A song provides the spark for a Baglietto-built superyacht’s crisp and polished interior design scheme.
Francesco Paszkowski, the Italian yacht designer behind the steel hull and aluminum superstructure of the 141-foot Baglietto 43 displacement motor yacht, has been known to rhapsodize about the latter metal. “Aluminum has a soul,” says Paszkowski. “Working and designing with it is like using a needle and thread to seam together small pieces by welding and folding them like origami.”
The Portuguese studio Sá Aranha & Vasconcelos (SA&V) took similar care when it tackled the interior design of Why Worry, the Baglietto 43 shown on these pages. (The privately owned yacht was for sale at press time for about $20 million.) In conceiving the overall look and feel for the boat’s crisp and polished spaces, SA&V had help from a song, according to the firm’s chief designer and co-CEO, Rosário Tello, who helms the company with co-founder Carmo Aranha.
“[The clients] asked for ‘very sophisticated’—starting with the idea that they’d like to have dark wood, not light wood,” explains Tello. “So we thought of ‘Ebony and Ivory,’” she says, referring to the song performed by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney. High-gloss ebony wood and soft ivory leather abound inside.
Outside, hardy teak floors and weather-resistant acrylic-upholstered furniture grace the upper decks, including the flybridge, where dining takes place at a custom glass-and-stainless-steel table. A space next to the wheelhouse is ideal for sunbathing, and the upper deck features a more formal dining area with a custom table, Royal Botania chairs, and illuminated alabaster side tables from Atelier Alain Ellouz. The pillows provide splashes of color.
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