Just a few hours at IK Yacht Design could lend a designer look—plus a lot more stowage—to your boat’s interior.
By Elizabeth A. Ginns — May 2003
Although attendance was reportedly down only seven percent from last year, the 2003 Miami International Boat Show was described by many attendees as "relatively quiet." Some attributed this to the uncertain economy, others to the heightened terror alert, and still others to the unresolved situation with Iraq. Regardless, one place that was not quiet and where business was normal and then some was the booth of IK Yacht Design, known for furnishings that offer style and stowage for boats of all sizes. It was here that I met Zak Kadosh, the company's founder, president, and design mastermind. And an interesting meeting it was.
Roughly 20 people stopped by during my short time there, some former clients dropping by to say hello, others browsing Kadosh's famous furniture-with-a-twist. Although he says he's completed thousands of projects, he still remembers his clients by name and seems unfazed by his near-celebrity status. Judging from his constant ear-to-ear smile and easygoing attitude, you'd never suspect his perfectionist tendencies or the efficient way he attacks all his design projects.
Kadosh says he's loved the water since day one, and his design background extends nearly as far back. He recalls following his father--an architect and designer--to various projects, where he learned how to visualize a concept and imagine it transform from a simple drawing into a finished, aesthetically pleasing piece. He attended the University of Tel Aviv, graduating with a degree in interior design and, after serving three years in Israel's navy, was more than ready to get back into his interior design career and combine it with his love of the water. And so, that same year, Kadosh moved to South Florida and started his own business as an interior decorator for yachts of all sizes.
In 2000 Kadosh moved the company, now in its 20th-plus year of operation, to its current location in Dania, Florida. With the surrounding Harbor Towne Marina and docking facilities directly outside its 10,000-square-foot showroom (plus a 6,000-square-foot workshop), IK Yacht Design has also become famous as a "drive-thru" facility: People can literally stop, dock, and shop. Even better, people can "test" any of the products sold on the showroom floor; if they don't like it or feel it doesn't fit, they can bring it back inside and try something else until they get a look they're happy with.
"I'm always striving for the perfect, designer look," says Kadosh, "but most importantly I want my clients to be happy. If they are not happy, I have not done my job right." To get that "perfect look," he travels around the world, to design shows in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and elsewhere, looking for ideas.
This article originally appeared in the April 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.