IK Yacht Design is now a Wempe dealer. The renowned mega yacht interior designer and remodeler will offer its clients fine German timepieces and weather instruments.


    IK Yacht Design is now a Wempe dealer. The renowned megayacht interior designer and remodeler will offer its clients fine German timepieces and weather instruments.

    “You can’t experience an interior by IK Yacht Design and not be impressed,” said Justin Roem, sales and marketing director for GlobalTec Solutions. “Every appointment is chosen specifically for the environment. Wempe’s wide range of styles will provide their designers an exciting palette to work with.” GlobalTec Solutions is the sole US distributor for Wempe.

    For over 110 years, Wempe Chronometerwerke has engineered some of the finest marine clocks and weather gauges. Each is an exquisite example of old-world craftsmanship and modern technology. Its website is www.wempeusa.com.

    IK Yacht Design prides itself on delivering its discerning clients spaces that exceed expectation. The Dania Beach, Florida, company designs, manufactures and remodels residential, commercial, aircraft, automotive, motor coach and yacht interiors. Its website is www.ikyacht.com.


    ML: Glass and Crystal are such beautiful materials and it is a true pleasure to work with them. The beauty of glass speaks for itself as to why I fell in love with it. It is also an extremely luxurious material to create art. I love art and now more than 70 renowned artists produce their art pieces in the Crystal Caviar premises.

    SB: When did the marine world become part of your work?
    ML: From the years 2000 to 2006, I had to pleasure to become close to the yachting industry and I came to realize that there were no chandeliers on yachts—yacht designers were afraid to use chandeliers because of their moving parts, how they vibrate and how easily they could break, damage something or cause injuries. Because of my nautical experience I convinced several designers and asked them to trust me into building several luxury chandeliers for yachts. Since then, we’ve built more than 100 sea worthy chandeliers on many yachts and Crystal Caviar is considered to be the expert in building chandeliers that don’t rattle, that are safe and don’t deteriorate in hard marine environment.

    I must proudly say that until now we haven’t had to repair any single part of our chandeliers installed on yachts. However we are often asked to repair chandeliers on yachts produced by others companies.

    SB: What goes through the creation process?
    ML: The collection of Crystal Caviar pieces available for clients consist of more than 500 glass art sculptures and more than 3,000 designs for chandeliers. We also have in our workshops 15,000 samples of various glass techniques.

    The client usually comes to us with the kind of style for the chandelier they want to build and based on that information (it could be a sketch, drawing or photography) we prepare a computer visual for their approval. Then chandelier, mirror, sculpture, glass wall, or glass floor is produced and installed by Crystal Caviar. For example, this is how we produced a 4-meter high chandelier for SERENE—a more than 430-foot private superyacht.

    SB: What can you tell us about some of the art pieces for yachts that you’ve worked on or will be working on in the future?
    ML: We just produced with world-renowned artist, Mr. Beránek, two sculptures made of Bohemian crystal—100 kg each (220.5 lbs.). Mr. Beránek also produced with us a 2-meter-long art table. For another client, Crystal Caviar is working on an 8-meter-long crystal staircase sculpture. Another world famous artist, Mr. Frydrych, just produced a 250 kg optical sculpture, which will be soon installed on a 60-meter yacht. At the moment we are producing art chandeliers for seven private yachts. We also now have on our drawing boards the first crystal fountain with water.

    SB: What is your main objective when you are creating a work of art?
    ML: We always try to follow the client’s taste and we never let the client down if he or she requires unusual or “crazy” art pieces. That is why we have become a company that people approach if they want something that nobody else has. “Crazy” ideas are born from creative minds and that is the main reason why Crystal Caviar cooperates with more than 70 artists.

    SB: What do you enjoy most about being an artist?
    ML: Freedom, challenge and uniqueness.

    SB: Can you tell us about one or two of your favorite pieces?
    ML: One of the most interesting work we have done was a 4-meter chandelier on SERENE, which we did in cooperation with Mr. Frydrych. His multifaceted components created a special effect as if stone jewelry were hanging above the dining table. The most difficult, but also very unique and enjoyable piece I’ve produce was a 4.5-meter chandelier on 314-foot superyacht Kismet. But in general we supply art for more than 50 yacht projects and each of the project is fun and so different from the other. On Talisman C we used more than 700 crystal components, which was really fun to put together while making sure that nothing fell down.

