Natori, the 41m Baglietto launched earlier this year, has become one of the most talked about vessels on the charter scene. She was unveiled to the public for the first time at the Genoa Charter Show in May, where we were invited on board by Camper and Nicholsons, her central agent. We were given a full tour by the yacht's interior designers Bannenberg & Rowell Design.
Natori boasts a distinctive and avant garde exterior, styled by Italian designer Francesco Paszkowski, who successfully collaborates with Cantieri Navali Baglietto since many years.
Natori's main deck features an unusual, but highly practical asymmetric layout. There is just one side deck, on the port side , which allows the crew to walk from aft to amid ship. This design solution creates a highly voluminous main deck salon, and allows for crew movement without interfering with the privacy of guests.
The yacht's experienced owner commissioned Bannenberg and Rowell to design the interior of Natori. The owner had admired the designer's recent work – in particular the interior of the 52m Feadship, Illusion.
Of course, Natori’s interior follows completely individual themes which see a fusion of Italian inspired cabinetry and finishes, and judicious use of African materials, to produce a very striking and sophisticated interior. Tropical olive, ebony, shagreen and parchment are well -documented in early and mid 20th century Italian design and on Natori they have been updated in their application giving a thoroughly 21st century result.
The Main Saloon has smart and comfortable seating arranged in the aft half of the room, and a custom Bannenberg designed dining table forward. The areas are divided by a monolith of ebony, stone, parchment and saddle stitched leather which houses a 42” plasma TV. The forward bulkhead catches the eye with a centreline panel of tinted shagreen by Bill Amberg.
The huge windows on the main deck allow guests to enjoy relaxing in the light and cool interior.
Moving forward, the main deck lobby has a noteworthy inlaid timber floor with a circular motif which continues in polished metal as a vertical screen for the main staircase. The Owner’s Stateroom is particularly generous in space and is an elegant haven of suede, pale parchment and rosewood with a spectacular upholstered bed.
This 41m yacht exceeds all expectations in having two full width VIP cabins, and two twin guest cabins on the lower deck – each with large bathrooms. The VIP bedrooms see rosewood teamed with platinum coloured lacquer, nickel and cream painted panelling for a calm, but nevertheless striking environment. The twin guest cabins are outfitted in a pale washed oak with African fabrics on the beds and chocolate brown leather Venetian blinds. The starboard side twin contains a fold-down Pullman berth. All bathrooms are cool and elegant havens with Emperador, Calacatta and limestone surfaces, painted glass and nickel detailing.
The Owners worked closely with Bannenberg and Rowell to incorporate many contemporary pictures and items collected from their travels. One of our favourites is the 1960s black and white photo of Brigitte Bardot dancing on the tables in the South of France. She looks down over the Main Deck cloakroom in lustrous tandem with the high gloss macassar ebony panelling and cricket stitched leatherwork.
The bridge deck of this spacious yacht includes a gym, a day head and a lounge panelled in a distinctive flecked oak, weathered to an almost driftwood finish. African hides include zebra on two window seats on the starboard side. Proving that no detail is too small, these have been book matched fore and aft.
The huge upper deck area has ample space for sun loungers and a shaded dining area for up to 12 guests.
Bannenberg and Rowell were also involved in designing the sundeck pool area which has an asymmetrical layout which incorporates sun lounging space, a seating area and an informal dining space. Exterior tables are finished in natural finish, stained dark teak with loose furniture by Glyn Peter Machin. This unsurpassed outdoor deck space is equal is size to that normally found on much larger yachts.
Natori will cruise as a charter vessel when not operating privately. Functionality and practicality have been designed in from the outset without compromising an interior which is clean and tailored but with the richness inherent in the choice of materials and detailing.