World recognized designer and naval architect, Espen Øino is the man behind some of the most iconic superyachts. Inspired by a young age, Øino set his interests on anything floating; ships, boats and sailing boats. He achieved his childhood dream by graduating in naval architecture in Normandy and started to work for UK designer, Martin Francis. By chance, the studio got an enquiry which lead to become Øino’s first ever motor yacht. He ended up as project manager on the legendary ECO project (now known as ZEUS). After eight years, Øino founded his own technical and design office in Monaco, specializing in yacht design, naval architecture and engineering.
Espen Øino International has a prominent client profile stretching all over the globe from South America to Eastern Europe. He is considered to be one of the world’s leading design studios for custom motor yachts. When asked what his design process is, he answers that his first starting point is establishing a clear brief so both parties have a common understanding on the desires and requirements of the client. Øino’s success is how he manages expectations, establishes priorities and finds the balance between each space on board.
In partnership with Espen Øino, Imperial has delivered many recognizable superyachts such as the fantastic ARKLEY (60m), the highly detailed and luxurious AMADEA (106.10m) and the magnificent FLYING FOX (136m). As said by Øino, “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 continue our fruitful and productive relationship for many years to come”.