    SB: What do you enjoy most about the marine industry?
    ML: I spent seven years cruising on different yachts and one can say that sea is in my blood. I also use my boating experience when designing chandeliers that do not rattle, rust and are safe on board.

    SB: Do you own a boat?
    ML: I have a little sailing catamaran and a little foldable boat, which I use in the summer to go out on a lake nearby. (There is no space for large yachts in the Czech Republic.)

    SB: Where would be some public spaces where we can see and enjoy some of your art?
    ML: A lots of Crystal Caviar pieces can be seen on exhibitions such as the Monaco Yacht Show, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, or SuperyachtDesign Week. Some of our unique sculptures can be seen in South Florida, in a showroom of IK Yacht Design.

    Southern Exposure, Nathalie Gouillou, February 2016


    A hundred boats from all over the world converge on a small marina near Fort Lauderdale every year, but they are not there to fish or to unload cargo. They come seeking redemption. Whether in the course of an afternoon or during an 18-month stay, they find new life within their fiberglass hulls. IK Yacht Design provides these decorating do-overs for anything from a small houseboat to a 175-foot behemoth.

    The Dania Beach-based company, celebrating its 20th plus year, features a 10,000-square foot showroom with furniture, artwork, appliances, flat-screen TV sets, and fabrics. “Boaters like to get the complete service,” says Zak Kadosh, owner and founder. “It’s like a one-stop-shop: You can stop by and get anything done to the interior.”

    A captain in a hurry can call ahead, pull up to the drive-through dock out back, and order a quick makeover. A few hours later, new furniture and wall covering transform a cabin from drab to fab. A big spender can go further. For example, a yacht from New York destined for wedding and party rentals experienced a complete overhaul, including a new electrical system and heating / air-conditioning system. Cost for the 18-month transformation: $3million.

    Nonstop Redecoration

    Clients cruise in from far reaches of the globe. You’ll find 8 to 10 boats at the shop at any one time. The work continues 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Each year the company handles 100 to 120 boats. The on-site facilities include an upholstery workshop and carpentry shop. The setting matches Zak’s passions. “I love boats,” he says. “I grew up around boats in Israel.” As early as age 5, he would sit next to his father Yosef, who worked as a carpenter and a designer.

    Zak designs furniture too. He contracts with factories in china and Italy to build his designs. And while he’d love to spend more time tinkering in the carpentry shop, his duties pull him far away. He visits the major design shows in Italy, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Thailand, and Spain, as well as trade show around the United States. He plans to check out Vietnam as well.

    Floating Showroom

    In 2005, Zak bought an 85-foot yacht to serve as a traveling showroom, scheduled to launch this year. Instead of setting up the usual booth, the company can display its work on Miss IK in a life-size environment. The three-level yacht will feature luxurious living quarters, a lounge, two crew quarter, a library and more. One add-on involves a projector that uses a screen made of water and steam.

    More common options for boat owners include sofas and compact recliners, expandable dining tables, sculpted coffee tables, kitchen appliances, and flooring choices. Many of the chairs and tables provide hidden space to maximize storage. A popular item is the flat-screen TV set. Clients often add several. The company even provides custom cabinetry and lift mechanisms to display or hide the set with just one touch.

    A more drastic change involves combining or dividing rooms for a better configuration. After gutting the space down to the fiberglass, workers created an entirely new look from scratch.

    Helping Zak keep up with different looks, clients and boats is a team of 20 employees, including his wife, Desiree, and his sister, Orna Grimmett. For these designers, it’s not about the size of the boat. It’s what’s inside that counts.

    Article written by: Wade Kwon


    “We like yacht owners to feel at home here,” says Zak Kadosh, founder of Dania-based IK Yacht Design. “If they want to bring their designer with them and simply spend the day in the store looking, that’s OK with us. Because we almost always have everything they want. And often we have things they didn’t know could be done.” From manufacturing to design, consultation to installation, IK Yacht Designs has made its name being the definitive source.

