50m Atlante and her two 9m custom tenders.
MONACO. With her gunmetal grey hull, black superstructure, tinted glazing and military exterior styling by Nuvolari & Lenard, CRN’s Atlante cut a formidable figure in Monaco. But it was her interior layout and design by Gilles & Boissier — the Parisian studio’s first yacht project — that attracted most attention.
At over 1,000gt, Atlante is a high volume yacht for her overall length and this gave plenty of scope for the owner and interior designers to create an unusual and flexible general arrangement. The most striking departure from the norm is the tender garage on the main aft deck. Accessed via the beach club in the stern, the garage is protected by polished stainless steel bull bars that can be raised during tender operations.
The beach club serves as the main entrance.
The two nine-metre tenders in question, built by I.C. Yacht, were custom designed by Nuvolari & Lenard to complement the exterior styling of the mothership. By moving the semi-open garage to main deck level, more space could be devoted to the beach club below. As it doubles as a cinema space, the tender space also exploits an area that is rarely used when moored stern to in the Med.
The unusual main deck tender garage.
The main salon and dining room is accessed from the garage. With simple abaca hemp matting, brushed chêne fumé (dark stained oak) and Carnico marble, the décor is casually sophisticated and subdued without being gloomy, also thanks to the expansive glazing. Two low coffee tables on an inset Tai Ping rug can be raised at the touch of a button to become a full-size dining table. The freestanding furniture by Laval is custom designed by Gilles & Boissier, who also designed the lamps made by the French firm Pouenat. The smoky oak veneer is juxtaposed with lighter silver fir and eucalyptus. Ranging from high gloss to satin and brushed surface treatments, extra thick veneers were used to achieve a deeply textured finish.
The main salon.
Some 20 tonnes of Calcatta Vagli, Carnico Grigio and Noir Saint Laurent marble were installed on the yacht, particularly in the forward master stateroom and bathroom. The full-beam master stateroom does away with a separate study but features a small desk and pouf that slide on rails parallel to the sofa positioned along the entire starboard wall. Aluminium louvered shutters on the windows admit natural light and provide a degree of privacy.
The owner’s suite with integrated study area.
The owner’s bathroom.
Accent details are provided by the abundant use of polished stainless steel, which is also a feature of the exterior design. The caprails around the pool on the upper deck, for example, have a trapezoidal section to avoid the hotspots of sunlight associated with round or oval handrails, and even the lifebelts are stowed in stainless steel cabinets.
The trapezoidal handrails surrounding the pool.
The helipad on the forward upper deck is ringed with removable stanchions of composite-clad steel that have been faired and painted black. When in use as an open-air social space, a teak-topped table can be raised from its closed position level with the deck and its surface has a slight camber to fit perfectly flush when lowered.
The height-adjustable table on the forward upper deck is cambered to fit flush with the teak decking.
The lower deck guest accommodation consists of two twin single and two double cabins. The asymmetric layout means each cabin is unique, but all feature the same dark oak and brushed silver fir tones, white Calacatta Vagli marble with grey veining and dark grey Carnico marble.
Double guest cabin.
Despite the dark and decidedly masculine tones, the interior ambience is also warm and intimate. CRN claim that the owner (reported in the Italian media to be Remo Ruffini, the man behind the Moncler fashion label, who also owns the gulet Blackwood of London) was a monthly visitor to the shipyard in Ancona during the build process. His commitment and aesthetic sense, combined with CRN’s high-quality execution, are what made Atlante one of the most individual and innovative yachts showcased in Monaco.