Billionaire businessman Andrey Melnichenko
owns one of the most luxurious yachts in the world—and that's no small feat, considering the fact that one-upping your fellow oligarch's boat
is practically a professional sport in this circle. Melnichenko's 394-foot vessel, named, simply, A, was designed by French modernist Philippe Starck
and completed in 2008, with estimated total costs reaching $300M.
Though the ultra-shapely exterior was the "subject of hot debate in yachting circles," according to the Wall Street Journal's
Robert Frank in a video tour
that ran a couple of years ago, the interior has been much lauded, with Baccarat crystals, a silver-leafed stairway with a $60K hand-carved banister, and furnishings that promise to outrage PETA, like, say, alligator hides and kudu horns. Take a tour of the outrageous, outrageous space, below. Photo via Starck
A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.
· Baccarat Meets Bomb-Proof Glass on the High Seas [WSJ]
· Outrageous, Opulent Yachts for Filthy-Rich Boaters [Curbed National]
· All Whale Week 2013 posts [Curbed National]
Copyright © 2013 Curbed National