If you think inflatables for megayachts are limited to RIBs, trampolines, and other watertoys, it’s time for a little re-education. Seaemporium, a company specializing in sourcing luxury accessoriess for superyachts, is offering inflatable Chesterfield-style armchairs and settees from Blofield Air Design. They’re ideal to add to the mix for your beachside barbecues
Why Blofield—and why Seaemporium? Let’s start with Seaemporium. It’s run by Susie Shaw, a former megayacht stew, so she knows full well the specialized needs of owners, guests, and even crew. “My company is about introducing new and exciting goods into the industry where customization is unlimited,” she explains. As for Blofield, it’s a Dutch company that makes luxe-looking air-filled furniture. Shaw was impressed with the inflatable settees for a few reasons. First, they look nice and are made of good-quality PVC and nylon. How else would you explain that the Grand Hôtel in Cannes, Hôtel Méridien Beach Plaza in Monaco, and other high-end hotels have used them? The Grand Hôtel, for example, ordered quite a few for a party during the film festival last year.
Other reasons why Seaemporium is offering the Blofield settees are equally important. They inflate and deflate in minutes, and when deflated take up little space. They can reportedly withstand errant pokes from sharp objects and even cigarettes. The inflatable furniture can take repeated exposure to sun, rain, and wind (reportedly tested to Beaufort 6 to 7 conditions), too.
Seaemporium is offering the Big Blo 1, which is the armchair, in stone white, midnight grey, and black. When inflated, it measures about four feet long by three feet wide and stands about two and a half feet high (120x105x75 cm). It also weighs just shy of 40 pounds (18 kilograms). The Big Blo 2, a two-person settee, is available in stone white and black. When inflated, it measures about six feet long by three feet wide and stands about two and a half feet high (170x105x75 cm). It weighs 59½ pounds (27 kilograms).
Pricing: €399 (about $519) for Big Blo 1 and €499 (about $649) for Big Blo 2; each price is exclusive of VAT. Both Blofield items will be available in red, too, starting in May. And, Seaemporium expects to also have the Very Big Blo, a three- to four-seater settee, that same month, in all of the colors mentioned here.