    Its 10,000 square foot showroom houses the industry’s largest oceanic collection of furnishings, accessories, tableware, art, fabrics, luxury linens and more. With its own manufacturing facility on-site, custom design capability, and dockside installation at its Harbour Towne marina location, IK Yacht Designs is truly the one-stop shop, with a turnkey solution for the most demanding client.

    “Serving the yachting community for over 20 years, we’ve done every kind and every size of boat, from new builds to refits to just adding the final touches and accessorizing, like lamps and even dishes,” adds Mr. Kadosh. Whether the client’s taste runs to traditional, tropical or modern, IK Yacht Designs focuses on the customer first—and makes sure that their investment delivers in every respect. “Our in-depth knowledge of yachts and yacht owners gives us an authoritative perspective on what is not only beautiful, but also practical. And we provide that consultation free of charge. So they can take their time and discover what’s right for them—without running up a big design bill.”

    Another aspect of the company’s service-minded approach is that they secure everything they sell in their Dania showroom. “If a client wants to do the installation in stages, they can leave with their boat and come back when it’s most convenient.”

    The proof of their success is the ongoing demand for their expertise and products. In a typical year, the company handles over 150 boats. One of the key issues being storage, IK Yacht Design’s custom built furniture and storage systems are both attractive and functional. “We attend buying shows all over the world, to stay in touch with trends and tastes,” Mr. Kadosh points out. “When a client wants to personalize their yacht, we ensure everything choose, from tables, seating modules and chairs, right down to moldings and frames, works together.”

    IK Yacht Design also carries artworks by the top nautical sculptors and painters, including Guy Harvey and Dale Evers. The company’s 140-page catalog showcases its impressive international selection, as does its new website. Zak Kadosh adds, “From the most demanding custom work to the final touch, IK Yacht Design has it all.”

    Article written by: D. Morris


    Everyone who attends a boat show is likely going to be on their feet for hours on end, often in the hot sun, their busy agenda perhaps forcing them to contemplate the prospect of another boat show hot dog for lunch.

    Now, nobody is knocking the venerated boat show hot dog; heaven knows we’ve all had our share. But when the alternative is poached salmon, the discerning – at least those with the requisite credentials-headed for the Yachts International Pavilion at the Swimming Hall of Fame, where Mancini’s gourmet restaurant of Las Olas served a buffet lunch every day of the show.

    Originally conceived three years ago as a respite from the sun, the rain and the busy pace of the show, the Pavilion since then has become a central feature of the boat show…a popular gathering spot for social contact, sidebar meetings and perhaps closing a sale or two.

    At the show’s 2005 edition, card-carrying visitors entered the Pavilion, first passing a replica World Yachts trophy rising fifteen feet above the entrance to announce next year’s design competition. Inside, an exotic, tropical décor by IK Yacht Design mirrored the center’s role as a casual oasis.

    A full-service bar offered refreshment, to be enjoyed at a central seating area and piano bar, in any of six canopied retreats arrayed in two ranks along either side, or at an open dining area adjacent to the buffet, all-day espresso service and the ever- popular chocolate fountain.

    Other indulgences, notably cognac and cigars from Monte Cristo, were available through the boat show’s four-day span. Guests also could avail themselves of information on concierge or decorating services or relax outside on lounge furniture while admiring, to the accompaniment of a string ensemble, a collection of exotic automobiles, motorcycles and motor homes presented by area dealers.


    IK Yacht Design provides the yachting community with a variety of services from minor accessorizing to complete refits. Their unique 10,000sqft dockside showroom in South Florida allows for a seamless client/designer interaction and showcases everything one might need for their interior-including a carpentry and upholstery shop.

    IK has worked on approximately 15 yachts this year, many from the same brands such as Azimut, Lazzara, Viking, Hatteras, and Broward.

    Amongst five outstanding projects are a 106ft Westship, an 80ft Hatteras, and a 74ft Viking. Upcoming projects include an 86ft Huckins, a 104ft Broward, and an 80ft Camper & Nicholsons currently undergoing an extensive refit, which upon completion, will serve as a cruising showroom for IK Yacht Design.


