Tim Heywood Design Ltd.
Tim Heywood Design Ltd., under the aegis of its eponymous founder, is a name that resonates with bespoke elegance and naval architectural mastery in the yacht world. A prodigious talent, Tim Heywood’s voyage into yacht design is as fascinating as the luxury vessels he creates. Beginning his illustrious journey at the Central School of Art and Design, Heywood’s true passion was ignited during his association with the renowned yacht designer, Jon Bannenberg. Serving under Bannenberg’s tutelage for over two decades, Heywood honed his craft before eventually launching his own design studio in 1996, aided by his steadfast partner, Vanessa.
The hallmark of Tim Heywood’s designs lies in the meticulous attention to detail and the ability to craft yachts that are not merely functional, but also works of art. A testament to this is the 133m AL MIRQAB, an epitome of marine magnificence, which was crowned ‘Motor Yacht of the Year’ at the 2009 World Superyacht Awards. Yet, beyond the glitz and grandeur of his designs, it’s Heywood’s client-centric approach that truly sets him apart. Every design emerges as a collaborative symphony, with Heywood listening intently to the client’s wishes and crafting vessels that are reflections of their dreams. Notable among his creations is the 115m Pelorus, which has been lauded by industry peers as one of the most exquisitely designed yachts to ever sail the seas.
Tim’s stature in the yachting world is not just limited to his design prowess but also his collaborative endeavors. Over the years, given the surge in demand, Tim and Vanessa have synergized with several distinguished interior designers, including the likes of Terence Disdale, Andrew Winch, and Laura Sessa, to name a few. This collective genius has led to the conception of vessels that are as visually stunning as they are opulent.
A significant aspect of Tim Heywood’s design philosophy is the infusion of art within his projects. He believes that art is intrinsic to the character of a yacht. From procuring the perfect sculpture to ensuring its resistance to corrosive elements, every detail matters. He and Vanessa have often ventured beyond the conventional, sourcing unique pieces or even crafting bespoke art installations, ensuring each piece is both a visual delight and functional within the marine environment. Whether it’s a decorative panel bearing verses from the Koran, polarized photographs of the yacht under construction, or even large marble blocks, Tim Heywood ensures that artistry and architecture blend seamlessly.