Interior designer Alberto Pinto put his stamp on Natita, a 216-foot superyacht, headed for the Miami International Boat Show.
By Michelle F. Solomon
Alberto Pinto’s first yacht project was created for a Gucci heir. His interior design for superyachts is unmatched. A yacht with Pinto’s stamp is priceless because each is one-of-a-kind.
His spectacular yacht interiors include the iconic Oceanco’s 266.63-foot Alfa Nero and the shipyard’s 280-foot St. Princess Olga. This year’s Miami International Boat Show features another iconic Pinto-interiors’ boat by Oceanco. At 216 feet, the Natita features the signature Pinto interior. It is one of the most well-appointed interiors built using the designer’s hand-picked selection of Macassar ebony and ash-sycamore wood paneling, fabric, and leather.
Pinto died at the age of 69 in 2012, seven years after he created the interior for Nakita, but he left legacies through his interior design on large yachts, palaces, and private jets.
Borrowing from the cultural influences of his childhood in Casablanca, Pinto attended Ecole de Louvre in Paris and then moved to New York to start his own photography agency, which specialized in decoration and interior design. It was during those shoots in Mexico, England, Italy, and India that he acquired his taste for design. He was drawn to big projects and rose to the challenges of big spaces in which he could create his artistry of combining different styles and textures.
“His signature in Natita is the use of wood,” says Noell Vawter, luxury-yacht consultant for Worth Avenue Yachts, who currently have Natita in their stable. “He takes the ebony wood and uses it throughout the boat. It has a distinctive grain, and then he combines the ebony and sycamore with a smoky glass that seems to have the same grain as the wood. He was a real artist, and there aren’t many who could put dark ebony with the light sycamore, then top it off with steps wrapped in leather. But he did, and it is magnificent.”
The interior layout does fit the bill of Pinto’s desire to design large spaces as Natita’s interior volume is unmatched by any other vessel of her size, boasting 7,500 square feet of interior guest space, not inclusive of crew space, galley, storage, and tender garage.
“The square footage is just the guest area,” comments Vawter.
Natita also has two interior dining rooms — one a formal dining room found on the main deck forward of the main salon, which seats 12 guests at a beautiful dark-wood table with chairs framed in dark wood and light fabrics.
The formal dining table is an exceptional piece produced by Pinto, with lights underneath that shine through to illuminate specially created Pinto dinner plates.
The second dining area is in the indoor sky lounge, where a rare Steinway can be found in the forward — the piano is one of only 400 in the world. Pinto favored light colors for this informal dining room with a beautiful ash sycamore he used for the bar and light leather for the dining chairs.
“It’s not the centerpiece of the sky lounge, but it is the focal point,” says Vawter. “This is the place for more casual dining,” he says, adding that there is another huge deck directly outside with more space for dining to accommodate 12, or it can be split for smaller parties.
The boat is an entertainer’s dream. In addition to the piano, there is a sundeck that can be reached from the interior stairway — all decks can be accessed through the center grand spiral stairwell made of beautiful dark wood with leather-covered steps and accented stainless handrails.
The scallop-shaped pool is filled with 5,200 gallons of water. Pinto added extensive cushioned seating to ensure sweeping open views over the bow of the yacht.
When it’s time to come indoors, walking forward in the spacious corridor from the grand salon on the main deck are two king guest cabins, while further down the corridor is the master suite, which is designed as a single master or a master VIP, depending on the usage. Pinto’s décor offers an elegant, but cozy, retreat, with beautiful dark woods and leather, reverse-stitched walls. “Very Ferrari-esque,” according to Vawter.
More entertaining areas can be found on the main deck, including a private screening room that accommodates 12 with leather sunshades, large comfortable chairs, and indoor chaise lounges for relaxation while watching the big screen.
While Pinto and Oceanco created this as an entertainer’s superyacht, Natita also has a serious side. A single-room office is next to the master bedroom. “Most boats will have just a small area off to the side with a desk,” says Vawter. “This is a full office.”
Additionally, the formal dining space can be turned into a boardroom for 16, hidden from view when not in use with panels which slide across the main salon.
The original owner sold Natita – previously named Dilbar – in 2009 to an experienced yachtsman who has had the motor yacht ever since, according to Michael Mahan, managing partner, Worth Avenue Yachts. It was the first owner who personally selected Pinto to design the interior of the yacht. The superyacht is currently for sale at approximately $65 million.
“This is a completely custom boat. You know the interior was created by an artist. It’s luxury and stunning in every way,” says Vawter.