Giuseppina Arena: Italian style and design get into the Westport 125
Just recently joined by the prestigious World's Leading Design Names 2018 list, the architect Giuseppina Arena is an expert designer of yacht interiors, luxury residences, private jets and showrooms. With almost twenty years of experience gained from working for shipowners and shipyards, she has dealt with renowned projects in Italy, Asia, North and South America. Thanks to a deep knowledge of textures, innovative materials and furnishings, Giuseppina creates unforgettable, refined and functional interiors that strongly reflect the client’s personality. For this reason, she was entrusted with the project of the Westport 125, a 38-meter luxury superyacht produced by the homonymous US shipyard, for which she created a new layout dedicated more specifically to European customers.
The Westport 125 'represents the arrival point of decades of development and research of the shipyard. Driven by two 2,600 HP MTU engines, it can reach a maximum speed of 25 knots while cruising speed is around 20 knots.
The main deck has a large open space where the living room and dining room is located, while the kitchen is located in a well defined dedicated area with a day head for use in the living area. The owner's suite is always located on the main deck with an equipped office, while the lower deck is entirely dedicated to guests and crew. Elegance, attention to details, sober and refined shades are the common thread of the entire interior design.
Architect, what was the shipyard request?
The request was to create a new style for the 125 'interiors in order to meet the heterogeneous requests and tastes of possible shipowners from different parts of the world such as Europe, but also North and South America. We are talking about cultured customers who love European design and more precisely the Italian one, which is distinguished by clean lines and the use of high quality materials.
What was the approach to the project?
The study started from a general plan that was modified to create a European version with a style of spaces more oriented to a clientele who lives on the boat in a different way. A boat designed for a more formal use than the habits of customers from overseas, which has a culture of yachting certainly different, more practical and characterized by the conviviality of common areas.
How did you combine your Italian education and taste in collaboration with an American shipyard?
After viewing Westport’s strengths and high quality of “in house” furnishings, I chose simple and elegant lines. I also took into consideration the production process of the yard without distorting it, by introducing details that could be "accessory" elements and customizable by the client to make his own superyacht unique.
The cleanest lines and the use of Italian materials make the 125 'appealing to the customer, who until now, has considered Westport as an identifiable brand with traditional interiors characterized by the "American style”. It is a different interpretation of the concept we call “luxury” by means of the materials and their work, the combination of colors and the use of light to enhance details that can make the difference. Instantly, I thought of the concept in an integrated way not to amaze the eyes for the opulence, but to involve the owner’s personality and exclusivity on board a large yacht, through the choice of superior furnishings, typically made in Italy.
What are the particularities of the Westport 125 'interior design?
Particular emphasis is given to the ceiling design and choice of materials, with the use of black chrome as the "leit-motif" of the interior. The free standing furniture is all "made in Italy", like all leathers.
What could be the effects on the market of this project?
The shipyard wants to convey to customers that they are not limited to only creating luxury boats with a typical American style, but they are also open to challenges that lead to the creation of interiors in a contemporary European style, guaranteeing elegance and timeless quality.