The 50m yacht, known as Project Nova, is scheduled to be launched in April at Heesen's shipyard in Oss.

Heesen 17850 Project Nova

Cristiano Gatto has taken on the role of interior stylist for Project Nova, the 50m yacht under construction at Heesen Yachts

Heesen Yachts has announced that the owner of Project Nova (YN 17850) has appointed Italian designer Cristiano Gatto as interior stylist.

Project Nova is the world’s first Fast Displacement yacht with hybrid propulsion, the builder claims. Sold in June 2016, the client, the shipyard says, was attracted by the dynamic exterior design and the impressive performance of this innovative and super quiet superyacht.

Project Nova

This 50m yacht is just 499gt. The vessel is wrapped in a design package with exterior lines by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects and interior styling by Sinot Yacht Design.

“The owner asked us to modify colour scheme, design details and overall decoration to give the interior a contemporary, almost minimalist design,” comments Cristiano Gatto, who worked closely with the owner and his team to personalise the interior to match the client’s lifestyle.

Gatto adds: “We stepped in when the outfitting works were at an advanced stage, so we had to work with the existing structures. A two-tone palette has been chosen to give the interiors a bright and relaxing feel.

“The contrast between the pure white of fabrics, leather and lacquered surfaces and the warm hues of woods, create a sophisticated ambience in all the rooms, bathrooms included. Hints of colour brighten the scheme with deep red or burgundy decorative items, cushions and throws in both the exterior and interior areas to catch the eye and juice things up.

“The linearity of design is enriched by geometrical patterns, precious materials and meticulously designed details.”

Project Nova is scheduled to be launched on April 14, 2017, at Heesen’s shipyard in Oss.