Introduction & Awards

Adam Lay Studio specialises in custom one-off superyacht designs that have a special place in the hearts of their enthusiast owners.

Established in 2003 and based in Hampshire, England, Adam Lay Studio is a multiple award-winning boutique superyacht design studio. Working with the best shipyards the world over and with a truly international clientele, the studio offers a unique experience for its clients based on hand-crafted design and excellent personal attention.

Adam gained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coventry University in 1995 and his technical and artistic expertise is discernible in designs that have safety, seaworthiness, longevity and timelessness at their core. Adam produces elegant hand drawings but with the efficiency that’s required to design to a deadline. Working with Adam Lay Studio means you will deal directly with Adam as the principal of the company.

Kelda Lay has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Cognitive Neuropsychology. Having worked in marketing for a London based TV channel, Kelda retrained before joining the studio as Design Coordinator.

The studio has iconic yachts such as Salperton, Endeavour, Lady Kathryn V, Inukshuk & Haida as part of its diverse portfolio. A wealth of experience in all aspects of design from exterior styling, space planning and integration of structure and technical systems to interior design, joinery, upholstery and objects d’art, is evident in the variety of design styles successfully undertaken to-date.

Since 2003, Adam Lay Studio has been building a reputation for award-winning creative design coupled with a discreet, honest and conscientious approach. Please read our client testimonials page and do not hesitate to contact us to find out more about what we do.

Awards & Award Nominations


Design & Innovation Awards Winner ‘Best Sailing Yacht Interior Design’ 2020
Design & Innovation Awards Winner ‘Outstanding Exterior Design Sailing Yachts’ 2020

Haida 1929

World Superyacht Award Winner ‘Best Rebuilt Yacht’ 2019

La Passion

World Superyacht Awards Winner ‘Displacement Motor Yachts Below 500GT 43m and Above’ 2017
Design Et Al Awards Winner ‘Yacht Concept Over 40m’ 2015
A’Design Awards Winner ‘Interior Space Design Award’ 2015


World Superyacht Awards Winner ‘Best Sailing Yacht 30m to 39.99m’ 2014
World Superyacht Awards Winner ‘Sailing Yacht of the Year’ 2014
Showboats Design Awards Winner ‘Interior Design Award’ 2014
Showboats Design Awards Winner ‘Exterior Design & Styling Award’ 2014
International Superyacht Society Awards Winner ‘Best Sailing Yacht 24m to 40m’ 2014


World Superyacht Awards Winner ‘Best Refitted Sailing Yacht’ 2013
International Superyacht Society Awards Winner ‘Best Refit’ 2012

Lady Kathryn V

International Superyacht Society Awards Finalist ‘Best Motor Yacht 40m to 65m’ 2012

Salperton IV

Showboats Design Awards Winner ‘Best Exterior Design & Styling: Sailing Yacht’ 2010
World Superyacht Awards Finalist ‘Best Sailing Yacht 45m+’ 2010
Showboats Design Awards Finalist ‘Best Sailing Yacht Interior’ 2010

Salperton III

18th Annual Showboats Awards Winner ‘Best Sailing Yacht 30m to 45m’ 2008
World Superyacht Awards Winner ‘Best Sailing Yacht 30m to 44m’ 2008


World Superyacht Awards Finalist ‘Best Sailboat Under 45m’ 2008

Blue Attraction

World Superyacht Awards Finalist ‘Best Refitted Yacht’ 2007