Hylas 57 by Hot Lab: Design Evolution
The form and styling of the Hylas 57 is for sure a headturner. Its flowing lines, integrated hardtop with extending awning, windshield and the innovative social spaces in the cockpit and aft deck make it worthy of further investigation
The fundamental design and overall look of the Hylas 57 has proven to be an immediate winner. But Hylas feels that the interior build quality and styling is worth as much consideration as the performance of the yacht, after all you buy a house based on features and location but what makes it a home is what you do with the interior.
‘We often hear folks refer to a Hylas interior as an evolution,’ said Peggy Huang, Director at Hylas Yachts. ‘Each new owner brings a few personal touches and modifications that best suit their particular tastes and needs. As prospective owners start to consider their own interior looks, they pick up on the nuances that others have introduced over the years. From the layout and cabinetry point of view these changes become fewer as time goes on as there must always be functional considerations and there is only a finite amount of space. The look and feel however is almost always an enhancement of a yacht that has gone before.’
With the introduction of new models like the Hylas 60 and Hylas 57 the designers paid much attention to the structural interior. However, there are opportunities to make delicate changes that can be considered beyond color, fabrics, textures and finishes. What is missing with the launch of a new model is the benefit of multiple owners having applied their own thoughts and ultimately providing the guidance for the next generation.
The coloring of the rig, hardtop and hull is coordinated to fit the Hot Lab interior color palette
Introducing an interior designer for each build would be a costly undertaking for the new owner. This would also be prohibitive for the factory as there is a significant impact on the factory’s ability to source from known suppliers that allow the yard to manage quality and monitor service. That being said wouldn’t it be nice to just let go and see what an award-winning interior designer could do with the yacht?
In recent years there have been huge developments in design software and the introduction of synthetic materials that hold up well in the marine environment. The possibilities are becoming almost impossibly infinite. The question then is how to help owners buying the new models to appreciate these possibilities without the benefit of multiple preceding builds. The answer comes from an introduction to Hot Lab, an interior yacht design house based in Italy. They are well established in the super yacht world and have been working with Hylas for close to 5 years.
The owners of hull #3 of the H57, are no strangers to the value an award winning interior designer can bring to the project. They have given Hot Lab a fairly open brief and, between the concept drawings and mood boards developed by Hot Lab, have come up with an interior that is quite striking. The interior is clearly ‘designer’ and befitting a yacht that brings a new level enhanced lifestyle to the performance cruiser market.
Making a splash
With final ‘sign off’ in place, the factory has been busy sourcing fabrics, woods, cutting surfaces, designer fixtures and fittings from around the globe. CEO Andy Huang recognizes the complexity in a project like this but there is also a good deal of learning and opportunities to engage with suppliers that may be called upon with a future build.
‘There is nothing more exciting than seeing a truly spectacular yacht coming to life in our facilities,’ said Andy Huang. “This is something that is only really possible if the yard is heavily vested in the brand. We will never compromise on quality. We recognize there will be new materials and manufacturing techniques and, as this is a showcase concept, we are willing to put in the time to ensure a Hylas quality finish. It’s good to have one of these detailed concept designs for each new model as it will help our future clients to make their own decisions.’
The design consideration does not end with the interior and in fact it spills out to align the exterior of the yacht. The coloring of the rig, hardtop and hull is all coordinated to fit the Hot Lab color palette. Even selecting the most suitable color for the sails that are available from North in their latest 3di sail material, has been taken into consideration.
Photos Hylas & Abner Kingman