INTERVIEW – INTERIOR DESIGN
Vertige’s interiors have been carried out by Francesco Paszkowski Design with Margherita Casprini. We took a closer look at some of the details – secrets – of the layout and interior decor. How would you define the interior design? Which elements take the lion’s share? Margherita Casprini: We’re looking at elegant interiors, detailed by attentive study in terms of architecture and research work for the most appropriate materials, matching fabrics and colour schemes, like blending plain whitened teak wood embellishing bulkheads and floors with glossy rosewood which delivers a definite contrast. Behind every single choice there’s a lot of research: we’ve scouted around for diverse carpets, headboard linings, for each individual cabin. The ceiling panels for instance are all in 3D wood which looks like real teak but it’s interrupted in several slots by different materials which enhance a sense of ‘movement’ while highlighting some of the furniture for example a bed or study corner. Noir silk has been widely used in both the owner’s and VIP cabins which conveys a special effect, while in the main and upper lounges we’re looking at contrasting metallic inserts on wood. The final effect of which is a bronze coloured 3D surface area. An architectural feat is to be found in the staircase which connects the decks with winged shaped steps conveying a wonderful sense of lightness to the whole ensemble. Did the owner provide you with special input or contribution or did he delegate everything to you? Francesco Paszkowski: After a number of meetings with the owner himself the project kicked off according to our suggestions and the owner put in a few personal requests. He’s always been very present inasmuch as he was keen on seeing work as it progressed. It’s thanks to the general harmony we created between us all which facilitated research
concerning architectural details, finding appropriate materials and offering new suggestions. The main deck foresees a VIP and a master suite. What’s the reasoning behind this choice? Was there a special request for the interior layout? Francesco Paszkowski: The owner just wanted two cabins on the main deck which were similar to one another but not perfectly identical. Identical in terms of comfort, materials used and brightness. This is a request we addressed to by offering diverse colours in the same material. Furthermore the yacht’s been designed to cater for charter parties and we know there’s a growing request for two cabins along the main deck rather than one. Margherita Casprini: The two cabins sport the same materials, but in different colours, as for example headboards: in one cabin it is all white, while it is grey in the other. As far as the rest of the layout is concerned, the remaining four guest cabins consist in three doubles and one twin which can be a double just as the owner requested. Which materials were used? Margherita Casprini: Jerusalem Stone marble for the owner’s bathroom floor, for the main deck end of the lounge bulkhead which has been enriched with brass strips installed at different levels conveying different hues; white onyx for tops, drawer fronts, flat top for towels and striped onyx for the shower area. Bronze looking brass is a recurring finish at the sides of coffee tables or the anti roll bars along bookshelves. How have the technical areas and crew quarters been set up? Francesco Paszkowski: The same teakwood has been deployed to join the area between the galley, crew mess and common areas making them bright and welcoming while very often different materials are used.