Did you know that a type of vegan leather comes from pineapple leaves, without chemicals? Or that olive leaves can eliminate chemicals in tanning real leather? These, along with off-cut marbles, sustainably managed hardwoods, and other natural materials all characterize the Barefoot and Moonlight designs. From Winch Design, they’re for the 197-foot Amels 60 series. More than that, though, they are the studio’s way of ensuring that claims of sustainability aren’t token processes.
Already, Winch Design has been working with Amels on the first Amels 60, so it has familiarity with the 830-gross-ton series. Interestingly, and purposefully, the Barefoot and Moonlight designs couldn’t be more different than the first Amels 60. They couldn’t be more different than each other, either. Barefoot (above) evokes a more casual, even beachy mood. The primarily neutral color palette has subtle touches of powder blue for subtle color and contrast. Moonlight (below), meanwhile, is edgier and slicker, meant to evoke the sensation of swimming in the ocean at night. While owners and guests can still relax, the mood clearly intends to amaze and impress, especially for entertaining.
As a supporter of the Water Revolution Foundation, Winch Design has sent staff through the Foundation’s sustainability training. That lens has, in turn, informed the Barefoot and Moonlight designs. Furthermore, the studio’s own three-year plan to focus more on bettering both people and the planet has influenced the designs.
So, rather than use real coral, for example, the studio has found suppliers offering alternatives crafted from eggshells. Off-cut (a.k.a. leftover, and therefore normally discarded) marble and wood become floors, wall panels, and countertops. Specifically for the Barefoot design, the chevron-pattern wood soles come from certified sustainably managed hardwood plantations. One well-known organization providing certification: the Forest Stewardship Council. Both the Barefoot and Moonlight designs incorporate linen fabrics for bedding. Furthermore, the decorative cushions feature yarn from birchwood, spun through a sustainable process, too.
The list of all-natural and even recycled materials is pretty extensive. Additionally noteworthy, Winch Design’s approach extends to its suppliers’ practices. The company is requesting hat suppliers’ own manufacturing processes follow credited (and therefore traceable) sustainability processes. It’s further encouraging better practices throughout the supply chain.
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