Inside Van der Valk's 34m Explorer Lady Lene

By Jenna Mehdi

Launched last month at Van der Valk’s Netherlands shipyard, we take a closer look inside 34m explorer Lady Lene with designer Carla Guilhem.

The all-aluminium tri-deck superyacht is instantly recognisable by her golden-bronze hull, fast-displacement round bilge hull and wave-piercing bow. But, as we discover from this interview with interior designer Carla Guilhem, Lady Lene’s interiors more than rival her sleek and sturdy exterior.

Having already worked with the owner’s family on residential projects, Carla Guilhem was confident she could realise their vision. On Lady Lene, this vision was for a yacht that felt like home. "They did not want that high-chrome, Las Vegas-style look with strong wood which you find on some yachts," says Carla. 

In the name of bringing the outside in, Carla set about re-implementing Lady Lene’s exterior round corners in the theme of an Art Deco interior of curves and angles. "In this way, I also think it is much more comfortable for those on board because you don’t have any corners or sharp edges, which also means that the yacht is wheelchair friendly," she adds.

Using materials such as fluted wood, a popular material in the 1920s and 30s, as well as natural oak, silk georgette stone, leather, and suede, the team was able to create a cosy yet luxurious feel throughout. Champagne gold metal touches helped to bring everything together.

"As a design, it is very fluid and flows well when you walk around. I am proud of the circulation on board: it doesn’t feel like you are passing from one room to another when you move around in the space."

"It doesn’t feel like you are passing from one room to another when you move around in the space."

Carla Guilhem, Interior Designer

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"It doesn’t feel like you are passing from one room to another when you move around in the space."

Carla Guilhem, Interior Designer
By Jenna Mehdi
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