The Princess Design Studio, the in-house design team responsible for all areas of yacht design at Princess Yachts, has unveiled its design concept for the 50th anniversary restoration of the company’s first model, Project 31@50.

“Our concept for Project 31@50 is a sympathetic enhancement of the original design using some of the skills, materials and techniques developed over the last 50 years,” explains head of design Andrew Lawrence.

“One example of this is our plan to replace the classic 1960’s gingham laminate dining table with an intricate timber veneer design which will be hand-laid by Leeuwenburgh Veneer. A new table leg will also be hand-crafted from a solid piece of hardwood by one of our expert carpenters. It is important for us to demonstrate that, in a world where computers and technology provide us with great gains in efficiency and quality, traditional skills are still very much in abundance within the workforce at Princess,” he adds.

Original Project 31 dining table and Princess Design Studio sketches for new Leewenburg table

Original Project 31 dining table and Princess Design Studio sketches for new Leewenburg table

Timber veneers by Leeuwenburg, producers of some of the world’s finest range of decorative wood finishes, can be found across the Princess range of M Class superyachts, Flybridge motor yachts, V Class sports yachts and S Class sportbridge yachts.

Project 31@50 before the transformation and the beautiful new materials and finishes being used on the restoration

Project 31@50 before the transformation and the beautiful new materials and finishes being used on the restoration

Sarah Verey, Princess Yachts director of creative design, comments: “Our vision is to create a fun but sophisticated interior with the vibrant colours that are so representative of the 1960’s. We have drawn inspiration from the iconic designers of the era and added a bit of the current day Princess Design Studio refinement.

“We have selected some beautiful exterior and interior materials from one of our favourite fabric suppliers, Dedar. Inside the main upholstery will be bright red, in-keeping with the original colour pallet of the boat, but with the addition of a deep purple piping. We will be adding splashes of colour through a striking basket weave material to the alcove recesses,” continues Sarah. “We’re uplifting the fixtures inside with beautiful hand-turned polished stainless-steel door knobs and bathroom accessories from Turnstyle Designs with leather accent in a 1960’s inspired blue. The exterior styling is in beautiful aqua blues and off whites with the theme continued on the hull by way of an elegant aqua blue waterline.”

The Princess Design Studio is responsible for all aspects of styling and finish across the company’s range of high-performance motor yachts, from bespoke furnishings and versatile layouts to the diverse range of fabrics and finishes available to enable customers to tailor the interior to their exact taste.Current projects include the latest addition to the Princess M Class, the Princess 35M, which will debut alongside Project 31@50 at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September and the new Princess S65 and Princess V58 Open which will premiere at the Southampton Boat Show.