95 metres long with a maximum beam of 14 metres, Madsummer was designed by Harrison Eidsgaard with modern and contemporary interiors by Laura Sessa
by Marco Mariani – photo by Giorgio Baroni and Jeff Brown
THE AMAZEMENT THAT THIS PRODIGY OF HUMAN INGENUITY arouses in those who see it for the first time, clearly proves that it is possible to build a superyacht of 95 meters in length capable of rewriting the canonical rules of a classic register of our imagination. Madsummer represents an extraordinarily evocative place that brings to life dreamlike scenarios and distant, poignant and fantastic dimensions. This ship is a bold and joyful expression of its owner’s love of yachting. From its exterior lines, created by Eidsgaard Design, to its colourful interiors loaded with personality and designed by Laura Sessa, Madsummer is the home of an owner who is not afraid to stand out from the crowd. The 95-metre superyacht is the result of an initial collaboration between Eidsgaard Design and Lürssen, which proved to be a great success, with the yacht being delivered ahead of schedule. The interiors, on the other hand, are the result of a collaboration between old friends, as Laura Sessa and the owner have worked together on several projects over the past 15 years.
Peter Lürssen comments: «The owner’s brief was demanding, however, we believe our engineering expertise has surpassed his wishes to own a yacht that many years from now will be timeless and yet still ahead of its time. Our thanks go, of course, to good design and communications with the designers of the exterior and interior, Harrison Eidsgaard and Laura Sessa respectively, as well as to Moran Yacht & Ship and the owner’s captain who supervised the build on behalf of the owner».
The interiors of Madsummer are characterized by bright reds, whites and, to a large extent, the colour blue. The owner’s request was to incorporate colours and textures in a way that was at once stylish and contemporary, but also homely and personal. The main salon is an example of this homage to colour, with an impossibly soft royal blue silk carpet. A raised geometric pattern on the walls, made from dark Mutenye wood, cleverly conceals the handles to the storage spaces behind.To port, a custom-made dining table for 14 catches the eye with layers of coloured lacquer hidden under a white layer which is scored off in circular patterns to reveal the colours below, forming a unique and contemporary piece. On the wall, a work of art depicting an important date for the owner reflects the personal nature of the brief.
Pale Oregon pine elements and ceilings with straw details lighten the space. To starboard, a comfortable sofa completes the environment. An elegant lift carries guests across four floors from the main deck to the sundeck, while a staircase with white leather steps surrounded by a dark Mutenye boarder encircles the lift. The main deck houses six of the yacht’s ten cabins. The cabins are divided into four identical doubles aft and two twins forward, each with its own colour scheme. The doubles are red, turquoise, beige and royal blue, while the twins are green and navy blue. The cabins are flooded with their chosen colour, with lacquered sycamore wardrobe doors, silk carpets, custom lampshades, and theme-coloured bed frames. In the bathrooms, we find beautiful hand-dyed mother-of-pearl surrounds on the mirrors and bright Calacatta marble throughout.
The upper deck houses three more guest cabins: one double and two matching VIPs. The double cabin is decorated in blue and white, with a beautifully woven wool carpet, a dressing room, a marble bathroom and enormous windows. The two VIP cabins are identical except for the colour, one is in blue and the other in a warm burnt orange. Running along the wall and large windows, the entire shimmering structure becomes a work of art in its own right. The bathrooms are decorated in Zebrino marble and bronze Armani marble, complemented by taps and handles in rose gold. On the cabin walls, images of vintage seaplanes pay tribute to the owner’s passion.
The cinema room overlooks the bow. The deep sofas include stainless steel trays to hold drinks and snacks and to charge phones. From a technical point of view, this room includes an absolute novelty, with its huge floor to ceiling windows of two by three meters featuring electrically controllable glass panels. A flush sliding door on each side leads to the foredeck, with a built-in sofa and table on one side and a sun deck on the other, protected from the weather by the bow height. In the salon on the upper deck, a beautiful bar in backlit white alabaster with deep blue stripes immediately attracts the viewer’s attention, thanks also to Steinway and Sons’ white grand piano in the corner. On the port side, comfortable sofas surround two custom coffee tables.
One of the goals stated in the brief was to create central guest spaces that would form the heart of the yacht and be easy to move between. The aft upper deck is one of these key areas. It houses the informal outdoor dining space and the large ethanol-powered fire pit. Next to the dining table is a large Teppanyaki bar. The bridge deck houses the bridge forward and the master suite aft. Inside the owner’s suite, space explodes into a kaleidoscope of warmth and personality. The white tinted oak wall panelling finished with a clear blue resin gives the space a stylish and futuristic feel. To port and starboard, there are two corridors of his-and-her dressing rooms with spy mirror wardrobe doors.
