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Belgium based design firm Studio Job have designed modern boat called ‘Firmship 42’ in collaboration with Dutch nautical architect Willem Nieland. Following is the description by Studio Job, “The new Firmship 42 is a classic boat with a modern look. With the artistic directions by Studio Job who have modernized nautical traditions – without losing any of the today’s functional comfort.
The Firmship is a classic boat of the type that was still built fifty years ago; an honest boat exuding confidence that will still be admired fifty years from now. What makes the boat even more striking is that literally everything is grey, from the railing and the bollards to the sundesk and even the throttle. Yet the Firmship is anything but drab or boring, Bold, or firm actually; a Firmship.
The boat has been finished with the craftsman’s precision, reinforcing its timelessness. Teak has been used for the doors, the deck furniture and the interior finish. The wood used for the cabin’s interior has been finished in such a way that the grain of the individual planks is seamlessly joined. Even the captain’s seat has been custom-made for the Firmship. Comfort is luxurious but not obtrusive; warm, rather, and welcoming.
The boat’s forceful and bold exterior is designed by nautical architect Willem Nieland. The deck, the interior and coloring is a choice of Studio Job, the design duo whose artistic ornaments have erned them a worldwide reputation. With great subtlety, icons of our seafaring past have been worked into the interior, but given an unexpected twist. The sofa is upholstered in prints showing anchors, Moby Dick and a skull and crossbones. A stained glass window between the cabin and pilothouse displays the same ‘iconography’. At Studio Job, dream and reality become one. The interior can be added as desired, with items selected from Studio Job’s custom-made designs – a bronze ship’s bell, for instance, or a marquetry cabinet. Even people who do not normally like boats are attracted to the Firmship. It is more than just a boat; it is a home.”