RWD is as synonymous with Britishness and integrity as it is with award-winning yacht design. The company was originally launched in 1993 and based in London’s Chelsea Wharf.
Now, 40-strong and growing, the team makes up the biggest dedicated superyacht design consultancy in Britain, encompassing such diverse disciplines as naval architecture,
car design, interior architecture, photography, cabinetmaking, furniture and product design. More often than not, members of the team are also hardened sailors. The culture of the company – to whisper, not to shout – is typified by the bucolic setting of its offices, in a string of restored historic buildings on the banks of the Beaulieu River.
‘Our work is not outlandish – we look for a cleanness of line and a beauty of form,’ explains founding partner Justin Redman, citing integrity and quietness as the company maxims.
Yet the subtlety of RWD’s approach has certainly not left it short of industry accolades and awards. To date, RWD has been involved in the design of no less than 75 yachts, ranging from 35m to 155m, and is perhaps best known for the exterior design of 96m Vava II, the interior and exterior design of 78m Feadship Hampshire II, Amels 73m superyacht Ilona IV and Royal Huisman’s 57.5m sailing ketch, Twizzle.
This past year alone has seen the launch of several prestigious projects, including 73m MY HASNA, built by Van Lent in the Netherlands featuring an extraordinary eight-metre swimming pool; 69m MY SAMAYA, built by De Vries with interior spaces developed by RWD; and the interior and exterior design of Feadship’s much-lauded 96.5m MY FAITH. RWD currently has more than two kilometres of yachts in build or design development. It has also become increasingly well-known for designing the most beautifully custom-crafted tenders, which are often seen onboard.
The team derives huge pleasure in the opportunities it has to design, commission and work with an extraordinary range of makers. ‘We commission hugely talented artisans who are the very best in their field to ensure the quality of our interiors is world class. We also enjoy successful collaborations with world-renowned interior design companies,’ explains Redman.
This pursuit of excellence is one reason why more than 35 per cent of the studio’s work is repeat business. Another is RWD’s focus on relationships. RWD believes in and strives to create truly original one-off designs for their clients, embracing their requirements in order to ensure an enjoyable time on board. The aim is to make the process as engaging and exciting
as possible, as evidenced by the feedback the company receives: ‘The years spent designing this boat were, for me, among the happiest of my life, it’s been a great experience,’ says the owner of SY Elfje.
No wonder then, that many clients seek RWD’s services for design projects outside of their yachting interests. It is these long, personal relationships that give the greatest satisfaction to the RWD team.
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