The inside story of the first Matica

The inside story of the first Matica

18 apr 2016

The impressive interior of the first Matica project from Moonen’s Caribbean series has been designed by the Adam Lay Studio in the UK. In this Moonen Journal we talk to the yacht’s owners and to Adam and Kelda Lay about how their cooperation has worked and the exciting results that will soon be unveiled.

In a 20-year career to date, Adam Lay has worked on famous yachts such as the Js Velsheda and Endeavour, Feadships like Northern Light, Barbara Jean and Detroit Eagle, the motoryachts Reverie (Benetti) and Lady Kathryn V (Lürssen), and sailing yachts such as Salperton III, Salperton IV and the quintuple award-winning Inukshuk.  

“Working with the Moonen team on the new Caribbean series Matica has been a wonderful experience,” Adam says. “Once the fixed joinery was designed, Kelda – who is also a qualified interior designer – and I set about sourcing and specifying furnishing fabrics together with the owners.”  

As experienced owners, the clients had a clear design brief in mind. “Our aim was to incorporate contemporary and cosy elements, with lots of natural light,” they explain. “Adam worked with us to achieve a sense of space defined by clean lines and highlighted by beautiful fabrics and wonderful abstract art. Durability was a major consideration for the fabrics as our teenagers bring lots of friends on board. At the same time, we wanted a modern, calming atmosphere as we intend the yacht to be a place of relaxation.”  

Foraging for fabrics
Kelda Lay describes the process that followed the establishment of the design brief. “We made regular trips to the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour in London to source fabrics, foraging through fabric books to find suitable samples. Our initial instincts regarding the Matica were pretty spot on as we agreed on a fabric scheme during the first presentation to the owners!”  

The owners are indeed very enthusiastic with how things are panning out. “It has been a true pleasure to work together with Adam and Kelda, who have helped us work out design principles that will result in an ideal boat for the whole family. Their composed demeanour has been wonderful for us as we lead very busy lives.”  

Team work
As well as fabrics for blinds, sofas, chairs and cushions, Adam Lay Studio works with Gillian Weir Ltd for bed linens and accessories. The chinaware, glassware and linen for the Matica were chosen according to the same principles of classic simplicity. “Adam has guided us brilliantly, creating a perfect balance of aesthetics and practicality,” the owners add.  

“The team at Gillian Weir supplied lovely presentations of linens and towels that blended harmoniously with the main fabric scheme,” Adam says. “Likewise, the chinaware, glassware and linen are meticulously chosen to ensure a lifestyle that feels rich and inviting. We source every little detail, right down to the soap dispensers, waste paper baskets, trays, tissue box covers, candles and coasters.”  

Adam Lay Studio is also shaping the exterior deck spaces to suit the interior colour scheme. “We source all exterior fixed upholstery fabrics and scatter cushions, producing hand-drawn sketches to show the owners how each seating, lounging or sunbathing area will look,” Kelda adds. “This includes stitching and piping details to make sure the finish is, like everything else on this marvellous yacht, impeccable.”  

The first Moonen Matica – and the first completed yacht in the new Carribbean series – is  due to be launched this summer. Construction of a larger model, the 37m/120’/350 GT Martinique, has already started. The hull is almost complete and work on the superstructure is well underway. New owners are being actively sought who could be enjoying life on the high seas in the summer of 2017.