What happens when a Dutch shipyard wants to shake up its design strategy to attract a new array of clients? If the yard is Van der Valk, it partners with the young Italian team behind Hot Lab. The partnership has resulted in the Van der Valk Pilot range of semi-custom yachts having two new interior-design packages. They promise to warm up attitudes and emotions.
As announced last month, the Pilot series starts at 75 feet (23 meters), with larger models coming in the near future. Because of their bigger sizes, they let buyers benefit from the creature comforts they’ve come to expect. These include waterside gyms, or tender garages for big (and many) watertoys. Regardless, each of the megayacht models is open to owner personalization.
While Van der Valk announced that Cor D. Rover was handling styling, it didn’t mention an interior designer last month. Now, however, the builder, along with Hot Lab, is divulging details. “When you add a new range to your portfolio, it is vital to offer an interior design that matches the ambition,” comments Yoeri Bijker, the yard’s sales manager. Since the Pilot series intends to be an enduring design, “Hot Lab has devised a timeless look that is unfettered by the constraints of the moment,” Bijker concludes. Antonio Romano, Hot Lab’s partner and marketing director, adds that “the interior décor is wonderfully rich and at the same time contemporary, reflecting the rugged sophistication of this superb motoryacht.”
The all-aluminum Van der Valk Pilot range therefore has bursts of bright yellow (top) or turquoise (above) sprinkled amid a light-tone ambiance. Brushed oak, white birch, and other white-painted, glossy woods predominate. White leather, white ceramic, and chrome mix in, too. Plus, rounded edges characterize furnishings.
In addition, the yellow and turquoise packages for the Van der Valk Pilot range each include their own associated high-end brands. Names like Paola Lenti, Calligaris, and Cantalupi are just some of the notable names.
Van der Valk Shipyard vandervalkshipyard.com
Hot Lab hotlab.it
Cor D. Rover Design cor-d-rover.com