    Born in Israel in 1959, Zak followed in the footsteps of his father and studied design in Tel Aviv before joining the Israeli Navy. Right after he completed his military duties, Zak headed straight for Fort Lauderdale, where he – like most Florida transplants -was attracted by the tropical weather. “I’ve been here for 20 years but I never get sick of the aqua water, sunshine, palm trees and friendly people,” Zak says. “The first thing I noticed was all the beautiful waterways and boats down here, and I’m lucky to be now designing interiors for some of the biggest.”

    Shortly after moving to South Florida he got a job working for a local interior designer and then after a few years Zak landed his first job in the marine industry designing yacht interiors at Jackson Marine in Fort Lauderdale. “I was doing the interiors for 50′ to 60′ yachts, including Trojans and many other designs,” says Zak, who spent the next four years between Jackson and nearby Billfish Marina before starting out on his own 13 years ago in a small warehouse at the Harbour Towne Marina in Dania Beach.

    From his small showroom and workspace Zak tirelessly worked on attracting clientele with fair prices, quality products and a work ethic second to none. All his countless hours of work paid off four years ago, when 10,000 square-feet of warehouse space and 6,000 square-feet of workshop space opened up in Harbour Towne. Zak took over the facility and turned it into an amazing two-story, combination of shipyard and showroom, where a yacht owner can get anything for a yacht interior he might need, or have it made on the premises. The facility is capable of accommodating yachts up to 120′ and grew from a small shop into a one-stop, full-service, drive-through design facility with dockside service directly outside the showroom, where boaters can literally stop, dock & shop.

    Zak’s list of yacht refit customers numbers over 70, including Azimuts, Lazzaras, Browards, Vikings, Hatteras’ and Inace Explorers, all uniquely designed to the owner’s wishes. “Business has been great and I now get to tour the world looking for unique furniture, fabrics and items that yacht owners might need,” Zak says. “Traveling worldwide keeps my design concepts fresh, and allows me to meet my client’s desires for unique fabrics, artwork, lighting, furniture and other accessories truly fit for a yacht. It never gets dull in the yacht design industry.”

    Zak also finds time each year to help Yachts Publisher Karlene Pack design the Yachts Pavilion at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, where he gets to display his products to our magazine’s VIPs. “The Pavilion is a great place to show off what IK Yacht Design can do, “he says. ” It’s a great place to gain exposure with an elite clientele.”

    In his free time Zak spends weekends with his wife Desiree, IK Yacht’s Design’s graphic designer, on their 31′ Fountain, and currently has a 90′ Camper & Nicholsons motor yacht that was launched in 1975. When he can find the time Zak is refitting the yacht to become his company’s “world showroom,” where he can show off his collection to other yacht owners.


    Although attendance was reportedly down only seven percent from last year, the 2003 Miami International Boat Show was described by many attendees as “relatively quiet.” Some attributed this to the uncertain economy, others to the heightened terror alert, and still others to the unresolved situation with Iraq.

    Regardless, one place that was not quiet and where business was normal and then some was the booth of IK Yacht Design, known for furnishings that offer style and stowage for boats of all sizes. It was here that I met Zak Kadosh, the company’s founder, president, and design mastermind. And an interesting meeting it was.

    Roughly 20 people stopped by during my short time there, some former clients dropping by to say hello, others browsing Kadosh’s famous furniture-with-a-twist. Although he says he’s completed thousands of projects, he still remembers his clients by name and seems unfazed by his near-celebrity status. Judging from his constant ear-to-ear smile and easygoing attitude, you’d never suspect his perfectionist tendencies or the efficient way he attacks all his design projects.

    Kadosh says he’s loved the water since day one, and his design background extends nearly as far back. He recalls following his father—an architect and designer—to various projects, where he learned how to visualize a concept and imagine it transform from a simple drawing into a finished, aesthetically pleasing piece. He attended the University of Tel Aviv, graduating with a degree in interior design and, after serving three years in Israel’s navy, was more than ready to get back into his interior design career and combine it with his love of the water. And so, that same year, Kadosh moved to South Florida and started his own business as an interior decorator for yachts of all sizes.

