“The perfect client is passionate, engaged, professional, and challenges me. These clients are all of these things. They also have great taste, have traveled the world, and are pleasant company.”Pamela Babey
“I want it like home.” That was the directive from the client. It sounds simple enough, but this was something new… a yacht. And when the client said, “like home” what he meant was “like MY home.” It was their private residence on The Peak in Hong Kong that first began the collaboration. The clients assembled a world-class team, which included Benetti and Central Yacht. Confident that Central Yacht would relay the technical requirements, our design team focused on aesthetics and the functional details of living well.
For the clients, the yacht is not a possession to be enjoyed periodically, but a lifestyle to be embraced at every opportunity. Whether an impromptu dinner party with friends, a get-away weekend respite, or a luxury Mediterranean tour, Lady Candy had to feel casual and comfortable while still exuding the clients’ sophisticated style. In this way, Lady Candy is modeled after the house on The Peak, where entertaining rooms are balanced by comfortable family environments. Even the stair plays important roles in both environments. On land, connecting the entire house is an impressive stair with custom balustrade and plaster walls in a shade inspired by a string of soft grey pearls. On Lady Candy, the curved stair is also surrounded by plaster walls, this time in shades of coral inspired by a rare string of coral pearls the clients once showed Pamela Babey in Hong Kong.
Unlike many sailing vessels, which can feel commercial and severe, the interiors of Lady Candy reflect a relaxed shift in attitude from room to room, with subtle changes in ambiance through the addition of spirited colors, whimsical carpets, and bright accents. Each deck has its identity and mood, giving the romantic impression of a “great house” reinvented on the yacht. The furniture is a mix of classic-modern with a touch of the old world. Key furniture elements are custom designed to give unique character to the room design. Rubelli fabrics are featured throughout, while Fortuny textiles can be found in the guest cabins and VIP suite. Loro Piana cashmeres along with Foglizzo’s special hides and furs also make appearances. But it’s not all Italian, de Gourney’s hand painted wall covering, a favorite of BAMO and the clients, is an important feature in the Owner’s cabin.