A lesson in 'less is more' with interior design guru Laura Pomponi

14 April 2021

Designer Laura Pomponi found a way to make an all-white theme both pale and interesting on board 37.3 metre Her Destiny

"Her Destiny was an exceptional project in many ways. The clients’ brief was challenging, but they were co-operative and incredibly quick and firm in their decisions. It made for a great relationship. The brief from the young owners was for a “less is more”, all-white aesthetic. We created a minimalistic style while still paying attention to the details.

Furniture was custom-made and we designed much of it ourselves. We are particularly proud of the Wave dining table and the Glowing coffee table that comes in three pieces; they were intended to be artworks within the scheme. The dining table chairs are a Philippe Starck design that we had made in a special aluminium finish. None of the furniture is fixed because we wanted the client to have flexibility moving forward. It is part of our Design for Life philosophy.

The dining table chairs are a Philippe Starck design.

The owners have a passion for modern art, and part of the reason for the all-white scheme was to provide a blank canvas for stand-out artworks. We worked with them to select the perfect pieces for the space.

In terms of materials for the interior, we used off-white gloss lacquering as much as we could. Then we used plain but softly textured fabrics, combined with a lime-washed, oak wood floor, wallpapers and a handmade silver foil on the ceiling recesses. We chose a special selection of Calacatta marble, with light grey veins, for the bathrooms.

Designer Laura Pomponi found a way to make an all-white theme both pale and interesting on board 37.3 metre Her Destiny.

The theme of the yacht didn’t really allow for rugs or fluffy carpets: we kept the floors bare and used decoration and accessories to add warmth. Lighting also plays a significant role in the scheme. We used state-of-the-art LEDs applied in clever ways to change the perception of spaces and surfaces, achieving a soft, cosy ambience despite the all-white, minimalistic interior. I would describe the aesthetic as “sporty elegance”. It’s a yacht that has modernity while still feeling like a home.”