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Top yacht designers: 5 luxury yacht interiors by Donald Starkey
Mar 15, 2019

Donald Starkey has been known for designing some of the world’s best yachts since 1989 earning him no less than 26 awards when it comes to his design accomplishments. His work is highlighted by the unique and timeless elegance that defines the interiors he created.

Top yacht designers: 5 luxury yacht interiors by Donald Starkey

His main inspirations come from the style of many marking names in fashion and interior design such as Coco Chanel, Le Corbusier, or Mies van der Rohe. Despite beginning his career as an architect, he was involved in a number of large interior design projects from the age of 23, opting to invest in yacht interior design since the 80s.


Top yacht designers: 5 luxury yacht interiors by Donald Starkey

Gigi by Donald Starkey is a beauty when it comes to her interior design, presenting herself with a neutral colors palette with some slight mixes of brown and red thrown in the mix. Among some of her more relevant features, we can point to a Deck Jacuzzi,  an Elevator / Lift, the fact that the whole vessel is Wheelchair Friendly, and some proper Stabilizers at Anchor. She can sleep up to 12 guests in 6 rooms, among them a master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 2 double cabins, and 2 twin cabins.


Built with a Steel hull and Aluminium superstructure this vessel with an interior design by Donald Starkey is definitely the perfect escape paradise for a group who wishes to enjoy some good ol’ times aboard a ship. When it comes to entertainment aside from karaoke and a video on demand she comes equipped with a gym and a jacuzzi. This vessel has enough space for 12 people throughout 9 rooms, including a master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 4 double cabins, and 2 twin cabins.

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The Wellesley

This is one of Donald Starkey’s most chic options with grey being a prevalent color in the furniture and an all-marble bathroom.  If you’re lucky to relax aboard this vessel you can count on timeless styling, beautiful furnishing, and sumptuous seating feature. The Wellesley has enough space for 12 guests in 6 rooms, including a master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 3 triple cabins, and even 2 Pullman beds.


The exterior of Trident has to be one of her most memorable characteristics, featuring a signature Feadship flared bow, designed by Donald Starkey alongside De Voogt Naval Architects. The inside offers a more contemporary design with the touch of a warm and somewhat neutral color scheme across many parts. She can receive 14 guests in 7 staterooms, with one full-beam master stateroom (complete with a king size bed, his and her bathrooms and dressing room on the main deck), one VIP stateroom and five convertible guest staterooms.

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Allogante’s general design work came from Dubois Naval Architects, however, the interior has Donald Starkey’s fingerprint all over it featuring some beautiful textures and materials including Macassar ebony, sycamore, stained Zebrano and olive in the decor and furniture. She can accommodate around 8 guests and has around 6 crew.

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