Tala

At 53m, Tala’s exterior features clever design that disguises her true size, while her interior employs precision design and manufacturing to create an extraordinary level of detail around a motif of nature.

With a volume of more than 800gt disguised in a sleek exterior profile, the brief for the interior of this 53m yacht – currently under construction in Turkey – was for very light interiors with darker colours used only as accents. Using sophisticated materials ranging from mother of pearl, carefully selected marbles, metals and leather, the resulting interior retains a clean and bright feel while instilling a feel of real luxury. There is a nature motif throughout, and the incredible attention to design detail and realisation creates astonishing effects in every space.

The incredible attention to design detail and realisation creates astonishing effects in every space

Highlights include the lower foyer, where a bamboo motif on the walls is continued to leaves on the marble floor – all the result of meticulous design and exquisite craftsmanship. The bamboo on the walls was traced into computer aided design software, then cut from wood on a CNC machine, with the resulting wood then inlaid into the wall panels which had also been cut to take the shapes. Stainless steel inlays and fallen leaf patterns are set into the marble floor to further the effect.

The skylounge features carpet with a spontaneous, crazed texture that was also hand drawn. “It’s almost like an abstract painting or a free, random design,” says de Basto. “I like the feeling of this room, it’s very light and very open, with big windows, and with the sliding doors that connect with the al fresco dining space it captures the essence of indoor-outdoor living.”