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Interior Insights: Stella Maris Brings the Outdoors In

Interior Insights: Stella Maris Brings the Outdoors In
Interior Insights: Stella Maris Brings the Outdoors In

Built by VSY shipyard in 2012, the impressive 72m Stella Maris features a striking Michela Reverberi interior. There is nothing garish about Stella Maris; rather, she features refined lines and simple shapes, adorned unassumingly with natural stonework and light fabrics that produce a feeling of freshness. The conglomeration of tradition, innovation and space earned Stella Maris two esteemed prizes at the International Superyacht Society (ISS) Design Awards in Fort Lauderdale in 2013.

Stella Maris harbours traditional elements of design alongside refreshing innovations. She features staggered internal decks, high saloons to maximise space and light, and an interestingly crafted bow. The vessel also offers numerous decks; the result of which is a volume usually found in vessels of greater dimension.

Michela Reverberi’s interior design exudes a luminous simplicity that marries seamlessly with the yacht’s exterior. Tones are reminiscent of a Mediterranean beach at sunset, intercut with ultramodern elements such as walls made entirely out of glass in the two main saloons and owner’s cabin and real houseplants crossing the decks.

The interior features flooring of large, rough-cut, sand-coloured stones that evoke an imperfect rusticness that is all part of the desired effect. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows create a sense of openness that welcomes the outside in and cast wonderful shadows over the rough-hewn paving. Glass tables and marble topped counters are a modernizing twist on rustic themes, and contemporary art bedecks the walls to add detail to an interior largely consisting of open, minimalist spaces.

The timeless nautical contrast of blue and white is picked up on-deck with indigo wicker-tables and chairs reminiscent of Mediterranean beach cabanas. On the main deck, huge loungers are set up in a sociable circle underneath retractable awning in a teepee-esque formation. Another deck runs with modern elements, boasting a stunning open-air bar area with polished white surfaces from floor to ceiling, creating a satisfyingly simple effect of geometric lines and shapes.

The kitchen area is unfussy and practical, with a fun nautical twist in the form of porthole-style windows. Under a sheltered roof, a sprawling dining table is able to accommodate a large number of guests for sunny lunches, whilst another leather-seated dining space resides indoors for lavish candlelit dinners. Below deck, a fully fitted gym offers inspiring panoramas out to sea for the ultimate workout, and on top of all of this Stella Maris boasts two perpendicular underlit jacuzzis for unbeatable open air soaking.

A stunning living space takes a different tack entirely, opting for a dominant palette of forest green in an otherwise monochrome utopia. The determinedly light, luminous and eminently non-oppressive palette of white and cream is disrupted by jade throws, a green-flecked carpet and a tank of houseplants embedded in the wall. The green brings a new meaning to oceanic architecture, whilst the wall of plants literalises Stella Maris’ theme of bringing the outside in.

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