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Meet The Team

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Lead by founder Mark Tucker, Design Unlimited looks forward to new challenges and welcomes the opportunity to work alongside owners looking to realise their own distinctive visions. Cooperation lies at the core of everything that the studio achieves, and in many cases has resulted in enduring client relationships stretching across whole series of yachts.

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Mark Tucker – Managing Director

With over 30 years of experience Mark is a well-known and respected figure in the yacht interior design world.  Design Unlimited was founded in the Millennium year and has since established a reputation for innovation and creativity combined with technical understanding.  Early projects such as Visione, Sojana and Pink Gin V established the studio’s impressive design credentials and Mark’s own experience as both a dinghy and cruising enthusiast have assisted in the expansion of the studio’s extensive production yacht portfolio which includes work for Sunseeker International and Bavaria Yachtbau.

Mark is married to Julie and they have two children.  Mark’s passion is for being afloat and he and Julie have had a long and varied dinghy sailing career. They currently compete in an RS400 and also sail a 42’ cruiser with the family. Mark loves his work but is never happier than when out on the water ‘researching’ his next project.

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Julie is a qualified legal executive but gave up her career in the law to have her two children and following birth of Design Unlimited changed tracks to help Mark running the business. Julie now deals with all the non-design aspects of the studio including PR and finance. Personal background: A career multi-tasker Julie juggles work, children, boats, dog, cats, family and home with apparent ease and occasional calm! Julie loves to party and can usually be tracked down by following the sound of her laughter!

Julie Tucker - Financial Director

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Oscar joined the office and the Tucker household in 2013. He loves to be in the studio and greets guests and delivery men with enthusiasm and a lot of barking. Lunch time is his favourite time of day. Oscar loves walks, sticks and balls and rolling in anything black and smelly…..

Oscar Tucker - Office Security

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Sophie was inspired by childhood trips to London and the V & A and always knew that she wanted to work in design. Following her BA in Surface & Pattern design she worked for British luxury brand Aspinal in a varied role which included small accessory design, supplier liaison and photography schedules. Sophie is a keen sailor and cyclist and is cycling to Paris this summer to raise money for charity. She is also currently learning to kitesurf which seems to involve drinking large amounts of seawater!

Sophie Porteous - Decoration & Specification Assistant

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Career info: Shortly after graduating from Coventry University’s Transport and Product Design degree Marcus joined Sunseeker International and spent 5 years working there as a designer. Marcus has worked on some of Sunseeker’s most prestigious projects including the 40 Portofino, 28 Metre Yacht & 155 Yacht. Marcus is a speed freak and enjoys educating his 2 year old daughter in varying forms of motorsport! Marcus has been known to consume (inhale) cake on Fridays!!

Marcus Rayner - Designer

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Nigel joined the studio in 2012 bringing several years’ experience in the marine design industry. He graduated from Wolverhampton University with a degree in Product Design in 2003 then joined Sealine International where he spent 6 years and established an understanding of all areas in the design and manufacture process. He also worked for Tony Castro Ltd for 3 years designing and managing projects from small sailing boats to superyachts and then contracted for various design studios before joining the Design Unlimited team. Nigel is a sports junky, if he’s not spending time with his family he can be found riding, running or swimming (come rain or shine) Nigel is the office king of ‘designer stubble’ and can go from clean shaven to full beard in what seems to be only a matter of days!

Nigel Jones - Designer

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Mike joined the studio in 2015 having worked in the marine industry for several years. He graduated from Southampton Solent University with a degree in Yacht Manufacturing & Surveying. He spent 4 years working as a designer at another studio on a variety of production & superyacht projects before joining the Design Unlimited team. Mike is the adrenalin junkie of the office! Spending his free time battling the elements, sailing, rock climbing or SCUBA diving the many shipwrecks of the south coast (none of these were designed by DU!), this energetic social life is fuelled by his office drawer filled with porridge & soup!

Mike Harper - Designer

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Sarah joined the team in March 2014 and has a background in Sailing Event Management and Health & Fitness. She deals with Mark’s extensive travel plans and keeps the office in order. Married to Jeremy and has 5 year old twins Josh and Ellie - Sarah balances this with a love of wine! Coping with twins at home has been great training for keeping the office shipshape and the team on their toes.

Sarah Ussher - PA to the Directors

Nicola

Joining the studio straight from University in 2010 after completing a degree in Textile Design, Nix now leads the FF&E side of the studio. She loves the variety that comes with her role within the team, and focuses on making our interiors unique and personal for each of our clients. Nix is a keen dinghy and keelboat racer, and generally loves any water based activity… you could say she’s a water baby! She also loves cycling, running and has recently taken up yoga. She survived the faux pas of setting her boss alight with flaming Sambuca……

Nicola Brook - Head of Decoration/ Specification

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John joined the DU studio in 2012 fresh from Coventry University’s Boat Design course and a studio work placement in Milan. John is an avid cyclist who survived (just…..!) two weeks riding in the Rocky Mountains. When he’s not cycling on the road you’ll find him tearing up the local trails - He is happiest on two wheels, even happier in the air on 2 wheels!

John Everett - Designer