Lilli-Marie Rollwa Neubelt: Founder of German Art Couture
Tell us a bit about yourself, your background and what you are what is your current role?
Since I was a child I have always been surrounded by the yachting industry through my father, Frank Neubelt, who is a Yacht and Naval architect. Consequently, I knew from the young age I wanted to work in the yachting industry.
Three years ago I started to work as my father’s Personal assistant. Recently I established my own company, which is referring to the yachting industry, called German Art Couture.
As as an artist myself, I always dreamt of combining my two passions; Art and Yachting. Together with my business partner, Maire-Claire Bartmann, it came to our minds that contemporary art on superyachts is the subject we want to focus on. Our mission is to bring talented upcoming artists, onboard yachts.
Why are you so passionate about the yachting industry?
The yachting industry is a familiar and open-minded atmosphere that always inspires me. Every yacht is a piece of art itself. Seeing how the biggest luxury is meeting together with the purest nature, is a breathtaking experience.
Do you envisage art will influence yacht designs over the next 10 years?
Friedrich Nietzsche once said: “A life without music is a fallacy”. I transfer this quote to art. As I already pointed out; in my opinion, any atmosphere is inchoate without art. Looking at recent projects in the industry I think, that art is becoming a more indispensable topic in the yachting industry.
Art is increasingly integrated into the furniture as well as more space for artworks being created on board of almost every yacht, as especially the new generation is interested in integrating contemporary art in their yacht-interior.
What is your current favourite superyacht and why?
That’s a difficult question to answer, there are so many different new designs. I am a big fan of Jubilee by Oceanco because the design is contemporary and futuristic. This design goes with the general design development and then takes a step ahead.
When are you most content – on the water or on land?
I grew up in a sailing family so I always felt connected to boats and life at sea. To my mind, there is no place on earth that is more peaceful than sitting on a classic sailing yacht, touching the water, and watching the sunset.