At the end of the central corridor leading to the cabin, a large-size, bright red work of art makes an impressive visual impact. On the port side, the bathroom is a very feminine space for her, with a stunning white quartzite light-reflecting floor and geometric stainless steel inlay work. The aesthetic details also include a refrigerator for beauty creams. To starboard is the bathroom for him, where a dark Travertine marble imbues the space with masculine energy, with bold details in brushed painted teak. The huge shower gives the entire space the feel of a spa. The cabin itself is bathed in blue, red and white. A blue silk carpet shimmers in the light and provides a warm shade of colour. The headboard of the bed is a personalised design in velour and embroidery with colourful details. In contrast to the owner’s previous yachts, the designers decided to have the master suite in this space to make the most of the view and enjoy the luxury of a private aft terrace. Here there are several distinct spaces to relax in, including a dining table, two sunbeds, sofas and coffee tables and even a hanging egg chair. As on the deck below, sliding glass panels, reflecting the distinguished curves of the superstructure, protect the deck and its occupants from the elements.
Towards the bow on this deck is the state-of-the-art bridge. The owner likes to spend a lot of time in the bridge, which is why it features a Hermes-style raised sofa and table to sit back and enjoy the navigation. Aft of the bridge there’s a large cabin for the captain. The sundeck houses a gym that includes a kinesis machine and hidden television screens. The sundeck aft is a large exterior space used to store a Husky seaplane. When at anchor, the seaplane is lowered into the water and the entire bridge becomes a dance floor and party space which is equipped with a bar in backlit white ICE-glass.
On the main deck aft is the impressive 9-metre pool and jacuzzi. Alongside are the sunpads and sofas that slide on a rail mechanism to cover the technical areas when not in use. Further forward there are two large formal dining tables. Round sofas and coffee tables provide separation between spaces, as does a bar with custom bar stools. The large glass sliding doors to the salon allow for an easy flow between interior and exterior and details such as the red, white and blue scatter cushions and the subtle blue piping on the bar stools enhance the design relationship between inside and outside.
The lower deck hosts the spa and the wellness centre. A large foldout balcony on the starboard side also functions as a reception space for guests arriving by tender. The spa itself is a relaxing and peaceful space with intricate mosaic tiles and lacquered wood details. A sliding door reveals a well-stocked bar next to a circular day bed. A huge circular ice shower leads to a beauty and hair salon, a massage room and a Hammam and sun shower. There is also a bathroom here which, in line with the rest of the yacht, proudly displays a blue loo seat. Also from a technical point of view, Madsummer is world class. In a superyacht first, the yacht boasts a peak levelling system thanks to a special battery pack. This 125kW, lithium-ion battery pack ensures the electrical generators can always run on the best percentage, burning less fuel and requiring less maintenance by storing the excess energy produced. It then uses this to fuel the system and level the peaks if the system requires more energy, removing the need to start another generator.
The foredeck is certified for helicopter operations and bunkering, and a helicopter can also be stowed on the aft sundeck. Thanks to its two powerful MTU 16V4000M63 IMO compliant diesel engines, Madsummer has a range of up to 6,000 nautical miles at 12 knots and a top speed of 17 knots. A round-the-world trip and a Pacific cruise are the order of the day, with the galley and cold storage being designed with long distances in mind. A crew of 29 members is on hand, with spa professionals and dive masters among them to ensure guests can enjoy every aspect of this exciting yacht.
Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co. KG
Zum Alten Speicher
D-28759 Bremen · Germany
Builder: Lürssen, 2019
Designer exterior: Harrison Eigsgaard • Designer interior: Studio Laura Sessa
Hull Length 95.00m • Length in waterline 83.50m • Beam 14.00m • Draught 3.90m • Construction material Steel/aluminium • Gross Tonnage 3,120 GT • Speed 18 knots • Range at 12 knots 6,000 nm • Fresh water capacity 49 t • Fresh water makers 2 x 30 t/day • Sewage system DVZ-Services • Stabilizers 4 x Quantum-2200 HD XT zero speed • Air conditioning Heinen + Hopman • Berths 2 owner, 18 guests in 9 cabins, 6 officer in 6 cabins, 23 crew in 12 cabins • Tender 1 x 11m Maori Limo Tender • 1 x 10m Ocean1 RIB • 1 x 6.7m Ski Nautique • 1 x 6.2m Fassmer Fast Rescue
Main propulsion: 2 MTU 16V 4000 M73/ 2.560 kW at 1970 rpm • Generator sets 3 MTU 12V 2000 M51A / 590 kVA / 470 kW • Soot particle filter 3 x HUG for Auxiliary Gensets • Emergency Genset: 1 x MTU S 60/ 312 kVA (250 kW) • Propulsion 2 gear boxes ZF, 2 Schaffran fixed pitch propellers • Steering 2 Rolls-Royce steering gears with Becker Marine Systems high lift rudders • Bow thruster Brunvoll tunnel thruster FU-45 LRC 1375, 300 kW at 350 rpm • Stern thruster Schottel water jet propulsion unit type SPJ 82 RD, 300 kW at 1100 rpm • Fuel capacity 280 t
Class: Lloyds Register +100A1 SSC Yacht Mono G6 + LMC UMS
The boat can be chartered at 1,400,000 Euros per week, excluding taxes
(Lürssen Madsummer, beyond imagination – Barchemagazine.com – March 2020)