Yacht for Austin Powers

Yacht for Austin Powers

Octopussy's new life, a megayacht inspired by kitsch from the eighties and Bondiana.

When Octopussy left the slipway at Heesen in 1988, she was the fastest superyacht in the world. Rollce Royce's engines boosted the 43.58m, named after the James Bond movie, to 53.17 knots. It's still a very good performance. In 1996, the yacht passed its first global refit. It was then lengthened and refreshed its appearance. Since then Ocopussy has been upgraded several times, but the second global refit was relatively recent, in 2015.

Designer Jeff Lincoln has completely rebuilt the interior of the ship, ironically and tastefully defeating the theme of the 80s and the Bondiana. The result is pleasing to the eye with bright colour accents, geometric patterns and unusual pieces of furniture.

It seems to hang a disco balloon in every room, and such a yacht could be to Austin Powers' taste, the protagonist of the eponymous spy movie parody.

Lincoln's clients, a young family with children who love to spend time in the Caribbean with friends, decided to preserve the basic layout of the yacht. However, she has received a new whirlpool sundeck with sun beds and a completely redesigned interior.

To stylistically combine the exterior and interior spaces of Octopussy, Lincoln used a single marine color palette that echoed the blue and white hull color. The designer chose chrome, acrylic plastic, lacquer and textiles in bright, lush colors as the finishing materials. The interiors of Octopussy are mixed with paintings by Andy Warhol and vintage tables by Karl Springer.

The key player in shaping spaces is mirrors.

«Mirrors are a typical plot motif from the 80s, so I followed the rule: if in doubt, put up a mirror. I think everything that reflects and visually extends space on a boat is good». That's why he left the past interior marble floors and the mirror ceiling in the owner's bathroom.

The main salon of Octopussy is dominated by a pair of custom-made sofas by iconic American designer Vladimir Kagan, vintage tables by Karl Springer and tables in the form of an African drum by Bungalow 5. Lincoln's two supporting columns are upholstered in white leather to enhance a sense of «disco»style. A stairway leads down to the guest cabins and up to the open area of the main deck.

In the bar area, which serves as the main gathering point for guests, Lincoln laid down a carpet with ornamented «Greek Stark Carpet key» and varnished white wood to add a space of light. The bar itself is made of lucite, granite and chrome. The blue tableware, which fits perfectly into the color scheme, was inherited from the old owners. The bar chairs were invented by John Boone.

Behind the bar area is a more formal dining room with glass doors spinning, turning this space from closed to open. The floor is made of teak and hollywood, the chairs are from Artistic Frame and the Perennials Fabrics upholstery echoes the twisted lines of the ceiling.

The L-shaped sofa at the lacquered table on the living deck is upholstered in a plush, calm blue shade. This quiet corner is used for breakfast and as a working place. Above the table is a painting by Andy Warhol «Flowers» framed in mahogany veneer.

«One of the luxury things on a yacht is that people don't wear shoes, which means the green light is on the white carpet»," Lincoln says of the master suite.

The ceiling features Maharam wallpaper that resembles the sky and the ceiling pattern echoes Quadrille headboard and pillow textiles.

«It was so masterfully crafted kitsch from the 80's that I couldn't get rid of it»," comments Lincoln on the decision to leave the mirror ceiling in the master suite.

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