Every now and then, a superyacht comes along that has such a particular and awe-inspiring nature, that it can be aptly described as having a definitive wow-factor. Such is undoubtedly the case with Aslec 4, the wonderful, personable and positively eccentric 45 metre vessel that was launched a year ago by Italian Rossi Navi and has been impressing and charming her way into the hearts of audiences and guests alike.
Aslec 4 was designed by Studio Spadolini, which previously collaborated with Rossi Navi on majestic Numptia. The Florence-based company that has been working on an impressive portfolio of projects ranging from 15 metre vessels to grand superyachts, classic to contemporary and the occasional sailing yacht. Led by Tomasso Spadolini, the studio boasts an impressive 30 years of experience and exceeds the mark of 200 vessels to date.
This experience seems to have been key in the development of Aslec 4, which was designed for a close friend of Spadolini himself. From the first sketches in April 2009 to the launch in March 2012, the whole project was defined by an intention to create cutting edge design, sparked by a great relationship between client, designer and the shipyard.
With her steel hull and marine grade aluminium superstructure, Aslec 4 boasts an exterior look that is undeniably contemporary and remarkably friendly, while remaining eloquently outspoken and steadfast. She has a smooth, gently curved silhouette, combined with the gentle eccentricity of a plump, performance-enhancing axe bow and lines that seem to be directly translated from an accurate initial sketch. This all blends to form exterior features that are easy on the eyes, push boundaries yet respect the traditions of Italian design specifically and superyachting in general. She is a pleasant and easy-going vessel, with an elegantly grand personality and subtly eccentric stance.
Aslec 4's friendliness first and foremost comes across in her emphasising those features that are, if anything, today's top priorities in the industry: environmentally respectful, economical and efficient without being unnecessarily bulky. She is truly smooth and voluminous, boasting an overall spacious feel that is one of her main assets. This sense of space instantly becomes apparent upon boarding, where an impressively sized, 70sq metre aft deck welcomes guests aboard. Here, a large lounging arrangement combined with an uninterrupted panoramic view are the key ingredients for a deck space that, due to its size, stylish design and minimalistic approach, can be perfectly utilised for many different occasions. Two long sofas, a set of four directors chairs and two low cabinets, for functionality and a sense of privacy, form a symmetrical arrangement where guests can relish each other's company and their magnificent surroundings undisturbed. The wide aft staircase to the swimming platform only adds to the sense of contemporary elegance.
Inside, a light and fresh interior, designed by Rémi Tessier Design, is based upon a material palette that blends oak and ebony as primary woods with touches of carbon, black chrome and gold leaf, adding modern sparkle. Calm, soothing and serene come to mind in the full beam main saloon, where custom furniture from Tessier's in-house collection creates an ambiance of contemporary lightness and minimalistic glamour.
The saloon, loosely divided into an intimate aft bar and a grand central lounging space, is light and fresh, with a lush selection of luxury materials and an understated colour palette. The curvy, high-gloss stainless steel bar is a true eye catcher, with it's ample reflective surfaces enhancing the room's clean ambiance. The central lounge, with it's large sofas and armchairs, is freshly intimate and cool, with a smooth aesthetic that reflects Aslec 4's overall character.
Quality pieces of modern art do what art is supposed to do; intrigue, inspire, complement and embellish. In fact, the two doorways fore, leading to the galley and the main foyer respectively, are richly textured, layered and semi transparent works of art in their own right. The lounge, with it's off-white upholstery, plush carpeting, minimal lines and attention to detail, is a haven of refined luxury supported by skilfully integrated amenities, such as the large flatscreen television folding down from the ceiling.
The central lobby, connecting the main saloon with the lush owner's quarters fore, is modern and majestic with elegant materials mixing and mashing an ambiance of light, luxury and simplicity, in the most positive sense of the word. From the subtly textured gold leaf walls to the backlit marble staircases, this space is not only specifically spacious and airy, it also generously shows how the most outspoken luxury materials can be skillfully applied to accentuate elegance over abundance.
Aslec 4 accommodates 10 + 2 guests in 5 luxury suites, with the master suite as an undeniable pinnacle of stylish luxury. A private office leads into the full beam stateroom, that finds the familiar palettes of colours, shapes and materials transformed into an intimate rendition of Aslec 4's fresh and contemporary identity. His and hers walk-in wardrobes and a sumptuous master en suite, with large separate shower area and big tub, are obvious key ingredients, but the main seasoning of these quarters is the breezy and inviting sense of style. Combining contemporary touches, such as a mirror wall with integrated television screen, with a richly textured, soothing ambiance, turns the master suite into a wonderful accommodation that is both lush and subtle. Here, again, outspoken luxury materials are gently applied throughout, adding to the a semi-futuristic ambiance. This is a successful design formula that has been applied throughout all of the guest suites onboard.
Belowdecks, two double suites and two twins, the latter each with an extra Pullman, offer a similar ambiance. All equally spacious and soft, the guest cabins come with a luxury en suite and ample storage space. The minimalistic approach enhances a sense of serenity and calm, without becoming dull or bland. Specifically noteworthy are the wide-set entrances into the en suites, which enhance visual lines and bring out the overall spaciousness, while sleek, wide windows allow the flow of natural light.
Upstairs, one can discover an airy upper saloon, which also functions as the vessel's main interior dining room. The central round table and elegantly curvy dining chairs are surrounded by large windows, framing this intimate setting with dramatic vista views. The aft deck boasts a second, impressively sized exterior space with large, round al fresco dining table and a lush U-shaped sofa and corresponding tables and chairs aft. The fore deck houses a big panoramic cockpit with adjacent sun pads, combining privacy with panoramic splendor. Upstairs, the sun deck perfectly completes Aslec 4's range of luxury amenities, true to form with a large deck space with a large Jacuzzi as the main ingredient.
If anything, Aslec 4 aptly demonstrates that space really is a luxury commodity that, when applied correctly, is a solid foundation for a successful design. It is a key ingredient that supports all areas onboard, allowing a perfect canvas for the stylish, modern and warm interiors. She feels both pleasantly familiar and unmistakable new but, above all, she is warm and hospitable. Talking about design obviously involves a component of personal taste, but it is exciting to look at a project and discover that it somehow seems to transcend it's original concept. As is the case with Aslec 4, which turns out to be one of those instances where the whole is simply greater than the sum of it's parts.
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