A Monaco Life Yacht Show Series 2017: Winch Design

Phoenix 2. Photo: Jeff Brown
Phoenix 2. Photo: Jeff Brown

Q&A with Winch Design, award winning specialist of Interior and Exterior Yacht Design

ML: What’s the backstory to Winch Design (WD)?
WD: Winch Design was founded in 1986 by Andrew and his wife Jane. They gave themselves one year to make a success of the business, otherwise they would have packed up and sailed around the world. Fortunately in that year, they were provided with the opportunity to design the exterior and interior of an 11-metre sailing yacht, Nautor Swan, which proved to be a success.

One sailing project led to another, until 1994, when WD was responsible for designing the interior of their first motor yacht, the 50-metre White Rabbit. Winch Design’s ever-expanding portfolio would later span both aviation and architecture, delivering its first private aircraft in 2002 and its first private property in 2007. Now in its 31st year of business, Winch Design is recognised as one of the world’s leading international design studios.

ML: Can you provide some key facts and figures?
Winch Design has designed the largest volume yacht, largest private plane and largest residential property in London. Over 35 prestigious awards, most notably two “Superyacht of the Year” Awards, for M/Y Madame Gu and M/Y Dilbar. The team now comprises over ninety talented individuals based in an old fire station on the banks of the River Thames in London.

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