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Firmship 42 by Willem Nieland & Studio Job

The new Firmship 42 is a classic boat with a modern look. With the artistic directions by Studio Job who have modernized nautical traditions — without losing any of today’s functional comfort. The Firmship is a classic boat of the type that was still being built fifty years ago; an honest boat exuding confidence that will still be admired fifty years from now. What makes the boat even more striking is that literally everything is grey, from the railing and the bollards to the sundeck and even the throttle. Yet the Firmship is anything but drab or boring. Bold, or firm actually: a Firmship.

The boat’s forceful and bold exterior is designed by nautical architect Willem Nieland. The deck, the interior and colouring is a choice of Studio Job, the design duo whose artistic ornaments have earned them a worldwide reputation. With great subtlety, icons of our seafaring past have been worked into the interior, but given an unexpected twist. The sofa is upholstered in prints showing anchors, Moby Dick and skull and crossbones. A stained glass window between the cabin and the pilothouse displays the same ‘iconography’. At Studio Job, dream and reality become one. The interior can be added to as desired, with items selected from Studio Job’s custom-made design — a bronze ship’s bell, for instance, or a marquetry cabinet. Even people who do not normally like boats are attracted to the Firmship. It is more than just a boat: it is a home.

Firmship 42 by Studio Job, Willem Nieland

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

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