Co-created by French designer Philippe Starck, Steve Job’s super yacht named “Venus” has been recently completed, almost a year after Jobs’ passing. In an interview with SuperYacht Times, Starck has shed some light on Steve Jobs’ design process and how he worked for years to refine the details of the boat (via CNET).
Stark said that in the beginning, Jobs only told him the length of the yacht and the number of guests he wanted to accommodate, and that was it. In their very first meeting, they had little time to speak so he told Jobs, “I will design it, as if it is for myself”. Starck adds that he and Jobs would spend one day every six weeks, from 2007 until his death in 2011, going over refinements “Millimetre by millimetre. Detail by detail.”
Here’s where the notorious control freak in Jobs apparently kicks in. Starck had nothing but praise for his client in the interview, but he describes a process of constantly simplifying and refining the design for Venus.
“We came back on the same details until they were perfect. We had many calls about parameters, the result is the perfect application of our joined philosophy”.
Perhaps not ironically, that philosophy was a page pulled from Apple’s playbook — striving for simplicity with purpose. The result is something more “stark” (sorry) than the ostentatious character of other super yachts. Starck claims there is not a single “useless pillow” or other object inside Venus.
The yacht which many believe has the sleek, clean design with a certain Apple Store look to it, has the exterior made out of aluminium and a wheelhouse that houses seven 27? iMacs to control the boat.