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    98' cutter Cavu (ex Osprey)

    Cavu was a collaboration with Sparkman & Stephens and Artese who was contracted to design the exterior and an “Exotic” interior.

    Cavu was a most challenging yacht project. In addition to supporting a very active family for an extended around the world cruise, the client’s brief for the interior was brief indeed. It was to be very contemporary, a “Spaceship” and there was to be an “Exotic use of mirrors and oh, can you have plants aboard a yacht?”

    “Design projects are like children in that regardless of how different they are, they all imbue a piece of the designer’s soul and will always be dear to the designer’s heart”. --- Artese

    Designer Notes (pdf)

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    Photography: Debra Lex

    98' cutter Cavu (ex Osprey)

    Salon looking aft at etched bulkhead which is reminiscent of the floor to ceiling salt-water aquariums that grace the owner’s home.

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    Photography: Debra Lex

    98' cutter Cavu

     

    Passageway looking aft toward Master Stateroom.

    This very unique passageway served two aesthetic ends beyond merely connecting the Salon and the Owner’s Stateroom aft, and the port and starboard Guest Staterooms. “I just have a hard time with long, narrow, unimaginative passageways. This one was 18 feet long and, well, my client wanted a “Spaceship” so…I wanted just the opposite of what we had on paper, a long narrow tube. I wanted to “turn it inside out” rather like an open space between living modules on the moon. It took me a full week to work it all out in detail so that the yard would not reject it out of hand”.

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    Photography: Debra Lex

    98' cutter Cavu

     

    The approaches to the port and starboard staterooms were indented venturi like and the doorways were a combination of Honduras and 3/16” SS machined flat stock reminiscent of a bank vault.

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    Photography: Debra Lex

    98' cutter Cavu (ex Osprey)

     

    Owner’s Stateroom looking aft. Hot tub and shower are aft of bulkhead. Stairway leads to deck.

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    Photography: Debra Lex

    98' cutter Cavu (ex Osprey)

     

    Owner’s hot tub and lavatory are of Honduras mahogany.

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    98' cutter Cavu (ex Osprey)

    Throughout the yacht, many mirrors, some behind louvers, are strategically placed, and angled to reflect the greenery, multiply visual space and increase interest.

    The yacht’s interior geometry was literally designed as a study of reflected imagery!

    In the two plan views above, the upper shows the location of the actual “green planters”. The lower plan illustrates the “reflected imagery” as seen by an observer in the spaces. The sections at the right show the “Heelwalk” feature and unusual nature of the passageway.


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