In this year’s Best of the Best, we continue to honour the brands and people who have continued to create covetable products, even in the midst of a global pandemic. Here we have Achille Salvagni’s Club M win ‘best superyacht interior’ in the wings and water category
When Achille Salvagni learnt that his next client was one of the most influential luxury real-estate developers in the US, he leaned into the pressure that came with that knowledge. The Rome-based architect has a string of winning superyacht designs, but the 40m Club M is arguably his most successful.
Taking inspiration from the halcyon days of air travel, when plane cabins practically doubled as artists’ canvases, Salvagni used high-contrast materials, including textured wood and polished brass, to create what he calls a “soft, serene envelope”. Club M’s walls and ceilings are clad in light leather, for effects both visual and tactile, while light-coloured limed-oak walls, dark eucalyptus details and oak floors provide a natural feel. High-design touches come in the form of bespoke door handles, hand-knitted silk carpets, a floating staircase and sculpted Italian marble sinks, with the yacht’s materials and shapes brought into harmony by the soft curves of its walls and the ceilings’ gentle slopes.