Patrick Knowles Designs stands as America’s top yacht interior design firm specializing in custom megayacht, superyacht and aircraft interiors. Combining decades of experience in the marine industry with that of the aviation industry, Patrick Knowles’ team of yacht interior designers delight clients from all over the world with a rare blend of skills – exceptional creativity, relentless attention to detail, staunch commitment to on-time delivery and perhaps the most rare – the ability to listen, understand, interpret and transform ideas into results that exceed client expectations. This holds true in every aspect of the work they do, from the first client meeting through design concept, execution and delivery.
The information below highlights the extensive yacht interior experience of the management team, which is supported by a seasoned group of CAD design specialists, project coordinators and office management professionals.
With 23 years as a yacht interior designer, Patrick Knowles has worked with all of the major U.S. shipyards including Burger, Christensen, Delta, Hatteras, Nordlund, Palmer Johnson, and Trinity Yachts as well as international yards including Feadship, ISA and others. Recognition for his exceptional yacht interior design talents include the Judges’ Special Commendation for M/Y Blind Date in the World Superyacht Awards, three prestigious ShowBoats International awards – “Best Refit Award” for M/Y Inevitable, “Best Design Award” for M/Y Best in Show and “Best Refit Award” for M/Y Hellios2 – as well as several nominations for International Superyacht Society awards. Also noteworthy is his firm’s status as the first yacht interior design firm to become a Yacht Partner of the International Seakeepers Society. In addition to his experience in the yacht interior design industry, Patrick has designed some 35 aircrafts for corporate clients, VIPs and heads of state. Patrick is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Council for Interior Design Certification and licensed by the state of Florida. He has also served as a board member for the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.
As design project manager for Patrick Knowles Designs, Janet Schlembach is responsible for supervising projects from beginning to end, overseeing project production and directing office departments and staff. Janet has more than 20 years experience in design and has overseen the production of many different projects from start to finish, including design development, space planning, furniture and finishes selection as well as scheduling and production coordination. In addition to her work in Fort Lauderdale, Janet has worked internationally in Italy, Germany, Morocco, Greece and Malaysia on a variety of yacht interior, residential and commercial projects.
With more than 18 years experiences, Stewart is field operations manager for Patrick Knowles Designs. As field operations manager, he serves as liaison between Patrick Knowles Designs and all shipyards the company is engaged with in developing new-build megayacht interior design projects. He is also responsible for overseeing and maintaining communications between the shipyards and Patrick Knowles Designs to ensure that the demands of the build schedule are being met. Bridges’ career includes many years of experience in construction, development and industrial engineering, most recently as head of his own construction and development company in Tampa, Florida.
Nancy C. Kehl, Business Manager of Patrick Knowles Designs, is responsible for the financial management and implementation of all new construction and refit projects, from formulation of the initial client meeting and contractual agreements, thru the proposal, purchasing, billing and delivery process.
Nancy is a full charge bookkeeper and with her staff manages accounts receivable/payable, general ledger work through financial statements and financial planning for Patrick Knowles Designs.
Her responsibilities also encompass management of the various insurance policies for the firm; casualty, general liability, workers compensation, as well as the implementation of all employee insurance and benefits.
Nancy hails from Stamford, Ct. and attended Sacred Heart University, Bridgeport, Ct. before relocating to Fort Lauderdale 35 years ago and joining the United Parcel Service’s Truck Leasing division as an Administrator. After 5 years she left to begin her 30 year career in the marine industry, beginning with a 7 year stint as an Administrative /Accounting Supervisor for Chris Craft Industries. For the past 22 years she and Patrick Knowles have worked together in the yacht interior design industry and assisted Patrick when he founded his own firm – Patrick Knowles Designs.
She currently resides in Fort Lauderdale with her son Michael and her two Jack-Russell pups! She enjoys cooking, gardening and travelling in her free time. Nancy and her extended family in New York and Connecticut are actively engaged in fundraising efforts for The Lustgarten Foundation to help cure Pancreatic Cancer.