“The client’s request that the boat must feel ‘urban at sea’”, is what Christian Liagire cites as what fuelled his sophisticated, apartment-like interior design for Vertigo, a 220ft sailing yacht. On deck, are no portholes or overuse of teak, replaced instead with the sort of decoration that might be found in a downtown Manhattan penthouse: sleek, custom-designed furniture, black sandblasted floorboards, tinted white lacquered surfaces, carefully considered lighting and everything flush. Though Liaigre is something of an expert at beach homes (see our profile of the designer by clicking here), Vertigo is typical of Liagire-in-the-city, which is exactly what the owners wanted. “As they plan to stay long periods onboard, they want to feel in a light atmosphere instead of the more traditional "nautical signature".

The beauty of Vertigo is both internal and external, the latter created by renowned naval architect Philippe Briand who gave Liaigre the ultimate dimensions and superstructure to work with. For a yacht of such size, Vertigo is unique both in that its foredeck and passage way are entirely flush, and the fact that it has an almost vertical bow – the two features that create its modern silhouette.

Bathed in a light from glass walls the surround the main saloon, Liaigre used the wrap around lines to fulfil his client’s brief: “The long sinuous longitudinal side cabinets create the link between all the spaces. It visually extends the deck and can be read as the edge of an internal cockpit,” he says. “All the furniture has been custom designed in order to match perfectly with the “sporty chic” of the yacht.” And so urban-at-sea was launched: Vertigo, the yacht that looks as sleek in Manhattan as it does in the Mediterranean.