High-shine parade on 134 metres

MY "Serene"

Deutsche Werkstätten services:
Planning, interior furnishing

Completion 2011


The owner of the Mega Yacht Serene has every reason to be serenely pleased with this 134-metre masterpiece, the exterior of which was designed by none other than naval architect Espen Oino. The interior has been designed by Reymond Langton Design, with Deutsche Werkstätten receiving the commission to fit out spaces on two of the decks. These include the beach club and spa area (Deck 2) together with the aft lounge, the cigar room, the owner’s office and the exhibition area for the owner’s private collection (Deck 5). The guiding principle behind this contract was to supply high-class workmanship on a large scale. There were, after all, more than 500 square metres to be fitted out and 40 individual pieces of furniture to be made, all of them with a highly-lacquered finish. When all the various pieces of furniture made by Deutsche Werkstätten – bar stools, breakfast, coffee and card tables, as well as writing and dressing tables – were set out in a row in the production area waiting to be inspected, it was a veritable ‘high-shine parade’ the like of which even Deutsche Werkstätten does not experience every day. The dining table is a true masterpiece in terms of both craftsmanship and technology. The highly-lacquered table in macassar veneer can be turned into two tables at the press of a button. The two ends of the table each slide a distance of one metre on rails, thus creating extra space for additional guests. The acronym SOLAS brings many people who work in the field of yacht building out in a cold sweat. That’s because the "International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea"(SOLAS) is a set of highly complex and demanding regulations. It has been updated and amended on numerous occasions. For interior outfitters like us, this means that we have to abide by extremely strict specifications for the interior furnishings of megayachts, with fire protection as a central issue. This has as great an influence on the type of materials used as on the construction and finish. It means that all the substructures of the Serene are made from ALUCORE aluminium composite panels. The lacquers used are also non-combustible. The Serene is already the second mega-yacht furnished by the Werkstätten to receive 100% SOLAS certification. Early on, the Hellerau specialist company worked its way through the complex SOLAS regulations, and equally early on, its R&D department addressed questions such as the use of non-combustible lacquers. Because of this forward-thinking approach, Deutsche Werkstätten is now seen as a global leader in design that meets SOLAS criteria and is increasingly in demand as a consultant.

Text: Deutsche Werkstätten
Photo: Giovanni Romero/ SuperYachtPhoto.com