Great expectations

Officially debuting at Monaco Yacht Show, 111-metre Tis by Lürssen was honoured with the 2019 MYS Superyacht Awards Interior Design Award.

Photography by Michal Baginski

10 October 2019


Her powerful exterior with her ice-classed hull assures guests of a safe and comfortable vessel for cruising the world, while inside, she boasts a sumptuous yet delicate interior that delights and surprises in equal measure.

Tis was built in 2019 to PYC class by Lürssen Yachts in Germany, with both interior and exterior design by Winch Design.

With her long and well-balanced sheerline, Tis is an unequivocally elegant yacht. Her precise proportions and sweeping curves allow a yacht of her size to be both grand and graceful.

With a beam of 16.85 metres she boasts fantastic interior volumes, which have been designed to be both spacious and intimate.

The design brief was for Tis to feel light, fresh and open, but with a classical twist. Calacatta Vogli marble is used throughout, while the walls and ceilings have been given a cream hand-dragged paint effect with 23.8 carat gold ceiling profiles.


Amidships on the main deck is a stunning formal entrance lobby. The elegant sweeping marble staircase with ornately carved brushed steel and 23.8 carat gold handrail creates an impressive first sight for guests and sets the tone for the rest of this palatial yacht.

Suspended above the lobby are the hanging balconies of the upper decks, allowing for the visually stunning impact of a quadruple height ceiling.

A lift shell inspired by Le Bristol in Paris with its own ornate sofa inside completes this space. Moving aft, the lobby opens into the formal office and dining room, via the amusing infinity-style mirrored wine storage. On the port side is a bespoke dining table that seats 16 comfortably. This space has been designed to fulfil a dual purpose and converts into a boardroom.

Marquetry inserts in the table remove to reveal plug sockets and charging points, and a large painting disappears to reveal a television screen for conference calls. To starboard there is a formal office and lounge that can be opened up to create one large conference space, or both rooms can be individually closed off for privacy.

The saloon breathes fresh life into a classic setting. Cascading down into the room with grand impact are two ornate staircases. Warm creams, dark oak Palais de Versailles-style parquet and rich blue tones give the room a formal and classy feel.

The traditional carved furniture is classic Louis XIV to Louis XVIII style, and there is plenty of impressive marquetry within the mahogany timbers, with fruit inlays and gold gilding details. The impossibly soft cream and blue silk carpet takes its inspiration from both the leaf design of the staircase and classical Parisian archives, tying the room together in both style and colour.

Up these stairs is the Owner’s saloon. With a colour palette of creams and off whites and pops of lime green in the soft furnishings, this space is just as luxurious as the main salon but in a more informal way.

The space is peppered with beautiful antique objets d’art, tied together with silk De Gournay artwork of Parisian monuments. Hanging from the leather-embossed ceiling dome is a stunning glass chandelier with cascading hand-blown leaves of glass.

Aft of the saloon is a large winter garden-style aft deck, with sliding glass doors to keep the elements at bay.

A large mahogany dining table is the main al fresco dining space on board. There is a large bar with bespoke matching bar stools and built-in seating areas, including a large chaise, armchairs and an elliptical sofa.

Forward on this deck is the Owner’s stateroom. A serene haven away from the world, it includes a private hair and beauty salon and massage room, his-and-hers bathrooms, dressing rooms and private balconies and a full beam cabin with 180-degree views over the bow.

The Owner’s cabin is decorated in a calm colour palette of warm creams, sage greens and precious metals. Furniture including a sofa and an ottoman give the room a lived-in and cosy feel. Crisp white bedding with scatter cushions in greens and pinks create an inviting space to get away from the world and stargaze at night thanks to the large skylight above the bed.

During the day, this same skylight allows the sun and sky to pour in, adding another dimension to the views. Forward, a private terrace features two exterior nooks with tables and built in upholstered sofas.

There are eight guest cabins, each representing a unique geographic destination. On the lower deck, Provence and China Seas can be arranged into singles or double, with the rest of the guest cabins in a double formation with optional sofa beds. Each of the cabins enjoys an astounding level of coherence within their individual themes, with the most minute of details linking each of the spaces.

