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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.

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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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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