Dickie Bannenberg is the founder along with Simon Rowell, of the design studio Bannenberg Rowell. The studio, headquartered in London, creates bespoke design for private clients, luxury yachts, residential projects, aircraft interiors and custom furniture. Bannenberg is the son of the late Jon Bannenberg, the man who is credited with being the founder of modern yacht design in the 1960s. Dickie worked alongside his father for 18 years, during which time he was project manager for wide-ranging yachts such as Talitha, Thunder and Siran. Dickie authored and produced an exquisite commemorative book on his father, entitled, Jon Bannenberg, A Life of Design. The Bannenberg Rowell design portfolio is one, no doubt, his father would be proud of. The studio has won numerous awards for its designs, recently winning a top award for exterior design of the 230-foot (70 meter) Feadship Joy. Dickie has a notoriously funny and dry sense of humor.
How did you get your start in the yachting industry?
A useful connection.
What project or accomplishment do you consider to be the most significant in your career.
Saving and then restarting the Bannenberg design business after the death of my Dad. We completed 25 new interiors before our first new exterior hit the water in 2016.
What is your biggest challenge?
Following and trying to improve on the path laid down by Bannenberg Senior.
If you could choose one location for your next travel adventure, where would you go?
Almost any Greek island, but the quieter the better.