Please select your home edition
Allen Brothers

Leonardo Santi unveils Elegantiae, a balance of luxury and modern lines

by Leonardo Santi Design 4 Apr 02:32 PDT

Designed by the Italian Leonardo Santi, former Benetti's Interior Architect and finalist at the Design et Al. 2020, this concept bears a Latin name that pays homage to its extreme elegance.

Starting from this concept, the Italian designer is working closely with the shipyard Mengi Yay Yachts in tailoring the interior of a Virtus 47m, currently under construction.

The project is distinguished by clean, simple lines that are enriched by precious materials to create and elegant but extremely modern look.

Leonardo Santi's style is defined by his skilful use of lighting, knowledge of the italian marble, and passion for art.

Lights as an architectural element

In the center of the main saloon, long led strip lights alternates with shorter light sections to provide a modern and dynamic effect to the environment.

Light is to be regarded not only as a source of illumination, but also as a geometrical and architectural element.

The designer explains: "The shape of the light is itself a decoration and helps in defining an environment. Lights are an essential component of my design"

Lights can be trimmed: by varying the intensity of the artificial lights, different scenarios are created. In this way, it is possible to emphasize different areas of the living room or give more relevance to the natural light that enters through the large windows.

The shape of the lighting points is also the result of a stylistic decision. In both the saloon and the owner's cabin, the spotlights are housed in a special metal frame.

Those ceiling lights were crafted specially for this project.

The owner's suite table lamps have a pedestal that resembles a sculpture. As a result, those elements that are usually in the background acquire meaning of their own; and can be featured in this classy and elegant context.

Fine art on board

"Some people have to visit a museum to be able to enjoy a piece of art, but being born in Florence, the cradle of Renaissance, I was constantly immersed in art."

Leonardo Santi soon realized that a pieces of art can be the ideal companion also on board of a superyacht: the artistic touch complements his elegant design in many of his creations.

Closely related to both this geographical area of Italy and to the world of art, we must mention the material chosen by Michelangelo for his famous La Pietà: the Carrara marble.

Elegantiae extensively employs two varieties of this precious material: the Calacatta Oro has been chosen to embellish and characterize the environment, while the main foyer floor is decorated with an elegant Cremo Delicato.

"In my previous experience with Benetti, I frequently went to the quarries to personally select the slabs to be placed on board. During these visits, the local artisans shared a wealth of knowledge with me about each quarry's unique characteristics, slab selection, the texture and type of vein of the marbles."

The marble serves as a frame for the sculptures in the boiserie of the main saloon.

The relationship between the marble and the sculptures is a synergistic one: the frame highlights the pieace of art, and the scultpure embellishes the golden veins of the Calacatta Oro.

Wooden framed wall panels, decorated with fabrics and light plays, are an invitation to install fine art on board.

For example, in the main foyer, the designer proposes a sculpture signed by Matteo Pugliese

Elegantiae has a neutral color palette, which was chosen to allow for future customizations based on the customer's preferences.

Aside from the Mengy Yay's 47m, Leonardo Santi is also working on the interiors of a 48m Baglietto, which is expected to be delivered this summer.

Related Articles

66th edition of the Regata dei Tre Golfi underway
A record fleet of over 110 boats start off Borgo Santa Lucia in Naples A record fleet of over 110 boats took to the starting line off Borgo Santa Lucia in Naples for the first race of the ORC European Championship. Posted on 15 May
Edlu Distance Race crushed by J/Crews
J/111 Fireball burns PHRF overall in this classic spring opener The classic spring opener on Long Island Sound for offshore races has been Larchmont Yacht Club's annual Edlu Distance Race. Posted on 15 May
Game-Changing kit from Rooster
Get a closer look at why this season's kit is made a particular way Get a closer look at why this season's kit is made a particular way, why it's often unconventional, we don't only take one hobby or skill into account, we're catering for the active people who want to do and try everything. Posted on 15 May
SailGP makes an impact with purpose-driven project
Commitment to positively impact each of its event's communities With the high-speed pace being set by the opening event in Bermuda, SailGP's purpose-driven mantle to Race for the Future as an international leader in sustainable sport and entertainment wasted no time making its mark. Posted on 15 May
Hout Bay based Bahari enters Cape2Rio 2023 Race
Husband-and-wife team Brenton and Kim Chauncey are ready for this challenging Atlantic crossing The Cape2Rio Race is not just about attracting out and out ocean racing machines. The event has a proud history of being an amazing stepping stone for sailors from across the world to set off on a dream cruise, a journey, a discovery. Posted on 15 May
North Sails Episode 4 of “What is…”
Focus on 3Di, the world's most advanced sailmaking technology In episode four, we're here to explain North 3Di- the most advanced sail technology available exclusively from North Sails. Over the last five months, North 3Di has made some of the most prestigious wins in sailing possible. Posted on 15 May
St. Thomas Yacht Club Invitational day 1
Eight teams from the USVI, USA & Sweden set sail The beauty of one-design racing, where all sailboats are the same, is that it is easy to see who the leader is. That is, the first boat over the finish line wins. No handicap calculations are needed. Posted on 15 May
Fra Diavolo wins Maxi Yacht Capri Trophy
Stage one of Rolex Capri Sailing Week Following last night's deluge, the fourth and final day of racing at the Maxi Yacht Capri Trophy, the opening event of Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2021, was held in conditions that challenged both competitors and race committee alike. Posted on 15 May
44Cup sets sail next week in Slovenia
Firing up again after 18 month hiatus Following a huge effort on the part of the local organisers in Slovenia, the class, as well as the owners and teams arriving from the four corners of the globe, the 44Cup season will fire up again next week at the 44Cup Portorož. Posted on 15 May
Marine Auctions May Online Auctions
Bidding for this Online Auction will commence on Thursday 27th May Marine Auctions are happy to provide details of the vessels etc. that are to be offered for sale in our May 2021 Online Auction. Posted on 14 May
Sea Sure 2021 - FLO - FOOTERGul 2020 FOOTERHella Dual Colour Floodlights - 728 x 90px - 6 jpg Bottom