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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.

Facing the Challenge: Onyx  Walls

Facing the Challenge: Onyx Walls

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.” —Socrates The challenge:To exceed the expectations of a long-term client by producing a design with a complexity and level of details unforeseen.The answer:There is...

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3 Elements to a Perfect Bedside Table

3 Elements to a Perfect Bedside Table

“If you want to change the world, start by making your bed.” —William McCraven, U.S. NavyI like the idea that you should start every day with something productive you can check off your to-do list, like making your bed. Change your habits, change the world! So what...

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The New World of Disposable Luxury

The New World of Disposable Luxury

It is a standing tradition that luxury was luxury because it was not disposable. Luxury is supposed to be a legacy, long-lasting, and something to be cherished, particularly when it comes to the yachting industry.  The up and coming younger generations of yacht...

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Where to go Yachting This Winter

Where to go Yachting This Winter

It is official, “pandemic” is the word of the year, and in travel that translates to the best places to social distance while still enjoying a getaway. That is why yachting has seen an industry boost in 2020.  The summer saw everyone cruising out on warm waters...

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Questions To Ask When Hiring a Yacht Designer

Questions To Ask When Hiring a Yacht Designer

“Art is pattern formed by sensibility.” —Herbert Read, PoetThere are so many questions that come to the surface when clients or shipyards come to PKD about a new superyacht or a refit project. Purchasing and designing a superyacht can be daunting, but that should...

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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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