Specialising exclusively in the design of luxury yachts, custom and production boats, residential and unique commercial vessels, De Basto has an unrivalled knowledge of the possibilities, intricacies and trends of marine design.

Operating across a breadth of services, from preliminary concept, styling, interior design and space planning to final delivery, De Basto Designs is available for consultation across each stage of the design journey. 


De Basto Designs is committed to realising owner's dreams through the most creative and innovative route possible. Pushing boundaries of design and furthering the limits of possibility is something Luiz De Basto has exercised for over 20 years in the industry, so that each project is a unique reflection of her owner's character and taste. 

Having collected a number of industry accolades for outstanding design over the years, further testament to De Basto Designs' success is evidenced by some 200+ projects completed for owners, shipyards and manufacturers. 


Luiz De Basto, Chief Designer and Founder of De Basto Designs, is expert at excellent exterior and interior design. Having studied architecture in the early 1970s, Luiz soon began his career in designing boats in the 60 to 80 foot fibreglass range. Combining his love for automotive and architecture design, Luiz quickly found success in the superyachting industry by surpassing expectations and taking risks with design, and is now a household name in yachting. 

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De Basto Designs has laid its creative craftsmanship to some of the most iconic superyachts on the water today. The extraordinary exterior lines of Oceanco's 90m DAR designed by Luiz De Basto has collected an impressive arsenal of awards, including the Best Exterior Design Award at the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show. DAR has set the benchmark for contemporary exterior design, marking a shift away from conventional stacked decks to a more streamlined and elegant profile which can be seen on many modern yachts now. DAR also incorporated a huge amount of glass in her exterior design - close to 400 square metres - revolutioning superyacht exteriors and interiors in a lasting way.

Luiz De Basto also penned the exterior lines of Turquoise Yachts' stunning 53m Tala and Burger Boat's flagship Northland. But his prowess does not end at the exterior; Luiz De Basto is renowned for his unerring ability to combine clean yet sophisticated layouts with rich materials and intricately selected fixtures and fabrics. Interior design has formed a fundamental cornerstone of the studio's services since Luiz designed his first ever yacht project - a 56ft flybridge during his early career in Brazil. Now, Luiz has been responsible for the interior design of DAR, Saluzi, Northland and Tala, to name just a few.