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The chosen one: Laura Pomponi on why she loves Leopard yacht Koji

6 March 2018

Laura Pomponi, interior designer and founder of Luxury Projects, explains why Leopard superyacht Koji (now Primero) will always be one of her favourite projects...

A favourite project of mine is still Koji. The owner was young and adventurous and open to us experimenting with innovative materials to create something really unique. His collection of Bentley cars, all in black and red, provided some inspiration. He wanted a stronger, masculine interior style rather than what he considered to be a “safe look”.

The best example of this is in the master cabin where we used red and black, with touches of grey and taupe, to smooth out the contrasting tones and give some harmony to the atmosphere. The floor is a custom-made eel leather. The very thin eel leather panels came from Vietnam but were backed with a special material by our craftsman in Italy to give strength to the leather, making it suitable for underfoot.

Leopard Koji (now Primero) is one of Pomponi's favourite projects

The headboard is a focal point in the stateroom. I wanted something that was a piece of art in itself. The felt sculpture was designed by Luxury Projects but created by my friend Dianne Schepers, of Pure Felt. The custom-made bedside lamps, with their brushed steel base and red resin shade, act like projectors, giving the headboard a three-dimensional effect.

We used a lot of gloss surfaces, inspired by the Bentley black gloss, but I wanted to contrast this with softer textures. The bedside cabinets and chest of drawers were fronted with a custom grey laser cut leather by Foglizzo, the sofa was upholstered in a richly textured fabric from J Robert Scott, and on the bed we used a unique 100 per cent cashmere bedspread by Kohro, which is woven in double height.

In the en suite bathroom, we experimented for the first time with cocciopesto, an ancient technique used by the Romans for the floors in noble houses and thermal baths. Working with Tarsie Vivendi, we created a beautiful light grey sink top, walls and floor, inlaid with red and black accents that matched the whole décor scheme of the cabin, tying everything together.

Get the look

Cashmere: Kohro’s new wool and cashmere collection comes in a range of colours and is moisture resistant. From £950, altfield.com

Headboard: The striking felt headboard in Koji’s master cabin was made by Dianne Schepers. All proceeds from the sale of her artworks go to the charity Pure Felt. POA, dianneschepers.com

Sofa: The Club 34 sofa shares similarly clean lines to the custom-made seating on Koji and can be covered in your choice of fabric. The Pacific Tweed fabric from the Luxuria Collection at J Robert Scott has the same textured look. From £4,100, dudgeonsofas.com; Pacific Tweed, from £127.50/m, jrobertscott.com

Tray: Liaigre’s lacquered Hugo trays add a pop of a glossy primary colour to a scheme. From £450, liaigre.com

Side table: The elegant East bedside table offers a similar aesthetic to those used on Koji, combining parchment-covered wood with high gloss black maple and painted steel. £6,525, armanicasa.com

More about this yacht

Leopard Yachts   34.11 m •  2012

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