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Designer Jeff Lincoln first saw this 1980s Heesen blue-and-white yacht (which also happens to be one of the fastest in the world thanks to two Rolls-Royce engines) at the Palm Beach Boat Show several years ago. As he told Architectural Digest, “So many of the other boats we looked at were all neutrals and even harvest colors. I was like, Huh, really? Why?”
When he was approached by the boat’s now-owners – a young family with children who regularly yacht to the Caribbean and enjoy hosting family and friends on board – to design the interior, he knew one thing: “I didn’t want to erase the storied history and design inflection.” The boat did undergo a thorough overhaul in every aspect, but Lincoln was determined to stay true to the original 1980s vibes when it came to the aesthetic side of the equation. After all, the yacht is named Octopussy after the classic 1983 Roger Moore-starring James Bond flick.
“They have a saying in Hollywood about making movies: No one knows anything. I decided the same was true for yacht interiors. My feeling is, you should know you’re on a boat—not in a suite at the St Regis.”
The basic layout of the superyacht was kept, but a new sun deck with a hot tub and sun pad were added. Much of the decor was also reimagined, although not all of it; where it fit, Lincoln stayed true to the original stylings and kept some of the decor, like the marble counters and floors and master bath’s mirrored ceiling.
Lincoln wanted to craft a smooth, seamless transition between the outdoor and indoor living areas, so a nautical color scheme to underscore the dark blue hull and blue-and-white upper decks was chosen. Gracefully complementing the color scheme, the gorgeous geometric pattern of the STARK’s Beaton carpet design in white/blue was a natural choice for flooring.
The living area, master stateroom, and four guest rooms remained streamlined but luxurious as well; the goal was to achieve balance without weighing down the vessel. “The biggest challenge with any yacht is weight,” Lincoln explained to Architectural Digest. “You want it to be comfortable, but you don’t want to weigh it down with a lot of heavy furniture.”
The furniture and decorative details were all about chrome, Lucite, lacquer, rich colors, and lush upholstery, with Andy Warhol artwork alongside vintage Karl Springer tables. Mirrors were another visual concept Lincoln considered crucial to the overarching ’80s theme.
“They’re a typical 1980s trope, so when in doubt I went with a mirror. Anything space-expanding or reflective on a boat is, to my mind, a good thing.”
Explore even more of the lush space in the images below, courtesy of Architectural Digest.