Top yacht design studios in the United Kingdom
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Top yacht design studios in the United Kingdom

Top yacht design studios in the United Kingdom

The nautical history of this country and its extensive design heritage have resulted in a thriving and high-caliber sector globally.

Many veterans of the premium British yacht design scene have been in the industry for almost a century, designing magnificent architecture and interiors for tens of thousands of yachts. None, however, is more well-known than the guy dubbed"the Le Corbusier of boat design" by the Italian press – JON BANENBERG.

In the 1960s, Bannenberg exploded onto the scene like a one-person revolution. He integrated the tasks of naval architect, external designer, and interior designer into one. With that established, he took yacht design into uncharted territory in terms of concept, structure, and materials.

In the 1960s, hull design, superstructure, and interior design focused on a limited, practical “aesthetic.” It grew through repairing things that had gone wrong in the past. Bannenberg swept out the boat industry protocols and People who, in his opinion, lacked the judgment and sensitivity to understand what real people with real money wanted and who were too uneducated even to realize their own mediocrity.

A recap of the yacht design industry illustrates Bannenberg's godfatherly status. Many of the pantheon of yacht designers worked in Bannenberg's studio, "the finishing school," notably Andrew Winch, Terry Disdale, Tim Heywood, and Jon's son Dickie Bannenberg. Having followed that, Disdale coached Donald Starkey, who in turn tutored H2 Yacht's Jonny Horsfield. Winch laid the groundwork for Mark Whiteley's and Evan Marshall's careers at RWD.

While the finest yachts were usually manufactured in the Netherlands and Germany, Bannenberg's legacy placed London at the center of superyacht design, an industry he founded. So, What better way to begin the list than with Bannenberg and Rowel

Bannenberg & Rowell Design

Despite having no formal education when he arrived in London in the 1950s, Bannenberg began designing house interiors in the 1960s in collaboration with renowned Bond Street antique dealer Frank Partridge. He then went on to residences in Greece and abroad before launching his career as an interior designer for boats, using the sailing vessel TIAWANA as his debut project.

His son Dickie now runs the Bannenberg & Rowell studio and, after over 20 years of working alongside his father, has a fairly good sense of what should be done and how it should be done.

Some of the recent notable projects include

1. “JOY

2.“Galactica Star” Awarded


When Andrew started designing under Jon Bannenberg, he could never have predicted where the work would take. His passion for boats would last into adulthood and shape his whole career, prompting him and his wife Jane, who worked as a designer and office manager, to found Winch Design in 1986.

The interior and exterior design of a Swan 36ft sailboat was Winch Design's first project, which led to the construction of subsequent, larger projects, such as the 140ft Cyclos III interior design.

Today, Winch Design creates yachts, planes, and properties, traversing oceans, skies, and countless different landscapes. Winch Design also designs and procures every last detail from custom furniture to decorative accessories, linen, and tableware.

Some of the notable projects are




Disdale and his Richmond-upon-Thames workshop are responsible for many of today's most recognized and celebrated superyachts, earning him the moniker "Rockstar" of the industry.

His 40-year career began modestly, under the tutelage of the legendary Jon Bannenberg.

His most notable project being 'Hurricane Run.'


Once little-known studio founded by Mark Tucker boasts an impressive CV, having cut his teeth at Camper & Nicholsons Yachts and worked his way up the ranks at Ken Freivokh Design before taking the plunge with his own consultancy, is being thrust into the spotlight in recent years.

Most notable works include “SHEMARA

And “ PINK GIN VI ” by baltic yachts.


In 1994, Jonny Horsfield founded the H2 design studio in London.H2 takes pride because it does not have a "house style" that is duplicated for each customer. Instead, their portfolio is incredibly varied, allowing them to work in any style desired by the customer.

The most notable project being “Al Lusail.”

Lürssen launched 123m Project Jupiter, a unique design incorporating many striking features.


Mark Whiteley And Justin Redman, who met while studying Industrial Design at the Central School of Art and Design in London, founded Redman Whiteley Design in 1993, respectively working with Andrew Winch and Jon Bannenberg. The Company Name was subsequently changed to Redman Whiteley Design or RWD when only Dixon joined in 2001.

The most Notable project is “ICON.”


Established in 2001 by Pascale Reymond and Andrew Langton's talented design duo, both already have more than a decade of experience in the yacht industry.

Their most notable project being “AVIVA.”