LIFESTYLE

5 MUST-KNOWS ABOUT TEXTILES


Often overlooked in the yacht interior design process is the meticulous consideration of textiles. While much attention is given to selecting the perfect visual appearance and the right textural geometry, the vital aspects of fabric functionality can sometimes be sidelined. My experience has shown that such oversights can lead to unforeseen challenges more frequently than owners anticipate.

Regardless of the textile you opt for within your interior, I present to you my five essential recommendations to assess for each of them:


V+A 74meters megayacht, interior designed by Salt & Water studio

1.ENSURE THE DURABILITY OF THE CHOSEN MATERIAL
Although many fabrics on the deck may look great, they can lack the necessary durability to withstand the atmospheric conditions present on the water. Wind, sun, and salty air contribute to the rapid fading and deterioration of the chosen fabrics.
Have you selected fabric for sunbathing cushions on which you can sit without worry, even in a wet swimsuit shortly after coming out of the sea?
Tip: Choose durable fabrics like solution-dyed acrylics. These fabrics retain their qualities even in the face of challenges posed by open waters.


2.PAY ATTENTION TO THE MATERIAL’S MOISTURE RESISTANCE
Let’s go below deck into the guest cabins. Neglecting the moisture resistance of fabrics can result in the growth of mold, uncomfortably sticky surfaces, and a compromised appearance. Regardless of the design quality, a high level of humidity can transform guest cabins into breeding grounds for unwanted microorganisms.
Tip: To confront these challenges, consider using synthetic materials such as acrylic or polyester. These fibers will prevent the growth of mold.


Master cabin on Acapella 39m sailing yacht, designed by Salt & Water studio

3.OPT FOR SUN-RESISTANT FABRIC
Selected fabrics can look remarkable, but if they lack proper UV protection, they will quickly fade under the influence of the sun’s rays.
Tip: Choose high-quality fabrics like the renowned Sunbrella. These fabrics are resistant, they do not lose color under the influence of UV radiation, and they maintain their shine throughout many journeys.


4.CHOOSE PRACTICAL FABRICS TO MINIMIZE CLEANING WORRIES
When you step inside, elegance must harmonize with practicality, especially in the dining area. Modern fabrics add charm to the space, but it’s crucial that they are stain-resistant. This is a characteristic not to be overlooked, as it can cause discomfort and complications later during vessel usage.
Tip: Choose fabrics treated to be stain-resistant. This straightforward choice guarantees that dirt won’t diminish the brilliance of your space, allowing you to indulge in carefree enjoyment.


Salon for the Dix 430 sailing catamaran designed by Salt & Water studio

5.SELECT COMFORTABLE FABRICS
Lastly, let’s explore the art of comfort. While durability is essential, the experience of your guests must not be overlooked. Scratchy and uncomfortable fabrics can undermine the relaxation and enjoyment you strive to provide.
Tip: Elevate the comfort of your guest cabins by paying attention to details such as bed linens. Consider not only the design but also the number of counted threads in your sheets. This intricate factor contributes to the tactile pleasure your guests will experience, enhancing their stay on board.


Svetlana Mojić Džakula
Architect and yacht designer, owner of Salt & Water studio
www.saltandwater.rs

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