Provence is light and playful, with soft yellow silk wallpaper incorporating a bee theme. China Seas enjoys a soft mint green colour palette. Canvas textured walls, bamboo side tables and an embroidered bamboo pattern on the leading edge of the curtains reflect the oriental theme. Russian Dacha and Tuscany also go to great lengths to transport their occupants to their respective destinations, with hand carved headboards, bespoke tiebacks and lampshades and matching marbles used for both the side tables and the bathrooms.

On the main deck are London, Paris, New York and Marrakech. Two of these cabins possess a sofa bed, large desk, armchairs and side table, while the other two boast large armchairs.

London takes its inspiration from Claridges, with a quintessentially BriTish décor of mahogany and marquetry. The colour theme is crisp whites and rich blues, with a stunning blue marble bathroom, while Paris is an homage to a bygone age, with Fleur-de-Lis motifs and Toile de Jouy on the fabrics.

New York takes Art Deco to another level, picking the most elegant details from that era. Beige feature stone with high-gloss rosewood, a nod to the Chrysler Tower and fan shape details all come together to create a thread that you can unmistakably identify. Marrakech has serious impact, with deep pink accents and furniture boasting a mother of pearl inlay. Hand embossed metal side tables are custom made for this space, as is the day bed along the window.

Both the beach club and the spa are also tied together via geography, this time through a Capri-inspired décor. The beach club is a transitional space between the exterior and interior; a luxurious and relaxing halfway house.

Lime-washed oak panels give the space a bright feel and there is a huge bar complete with matching bar stools, dining table and sofas. Teak flooring helps bridge the inside and outside spaces, but a custom pattern removes any hint of the industrial. Through a side door to starboard is a sauna, ice fountain and shower, which leads onto a foldout swim platform.

On the bridge deck, the spa features a citrus theme. The Lemon Grove is a dedicated relaxation room, with carved stone lemon trees climbing the walls. There is a Hammam, a hair salon, a massage room with Capri-themed painted walls and a day head with a bold honey onyx vanity and mosaic floor.

The stone floors throughout have been hand-chipped to give a soft, aged feel. Aft of the spa is the impressively equipped modern gym, complete with four live lemon trees, which leads out to the twelve-metre long infinity pool and jacuzzi. This space is primarily for lounging and relaxing, with plenty of integrated sunbeds and built-in seating around the bar. A rain shower appears from the ceiling on one side, while on the other a hanging chair is a playful touch.

The upper deck is home to the most unexpected room on board: a Parisian Ladurée-inspired tearoom. This unique space is a feminine tribute to this elegant pastime, with traditional tones of pastel greens, pinks and purples.

Louis XVI-inspired sofas and armchairs link to the trims on the curtains via scatter cushions, all in the colours traditional to the famous French paTisserie. An exterior space forward comprises two pilot chairs and a further casual seating and dining nook.

A world away from this bright utopia is the cosy art deco cinema, located amidships on the lower deck. It can be accessed either by the main staircase, or, more dramatically, via a glass corridor from the guest cabins that bisects the double height engine room. This soundproofed space allows guests a usually impossible but very exciting view into the heart of the yacht.

Tis has a top speed of 18 knots and a range of 7,000 nautical miles at 12 knots cruising speed thanks to her two 3,200 kW engines. Elastically-mounted engine equipment ensures quiet running, and the three generators are encapsulated in custom boxes, dampening the sound. Extending zero-speed stabiliser fins deliver a smooth experience both underway and at anchor.

The yacht is fitted for Tier III conversion and the exhaust system is equipped with HUG particle filters and soot burners, providing excellent fuel efficiency and lower emissions. A heat recovery system saves energy by using heat loss from the generators for heating the pool.

The bridge enjoys a sleek finish in lime-washed oak and navy blue. The systems are state-of-the-art and boast the most modern software, with everything integrated from security, to dynamic positioning, to the radar. Down below is a large crew mess, as well as a crew tv room and gym for downtime. There is also a hospital room with medical equipment.

Helicopter operations can take place from two locations, with the bow strengthened and certified for parking, take off and landings and the aft of the top deck designed for more occasional operation.

When not in use, this deck also doubles as both a dance floor and an outdoor cinema, with removable outdoor furniture. Support boats include two customised 38-foot Wajer tenders in both limo and open versions. Up to five PWCs are stored on board as well as two rescue tenders and various water toys.



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