Discover Benelux, Issue 46, October 2017

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Discover Benelux  |  Dutch Design  |  Made in the Netherlands

Pioneers of excellence TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK  |  PHOTOS: DE RUITER QUALITY INTERIORS

True beauty lies within, knows Ruiter Quality Interiors (RQI) like no other. Starting their tradition in 1979, the multiple award-winning company translates decades of experience and vision to stunning luxury yacht interiors with a majestic touch that are no less than superior.

ly 40 years ago as a one-man show, only to open up his own interior workshop two years later. “At the time, I was fresh out of school and working at the shipyard,” De Ruiter starts off enthusiastically. “It did not take long for the yacht interior industry to ogle at me.”

Turning dreams into reality: this is how RQI has become one of the major household names in the yacht interior industry. Having always had craftsmanship, expertise and reliability at heart, the Dutch company can look back on numerous interior refits worldwide plus the creation of over 70 interiors for a wide range of yachts - many of which have become famous household names themselves.

Fast forward 30 years and RQI is a world-renowned company with clients from all corners of the world. Located in De Ruiter’s native Holland, the company is home to a team of 38 craftsmen and women, together owning every conceivable skill for interior creation. Alongside their success grew RQI’s size: now located in Purmerend, their 4,600-square-metre facility hosts two large workshops, a drawing office and a wood recycling plant.

From one man’s band to world player

From craft to treasure

Like many other stories of success, RQI’s journey starts with the vision of one man. Joop de Ruiter started his company near-

RQI’s portfolio is adorned by motor yachts and sailing yachts up to 80 metres, with interiors greatly varying in style and mate-

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rials. Subtle with majestic details, vibrant and extravagant, or timelessly classic: the possibilities are endless. Installations can take place anywhere in the world, even when the yacht is under sail, which has – according to De Ruiter – led to beautiful destinations in far-away seas. “One of the perks of the jobs,” he laughs. A major reason for Ruiter’s success has been the innate ability to think outside the box. In 1979, the company was the first in the world to investigate prefabrication for superyacht interiors, enabling each element of the design to be built in-house and reducing the total building time. Another first was the concept of building interiors completely in template form, giving owners the chance to see their design in life-size format before installation. Projects are always executed via fruitful collaborations with naval partners, creating an environment in which other special-