With a quarter of a century under its belt, 80 superyachts on the water, a cabinet full of awards and clients across the world, you might expect to find RWD – one of Britain’s leading interior and exterior yacht designers – in a big city hub, but theirs is a different kind of haven.
Tucked away in beautiful Beaulieu, a picturesque village on the edge of the New Forest, RWD shuns the limelight and urban clamour in favour of pastoral peace. Here, in its cluster of rustic buildings – a restored mill, a reclaimed jam factory and an old fire house – some of the world’s most spectacular yachts are conceived for the world’s most discerning clients. These clients come to visit the studio, work with the team and really live the project, surrounded by the New Forest’s roaming wild ponies and sprawling historic estates.
Founded in 1993 in a small Chelsea studio, RWD has evolved into a visionary, dynamic team of 40 creatives. The studio embodies an unapologetic Britishness. It is discreet and fastidious; it values fun, loyalty and dedication to detail. It creates quietly, pushing boundaries, innovating and setting new standards for craftsmanship, design and luxury.
While the RWD approach has always been to stay under the radar, once launched, its projects invariably make waves. This year alone the studio took home three awards at the prestigious World Superyacht Awards, including Motoryacht of the Year for 96.5m M/Y Faith. Also launched this year were two extraordinary expedition yachts M/Y Sherpa, with both interior and exterior design by RWD, and M/Y Ulysses, with an RWD designed interior.
The studio works with top shipyards and outfitters all over the world on exquisite custom designs – including bespoke tenders, such as the ones it created for 73m M/Y Hasna – as well as exclusive collaborations. This year, for example, it revealed a series called BNow with Italian yard Benetti, a family of four motoryacht models that offer inimitable RWD style and comfort.
The studio’s design process is as natural and honest as its surroundings. Each project evolves from a very personal relationship with their clients, working from hand drawn sketches through to highly rendered computer visuals. Whether it is a design meeting by the fire over a long pub lunch, shooting weekends, riding through the New Forest or fly-fishing in the local chalk stream, every step is a pivotal part of creating the perfect yacht and ensuring that each client enjoys the process. It is a philosophy that led the studio to establish the RWD Auto Tour, an exclusive event that sees a select group of guests drive from the RAC’s Country Club to Monaco Yacht Show in their favourite classic or super cars.
Clients are immersed in the RWD spirit, and as a result, this is a design partnership like no other. By the time a yacht is delivered, the voyage getting there has been as pleasurable as any future voyage on board. RWD’s mantra of ‘enjoy the journey’ truly runs through all that they do.
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