Flitting around the globe, touching down for delightful engagements in places like Miami, St. Barth, London, Paris, and Switzerland, Sabrina Monteleone seems to have the perpetual motion of a hummingbird. Privileged to land in all the right places, it is the secret to her success in designing extraordinary interiors for luxury homes and superyachts. It is also simply her style, which, in the world of interior design, is everything.
A passionate observer, Ms. Monteleone works non-stop to accomplish the impossible on tight deadlines. From custom furniture to carefully curated accessories, she sees to every last detail on some of the most impressive superyachts afloat, like Silver Fast, Kismet and Stella Maris. Her work can also be seen in the posh spaces of some of the world’s most exclusive real estate.
With offices in Monaco and a sprinkling of shops along the Cote d’Azur, the Sabrina Monte-Carlo brand is well established as a favorite of those with a taste for luxury. Creating a client’s ideal retreat, with “cle’ en main” turnkey convenience, Sabrina’s experienced team is integral to the success of a long list of luxurious projects.
Carrying strong opinions about proportion and color, with an intuitive sense regarding form and placement, Sabrina’s work is always impeccable. She noticed a need, however. Ten years ago, as she looked around at her friends’ yachts, villas, and estates, she saw that interiors were picture perfect, yet outdoor areas were relegated to unattractive plastic furniture.
Researching outdoor luxury brands, Sabrina began to suggest more appropriate options. Meeting with great success, she gained a loyal following along the Cote d’Azur, creating outdoor environments as elegant as their neighboring indoor spaces.
To further improve the results of her projects, Sabrina began sourcing fibers used for ropes on boats, devising an ingenious concept of knitting those fibers into weather resistant furnishings. Both beach and mountain installations benefited, further establishing an innovative edge for her brand. The fresh, fun, elegant Mediterranean style of Sabrina Monte-Carlo embraces clean lines and new strategies, continuing to earn enviable status in haute couture design, both outdoors and in.
Absorbing inspiration from architecture and travels, Sabrina reads extensively, and regularly attends art and trade exhibitions. She photographs nearly everything remarkable to keep ideas circulating. Dovetailing the above strategies with the requests of owners on current projects, guided by her own professional design expertise, Sabrina creates lavish entertainment areas and sophisticated dining and stateroom decor, as displayed by the impressive work on Galactica Super Nova and Galactica Star.
Stocked with the perfect lines of Paola Lenti, many a yacht deck and saloon dining area created by Sabrina boast extraordinary furniture pieces from her favorite collections by that prominent Italian shop. Similar work ethics and design styles forged a strong partnership between Sabrina and Paola Lenti that energizes and engages the reactive Sabrina Monte-Carlo team.
With a published catalog presenting fine linens, chic tableware, furniture, lighting, and accessories, Sabrina has ready access to the latest in everything that makes a project perfect. Gathering linens, leathers, and personalized products from her own lines, Sabrina is fully engaged in designing for a roster of top notch projects, from houses in the Middle East, to chalets in the Alps, French estates and Italian villas.
A social person with many friends and a penchant for travel, Sabrina hops about the globe, collecting ideas and information that keeps her clients’ projects au courant, stylish and beautiful. A balance of tasks, interspersed with fun, makes light work of traveling to jobs in Miami, New York, London, Ibiza, and dozens of other locations.
Branching out into designs for jets, Sabrina and her team are able to make easy transitions from sea to air, creating the same ambiance of her favorite places like Cap Ferrat or Switzerland. A steady stream of yacht refits, however, fills about 60 percent of the Sabrina Monte-Carlo design calendar.
Working hard and not counting the hours, Sabrina advises others who seek success to set high goals, looking toward accomplishing the impossible, and never giving up. She infused her family with that philosophy, already working alongside her older daughter, and looking forward to having her younger daughter, now studying textile design in London, join in the business.
Posting her progress on social media is important, as images on Instagram collect admirers and new clients. Embracing an online presence, her contemporary business operations deliver news, brands, and products used in chic projects around the globe, but stop short of e-commerce. The Sabrina Monte-Carlo team prefers a more personal business method of interaction with clients.
Projects on the horizon indicate a beautiful hotel in Capri on the Amalfi Coast. Plans also in the works include houses in the Middle East that will decidedly establish Sabrina Monte-Carlo as a design authority in the region. Sabrina will also continue working on interiors for private aircraft, accompanied by many more yachts. Selecting a diverse team of architects, designers, fabric specialists, and sales experts, Sabrina’s team provides a complete menu to clients, all delivered with flawless service.
With more than 90 yachts already to her credit, Sabrina’s status as the go-to designer for luxurious furnishings is successfully launched. Each new day, however, brings a unique project for this busy head of the company, dispatching exciting new design challenges. Whether the task at hand is new construction, working with an architect prior to delivery, an exquisite property in an exotic location, or a complete refit brief that instructs her to change everything, Sabrina is ready. If luck and timing allow, perhaps her next project will be your own.