A for avant-garde

MY „A“

Deutsche Werkstätten services:
Planning, interior furnishing

Completion 2008


The A is a rare example of a yacht planned from hull to helm by one man: Philipp Starck. Its exterior recalls a surfacing submarine, while Starck's interior design is equally original. No downlights were used for the unconventional lighting, there's a bathtub in the middle of the floor, almost unheard of in yachts, and the interiors feature Starck's trademark mixture of modern design language and experimental baroque forms. The A was the first yacht Deutsche Werkstätten fitted out in accordance with SOLAS 74 (Safety of Life at Sea) standards. One of the consequences was that the spectacular spiral staircase around the central lift had to be modified: Starck had planned for it to be made of wood; this, however, would have fallen foul of fire safety regulations. Instead, Deutsche Werkstätten created a plaster stairwell wall featuring a wave-pattern relief gilded with white gold leaf.

Text: bille + bille
Photo: Exterior: Guillaume Plisson; Interior: Anja Wippich