Navigating the Minimal Aesthetics

A warm, subdued and moody setting. Norm Architects show how minimal interiors can be warm and cosy, while still highly functional on board Bella, a brand new 22 metres yacht.

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A warm, subdued and moody setting. Norm Architects show how minimal interiors can be warm and cosy, while still highly functional on board Bella, a brand new 22 metres yacht.

Bella is the first of the Y/Yachts model Y7 and was developed in cooperation with American designer Bill Tripp, considered one of the world’s best naval architects. The goal was to combine comfortable sailing with competitive sailing performance and like all Y/Yachts formats, “Bella” was manufactured in Greifswald by Michael Schmidt Yachtbau. 

The stunning interiors of the Y7 were designed by Danish Norm Architects. Their approach to interior architecture, minimal aesthetics and materiality has been translated and applied to the yacht settings. The use of built-in lights, natural materials and matt finishes bring out a warm and exclusive feel throughout the interior.

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We aimed to achieve a simpler framework by correcting the unnecessary elements of the boat and embracing the natural curves of the ship.

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Applied wood veneer, papier stone, architectural hardware in blackened steel and coarse-woven textile. The chosen materials amplify each other through their textures.
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Doors inside the yacht are designed with seamless door frames as crisp details rather than disruptive elements.
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“The main design elements of the boat are tactile sufaces, natural materials and matt finishes” says Norm Architects.
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Norm Architects have accomplished a warm and pleasant feel onboard.
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Colors are tone-on-tone for a subdued, moody setting.
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Minimal aesthetics and materiality define the boat’s exterior design as well.

More of Bella:

Take a virtual tour onboard here.

To test sail Bella at Palma de Mallorca, send an email to be contacted about a reservation.

Norm Architects Design Team: Peter Eland, Linnea Ek Blæhr
Location: Greifswald, Germany
Contractor: Michael Schmidt Yachtbau
Completed: March 2019
Photography: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen