Luxury Charter Yacht ALFA NERO Interior


The owner selected renowned Italian designer Alberto Pinto to style the yacht's interior. Given a free hand to create and produce the interior concept, Pinto says he wanted Alfa Nero to have a luxurious atmosphere, while maintaining a nautical theme. Each guest was to have a unique visual experience in his or her stateroom. To that end, each cabin has a distinctive air achieved through the use of colored leathers and other soft goods.

Pinto delivered a contemporary tone replete with focused nuances that are inviting and relaxing without being overpowering. An undersea theme is used on various pieces throughout the yacht. For the side tables, handmade bases by artist/designer Herve van der Straeten resemble branches of staghorn coral. Similar renditions support the sconces on the sideboards in the anigre-paneled VIP staterooms—green for the crew VIP cabin on the lower deck and coral for the VIP cabin on the main deck. Wrapping around the shades, the delicate staghorn coral-like fingers hold each fixture. The bedspreads and pillows are stitched with similar depictions. The bathroom walls in the VIP cabins feature a wainscot latticework of maple, birch and anigre. The floors are a mosaic of giallo elisa, black slate and noce travertine marbles. The hallway to the four guest staterooms is lined with 8-inch-by-10-inch frames displaying black-and-white, low-contrast pictures of seashells. Such threads connect the marine-themed elements within the yacht.

The dance room is located between the aft deck's patio seating and the main salon. Hidden sliding glass partitions allow this space to be an extension of the main salon. When the main-deck sliding doors are opened, the entire area from the swimming pool to the main salon becomes a spectacular area for entertaining. The Makassar ebony walls are inlaid with circular "bubbles" of zebrano that give the rooms an abstract underwater appeal. The main salon also houses an extravagant black-and-white Pleyel grand piano.

The adjacent, main-deck dining rooms, abaft the guest staterooms, can be separated by pocket doors, which, like the walls, are covered in goatskin. The formal dining room seats 14 at an oval table, while a more casual room situated starboard of the centerline seats four in the round. A formal trim makes the space even more tantalizing. The cornice and the mullions feature a special handmade, acid-sculpted glass. Silver leaf is applied to the etched surface to give it a crinkled mirror appearance. Individual squares of the silvered glass are inlaid flush in the Makassar ebony joinery. Enhancing the experience in both dining areas are gunwales that drop down so diners can view the sea.The third dining room is situated in the transition space between the upper salon and the aft deck. The circular area offers a choice of dining either inside or out, depending on which of the sliding glass doors are called into service.

The upper deck is given over to the owner's residence. The aft deck includes settees that flank a skylight. The skylounge and dining room are surrounded with wengé panels and what has come to be known as the "golf ball" wall. Scalloped panels are covered in white lacquer with a mother-of-pearl look, giving the walls a textured effect reminiscent of abstract, flattened golf balls. The wall covering enlarges the room’s appearance and sets the mood to that of a European nightclub, even in the light of day.

The owner's suite enjoys two entrances. Entry is made through sliding doors into either the owner's office or the dressing area. The closet doors that line the office entrance are floor-to-ceiling aluminum/zinc embossed with wavy diagonal lines that suggest a current. The main wood surface is louro faia, a striking Brazilian lacewood. The lace grain is detailed in silver and finished in a high gloss. Visual entertainment is through a 50-inch high-definition plasma screen equipped with 5.1 surround sound.

Normally the bathroom would be immediately adjacent to the sleeping area. Aboard Alfa Nero, however, it is located off to port in the aft section of the suite. A steam shower and Jacuzzi tub have a relaxed yet chic feel provided by grey-flannel marble, stainless steel and wood. The offset bath lets the bed and lounge occupy the full width of the space and provides unfettered access to the patio with its private hot tub. The patio is not visible or accessible from any other point aboard Alfa Nero, ensuring the owner complete privacy.

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