YSA Design captures the essence of Florence for the Costa Cruises ship
[By: YSA Design]
With her maiden voyage scheduled to begin on July 4, the final touches are being put in place so that Costa Firenze of Costa Cruises can offer its customers the flavor of a trip to Florence in the comfort of a luxury liner.
The 323-meter Vista-class cruise ship, built by Fincantieri, features four YSA Design-designed sites that pay homage to the world-famous capital of the Italian region of Tuscany. Each space captures a different aspect of Tuscan culture and heritage, contributing to an ambiance on board worthy of the ship’s theme.
According to YSA Design Managing Director Anne Mari Gullikstad, the project echoed the company’s work on Firenze’s sister ship, the Costa Venezia. “Like Venice, Florence is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities in the world,” she says. “Therefore, as with Costa Venezia, the challenge with Costa Firenze was to recreate that charm while avoiding clichés. “
To achieve this, YSA sourced authentic materials and paid great attention to detail when selecting color palettes and ornaments, drawing inspiration not only from the historic architecture of Florence and its surroundings, but also of the contemporary identity of the city.
This approach is embodied in the Lounge della Moda, a chic and sophisticated bar aft of Deck 5 accessed via a ‘catwalk’ showcasing Italian fashion through the ages. “The idea of this bar was to showcase another important aspect of the city’s identity,” explains Gullikstad. “Besides being an architectural marvel, Florence is an international fashion capital and home to some of the biggest and best-known clothing brands in the world.”
At the Ristorante dei Medici, in the rear section of decks 3 and 4, guests can experience the beating heart of Florence while enjoying authentic Italian cuisine. This fine-dining restaurant pays homage to the city’s iconic cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, and the adjacent Piazza del Duomo, with white and green marble walls reflecting the elegance of the building’s facade.
Located in front of the Ristorante dei Medici on deck 3, the Ristorante Palazzo Vecchio recalls the grandeur of its namesake, Palazzo Vecchio, and another Florentine palace, Palazzo Pitti. Like the two palazzi, the restaurant is richly appointed and houses an art gallery featuring classic Italian paintings. Materials and decorative elements include marble floors, gilding and ornate panels, chandeliers, and tactile velvet.
In the middle of Deck 10, meanwhile, is the Versilia Deck, an informal dining room, swimming pool and lounge that offers guests a total change of scenery, transporting them from the center of Florence to the courtyard and gardens of a Tuscan country palace. On the port side, at the front of the venue is the Bar del Conte, a small corner bar designed by YSA to recall Florence’s Santa Maria Novella – the oldest pharmacy in the world.
Having already designed several spaces on board the Costa Venezia as well as the magrodome swimming pool on board the Costa Serena, YSA Design has a long-standing relationship with Costa Cruises. The Italian cruise line continues to call on YSA for its ability to transform complex and highly specific cases into visually stunning but fully functional interior spaces.
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