NISI Yachts were one of the first to reach the shortlist for the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2014. Their project, Never on Sunday (click here to view), will compete for the Power Boat up to 25 metres award. (To enter the awards email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Name: Raymond Wong & Krina Cozias
Company: NISI Yachts
Position within company: Design & Decor
What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms?
Krina: The best yachtsmen hold a special place in their hearts for a simple yacht that connects them to the sea. Size is no longer taken as the key expression of an owners needs. Now owners are turning towards a yacht with a focus on design and function that is a unique expression of themselves. Tranquil surroundings and serene zen-like atmospheres that can be highlighted with sophisticated colour pallets to create dynamic yet relaxed spaces are in demand.
Raymond: The introduction of more natural light into the interior space. Simple form and lots of open space for social activities.
What projects are you currently working on?
Krina: NISI is currently promoting yachts in the 50 to 120 foot range (15 to 36 meters). The rare art of world-class craftsmanship can be found throughout every detail. Space flows to create expansive feels and large windows throughout all our yachts reveal stunning views. The generous open plan of NISI built yachts blurs the line between indoor and outdoor spaces. Systems are engineered to superyacht and certified commercial ship safety standards standards. NISI exceeds the highest engineering, safety and comfort standards.
A designer’s work is so diverse – how do you manage to hold down a career and a life?
Krina: Being a designer, one finds inspiration in various things. So whether there is a concerted effort while at the office to delve into the detail of design, or whether it’s a subconscious awareness of the beauty of the environment around you during the drive home, balance in all things is key.
Raymond: I love my work and I enjoy my life in multi aspects. Part of it is my work.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2014 and beyond:
– Simplicity in design
– Optimization of space
– Innovation with colour
– Weight vs strength
– Casual opulence
– More semi-custom built boat
– Simple Square
– Vivid colour – a metallic look
– The use of materials that typically were not available for yacht application but that have become possible now due to manufacture innovation
– Less ornate spaces
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
Krina: Be true to the client. A successful project can be measured by the genuine satisfaction a client has at the end of the design process.
How important are The International Yacht and Aviation Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
Raymond: The International Yacht & Aviation Awards are quite important in the recognition of talent. With an eye on recognizing new international talent, design and inspiration, the IY&A awards benefit art and design globally.
How do you relax?
Krina: Relaxation is a state of mind. At times, an artist feels the most relaxed when he/she is knee deep in the guts of a new project. Reliving the past while carving out a vision for the future allows one to attain a state of peace and inspiration. This in itself becomes relaxing.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
Krina: NISI is revolutionising the art of yacht building. Paying immense attention to the high level of fit, finish, design and décor, our yachts are the perfect blend of superior engineering, performance, comfort and safety. Our goal is to continue to deliver excellence in yacht building, for the end goal of effortless escape on the open water.
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself
The car you drive? – I drive a Mercedes G-Wagon
Your favourite place to travel to in the world? – Travel is a privilege. Some favourite places are Miami, Mykonos, Cannes, Majorca, Hong Kong
Your favourite hotel/ restaurant/ bar? – Delano Hotel in Miami, W Hotel in Barcelona, Pasha Nightclub in Ibiza
The place that gives you the most energy? – Anything close to the open water – a beautiful beach, a relaxing yacht, a remote island
And the place that enables you to totally relax? – The same (wink)
Your favourite food and drink? – Chinese food, Dim Sum and Crisp White Wine or Saki
Your favourite place to travel to in the world? – Japan. I like the mix of bustling and relaxed
Your favourite hotel/ restaurant/ bar? – Chima Restaurant in Florida
The place that gives you the most energy? – Travel to a new place
And the place that enables you to totally relax? – Pattaya Beach, Thailand
Your favourite food and drink? – Steak is one of my favourite western foods. And of course, Beer has no borders; any beers will serve me well
Anything else interesting? – Finding solution