No it wasn't frank Gehry... it was Philipe Stark.
That's right. This is Gehry's yacht...
Definitely not IKEA. My bad.
The deal with Ikea vernacular was that so much of it lacks any "detail" and in that sense it derives from Italian moderism... from which Scandinavian modern was derived
"Emerging in the 1950s alongside the modernist movement in Europe and America, Scandinavian modern style prioritized democratic, affordable, and sleek furnishings and interiors. Clean lines, functional furnishings, and a neutral palette were hallmarks of modernist style everywhere. But the Scandinavian design of the era was also heavily influenced by the Nordic region's cold, short winter days and a desire for interiors to be cozy yet bright."
Italian Modern design summary here:
"After World War II, however, was the period in which Italy had a true avant-garde in interior design. With the fall of Fascism, rise of Socialism and the 1946 RIMA exhibition, Italian talents in interior decorating were made evident, and with the Italian economic miracle, Italy saw a growth in industrial production and also mass-made furniture. Yet, the 1960s and 1970s saw Italian interior design reach its pinnacle of stylishness, and by that point, with Pop and post-modern interiors, the phrases "Bel Design" and "Linea Italiana" entered the vocabulary of furniture design.[2"
Daddy you need to brush up your design history a bit. But modernism was an industrial response to the age of craft and hand made furniture and interiors.
Actually, you just laid out exactly what I said. Euro-modernism is the underlying drive to all of this. So I think my history is pretty spot on...unless Italy wasn't part of Europe.
Remember, you also had Bauhaus and De Stijl driving similar influences at that same time. It's just that the Italians had more refined taste (which is why I drive a Maserati).
But I think you're a bit off base saying that modernism was somehow at odds with hand made craft. The modernist movement was just a vast simplification of style at that time (anti-adornment). That's all. It didn't negate
craftsmanship - it just changed its focus. At the same time, that force alone lent itself to easier mass production and a reduction in required "artistry/craft" in the end product.
And that's why architecture is a rapidly dying profession. But I digress.
The odd thing about boat interiors is that are largely hand made... a throw back to the art nouveau era.
Actually, no they're not. Even IP was not "hand-making" their interiors. Virtually everything is computer-cut and assembled into a modular component. Have you seen the Hinckley Bermuda 50? Hand finished
? Maybe. But there's no art nouveau in any surviving volume boat manufacturer these days that I know of - even the traditional brands that are left. Which builder(s) are you talking about?
The "ikea interiors" may not be manufactured as Ikea is, but they use the same lines and themes and don't look hand made.
The impractical teak deck is also a craft intensive install... and you'll see almost no teak on cats for this reason (as well as weight) I suspect.
Again, what boat out there truly has a "hand-made" interior?
One of the big reasons you don't see teak decks is not just that they are expensive to source and install but: a) they were a left-over design element from yesteryear - like the wood paneling on a '70s station wagon - so are really just an artifice that serves no function (back to the modernist ideal); and, b) they are a freakin' nightmare to maintain. I would never
buy a boat with even the fake stuff. It just makes no sense unless you're in a cold climate which drives that tradition (sorry Bavaria and Hanse).
Cats have a "machine" look message... monos until recently had a hand made look message.... The machine look is one people are more comfortable with because of cars and trains and so on... even mass produced furniture. This is what forms the sensibilities of the (not design educated) consumers... exposure and context... and analogy.
I think you're over-thinking it a bit. This new aesthetic just looks great and makes sense. And the cost benefits make this all much more accessible to a much wider buyer base. That's why it's in such high demand, and why IKEA is dominating the world even with cheap particle board that's super fly.
PS - Having owned a yacht in the "tropics" it is definitely NOT comfortable down below in 95 degree heat...regardless of how dark you make it.