In 2013, Genesis was contacted by the Ciarmoli Queda Studio (CQS) design team in Milan, Italy. CQS had been engaged by Dream’s owner to design the interior of the superyacht conversion project, already underway at Chalklis Shipyards in Greece, and was looking for an experienced firm to build the yacht’s interiors.
“We had a very positive collaboration with CQS,” said Genesis Founder Roberto Lottini. “They were always cooperative, and we supported them with our extensive experience building custom interiors for the superyacht industry since 1994.
Dreamstarted out as a 93-meter (305-foot) passenger ferry built in Turkey and operated by Turkish Maritime Lines. If you saw “before and after” photos of the yacht, you would not believe she was the same vessel. Chalklis stripped her back to bare steel. Her bow and stern were both extended, and a Beach Club was added at the transom. Her superstructure was completely reshaped, giving her a graceful profile with sweeping curves as befits a contemporary superyacht.
CQS developed a striking “retro-modern” interior design for Dream that included 23 guest staterooms in addition to the owner’s suite, which is located high on the fifth deck. The design incorporates light wood veneers selected at Tabu in Milan, along with distinctive accents in marble, leather and stainless steel. There is even a Japanese-themed dining salon with a Teppanyaki grill – one of three formal dining rooms on Dream.
“My favorite spaces onboard are the owner’s cabin, the grand entrance lobby, and the huge central spiral staircase, which is truly a work of art,” Lottini said.
Between 2014 and 1018, Genesis hand-crafted the interior furnishings for the Dream project at the Genesis Yachtline plant in Pisa, Italy. Each of the yacht’s interior rooms was assembled utilizing our patented Fit-lock system, then disassembled, transported to Greece, and installed in the yacht at the Chalklis yard. “We sent several supervisors to Greece to work with the owner’s team on the installation,” Lottini said. “I traveled to Greece many times myself during this project – for a while, it was once a month.”
The massive project was stopped and re-started by the owner several times, but ultimately, the magnificent, 105-meter (348-foot) M/Y Dreamwas delivered in the summer of 2018. Moored offshore the Monaco Yacht Show, near Port Hercules in September, she attracted the attention of the international yachting industry. That is not surprising since, according to Boat Internationalmagazine, Dreamis now the 39thbiggest yacht in the world.
“It’s an outstanding yacht; one of the largest floating in the oceans today,” Lottini said.