Ultra-Lux American designer and developer Malibu Real Estate brings energy, innovation and insight to Superyacht interior design
Scott Gillen is not a stereotypical “designer” or “architect”. In fact, he’s a former stuntman who took part in the Dukes of Hazard show! He is also a former director who has traveled the world to produce commercials for major automobile brands. Oh, by the way, he also designs and develops The Malibu series (a collection of homes overlooking the Pacific on 24 acres of some of America’s most exclusive real estate), so it’s safe to say it’s not something “stereotypical.”
And now that he’s been hired to do something he’s never done before: designing the interiors of a new 160ft superyacht that’s currently under construction at Rossinavi Yachts in Italy – he brings his unique brand of energy, innovation and insight to the interior design of superyachts.
“I love telling a story in a house,” Gillen told me when I asked him how he came up with architectural – and now interior – yacht design. “You come in and things unfold, and you see things, and you might never see the same thing twice. I was a filmmaker in another life. I like to let things unfold, to tell a story. This is how the house I designed for these clients is designed.
“Since you had already designed a house for these clients. How long did the design of the yacht project take? ” I ask.
“A sentence,” says Gillen. “We want it to be like our home,” they said.
“In this yacht, I want them to come in and experience the moments as they are experienced. Every time they look somewhere they should see something different. It must evolve. The exciting difference for me who designs a yacht is that it is always on the move.
“The view will always be different. It was very exciting for me. They look out the window and they have an amazing view of the ocean in Malibu, but that view is always the same, unless clouds or fog come in. But on a yacht it’s always moving, so it’s always different. It’s a great opportunity to tell a great story because you are in a different place every day.
I always push for the best, ”he continues. “I don’t want to push to be the leader of the peloton. I want to push for the right thing. I want to get the best for the customer. The best for the home, for the project, whatever it is. I always want to aim for the best. “
And as I learned after speaking with Federico Rossi of Rossinavi Yachts via Zoom of the shipyard in Italy, Gillen is not the only member of the project’s creative team with a passion for the beauty and construction of the better.
“Working with Scott has been great because he’s a concrete and practical person, but also an artist,” says Rossi. “He’s a talented and creative guy, but he does more than create untouchable and unbuildable creations. He is able to get into the client’s mindset to understand what he wants, what he wants and what we can build. It’s perfect.”
And I couldn’t let Rossi go without asking the question I ask all my Italian friends: “Why is Italy such a leader when it comes to yachts, cars, food design and fashion?”
“Italian style is a good calibration, isn’t it?” he said with a moving smile. “Often food from other countries can be too spicy. Or not spicy enough. Italian cuisine is just spicy. Ditto for yachts. In my opinion, the Italian style on a good balance.
“But it’s also a question of love. Italians love everything! We are slaves to beautiful things and we fall in love! “
And that is perhaps the best description of a custom superyacht project I have ever heard.
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