Pieter Beeldsnijder’s well-known design trademarks are “class”, “style”, and “elegance”, with not a hint of clutter. Beeldsnijder has also adopted, in practical terms, the same economical standard as, Mies van der Rohe —“Less is more"— which led the world toward an architecture based on material honesty and structural integrity.
As Beeldsnijder says: "A new yacht is similar in many ways to a great building. It must be functional and efficient—it should have no extra parts that can complicate operations, no extraneous elements that will compromise pleasure. With this in mind, it is then easier for me to translate function and efficiency directly into beauty and quality.
“Then I use only appropriate, exquisite materials, which never need to be fussed over to reveal their inherent strength and aesthetic value. Every yacht I deliver is my pride—I give every yacht my all.
"The challenge, of course, is to deliver a made-to-order product for each client. That's why I am dedicated to first getting to know them. I want to know how they plan to use their yacht. Do they love to read, or prefer television? Will a bunch of kids be aboard? Will they pursue commercial interests and have business associates as guests? Do they love noisy crowds or chose quiet isolation. The answers to these an myriad other questions are necessary to take the project in the right direction.
Clients with grand ideas don't just buy a standard yacht “off the shelf”: each yacht is the realisation of a dream, and I want to achieve it exactly for them."
Beeldsnijder believes that each design must progress with a series of perfectly sketched-out ideas, down to the smallest detail, to distil and clarify those ideas in order to satisfy each client’s taste. After an initial meeting he begins with rough sketches to express the "feeling" the client seeks. Out of this, the concept and design slowly evolve through stages of hand-drawn Profiles and General Arrangements. The exterior and interior shapes are further refined through more detailed plan views, longitudinal and cross-section drawings, often supplemented by computer-driven 3-D renderings. Finally, many details are created uniquely for the client, such as door latches, lamps, tables, and typography to give the yacht her special character.