If all art, as Oscar Wilde once reckoned, is at once surface and symbol, then CRN’s recent collaboration with Zuccon International Project, the 50m M/Y Latona, is nothing short of a maritime novella. Balancing highly evocative fin de siècle Art Nouveau-inspired interiors and open-air spaces with a subtle, modern silhouette, the Tiffany-blue turquoise super yacht is somehow spellbinding. Like a conduit to another age.
Art Nouveau is an elusive late nineteenth century decorative style that unifies literature, painting, and architecture into a singular coherent expression. The works of American, Russian, and European poets, essayists, and architects defined the aesthetic mood of the period. In the decorative arts, sculpted furniture, stained glass, church frescos, and embroideries, for example, were critically important elements in furnishing a room. Latona’s signature style pays homage to Italy’s version of Art Nouveau with its own concept: Stile Liberty—also a source of inspiration for CRN’s “SuperConero” concept of the 1960s and 70s. Enter Costanza Pazzi, CRN Interior Design Specialist and Chief Architect.
“The Latona,” she tells Upscale Living, “is a yacht endowed with a strong personality capable of harmoniously combining her truly distinctive design with highly functional outdoor and indoor areas … we worked together with Zuccon International Project to balance the sophisticated décor of interiors with the style of external areas, which have a fresher touch.”
The grandeur of Stile Liberty permeates every area of the Latona. Four decks and an under deck encourage outdoor living while dining indoors; a circular walnut 12-seater dining table—the centerpiece of the main salon, is flanked by deep loungers with unobstructed access to sea views; the master stateroom boasts a dark walnut and light blue velvet crown headboard, a hand crafted ceiling and dark brown bespoke carpet embroidery; and all of this as an expertly curated grey Calacatta-veined marble bathroom with a hydromassage tub, and a walk-in shower—with seats, awaits.
“The design features onboard,” Pazzi continues, “create a high degree of functionality plus maximum space for enjoyment, especially thanks to the exterior guest areas – wide and diverse – and further technical areas, transformed into leisure ones—via the tender bay that can be integrated with the beach club for a total surface of more than 80 square meters. This, of course, is a multi-purpose area for the whole family to enjoy. It also includes a wellness and fitness area and a beautiful hammam.”
The Latona comfortably accommodates up to ten guests in five cabins, including the master cabin, two VIP cabins, two double cabins, and a crew of nine. “Guests onboard the Latona,” Pazzi adds, “can enjoy the vast exterior spaces like the sundeck, designed with Mediterranean style, is completed by a Jacuzzi and an aft solarium with four sunbeds. On the main deck, instead, the dining area can be open on three sides, when at anchor, to dine al fresco and enjoy breath-taking views from the two-sided terraces.”
Far from the Ecole de Architecture Paris graduate’s first venture with CRN, Pazzi has been in charge of all things interior from A to Z since 2008; back in 2011, Pazzi delivered CRN’s 60m Darling Danama in collaboration with Alexandre and Cristina Negoescu; she and Omega Architects and Droulers Architecture, Pazzi also worked together on the 73m Yalla, CRN’s first vessel built on their 12.50m-wide platform; and her 2017 joint venture with Winch Design on CRN’s 74m Cloud 9—also Mediterranean in style and character with marine-inspired artwork, bas-relief décor, and mother-of-pearl elements, further elucidate Pazzi’s talent for fusing elegance and sophistication with modern style.
From the deep lyre-shaped sofa and white-lacquered grand piano to generous living spaces, sunpads and an inflatable slide at aft, open-air design and unparalleled interior craftsmanship play a central role in Latona’s navigation experience. Most notable is her float-in tender bay that transforms into a salt water swimming pool. In the end, though, it is Cosatnza Pazzi’s leadership at CRN, in general, and her flair for spectacular, world class interiors, in particular, that reflect a design philosophy that is both wildly indulgent and quintessentially Italian. And much like the character and style of Art Nouveau aboard the Latona, a movement unto itself.