Darnet Design has announced the delivery of 64m Atomic, an ABS class superyacht built in Italy by VSY. Built for an owner who was a client of the studio – who entrusted Darnet Design with the interior design – Atomic is the largest yacht built to date for the French studio.
Based in Nantes, France, Darnet Design has a team of seven designers and interior architects. Run by Franck Darnet, founder and CEO with more than 20 years’ experience, the studio had previously worked with the owner of Atomic, whose taste in interiors he knew as well as his great passion for the sea and diving.
The third yacht in a series designed by Espen Oeino, she is the evolution of her two slightly smaller twins, Sealyon (formerly Candyscape II) and RoMa. The design reflects the owner’s love of precision, performance and design and, above all, of the sea. On the lower deck is a professional dive centre, the focal point of the entire vessel.
“Elegance, warmth and naturalness were the basic concepts required for the development of the design,” says Franck Darnet, who also designed the interior of the owner’s previous 45-metre. “An elegance that is expressed through simplicity and understatement. The owner’s trust and support made all the difference in creating a masterpiece that reflects his personality and meets the demands of his personal and exclusive way of experiencing the sea with his family.”
American walnut is the essence that characterises the entire yacht: furniture, decking and panels. Polished nickel inlays in the shape of a fluted coral brain, the main detail reflecting the theme of the interior and appearing on some panels and the floor, give further elegance to the interior. These details are complemented by natural and mushroom finished leather upholstery and 100% pure cotton carpets in white.
Up to 12 guests are accommodated on board Atomic, housed in six en-suite cabins split between the lower and main decks, with the owner’s suite located forward on the main deck. This suite is raised half a level above the main deck and offers a view of almost 270 degrees. Behind the owner’s bed are the owner’s and owner’s bathrooms and wardrobes, as well as direct access to the private outdoor terraces. The terraces are both exterior and interior: a reading lounge area to starboard and a large “panoramic shower” to port. This distinctive feature of Espen Oeino’s exterior design sets Atomic apart from previous RoMa and Sealyon yachts.
A prominent feature inside the spacious owner’s bathroom is Bernard Pictet’s dimmable sculpted glass panel with white Botticino marble on the floor and walls.
Also in the owner’s bathroom is an intimate and cosy corner dedicated to the owner’s wife and her great passion for reading. The central wooden sculpture is by Thierry Martenon, and a second one is located in the main corridor leading to the suite.
The main staircase and lift feature horizontal walnut staves and over 1,100 metres of LED lighting. In the main salon, a bespoke chandelier, designed by Darnet and made by Black Body using 161 OLEDs, stands out.
At the bow of the main salon a large decorative bronze panel stands out, sculpted to represent the great collaboration between the American owners on the one hand and the European shipyard and design teams on the other as if to symbolise an oceanic bridge between America and Europe. “The panel, not surprisingly, depicts the mid-Atlantic ridge, as the owners are keen divers,” comments Darnet.
On the main deck, behind the owner’s suite, there are two VIP suites, while on the lower deck there are two more double guest cabins, together with a children’s cabin with two bunk beds. This deck also houses the crew quarters forward and the dive centre aft.
The dive centre
The diving centre is tailor-made with a specific layout designed and built by Moondog, a company specialising in diving centres for yachts. The layout of lockers, drawers and mechanically ventilated compartments for wetsuits has been designed specifically for diving equipment.
Atomic has an internal charging station for air and nitrox – to allow longer or deeper dives -, a separate charging station to which a long hose can be connected in the case of cylinder charging on a dive boat moored on its side, and a charging station connection at the stern in the case the dive boat is moored there.
The platform is equipped with separate titanium dive ladders that can open sideways, allowing guests to ascend and descend while wearing their diving fins, a useful feature especially for older guests and those with disabilities. Thanks to the strategic location of the air and nitrox compressor, the crew can fill the tanks day and night, even with guests around the dive centre.
Always on the sundeck, but not only in the daytime
The exteriors dialogue with the layout of the interiors in a careful balance between the various areas on the yacht’s four decks, to the benefit of the comfort of the owner and her guests. For example, the sundeck, the main leisure area, features an infinity pool aft, a bar and a fire-pit area forward.
“We have ensured that the sundeck can be used both day and night, with lighting inside the pool as well, which creates a great colour scheme at night,” says Darnet.
The pool area includes seven Tuuci parasols to create areas well protected from the sun during the day. The bar features nine custom-designed stools with a high, very comfortable back, as requested by the owner. Also on the upper deck, the aft terrace offers cosy seating areas, a bar with four custom-designed stools and a large dining area that can accommodate up to 14 guests.
(Darnet Design announces the delivery of Atomic – barchemagazine.com – September 2021)