PHOTOS: Stuart Pearce
If you use Facebook or Instagram, chances are your feed is populated by pictures of pretty superyachts. We know of at least one instance where a Facebook post inspired someone to charter a yacht, too. However, we never heard of Pinterest playing a role in a new-build… until Mimì la Sardine came along. In fact, the social-media platform aided greatly in conveying exactly what the owners wanted.
Those owners, Nick and Maxine Leslau, commissioned this 109’9″ (33.5-meter) explorer, a Nauta Air 110, from Cantiere delle Marche after searching for a sturdy, reliable cruiser. They each were quite involved in decisions. But, Maxine took the lead for the interior. For years, clients commonly handed designers folders of magazine clippings to express their tastes. By contrast, Maxine shared a Pinterest link. She did so with Nauta Design and Cantiere delle Marche’s own Filippo Bevilacqua, who heads the interior-design department. Much like how people collect inspirational photos for pin boards or cork boards, Pinterest lets users do it online.
Pictures (a.k.a. Pinterest pins) of natural wood, with texture and grains a plenty, communicated her desire for Mimì la Sardine to look like a beach house. A comfortably casual, natural, and naturally arresting beach house, at that. “Natural” is the key word. Shining stainless steel and other glittering materials have no role onboard. Rather, oak envelops essentially every room, flowing not just underfoot but also overhead. In fact, the treatment overhead is especially striking, and unexpected. Furthermore, naturally knotty wood covers countertops, plus forms the headboard in the main-deck master suite. In addition, custom furnishings use weathered oak, along with even more natural materials, such as linen.
Call the look organic elegance, beach chic, or some other catchy phrase; Mimì la Sardine is exactly what the Leslaus wanted. She brings the couple and their children together in a warmly welcoming way. Cantiere delle Marche certainly thinks so as well. Here’s what it says about the collaborative experience on its website:
A special tribute must be paid to the Owner, Maxine Leslau, whose enthusiasm, charisma, knowledge of design, materials and manufacturers, were pivotal to the extraordinary result. Her exquisite taste and capability to share her vision helped create Mimì la Sardine‘s unique interior design and decoration.
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