Vripack M5 project: sail the world, feel at home
Light is a visible yet untouchable element in every studio’s interior design. Its aesthetics are deeply rooted in the rich tradition of Dutch design, where experimentation with light is key. As befits a true Dutchman, Vripack playfully combines natural light with an ambient freshness that enhances the beach-house’s atmosphere in the interiors of their recent project called M5, capturing the exact atmosphere the South American owner’s family loves so much.
Vripack’s designers spent hours in the sample library to select the perfect woods, stones and textiles for the interiors of this globetrotting yacht. Central to all decisions, is the sportive outdoor lifestyle that the clients have. Particularly kite surfing is a passion they all share. So a typical morning yoga workout in the gym, a breakfast at the aft deck followed by kiting off the back are just logical options that give shape to this active lifestyle.
“After carefully balancing the layout of the yacht to various uses during day and night time, we opted for re-used oak from New York warehouses to cover the floors. It immediately provides the yacht with personality which you can’t get by using a new material,” says Marnix Hoekstra, creative director at Vripack. “Our interiors are all about light, dark and the playful balance in between. So we combined the light sofas, designed by Piet Boon, with a concrete and mat-black steel central staircase.”
“We also only used natural textiles like silk, wool and blends between them. This created an understated and original mood. A mood we could design and challenge by the use of our Virtual Reality tool. An in-house feature that also gave the family a clear sense of what their future seagoing home will look and feel like.”
Just as one prioritizes livability when contemplating a land-based home, so does Vripack when designing yachts. Every aspect of a yacht’s layout, from the placement and proportions of the spaces and the relationships between them to the situation of the stairs, service routes and doors, must fit together coherently and align with its owner’s needs and lifestyle.