World-famous designer and naval architect Espen Øino is the man behind some of the most iconic superyachts. Inspired at a young age, Øino set his sights on anything floating; ships, boats and sailing boats. He achieved his childhood dream by graduating in naval architecture in Normandy, before starting to work for UK designer Martin Francis. A chance enquiry at the studio resulted in Øino’s first ever motor yacht. He was made project manager on the legendary ECO project (now known as ZEUS). After eight years, Espen founded his own technical and design office in Monaco, specialising in yacht design, naval architecture and engineering.
Espen Øino International has a prominent client profile stretching around the globe, from South America to Eastern Europe. His is considered to be one of the world’s leading design studios for custom motor yachts. When asked about his design process, he responds that he starts by establishing a clear brief, so that both parties understand the client’s wishes and requirements. Øino’s success is how he manages expectations, establishes priorities and finds the balance between each area on board.
In partnership with Espen Øino, Imperial has delivered many well-known superyachts, such as the fantastic ARKLEY (60m), the highly detailed and luxurious AMADEA (106.10m) and the magnificent FLYING FOX (136m). Espen says that “working with Imperial has been a real-eye opener. The level of experience, professionalism and reactivity reflects and explains their success in the market place. We look forward to continuing our fruitful and productive relationship for many years to come”.