The fixed elements—the joinerwork, the bulkhead materials, the deck coverings, and the overhead—create an elegant but fairly neutral foundation that can be finished off with accessories, floral arrangements, sculpture, and hanging art to create any number of different moods with very little effort and minimal cost. A few classic sepia-tone photos, and light-colored sofas and bedding, and you have a wonderfully minimalist décor. Change the bulkhead hangings to classic gold-framed, maritime-themed oil paintings, add a few leather-bound books on the shelves, position your dried florals, swap out the soft goods with seasoned leather, and you have a reserved, traditional interior. Bring in some modern art, a few painted daisies, and some edgy furnishings, and the yacht will take on a thoroughly trendy persona.
It's a designer's trick that is often used, but you'll seldom see it executed as well as Tessier has done aboard Riela. He has incorporated a variety of materials, colors, and textures to create his underlying palette, but the result is a unified appearance that works well. The overhead is figured sycamore throughout the interior and teak on the open aft deck. In both cases, it is divided with polished stainless steel accent strips through the middle and fitted with Macassar ebony at the periphery. Decks are primarily bleached teak inside and natural teak outside, and bathroom countertops are matte limestone.