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February 19, 2016

Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau fuses cutting-edge technology with a century-old legacy of German craftmanship to execute bespoke interior design and architectural projects for its multinational client base. Owner Fritz Straub and managing director Jan Jacobsen share their special blend of high technology and craftsmanship.

From designing and outfitting the interiors for a 150-metre superyacht to turnkey development of a 4,000 sq mhome in the Swiss Alps straight from the set of a James Bond film, technology is an essential cog that helps Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau’s (DWH) manage complex design projects for their private clients around the world.

Technical skill has always played an important part in helping the 115-year-old Dresden-based firm, but today this harmony between high technology and craftsmanship is even more important.

December 30, 2015

Family-owned shipyards are trying to steer a steady course despite choppy conditions. Alan Harper meets the families behind Dutch shipbuilders Amels and Royal Huisman, and Italy’s Overmarine Group

From the outside, few industries look more glossy and alluring than superyacht building. Insiders would shake their heads at such naivété.

“Avoid getting carried away by the glamour, or seduced by the hype,” says one eminent UK consultant. “Some make it - most don’t.” In Viareggio, Italian yacht builder Maurizio Balducci agrees: “The boat business is strange. It’s not straightforward – it’s not like making bread. Sometimes the best commercial strategy is simply not possible.”

August 19, 2013

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has been knocked off his perch as the owner of the world’s biggest superyacht – with a £400 million vessel constructed by a German family business now taking the top honour.

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has been knocked off his perch as the owner of the world’s biggest superyacht – with a £400 million vessel constructed by a German family business now taking the top honour.

At 180 metres, Azzam features six bridges, requires a staff of 50 to run and can reach speeds of 31 knots – according to Yachts France, which compiled the table of the world’s biggest boats.

May 9, 2013

Superyachts are getting bigger and bigger, seemingly oblivious to economic woes. What is it that makes them such a desired object?

If you travelled to the shipyard of the fourth-generation shipbuilder Lürssen in the German town of Bremen-Vegesack at the moment, you would be greeted by a spectacular sight. Floating in one of the docks there is a ship so big that it resembles an aerodynamic block of flats. It looks more like a particularly sleek spaceship than something you might expect to see floating in the water.

April 29, 2013

Royal Huisman has 129-years' experience in delivering some of the world's finest yachts. Fifth-generation chief executive Alice Husiman talkes to CampdenFB about its roots and its move into the superyacht market.

The Dutch know their yachts. They, after all, invented them more than 500 years ago to pursue smugglers around their coast. One hundred and a few years later the good burghers of the Netherlands started seeing the potential of these “jachts”, as they called them, as pleasure crafts. The rest is history.

Dutch shipyards are still famous among sailors for building some of the finest yachts on earth – and not least among these shipyards is the 129-year-old Royal Huisman, maker of a number of the world’s largest and most advanced superyachts.

September 27, 2011

There is a definite coming-of-age party atmosphere at the Monaco Yacht Show this year as the most prestigious event in the global yachting calendar celebrates its 21st birthday.

There is a definite coming-of-age party atmosphere at the Monaco Yacht Show this year as the most prestigious event in the global yachting calendar celebrates its 21st birthday.

February 17, 2011

For the first time in over 10 years, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich has released details of his assets, which are worth an estimated £11 billion

For the first time in over 10 years, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich has released details of his assets, which are worth an estimated £11 billion.

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