Interior Design

Carpe Diem; Sumptuous Superyacht Styling from Carol Williamson

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As a revered luxury yacht, and residential interior designer from Portland, Oregon, Carol Williamson of Carol Williamson & Associates Limited (CW+A) has been offering exemplary design solutions since 1984. Her sophisticated style encompasses space planning, a high caliber choice of materials and refined color schemes.

Her accomplishments hail from a career assimilating architectural expertise, matched with the application of texture, shape and color in projects such as the Nike World headquarters’ north campus and a string of luxury yachts built by Christensen. Testament to her timeless interior styling, Williamson was recognized as a finalist during the 2012 World Superyacht Awards and ShowBoats Design Awards for her work on 58.22m Trinity-built Carpe Diem.

Built in 2011, this all-American super yacht sleeps up to 12 guests in 6 staterooms, including a master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 3 double cabins and 1 convertible cabin.There is also accommodation for 11 crew to ensure a relaxed yacht experience.

Exuding pure Hollywood glamour, Carpe Diem ties together beautiful furnishings and sumptuous seating in an elegant fusion of timeless styling.

Consistent Art Deco influences and bold contrasts stem from the owner’s own proficiency for the 1920s Parisian Art Deco movement. His personal collection of striking black and white photography along with vintage French lighting fixtures sets the tone for this decorative era and provides subtle hints that this yacht has been designed with intimate love straight from the heart of its maker.

The well appointed interior well and truly shines through as a collaboration between the owner and Williamson’s expertise. Contemporary spaces and clean lines matched with iridescent materials  have been accentuated by the fusion of dark Makassar wood veneer and traditional pieces throughout.

white onyx and New Zealand wool carpet interiors

Reminiscent of a living room one may find in a luxury home, the formal setting of the main saloon brings texture to the forefront of its design. White onyx, which can be seen in various iterations throughout the interior, are nevertheless nowhere more impactful than here. The contrast between the bar top and the borders around the carpet in New Zealand wool are exquisitely balanced.

Warm platinum tones, silvery grays and creams pair with the dark accents of the Makassar ebony walls fabricated by Zepsa Woodworking. The designs of the custom sofas by Durante Furniture, vintage armchairs upholstered by Maharam Aria, customized cocktail table in S. Harris Exotic Croc, exposed wood veneer as well as the polished nickel with mother of pearl inlay pulls by Green Street Details have all been thoughtfully compiled by CW+A

To gain the perfect color and effect, Williamson experimented with veneers and various stains, such as the ebonized cherry trim ceiling overhead panels by Majelite Novasude. This way, a high-contrast, textural treat for the senses conveys an interesting play of light and shadow.

Ebony cherry trim panels by Majelite Novasude

Cue to the private sanctuary of the owner’s stateroom, where a pale cream-colored ceiling, light wool carpet and beautifully French upholstered walls in tufted white sateen appear. Black lacquer furniture built by Durante Furniture, together with the custom furniture by Zepsa Woodworking, naturally complement the ebonized red cherry solids and panels.

custom upholstered headboard by Joe Lord

The fluted bed with custom upholstered headboard by Joe Lord, creates a wonderful play of light and dark against the subtle reflective quality of fabrics used such as silk, velvet, wool and opalescent leathers.

The recurring theme of Art Deco returns with the vintage table lamps by Ralf Lauren Home, delicately contrasting with the accent pillows from Manuel Canovas, Jim Thompson and Cowtan and Tout.

vintage Paul McCobb chairs and custom sofa with frame upholstery by Brentano

Pure indulgence for the exclusive enjoyment of the owners, is an elegantly composed sitting area offering vintage Paul McCobb chairs, plush custom sofa with frame upholstery by Brentano Mohair along with an ottoman in Spinneybeck Alaska leather. Furthering the boudoir feel of this sleeping area is the large window with Roman window shades in Bergamo fabric, offering a combined harmony of light and space.

games table and bar with pure white honed onyx and Ebano wood

On the bridge deck is the most lived in area. The sky lounge is where guests spend a majority of their time on-board. The highlight here is the large sectional, game table and bar area with its pure white honed onyx and Ebano wood bar top, that illustrates the diverse number of activities you can enjoy.

The vast entertaining space provides an elegantly laid out get together area featuring an array of beautifully customized furniture such as the leather Moore and Gilles croc cocktail table, lounge chairs in Ardecora Desir Velvet, Valerio Club Chairs in Zimmer Rohde fabric and Mahogany Deco Colee Hammock side table.

Allowing plenty of natural light to stream in are the generous windows with Roman window shades and drapery in Larsen Ciro fabric by Powless. These delicately enhance the darker veneer panels that run through each living space and were the inspiration of the overall design direction.

Parisian lights and Brentano accent pillows create a warm and inviting ambiance

Dominating the sky lounge for shared moments is a custom sectional sofa with practical storage. In keeping with the streamlined modern look, shimmer accent pillows by Brentano, S. Harris and Zimmer Rohde complete the arrangement.

Delicate lighting for those long evenings relishing each others company is provided by vintage deco lamps from Paris that illuminate the space oozing a sense of deep luxury thanks to the Majelite Novasude ceiling overhead panels.

With a cohesive design and exacting level of detail, Carpe Diem creates a warm and inviting ambiance for design connoisseurs to relish in its sumptuousness.

Carol Williamson + Associates Limited
Interior Design
815 SW 5th Avenue Portland, Oregon
Phone: 503 222 2330 |
Email: info@cwainteriors.com

Supplier Links
Zepsa Woodworking
Maharam Aria
Majelite Novasude

About the Author:

Natalia is a consummate luxury professional, and the owner of Bright Creativity Marketing and PR consultancy based in the south of France/Monaco. Natalia has gained a successful international track record in working with distinguished brands in yachting, private aviation, technology, bespoke interiors, haute couture fashion, realty and fine wines to name a few.

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