to beautiful shapes. Glass and mirrors are found in various areas of the yacht, enhancing the light-coloured, sophisticated furnishings. With her harmonious styling, Vive La Vie exudes unpretentious luxury and shuns ostentation. The Owner enhanced the décor by adding special pieces taken from his own collection, while other elements were custom-made for the yacht. In the foyer we find the yacht’s pièce de résistance – the staircase and elevator shaft, which is emblematic of Vive La Vie’s distinctive, sophisticated yet simple character. It is a true work of art: a spiral staircase that winds its way around suspended glass and steel bridges. These bridges lead guests from the foyer to the staircase or to the glass elevator. This is a truly unusual, impressive element that has never before been installed on a yacht. The effect is achieved by an unusual combination of materials – glass, steel and dark wood – and by clever lighting, naturally. [...]