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The Fab Four

Think Fokkema Architecten’s ideas were out of the box? Try these other competitors’ designs on for size:

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Dubbelm. This creative team incorporated design elements representing water (glass and acrylic), the horizon (horizontal wood panels), sunrise (soft colors similar to ones at dawn), and sunset (warm, deep reds).

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Merk + Girod. In an unexpected, contemporary twist, these designers decided the interior should echo exterior aesthetics such as stainless steel and teak. One stateroom, for example, features a floor-to-ceiling chain-mail curtain.

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Piet Boon. Piet Boon grouped furnishings and arranged rooms along the yacht's natural longitudinal axis, with each deck having its own color and materials scheme.

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VFD Architects. This team, with experience designing cruise ships, created two proposals: the European, highlighted by elaborate modern elements, and the American, featuring baroque furnishings and artwork.

This article originally appeared in the February 2007 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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