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A song provides the spark for a Baglietto-built superyacht’s crisp and polished interior design scheme...

A song provides the spark for a Baglietto-built superyacht’s crisp and polished interior design scheme.

Harmonious Arrangements

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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Hitting the Right Notes

Indoors, the designers relied on whites, deep browns, and metal accents to realize the desired light-and-dark palette. In the main deck saloon, a silk-cotton carpet from Limited Editions contrasts with the rich wenge floor, two Gica armchairs by Eduardo Climent rock on sleek ribbons of stainless steel, and custom sofas are swathed in ivory leather, cotton, and chenille with horsehair piping. A polished oak table from Julian Chichester in the dining area is surrounded by Ligne Roset chairs with white leather seats. Softly illuminating the space are custom pendant lights incorporating stainless steel and ivory silk. 

Not that the interior is entirely monochromatic. The large windows bring the blues of sea and sky indoors, and the designers infused the space with another color by mounting pieces of coral (legally purchased, according to the design firm) on stainless steel pedestals. “You can see the coral in different places, in red—big ones [that are] quite unusual and very special pieces,” says Tello. Custom bar glasses, towels, throws, and a scattering of pillows are also coral red.

In the bar and cinema area, an ebony media cabinet holds a large TV. Seating includes a white leather Kalup occasional chair from Moura Starr and stools that pull up to the 6-foot-long ebony bar. Mirrored panels cling to the bar and ceiling—a technique used throughout the yacht, Tello says, “so you can have the idea that the space is double-height.” 

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Dream Weaver

The designers’ ebony-and-ivory idea extends to the yacht’s private spaces, as evidenced by the en suite bathroom of the 260-square-foot master bedroom on the main deck. The light-and-dark color scheme is enlivened here, as elsewhere on the yacht, by shimmer and shine. Mosaic ceramic tile in the teak-floored shower features a softly glimmering finish, and the alabaster vanity, which holds glass basins from Arclinea, has an integrated LED that provides “a welcoming light presence,” says Tello. The guest rooms on the lower deck are elegantly minimal, featuring Tacchini chairs with reflective stainless-steel frames and crisp white linens with red accents. Silk-cotton rugs stretch over nearly the entire floor, and sound-absorbing ivory leather clads not only the custom beds but also the walls. Creating the visual effect of ribbed leather on the walls’ lower half—a process that required hand-stitching leather over small ribs of wood—was a challenge. “It was almost impossible for the builders to do,” says Tello. “They sent samples, we sent samples and went to Italy several times, but in the end the result was more than perfect.” Why Worry, indeed.

Sá Aranha &Vasconcelos, +351.218.453.070, saaranhavasconcelos.pt

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Yacht: Why Worry

Builder and Interior Architect: Baglietto

Exterior Architect: Francesco Paszkowski Design

Interior Design: Sá Aranha & Vasconcelos (SA&V)

Length: 141 feet (43 meters)


Guests: 15

Crew: 7

Price: about $20 million

Contact: SA&V, +351.218.453.070

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