Meeting Mark Tucker, owner and founder of Design Unlimited, over skype it is clear to hear the pride in his voice when he talks to me of the projects that his 9 strong team have been working on since the launch of the company back in 2000. An avid sailor since a child, Mark has taken part in numerous offshore races, most recently in the Palma Superyacht cup on the aptly named Win Win, one of five boats to take part that had Design Unlimited’s signature on it. Not only did Win Win go on to, yes that’s right, win, the DU team also won the 2016 Show Boats Design Award for Best Interior Design for a sailing yacht and was 2015 winner of World Superyacht Awards for Sailing Yacht of the Year for Win Win; two of many awards that the team have won in recent years.
Mark went on to talk me through his firm’s ethos of fulfilling their clients’ aspirations through intelligent design and shared passion. Over the last 18 years it has become well known that Design Unlimited is an innovative yacht design studio with a reputation for excellence in both interior design and exterior styling. The team excels in new challenges and welcomes the opportunity to work alongside owners who are looking to realise their own distinctive visions. Cooperation and versatility lie at the core of everything that the studio creates with the ultimate aim of total client satisfaction.
For each project the client receives a complete bespoke in-house design service. Design Unlimited provides sections and elevations to describe the design intentions in each area. Three-dimensional computer rendered, or hand drawn, visuals are also produced showing key areas and items of furniture. They then utilise software programmes such as Autocad, Photoshop, Rhino and V-Ray to offer the most up to date presentation techniques, and to integrate seamlessly with the information provided by build yards and naval architects. They also have a complete understanding of systems and the technical aspects of interior design. As well as providing full technical support they also maintain a full product and fabric library and can assist in all aspects of interior decoration, colour schemes and soft furnishings.
The particular project Mark is so proud of on the day we are talking is the refit of a Magnum Marine 70, Pegasus. Mark says the owner called upon Design Unlimited for this exciting project due to their specialist knowledge of advanced lightweight materials and space saving solutions. Alongside Design Unlimited, Baltic Yachts’ specialist Service & Refit team completed the implementation of the new lightweight interior for the high-speed boat, and it was officially handed back to her owner on April 26th 2018 in Palma, Mallorca.
The high performance ‘muscle’ boat, capable of speeds in excess of 60 knots, was built by the iconic Magnum Marine in Florida in 2008 and spent six months at Baltic Yachts’ Palma facility where the entire interior was replaced.
The new design began with Magnum’s bare carbon structure and Design Unlimited utilised white carbon weave, white lacquer and leather to create a minimalist space that accentuated the strong, structural feel of the boat.
“The new interior had to be ultra-light and be able to withstand the rigours of high speed power boating, challenges our team and that of Baltic Yachts’ Service and Refit department, were well equipped to meet. We drew a lot of inspiration from the automotive industry, specifically Formula One and you can see accents of this in the finished build.” – Mark Tucker, Design Unlimited.
Design Unlimited also designed the interior’s composite components for production, before their manufacture at Baltic.
The new interior structure was built in Finland, where a full-size mock-up was used to ensure a perfect fit. The modules were then transported to Palma for installation, where the original interior had been completely gutted and the new systems had already been linked with the existing engineering.
Managing the refit in Finland was Andreas Wiklund who remained in constant contact with Baltic Yachts’ Palma facility, where Goran Svenlin oversaw the final installation. Andreas said: “This was an exciting project involving an iconic American brand and is a perfect example of how Baltic Yachts’ Jakobstad headquarters can work seamlessly with the Palma base.”
Mark says that the team of individuals that make up Design Unlimited bring with them a wide range of skills and together they offer a deep pool of talent. The company is well known for its fresh and stylish approach. Over the years the studio has created designs for everything from modern luxury motor-yachts, large sailing superyachts and classic gentlemen’s yachts to racing yachts. Each time the team has worked with the owners and their team to create something individual, distinctive and exciting, yet at the same time very personal and which works on the practical as well as aesthetic level. While design flair is present in abundance, the team collectively also has a good deal of technical knowledge. It allows the studio to work closely with the chosen build yard and naval architect on each project, and to design and lay-out interiors down to the finest details. Their experts in furnishings, fabrics and other materials continually explore what is new and exciting in their sector, while remaining deeply aware of styles and techniques from earlier periods that continue to appeal to this day.
On being award winners Mark says “we are very proud to receive each award that we earn through hard work and appreciation. The team all work together to help reach goals and to improve our company each day. Our clients are always extremely pleased with our work and therefore nominate us for awards within the boating industry”.
It’s clear that Design Unlimited will continue to go from strength to strength and the yachting industry looks forward to many new and exciting designs to come from their studios over the coming years.
Multiple World Superyacht Award Winners
2000 Year we started
43 Number of custom yachts designed
55 Number of production yachts designed
102 Years of experience in the marine industry within the studio
1927 Total meterage of yachts designed