Interiors have always been a mainstay of the Luiz de Basto studio’s offering – from carefully considered production boat designs to the ultimate in bespoke superyacht interiors.
From the very first yacht design that Luiz de Basto undertook – a 56ft flybridge yacht during the early part of his career in Brazil – yacht interiors have been a fundamental cornerstone of the studio’s work.
His background in residential and architectural design has certainly helped Luiz develop and hone his interior skills, and he makes a point of distinguishing between the two key aspects of interior development – design, and décor. Interior design covers the architecture of the space and of the elements, while interior décor covers the materials, finishes, textures, colours, lighting and treatment of the interior space.
It follows that the development of an interior is a progression that begins with design – often considered holistically with the exterior design of the yacht – and then moves to décor which, by varying materials, palettes and treatments, can create radically different environments even within the same architectural space.
The whole process of interior design is a progression from layout to the final selection of fabrics, materials, colours and textures
There has also been progression within the studio’s own output which has in recent years included a return to residential interior design and décor, in large part for yacht clients who have asked the studio to apply its skills to their residential projects – including such diverse spaces as a duplex penthouse in Singapore, and modern interpretations of traditional Hawaiian style in a series of luxury properties on the island.
“From day one,” says Luiz, we have designed and created the space planning and interiors of our boats. I define ‘interior design’ as the architectural space – and while the design may be the same, the space can be and look completely different just by changing the décor depending upon the client’s preferences. The whole process of interior design is a progression from layout to the final selection of fabrics, materials, colours and textures.”
Clean, sophisticated, considered and with extraordinary craftsmanship throughout, the interior of the 53m Tala – currently in build at Turquoise – combines fascinating detail and cues from nature with a light and bright colour palette without losing the feel of luxury.
Fun forms the central ethos of Saluzi – a unique, SOLAS-certified 70m yacht. This is reflected in every aspect of the interior design and décor, where sophistication and luxury meets clever space design, multifunctional areas and numerous little details designed to raise a smile.
Drawing on the principles of luxury car interiors, the interior of the Burger 48 production boat features leather, darkened wood and key design features and motifs that are repeated or varied throughout the boat, creating a sense both of comfort and of holistic design.
An overhead expanse of glass, which evolves and flows from the windscreen over the foredeck, provides a key design feature of the Daemon 75 which De Basto’s interior cleverly incorporates, informing the design of the lower saloon, forward cabin and en suite and flooding the interior with light.