Northern Lights creates galactic illumination aboard Galaxy Yacht • Hotel Designs

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Under the inspired direction of Njord by Bergman Design House, the yacht interior has undergone a significant transformation, including cosmic design features to fit the unique galactic brief, with bespoke lighting by Northern Lights to underpin it all. The interior design brief called for entertainment-led social areas with cosmic-inspired accents, personal touches and eye-catching details. In just a short time, the yacht’s interior has been transformed into an ‘entertainment spaceship’.

bespoke lighting in the saloon bar by Northern Lights on the Galaxy yacht

Image credit: Jack Hardy

The vessel features curated luxury on every level, including a private nightclub, multi-sensory saloon, meditation and wellness space, a cinema room and private music studio, a touch-and-go helipad, and a private party deck. The wallpaper is designed by Dylan Cole, concept art director of the Academy Award-winning film Avatar, to resemble a futuristic forest, while a DJ booth can be set up against a backdrop of backlit agate.

Northern Lights have previously developed installations for the marine sector, having designed and manufactured an array of bespoke decorative lighting for the luxury cruise ships Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity in recent years. However, this particular venture provided their design team with new challenges, allowing them to demonstrate their 35 years of design and manufacturing capabilities.

“Northern Lights again responded well to our brief and realised the beautiful lighting designs with the same attention to detail and high quality fabrication and finishing we have come to expect. It is always a pleasure to work with them,” said Marie Soliman, Co-Founder Bergman Design House.

bespoke chandelier by Northern Lights on the upper deck of Galaxy yacht

Image credit: Jack Hardy

The yacht’s stunning main saloon benefits from a diverse range of beautiful bespoke decorative lighting that have been carefully handcrafted and skillfully finished by the Northern Lights’ master artisans. Towards the rear of the room, where the sea views encompass one’s vision, a quartz chandelier haloes a marvellous round table surrounded by individual plush leather seats. The expertly crafted fitting comprises thirty-two individual old English brass drops that each hold small, medium and large quartz rocks that refract the light from the recessed lamps beautifully. The chandelier uses shake-proof washers to ensure that the vibration caused by the boat travelling does not compromise the fitting. It’s the combination of aesthetic and engineering considerations in the lighting design that made Northern Lights the natural choice for this project.

Northern Lights designed and manufactured the bespoke brass chandelier over the round table onboard Galaxy

Image credit: Jack Hardy

The round table and other parts of the living areas are delicately enlightened by contemporary old English brass wall lights, with radiant LED strips within the fixtures that shine beautifully onto the walls behind them. In the grand lounge and bar area, numerous high-profile artistic installations bring an immediate sense of wealth and luxury to the room. Fixed to the marble bar is an exquisite patinated natural brass framework that houses seven brass ‘drums’, each complete with natural alabaster discs. The discs, when illuminated, show the alabaster’s truly exceptional form. This intricate framework ensures that the light travels to every corner of the room, maintaining thorough luminance throughout the area.

“As one of the UK’s leading decorative lighting companies, Northern Lights keep as much of the manufacturing as possible under one roof in our UK factory for full control at every stage of the process,” explained Donna Gridley, Head of Creative, Northern Lights. “Blending engineering excellence, luxury materials & finishes and exquisite artisan techniques has allowed us to create some of the most iconic luxury bespoke lighting on a global scale, and this project is no exception.”

focus lighting in the guestroom on the Galaxy super yacht

Image credit: Jack Hardy

The master bedroom uses a pair of entirely bespoke wall-fixed light old English brass and alabaster bedside pendants. Delicately turned white alabaster shades are amplified by interior puck lamps refracted by quartz smoked crystal. The celestially-inspired lights were carefully designed to match with the galactic-themed bedroom, which boasts a ceiling decorated with nebulas. The guest room takes a more traditional approach with sumptuous marble, wooden cladding, and mirrors reflecting stunning ocean views throughout the room. The bedsides are beautifully illuminated by two Iveston lamps from Northern Lights’ Signature Range. The Iveston table lamp has a unique shape that comprises an old English brass body atop a granite base with an English brass shade. Thanks to its multifunctional design, it lends itself perfectly to a variety of different interior schemes.

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Main image credit: Jack Hardy


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