icon_arrow_down icon_arrow_left icon_arrow_left_large icon_arrow_right icon_arrow_right_large icon_arrow_up icon_bullet_arrow icon_call icon_close icon_facebook icon_googleplus icon_grid_off icon_instagram icon_login icon_mail icon_menu icon_message icon_minus icon_pinterest icon_plus icon_quote_end icon_quote_start icon_refresh icon_search icon_tick_on icon_twitter icon_video_play icon_youtube

Hello,

We want to make Boat International the best destination for owners and lovers of superyachts, and we need your help to tell us more about yourselves and what interests you.

Our reader survey covers work, income, interests and hobbies, and most importantly – yacht ownership. We will use your responses to inform the boats we write about, the subjects we cover, and the advertising you will see.

It will take 5-10 minutes to complete. All answers are completely anonymous, and the responses are collected by our research partner, Tapestry.

Thank you in advance for your help.

GO TO THE SURVEY
No, thanks

Sustainable style: How Visionnaire is bringing a green approach to furniture design

For Eleonore Cavalli of Italian luxury brand Visionnaire, the handcrafted pieces in her new furniture collection are more than beautiful objects; she describes them as “functional tools working towards a whole new eco-friendly lifestyle”.

The Greenery collection was launched at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan, and the furniture reflects a greater use of natural materials. Hero pieces include the outdoor sofa Greenlife, by Maurizio Manzoni and Roberto Tapinassi, in wood and weather-resistant leather; the indoor sofa Bastian, by Mauro Lipparini, the fine details of which reference handcrafted saddlery; and the Harmony bathroom console in marble by Alessandro La Spada.

“When we ask our customers what luxury means to them, the most common response is to be able to enjoy a green space,” says Cavalli. “It is not just about owning expensive products. Being in contact with nature brings positive energy, so we have created a ‘green heart’, an intimate space that brings nature inside every home.”

The collection is the start of what she refers to as Visionnaire’s “Green Re Evolution”, a new sustainable interiors programme that will ensure the company creates as low an environmental impact as possible. “We are working towards becoming eco-friendly at all levels, in the production as well as the packaging and delivery processes,” Cavalli explains.

“We choose materials whose provenance is known and certified, so that they do not release toxic substances.” This means that the wood used in upholstery frames comes from plantations where trees are cut only when they reach a certain age. The leather is free from chemical additives and the rubber is vegetal based. Visionnaire also uses natural materials such as jute (to replace elastic straps used in suspension systems) and cushions are filled with hemp or wool rather than feathers.

Cavalli stresses that these ethical choices are made according to the values established by three generations of the Cavalli family, starting with Vittorio, Eleonore’s grandfather,who co-founded the design company IPE with his brother Pompeo in 1959.

Craftsmanship is still at the heart of the Visionnaire business and the brand collaborates with an army of small family-run manufacturers spread across Italy. Cavalli explains that from its launch 13 years ago the company has selected each artisan according to the particular project, resulting in pieces that are reproducible and yet handmade and unique. “It is a very flexible, healthy approach, which helps smaller companies and ensures high levels of quality,” she says proudly.

Cavalli confesses that Visionnaire’s green, ethical approach results in a complicated business model with high costs and complex logistics, but it has also managed to create a working structure. She hopes that others in the design industry will follow its lead. “The potential is enormous,” says Cavalli.

Upgrade your account
Your account at BOAT International doesn't include a BOAT Pro subscription. Please subscribe to BOAT Pro in order to unlock this content.
Subscribe More about BOAT Pro