69m Suerte was launched in July this year. Note the restyled transom with glass-fronted beach club.

MONACO. Suerte began life as hull C101, one of two 64m sister ships that the Tankoa shipyard in Genoa began building in 2008. Construction stopped as the financial crisis took hold, but the half-finished project was sold in 2014 by Michele Karsenti of Yacht-Ology after he requested various modifications to the exterior styling from Francesco Paszkowski to bring her up to date.

The principle change involved restyling the vertical transom to incorporate a beach club with wall-to-wall glazing overlooking the swim platform. This further involved extending the hull in the stern by four metres, which resulted in an increase in top speed thanks to the longer waterline.

Paszkowski teamed up with Margherita Casprini for the interior design that draws on the tones and textures of natural materials such as oak, teak and slate to create a discreetly casual and warmly welcoming ambience that would also appeal to the charter market.

“The brief from the owner was based on sensations and atmosphere rather than specific materials, ” explains Paszkowski. “The interior had to be generic enough to appeal to the varying tastes of charter guests, but still be charming and sophisticated.”

Francesco Paszkowski and Margherita Casprini aboard Suerte (photo by Justin Ratcliffe)

Satin-finished oak and teak are the principal veneers that anchor the interior décor, which have been combined in tone-on-tone fashion with tan leather tiles, creamy Jerusalem stone and white Carrara marble. These base notes are complimented by mirrored or lacquered surfaces and polished stainless steel accents, with an occasional touch of onyx or carbon fibre. Instead of wall-to-wall carpeting, the textured custom textiles by Studio Maleki in Florence are used in conjunction with the teak and slate for creative flooring that also serves to guide guests through the interior layout.

The winter garden. Note the bar unit shaped and riveted like an airplane wing.

A prime example is the central slate-clad stairway that leads from the aft beach club to the main salon, which is divided into two zones with a light-filled winter garden and bar (that features a riveted, aluminium surface resembling an airplane wing) and a cinema lounge equipped with the latest 88-inch 4K curved TV screen. Set into the bulkhead adjoining the dining room is a tropical aquarium that had to be pressurized to reduce slopping after it was discovered that fish can suffer from motion sickness!

The cinema lounge and aquarium set into the wall adjoining the dining room.

Apart from the fixtures and fittings, many of which were sourced at Maison & Objet in Paris, Paszkowski and Casprini were also responsible for tracking down the artwork on board. This ranges from two massive photographic prints in the winter garden (economically sourced from Google Images) and two metallic textured paintings on canvas in the sky lounge, to various statuettes and a wall sculpture in wood by Thierry Martenon in the upper deck lobby. French sculptor Martenon creates stripped down forms with lots of unique surface markings and the piece perfectly compliments the crisply contemporary interior design.

The wood sculpture by Thierry Martenon in the upper deck lobby.

At more than 1,450gt, Suerte is a high-volume yacht and the designers made full use of the available space, both inside and out, to create a flexible general arrangement that prioritizes the social areas. The skylounge, for instance, features a conversation corner with a sofa bed that can be cordoned off with sliding wall panels to create an extra cabin with access to an adjacent bathroom.

The skylounge with metallic textured paintings on canvas and skylights under the sundeck pool.

Convivial and casual, Suerte represents a triumph of soberly tasteful styling that avoids being bland or derivative by holistic consideration of the interior design as a whole, rather than its constituent parts.

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