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84Isea& iIAUTUMN 2009 Rowell recalls getting the plans in late spring of 2006, and realising the possibilities. " It's incredibly efficient inside", he explains. " We did a calculation on a 39m ( 128') series boat and this has 25 per cent more interior volume for only two metres more length." The design brief promised the best and the worst for the designers; the best thing being that the customer had strong ideas, the worst. the customer had strong ideas. " Actually, we'd rather someone came with pointers, a few strands, and that these clients put glamour high up their list of keywords. Natori's owner wanted ethnic overtones, and some 1930s influences", says Bannenberg. " Art Deco makes us a bit nervous. It's a perilous zone that can turn into an overpowering Lalique- fest. Fortunately here, from the start, everyone agreed on a pretty calm palette. The owner's wife was hugely involved when it came to the fabrics, the weaving- in of African influences, accessory- picking and bigger design themes." Rowell adds. " We're not keen on a totally ' suite- d' look; mixing things is fine by us. The overriding theme was quality materials. The owners were very keen on a layered interior, not just a veneer of style. Even though it's smart, modern, almost urban in some areas, it still comes across as an evolved, lived- in scheme." With Baglietto raring to go, Bannenberg & Rowell Design worked flat out to year end 2006 to produce the first computer- aided design ( CAD) drawings. At least three marathon meetings were held with all parties involved to define the inner layout. The early focus was on the lower decks, where construction would begin, progressing upwards via detailed sketches of the main saloon, and initial visuals of the owner's stateroom and the main deck. " We're getting to know a client," says Rowell. " We need interaction, and that in itself takes time. We had five people working constantly on the designs - an organic, holistic team. We soon pushed the CADs in front of the client to help them realise what was going on." Dickie Bannenberg interjects. " I'm not sure we've had a single client yet who's taken either a healthy or an unhealthy interest in the CAD drawings," he says. " But that's completely normal: people simply understand a 3D visual better. They're much more switched on by a table full of fabrics or piles of timber samples. It's our job to make the engineering side more penetrable for them." The interior theme is African raw materials crafted with Italian style. The principal woods are tropical olive, oak and macassar ebony, and the keynote wall coverings a muted Bill Amberg shagreen and a plain kid calf leather. As the elements were assembled, the build entered a dizzying dual- track process. " When the design process moves into fabrication on a fast project, the designers must soak up demands at both ends", says Rowell. " We're under