    In 2000 Kadosh moved the company, now in its 20th-plus year of operation, to its current location in Dania, Florida. With the surrounding Harbor Towne Marina and docking facilities directly outside its 10,000-square-foot showroom (plus a 6,000-square-foot workshop), IK Yacht Design has also become famous as a “drive-thru” facility: People can literally stop, dock, and shop. Even better, people can “test” any of the products sold on the showroom floor; if they don’t like it or feel it doesn’t fit, they can bring it back inside and try something else until they get a look they’re happy with.

    “I’m always striving for the perfect, designer look,” says Kadosh, “but most importantly I want my clients to be happy. If they are not happy, I have not done my job right.” To get that “perfect look,” he travels around the world, to design shows in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and elsewhere, looking for ideas.

    Part 2: Most impressive is the Kadosh-designed furniture that looks like regular furniture yet serves two functions.

    Kadosh is just as concerned with onboard space utilization as he is with style and appearance, and his showroom—or “the library,” as he refers to it—clearly reflects his knack for innovative design and stowage concepts. Most impressive is the Kadosh-designed furniture that looks like regular furniture yet serves two functions. As Kadosh’s sister and assistant, Orna Grimmett, escorted me around the Dania showroom, she pointed out what looked to be a standard teak deck chair. But by simply folding down its upright portion, I effortlessly transformed it into a coffee table.

    All of the stylish and luxurious Ultraleather sofas, chairs, and ottomans have hidden stowage compartments. The couch and chair cushions and the lid of the ottoman lift to reveal stowage bins, while other chairs have hidden drawers. Other products here include original Guy Harvey oil paintings, bronze statues and tables designed by Dale Evers, lamps, basic glassware, table linens, carpet and tile samples, salt and pepper shakers, napkin rings, bed and bath linens, candles, rugs, and more. Just about anything you would ever want to decorate your home with is sold for the marine set at Kadosh’s showroom.

    Of course, owners can always leave the decorating to Kadosh and his team of designers and carpenters. Flipping through an album of his projects, which include a 46-foot Post, a 57-foot Viking, a 75-foot Feadship, and a 104-foot Broward, I ask, “So, these projects must take—what, a couple weeks?” “Not really,” says Kadosh, “most times we can do [refurnish] a yacht in one day, usually within two to three hours from start to finish,” noting that more intricate projects take longer. A job involving reupholstery of the furniture and new carpeting or flooring, for example, usually takes about ten to 15 days and can cost about $1,000 per square foot, depending on the size and scope of both the vessel and the project.

    For typical, what he calls “fix-me-up,” projects, Kadosh meets with the clients to get an understanding of their tastes, then walks through the yacht with his design team to get an idea of which showroom items to place onboard to achieve the desired look. He sends the owners to lunch for a few hours, and when they return, all the changes have been made to their boat. If the owner is not completely satisfied, Kadosh and crew will redo the project until they get it right, no matter how long the process takes or the extent of the job.

    Kadosh’s largest and most challenging project to date was the bow-to-stern refurbishment of the 100-foot dinner cruise ship Marika. Working alongside Kevin Kerwin, an experienced marine architect, Kadosh gutted parts of the boat and made major structural and interior changes, which included extending and enclosing the aft deck; adding new windows, stairwells, lighting, and even a new galley; and rewiring the electrical and air conditioning systems.

    Kadosh says the most challenging aspect of the project was making sure all the structural changes were in compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations. True to his friendly and personable attitude, he says, “They [the Coast Guard] were an absolute pleasure to work with.” Marika is now used as a charter boat for weddings and parties. Courtesy of Kadosh, she features a fully functional galley with stainless steel appliances, large dance floor, bridal suite, and ladies’ and mens’ heads complete with marble countertops and tile floors.

    There are presumably many more projects to come; based on the publicity he’s gotten for his showroom and furniture and his near-star status at the boat show, he’s created a real niche in marine interior design. With customers visiting from all over the world, furniture and gadgets for vessels of all sizes, and business continuing as usual in this time of economic uncertainty, it seems there’s no stopping this celebrity designer anytime soon.


    The IK Yacht Design Company, with registered office in Florida, in the United States, are specialists in the search for furnishing solutions for large yachts.

