WHAT MAKES IT WORK?

The salon on the SX88 is ex­cep­tional for all its bright and open space. Here’s how Marty Lowe en­hanced those fea­tures to cre­ate seam­less style.

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Be­cause the hull­side win­dows ex­tend from sole to ceil­ing, the salon of­fers out­stand­ing views. To make the most of them, Lowe se­lected low­pro­file fur­nish­ings by Minotti, which com­ple­ment the mod­ern dé­cor. Low-slung fur­ni­ture can also make win­dows ap­pear even taller, thereby ex­pand­ing the vista. She added floor cush­ions that can be re­ar­ranged for ex­tra seating in a re­laxed space that lends it­self to con­ver­sa­tion.

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Set­tees are cov­ered in slip­cov­ers made of linen with some polyester for longer wear. “Polyester is a great ma­te­rial be­cause it makes life a lot eas­ier, but you have to work to find some­thing that feels nat­u­ral,” says Lowe. “The cov­ers have zip­pers, so if you spill red wine on one, you can re­place it rather than buy a new set­tee. You rarely see them on a boat this size, but they make so much sense.”

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For many yachts­men, shar­ing meals with fam­ily and friends is a big part of the cruis­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. With that in mind, Lowe cre­ated spa­ces through­out the boat for what she calls “din­ing events.” One of them is here in the salon. “I think of this as a nice place for two peo­ple to en­joy break­fast to­gether, and there are swivel­ing chairs so you can eas­ily turn to look at the sea around you.”

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“My vi­sion for the boat’s de­sign be­gan at the cen­tral stair­case that leads up to the bridge and down to the ac­com­mo­da­tions level,” says Lowe, who has de­signed many in­te­ri­ors for Sanlorenzo yachts in the Amer­i­cas. “It in­spired the idea of an ur­ban loft on the sea, an open space that con­nects peo­ple with the light and wa­ter sur­round­ing them.”

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One of the most strik­ing fea­tures on this Sanlorenzo is the join­ery treat­ment. “We cut the wood into a grid pat­tern with a net­work of vertical and hor­i­zon­tal lines in­spired by a Mon­drian paint­ing,” says Lowe. For a mod­ern touch, the panels were cov­ered with glossy, white lac­quer, which also pro­tects the wood from the sun. “I like the treat­ment be­cause no two bulk­heads are the same. Each is a work of art.”

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