While every yacht designer will begin a new project by making the big decisions, like colour palettes and custom furniture, even an untrained eye can see that truly great décor can be made or broken by the details.
Italian brand Foresti & Suardi offers a huge range of interior finishings and products specially designed for the superyacht market, with collections spanning everything from light fixtures to outdoor furniture. Founded in 1961, the company made its name working with builders such as Riva and Rio and now counts some of the world’s largest and most elegant yachts among its client base. However, what makes Foresti & Suardi truly unique is the control it maintains over its production process thanks to the on-site foundry at its headquarters in Predore, on Lake Iseo.
At the buzzing heart of the brand’s factory, where some 50 skilled craftsmen work in specialised departments, even the moulds and equipment used to create the finished products are crafted in the foundry. Once the brass for each product has been melted, it is poured into a mould before being refined by hand in Foresti & Suardi’s workshops and then sent to high-tech laboratories for galvanisation. This level of oversight offers clients a trust and accountability available from almost no other brand – which is just one reason that Foresti & Suardi is favoured so highly among the superyacht community.
New for 2018 are three lines of compact folding chairs, sun loungers, side tables, chaise longues and accessories perfect for your sundeck. Designed by Christian Grande, these lines – Iseo, Montisola and Sorgente – represent Foresti & Suardi’s debut in the field of outdoor furniture and interiors items and are expressly aimed at those who refuse to compromise on quality or style.
While each collection is crafted in chromed brass and wood, utilising traditional carpentry and craftsmanship as well as cutting-edge techniques, each also has an aesthetic code which is entirely its own and offers to enrich the interior of any yacht, villa or apartment.
Iseo, for example, sports a minimalist design with clean lines and a lightness of form ideal for casual days on the sundeck. This can be easily seen in the line’s key piece – a folding teak armchair complete with a 3D mesh cushion optimised for ventilation and rapid drying.
Montisola, meanwhile, will appeal to those who prize luxury, sophistication and elegance above all else. Reinterpreting the classic director’s chair, the beauty of this collection is in the details, which see a high-quality teak structure complemented with stylish chrome joints.
Finally, the Sorgente line extends Foresti & Suardi’s aesthetic into the bathroom with a geometric stainless steel shower column, which effortlessly mixes practicality with style. Embedded with a retro-style mixer tap, this timeless design turns a functional necessity into a chic accessory guaranteed to heighten the fittings of any bathroom.
Of course, alongside these three new lines, Foresti & Suardi offers a core range of products catering to all your yacht’s needs. After something functional and sturdy yet chic? The brand’s product line includes spotlights for your superyacht gym, discreet hinges for your doors and high-tech barometers, compasses and navigation equipment for your captain.
And if it’s something a little more decorative you’re after then Foresti & Suardi’s range of lampshades, table accessories, mirrors and objet will more than fit the bill.