By Emily Wadsworth
Linda Pinto has been crafting beautiful designs since she was a teenager; it’s in her blood. Her brother, Alberto Pinto, was one of the most successful and world-renowned interior designers of all time.
Known for his eclectic yet refined opulent style, Alberto founded his company, Alberto Pinto Interior Design, back in the 1970s. He was the designer of choice for monarchs – particularly the royal families of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Fast forward to 2012, and his passing left his legacy to his sister, who had been working with him for over 30 years. Linda has now taken over the family business and an international client base. From renovating The Lanesborough, which is said to be London’s most expensive hotel, to redesigning a Boeing 747-800, Linda and her team of 80 have worked on some incredible projects. They are now the go-to destination for luxury interiors, particularly when it comes to super yachts and private jets. In fact, the company has designed the interiors of 10 of the 100 largest yachts in the world.
No design feat is too challenging, according to Linda, and some of the requests she receives seem incredibly far-reaching.
“We designed a beautiful and very refined Airbus A319 for a client who always travels with his Chinese chef,” Linda explains. “The client was after quite a large kitchen and we installed this at the end of the aircraft. The Chinese chef, of course, had asked to cook with his wok. These are normally forbidden in any aircraft obviously due flames and smoke. Technically the challenge was how to overcome the super greasy smoke.” How did the team make it work? “In the end we had to install a very sophisticated double ventilation system,” says Linda. “A sophisticated hermetical door was also installed to separate the kitchen from the rest of the plane to avoid any smoke entering into the cabin. That was one of the most challenging requests we have ever had from a client.”
Reimagining private jets is something Linda and her team do incredibly well. “The interior design of a Boeing 747-800 was something quite exciting we worked on as we were asked to imagine a his and hers bedroom, dressing room and bathroom, a his and her office, a children’s area, a dining room, a guest area and a living area. All on a plane.”
Away from air and sea, Linda and her team have also designed interiors of private residences and luxury suites. “Being in charge of the renovation and decoration of the mythic Hotel Lambert in Paris, the most preserved private residence from the 17th century, is extremely exciting and a real challenge. We also worked on creating the private area at the Elysée Palace for former French President, Jacques Chirac, which was hugely exciting. Some of our client’s requests sometimes seem strange or over the top, but a client’s wish is our desire.”