A lesson in Nordic minimalism.

Yacht builder Michael Schmidt Yachtbau has added a touch of Scandinavian design to his latest creation, 70-foot S/Y Bella. Teaming with Danish design company Norm Architects, the two have crafted a state of the art sailing yacht that's minimal in design, yet contemporary in appearance.

Bella is the first of Y/Yachts new Y7 range, built in Germany and equipped with carbon fibre masts and trees as standard. There are five different layouts available below deck, with the standard design including a main bedroom, VIP cabin and saloon, while other layouts come with two cabins replete with double beds, and another with an office area. The rear of the yacht also includes a tender garage where a dinghy or jet skis can be stored.

While the customisable nature of the yacht is a plus, what really stands out is Norm Architects exquisite interior design. Using tactile surfaces, natural materials and matte finishes, the designers have given Bella a homely feel. Fittings and finishes are made from light materials with high quality wood veneers and stone in tone-on-one colours to create a warm and distinctly Scandinavian atmosphere throughout each room below deck.

Other highlights of Norm Architects craftsmanship include subtle lamps built into shelves and cabinets and built-in furniture that appears unfixed, generating a feeling of understated luxury. The use of lighting also plays a large part in accentuating these features while simultaneously making the cabin areas feel larger than they really are.

You can find more information on this Scandinavian designed yacht at www.yyachts.de

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