Margherita Casprini is an architect specialized in large yacht interior design. Her distinguishing feature is the harmony
MARGHERITA IS ONE OF THE FEW WOMEN WHO ACTIVELY WORKS AS A MARINE ARCHITECT IN THE WORLD OF PLEASURE BOATING. We met her at Fiesole on the hills around Florence. The light in her eyes told us right away that we were dealing with a strong character, clear ideas in her head, and absolute determination.
During her professional career, she did not immediately work with boats, even if sailing is a family passion. Furthermore, the thesis with which she earned her degree at the University of Florence with professor Guido Spadolini, was on the Kirribilli, the 60 footer of marine architect Renzo Piano, built by Alessandro Vismara.
Of herself she says: «I am very demanding, above all of myself. When I start something I do not stop until I am satisfied. Timetables do not exist, nor fatigue. I am happy to do it, I am the first to spur myself on and to judge myself: I am happy with what I do because I have the good fortune really to work at what I enjoy».
Margherita Casprini continues: «The first boat I was engaged on was with Tommaso Spadolini for whom I worked for three years at Baglietto, because even there I had the good fortune to arrive at the right time to come up against an important boat. Then I followed the Cavalli boat project and then the Nina J. At the end of building the two mega yachts, I removed myself from the Tommaso studio to follow a path more appropriate to me. I also abandoned the schooling, notwithstanding that learning was my passion, starting to work with the Sanlorenzo boatyard, where I coordinated the construction of 4H, the project made by Francesco Paszkowski».
These were intense years, with a great deal of work for Margherita whom the Sanlorenzo yard had asked to follow up on designing of the Onix, a 40 meter sister ship of 4H. The professional relationship with Paszkowski became ever more solid: «Over the years, our collaboration became even more consistent such that now, ten years later, we are strongly connected by this activity which impels me to follow the planning of all the internals from A to Z, the owner with all his requirements, and the relationship with the yard».
Her method of working makes her live the project, as if it were one body, from the first drafting of the layout to the last lamp chosen for the decor: «I am perfectly capable of interpreting the requirements of the owner, following all types of detail, and the decor which for me is an integral part of the project».
Margherita Casprini’s style is made up of linearity of all the elements, where all is coordinated and the environments form a whole.
For this work, it is very important to harmonize all the various languages of style, from the person who designed the inside to who has planned the external lines: «Each time we design furnishings for the outside, there are always shapes which are found inside, many materials come in and go out. Illumination connects environments, therefore the positioning of a beacon or a low light is fundamental. «We seek to make the atmosphere a common feature throughout».
The risk in this work is that of crossing a very fine line, where one passes from a refined product which must not be too lavish so as not to appear invasive, to one which seems impoverished: «This is a daily danger of which we must take great care because if we have to choose a bogus material, or something similar to the real thing, it is better to change it completely; marble must not be fake marble. These days there is a vast range of “fake”. There are technologically advanced products such as ceramics, which have a lower price and mechanical characteristics, and lightness, which are superior to marble. But using them certainly causes a loss of uniqueness in the product».
In a beautiful pleasure boat, the decor is heightened also by works of art which the owner prizes. On theSuerte by Tankoa, of which Margherita attended to the interior, there are a number of pieces by the artist Dario Tironi. «That was a very scenic work which gave life to a very long corridor which drew the eye so strongly that it needed a particularly striking element. Often, a particular work is enough to distinguish the environment».
Marine architect Casprini takes care of all the aspects of decor on a boat, from the choice of plates, glasses, cutlery, right up to the fabrics and including the logos to be placed on the towels. We asked her if there was a boat to which she was particularly attached: «Even if in different ways, I am fond of all my boats. Over this last year, Tankoa has for me been very important, a boat tackled by a shipyard with a whole bunch of work which has ended up with a most beautiful result. Then, going back a bit, the Papi du Papi which I remember for a particular elegance of detail, of wealthy materials, the relationship with the owner who facilitated this result and with whom we have remained friends, and consequently these are lovely memories of good times passed together. Then I cannot forget FF1, and in particular its owner. A man who had such attention for detail and for the wealth of materials, which makes your work so stimulating because he understands, sees, appreciates the stitching on a leather object which took a month and a half to make, but he wanted it, and for that reason it is important. These are practically unique people that you do not come across very often».
Margherita loves her work which she does with a great passion, taking the raw materials and lighting them up with a brilliant idea, to surprise the owner with a drop of dew on an inclined slope which reflects the pleasure of marvellous things such as your own boat.
(Margherita Casprini, astound the boatowners – Barchemagazine.com – July 2016)