Part 2: Most impressive is the Kadosh-designed furniture that looks like regular furniture yet serves two functions.
By Elizabeth A. Ginns — May 2003
Kadosh is just as concerned with onboard space utilization as he is with style and appearance, and his showroom--or "the library," as he refers to it--clearly reflects his knack for innovative design and stowage concepts. Most impressive is the Kadosh-designed furniture that looks like regular furniture yet serves two functions. As Kadosh's sister and assistant, Orna Grimmett, escorted me around the Dania showroom, she pointed out what looked to be a standard teak deck chair. But by simply folding down its upright portion, I effortlessly transformed it into a coffee table. All of the stylish and luxurious Ultraleather sofas, chairs, and ottomans have hidden stowage compartments. The couch and chair cushions and the lid of the ottoman lift to reveal stowage bins, while other chairs have hidden drawers. Other products here include original Guy Harvey oil paintings, bronze statues and tables designed by Dale Evers, lamps, basic glassware, table linens, carpet and tile samples, salt and pepper shakers, napkin rings, bed and bath linens, candles, rugs, and more. Just about anything you would ever want to decorate your home with is sold for the marine set at Kadosh's showroom.
Of course, owners can always leave the decorating to Kadosh and his team of designers and carpenters. Flipping through an album of his projects, which include a 46-foot Post, a 57-foot Viking, a 75-foot Feadship, and a 104-foot Broward, I ask, "So, these projects must take--what, a couple weeks?" "Not really," says Kadosh, "most times we can do [refurnish] a yacht in one day, usually within two to three hours from start to finish," noting that more intricate projects take longer. A job involving reupholstery of the furniture and new carpeting or flooring, for example, usually takes about ten to 15 days and can cost about $1,000 per square foot, depending on the size and scope of both the vessel and the project.
For typical, what he calls "fix-me-up," projects, Kadosh meets with the clients to get an understanding of their tastes, then walks through the yacht with his design team to get an idea of which showroom items to place onboard to achieve the desired look. He sends the owners to lunch for a few hours, and when they return, all the changes have been made to their boat. If the owner is not completely satisfied, Kadosh and crew will redo the project until they get it right, no matter how long the process takes or the extent of the job.
Kadosh's largest and most challenging project to date was the bow-to-stern refurbishment of the 100-foot dinner cruise ship Marika. Working alongside Kevin Kerwin, an experienced marine architect, Kadosh gutted parts of the boat and made major structural and interior changes, which included extending and enclosing the aft deck; adding new windows, stairwells, lighting, and even a new galley; and rewiring the electrical and air conditioning systems. Kadosh says the most challenging aspect of the project was making sure all the structural changes were in compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations. True to his friendly and personable attitude, he says, "They [the Coast Guard] were an absolute pleasure to work with." Marika is now used as a charter boat for weddings and parties. Courtesy of Kadosh, she features a fully functional galley with stainless steel appliances, large dance floor, bridal suite, and ladies' and mens' heads complete with marble countertops and tile floors.
There are presumably many more projects to come; based on the publicity he's gotten for his showroom and furniture and his near-star status at the boat show, he's created a real niche in marine interior design. With customers visiting from all over the world, furniture and gadgets for vessels of all sizes, and business continuing as usual in this time of economic uncertainty, it seems there's no stopping this celebrity designer anytime soon.
IK Yacht Design Phone: (954) 922-9220. www.ikyacht.com.
This article originally appeared in the April 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.