With Designer Laura Sessa,
Nothing but Finesse on a Feadship
Embarking on a refit, the American owner of a 182-foot Feadship in 2014 chose none other than award-winning interior designer Laura Sessa.
To transform Sessa’s vision into functional design, the captain and his wife hired Eclipse Yacht Furnishings. Having already worked with Eclipse on three yachts, they knew it would be a perfect fit. Indeed, Eclipse shares the same ideology as Feadship itself – at both companies, designers have the head of an engineer and the heart of an artist. The entire team also knew that perfection takes time. The project, from first meeting to manufacture, took six months.
“These clients represent our ideal working relationship,” says Eclipse CEO Joy Hutchinson. “They respected the design and creation process, and the countless hours dedicated to manufacturing and installation needed for a perfect result.”
As a first step, an Eclipse technician digitized the yacht at a Fort Lauderdale boatyard. Using Proline software, he took precise measurements of the interior and exterior features. Designers used the 3D drawings to calculate the dimensions of the goods Eclipse would manufacture: window treatments for all interior walls, including Roman shades with leather lacing and tiny eyelets; headboards, bed spreads and pillows for five cabins; interior furniture upholstery and exterior furniture cushions; and weather covers.
Each of the five cabins had a different two-color, striped combination with white accents: denim-blue and orange; denim-blue and red; lime green and rose; navy and mustard yellow; orange and navy. Working with Loropiana and Pierre Frais linens, Eclipse’s four-person sewing team created color blocks and stripes by hand, some as narrow as half an inch.
“The owner was awed,” Joy says, noting that he used the yacht for another four years before selling.