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Blog by South Florida Yacht Designer Patrick Knowles focusing on yacht design, private aircraft design, luxury residential design and overall interior design from Fort Lauderdale to an international market.

Find Your Rhythm – Repetition in Design

Find Your Rhythm – Repetition in Design

“Art is pattern formed by sensibility.” —Herbert Read, PoetGood design draws a viewer in, but great design keeps a viewer interested, taking in every aspect of the space. One of the best ways to encourage a roaming eye in a room is with repetition of design elements,...

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Why Every Good Design Begins with a Sketch

Why Every Good Design Begins with a Sketch

“Drawing is vision on paper.” —Andrew LoomisThe world of technology is bursting with design tools, and yet you will often see architects and designers picking up paper and pencil before anything else. Why is that? When a client contacts Patrick Knowles Designs and...

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The Importance of Minimalist Design in Yachting

The Importance of Minimalist Design in Yachting

“Simplicity carried to an extreme becomes elegance.” —UNKNOWNRevive, Living Room, Before & AfterIn its most stripped-down definition, minimalism is about getting rid of any excessive and unnecessary components and features in a room, bringing in only the most...

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Into the Woods

Into the Woods

“To dwellers in a wood, almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its feature.” —THOMAS HARDYRibbon Cut Mahogany in a boxed-pattern sketch face.Writer Thomas Hardy had it correct, every species of tree has its voice, and every species of wood has...

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Rendered VS. Reality

Rendered VS. Reality

“Yatch design is a dream made visual.” —p. knowlesA dream is only a wish, a desire, a thought - until you turn it into something tangible. The moment when pencil and paper meet and a sketch is laid out, a dream becomes possible. When that sketch is turned into a...

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Good Design Never Goes Out of Style

Good Design Never Goes Out of Style

There is little in life that is not affected by the passage of time, and even the most divine spaces are not immune. Though we design always with the intention of creating something that is classic and timeless, a refined space that never goes out of style,...

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It Always Comes Back to the Sea

It Always Comes Back to the Sea

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came. -JFK These troubled times call for peace and harmony, so there is no better place to find it than cruising on the sea on a...

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More Than A Hobby – It’s a Lifestyle

More Than A Hobby – It’s a Lifestyle

The superyacht is not only the ultimate home away from home and travel, but it is the ultimate play space for the luxury set.  Designing for the superyacht owner’s niche tastes, preferred hobbies and individual preferences requires specialty expertise in design...

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The Luxury of Staying Home

The Luxury of Staying Home

As travel has halted across the world due to COVID-19, most people are in self-isolation in their house, condo or apartment, and for those who can - even on superyachts. Yes, superyacht social distancing is as luxurious as it sounds, but a lot of planning goes into...

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