The grand exteriors of the luxury yachts that ply the Mediterranean are awe-inducing, but their interiors get far less attention. That could change, thanks to the M/Y 360°, a newly designed, $21 million, 155-foot super yacht based in Cap d’Ail, France. Owner Al Njaeb Pty Ltd., a holding company in the British Virgin Islands, had a budget of $4 million to retrofit the entire five-level, five-suite, seven-bath vessel. (There is an owner’s cabin/master suite, two double cabins and two twin cabins; additional amenities include three outdoor lounge spaces, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a wine cellar and a helipad.)
It commissioned interior designer Yvonne Colacion, principal at California-based Colacion Studio, for the yearlong project. To get the job done, she made five trips from the United States to the ship’s then-base in Ancona, Italy, over the course of 12 months, working with a local retrofit team from International Shipyards Ancona (ISA). “The objective in the design was to capture the grandeur of the sea from the 1920s but with modern touches,” Colacion explains.
She began by repainting the exterior, including the hull, in gray and soft white. From there, the custom touches flowed. Flooring was a priority outside (teak decks) and in (ebony wood). Colacion turned to L.A.–based Decorative Carpets for rugs, including a handwoven red-and-white, silk-and-wool carpet in the large main salon and a leopard-inspired wool one in the observation lounge.
Colacion designed other furnishings and had them fabricated by artisans from around the world. ISA’s local mill-working tradesmen executed a custom circular ebony headboard reminiscent of the Art Deco period, and the bespoke bedding is courtesy of Ateliers Charles Jouffre in Lyon, France. A Ming-inspired table in the observation lounge hails from California, and a Saint Laurent French marble vanity in the owner’s cabin/master suite was built by Italian craftsmen. Additional Deco-style wood furniture is by Anne Hauck Art Deco.
In other words, a collaborative effort fit for the high seas. “It’s my style to rely on artisans who are really the best in what they do,” says Colacion. “Besides being impressive to look at, I think the customization is what makes this boat special.” Rates for a weeklong charter start at $238,000; 33-489/039-464; neoyachting.com.