In a League of its own

The Superyacht PhilMi

International high rollers among the deluxe yachting fraternity are gearing up for the 10th annual World Superyacht Awards next month at a gala evening in Amsterdam’s iconic Westergasfabriek. One of the finalists in the frame to win the prestigious title is the 43m steel-hulled motoryacht PhilMi.

Launched last year, PhilMi is like no other yacht. To begin with, it features jaw-dropping, luxurious, sparkling interiors, courtesy of French-born designer Sandrine Melot. A gifted interior designer of some twenty years, Sandrine set up her own creative practice, Melot+Trillo, in 2011, alongside Italian architect Anna Trillo. 

PhilMi (pronounced ‘Feel Me’) is the romantic melding of the newly married owners’ first names. Keen to be involved at every stage of the design, their brief was clear. “The clients wanted specific colors, shapes and materials,” says Melot, “such as the distinctive mosaic tiles in the bathrooms.” Sandrine installed discreetly opulent elements of the Surface Collection, a radical, bespoke range for Swarovski designed by Martin Francis in collaboration with Swarovski. They added highlights and accents, reflections and subtle sparkle, echoing the play of sunshine on waves. 

Light is a major player in Melot’s clever design, with two large skylights in the main saloon and the cabin enhancing the pale wood and the light gray theme that link the space. Meanwhile, floor-level LED light paths create a magical effect as they illuminate the various surrounding textures. 

Enter the main saloon and you’ll be soothed by gray and bronze textured leather and sharkskin details. Meanwhile, bronze Swarovski crystal panels and floor lighting draw the eye to the ultimate centerpiece: a beautiful bronze sculpture created by Stéphane Pencréac’h depicting two playful figurines. Perch at the bar, and one is instantly in 007 territory, with a luminescent, recessed, crystalline centerpiece surrounded by decorative sandblasted glass and hammered metallic edging. Or round off the day with a cocktail in the bar up on the flybridge: its beautiful ice-like glass column comes to life at night thanks to brilliant uplighting in the pedestal structure. 

Designed for a blissful night’s sleep, the light and airy cream-hued main bedroom features leather detailing on the floor, ceiling and furniture, while an Alcantara starry-sky ‘´ciel de lit’ bed head ensures escapist dreams with its discreetly smoky crystal effects. And no, we’re not making it up—it’s for real, and it’s called PhilMi.