    As well as contributing to the design of interiors, the company produces and proposes various very original furnishing elements. Among the many we found in the catalogue we have, we would like to signal a very special armchair, equipped with a seat that can be lowered, under which there is a mini-bar. This accessory on its own is proof of the possibilities of IK Yacht Design in the production of custom elements for boats; the company designers in fact, are continually in search for innovative solutions like the mini-bar- armchair, or for example the saloon sofas with fishing rod racks or poufs with incorporated glass holders.

    As can be seen, creativity is an innate quality with IK Yacht Design and every owner can ask for or find that particular furnishing element that nobody had thought of before for a yacht. The mini-bar-armchair is compact in size despite the bottles being in a vertical position, the upholstery can be chosen by the client to coordinate with the armchair’s future surroundings.

    There are different shapes of the swivel barrel chair with storage, this is the name of the armchair in question, to meet yacht owners’ needs for both vintage boats, so with classic furnishings and also modern ones with minimalist furnishings or in any case modern tendencies.


    Itzhak Kadosh is a designer, president and founder of IK Yacht Designs in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He has designed the interior of boats for over 15 years thanks to a strong word of mouth from customers and has moved his operation into more upscale digs. “We moved our facility and expanded it to a 6,000-foot workroom, and10,000-foot Showroom” Kadosh proudly explained. IK Yacht Design employs around 20 workers, who can usually finish a boat in a day or two and often will work on around eight boats at a time.

    Kadosh, comes up with an idea as to what to do with the interior of the boat after getting an idea of what the customer would like. Kadosh takes it a step further though, as he pitches it in a much more formal manner involving a full presentation. He claims around 99 percent of people approve his ideas.


    After serving in Israel’s navy for three years, Itzchak Kadosh was anxious to resume his craft of carpentry and interior design and begin again in a new place. So he came to South Florida and after about eight months working with others established in the business, he started on his own as an interior designer of boats.

    That was about 20 years ago, and now the 43-year-old owner of IK Yacht Designs at Harbour Towne Marina in Dania Beach has built a business around those seeking to change and improve their boats’ interiors, from small boats to mega yachts. IK Yacht Design’s 25 employees include his sister, Orna Kadosh Grimmett, who joined about 10 years ago as an office and sales manager.


    Kadosh says he has created a niche “drive thru” business, taking advantage of boat slips directly behind his shop as well as throughout the marina. IK’s drive-thru component is the real attraction: a boater simply docks and shops. In a few hours, a kitchen can be outfitted with new wares. The boat owner can pick tables, couches and chairs that Kadosh’s staff installs on the spot.

    Kadosh benefits from having dock and retail space, clustered among other marine-related businesses such as yacht brokers and parts and services companies. “That clustering causes a ripple effect among marine businesses,” said Frank Herhold, executive director for the Marine Industries Association of South Florida. Marine-related businesses group themselves so buyers can get a wide range of offerings in one general location, from boat sales to repair work.


    It works for Kadosh, who might see a couple come to his store because a neighboring yacht broker referred them to him, or simply because they noticed his business. They check out IK’s 10,000 square-foot storefront, full of fine furniture cleverly designed with the special needs of boat storage space in mind. Kadosh has traveled from Paris to Africa to find such items for his store. “The biggest challenge is finding furniture truly fit for a boat,” Kadosh said, noting that furniture and fixtures have to double as storage areas.

    Some furniture is designed by Kadosh and built right in a 6,000 square-foot workshop. From chairs and couches with lift cushions for storage underneath, to tables made of teak and cherry woods, pieces fold and expand to maximize space. He plans to create his own line of furniture and increase onsite manufacturing.


    Kadosh’s team also refurbishes galleys and living and sleeping quarters – from putting carpeting to new decks to new electrical and cooling systems.

    Dania Beach Mayor Robert Chunn said that businesses like Kadosh’s help to give Dania Beach the reputation as a destination for boaters. Chunn, a welder by trade, said, “IK’s quality product is an asset to the area,” as well as a unique service.

    Kadosh says his business has grown in part because of participation at boat shows, such as the Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. Repeat business is another reason, says Herhold. Even when boaters are fixing up the boat they currently own, “They always have their eye on the next boat.”

    Article written by: Cindy Kent – Staff Writer

© Copyright 2022 IK Yacht Design