studio job + willem nieland: firmship 42 studio job + willem nieland: firmship 42
feb 25, 2011

studio job + willem nieland: firmship 42

‘firmship 42’ by studio job + willem nieland images courtesy of studio job

antwerp based studio job has collaborated with dutch nautical architect willem nieland to create ‘firmship 42‘, a classically crafted boat finished with a detail and precision that reinforces its timelessness. featuring a warm and neutral palette, the ship aims to modernize traditional nautical aesthetics.

the deck, interior and color palette were all designed under the direction of studio job with the forceful and sculptural exterior, measuring 42 feet in length, designed by nieland.

looking from the pilothouse into the cabin

natural teak on the doors, floors and cabin interior offset the otherwise grey surfaces of the body, railings and throttle. exposed teak on the exterior of the boat will eventually grey with age, further emphasizing the monochromatic scheme. on the cabins interior, the teak is applied in areas to appear as though it is planks of seamlessly joined wood.  


inside, icons of the seafaring past have been subtly introduced through upholstery and prints that include graphic interpretations of anchors, moby dick and skull and crossbones. a stained glass window between the cabin and the pilothouse displays the same iconography.

dining area

studio job’s previously produced bronze bell and marquetry cabinet are incorporated into the design, which consists of a series of pieces – both inside and out- that were created specifically for the this project.


the dining table and benches turn into a second bed



detail of the steering wheel

detail of exterior doors

top view

‘firmship 42’ on the water

  • brilliant

    bosrijk says:
  • love it, want it, would even live in it on land…but oh to have it and the beautiful ocean too…

    ModCraft says:
  • Simply superb.

    Matty W says:
  • Love the colour and elegance of it but not sure about about the pub garden furniture on deck

    Lombax says:
  • A thing of beauty. Congratulations! I do agree with the ‘pub garden furniture’ comment. Detracts from an otherwise beautifully designed craft.

    Ian / Richmond, Melbourne Aust. says:

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