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If we’d asked anyone, I’m sure they would have told us that it was going to be a shock to the system for us Wandsworth Bridge Road types to leave Fulham and make a trip to Oman. And so it proved : 42 degrees C, or something above 100 degrees F in old money. But we made it to Muscat, and then onwards via a twisty coastal road to Barr Al Jissah where we are designing a range of Limited Edition townhomes for the destination there. Mr Fraser initially spontaneously melted ( better than combusting I suppose ) but adapted very quickly and we were able to appreciate a special place : tucked in amongst the Al Hajar mountains with uninterrupted views over the Gulf of Oman. It is our happy privilege to bring our yachting perspective to the site.

Even after less than 24 hours there, it was clear why they labelled it “A Place Forever”. Serene, rugged and luxurious. Just our kind of thing. And, for good measure, our journey back to the airport was made substantially easier by one of the Bentleys which purr around Barr Al Jissah. With a few hours before our flight, the souq required a visit. We bought the following :

  • Quantity of frankincense ( first quality ) with a charcoal brazier
  • A dagger, or more correctly, a Khanjar. Skillfully, I believe I left the merchant having offered him more than the asking price
  • A big bag of dates

As you can tell, I am a believer in bringing back something authentic and local; air-conditioned ice rinks and luxury boutiques having minimal appeal. It was only when I proudly demonstrated the frankincense to the studio, and the smoke alarm went off, that I realised that some things don’t travel so well.

Work at Barr Al Jissah will continue over the coming months and we look forward to the first house being completed early next year.

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We are very pleased to report that we returned from Amsterdam, not only with cheese and a natty notepad (the latter courtesy of Royal Delft ), but with another Neptune to add to the collection we have at Wandsworth Bridge Road. They stand, like little Antony Gormleys, in various parts of the studio, pleading for a polish and some love and attention.

Galactica Star won her sixth award of the past year or so, testament to the successful cooperation with Heesen, Omega Architects and those clever guys at Van Oossanen who did things with the underwater lines that we don’t fully understand.

The full roll call reads :

  • 2014    WORLD SUPERYACHT AWARDS – Best semi-displacement motor yacht above 45 m
  • 2014    ARABIAN BUSINESS – Best luxury yacht
  • 2013    PRIX DU DESIGN – Monaco Yacht Show
  • 2013    LA BELLE CLASSE CREST – Yacht Club de Monaco
  • 2013    NAUTILUS – BEST YACHT DESIGN – Yacht Design Magazine
  • 2013    BEST OF THE BEST – Robb Report China

The photo here shows the Tracey Emin “Trust Me” neon installation in the Main Saloon. We felt her “My Bed” piece, somewhat unmade if you recall, was a good deal harder to integrate successfully into a superyacht interior.