If Milan was accessible by sea, the design cognoscenti might head to this year’s Salone del Mobile on a Firmship designed by Antwerp-based atelier Studio Job. Combining its creators’ signature whimsicality with a newfound functionality, this is a boat that embraces both sides of the design world in a vessel that defines the cliché of classic with a twist. Commissioned by Casper Visser, founder of design manufacturer Moooi, the original brief was to install an interior into a traditional 42ft hull that showcased contemporary notions of luxury in a vessel that would be used for family outings. Studio Job founders Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel responded by using the highest quality teak on the doors, interior fittings and outdoor tables and chairs, and using Corian for the superstructure and interior surfaces. The Studio Job originality is subtle but in evidence – see the skull and cross bones motif at the center of the helm’s steering wheel, the cushions upholstered with insect-emblazoned fabric, and the stained glass window that divides the interior. So pleased was Visser with his weekend boat that he decided to turn it into a business. And so Firmship was born, with Studio Job as artistic directors, and a course set to launch boats that marry the classic with the ultra contemporary.