Interior commentary: Exploring the open seas in luxury

There are several unique challenges that need to be met when creating bespoke products for cruise ships

Interior commentary: Exploring the open seas in luxury
The superior cabins onboard the Ventus Australis expedition cruise ship feature a unique luggage style

By Steve Stilwell |

Having worked alongside architectural design firm Enrique Concha & Co. in the past, we were delighted to collaborate with them again to create exquisitely customised and bespoke designs for the Ventus Australis expedition cruise ship and for Antarctica Fly Cruises’ Magellan Explorer.

When designing for cruise ships, there are several unique challenges that must be accounted for. Materials must be resistant to the salt air, while also lightweight, durable, stable and non-slip.

These standards are absolutely imperative to ensure the ultimate in service, comfort, safety and relaxation for all those onboard.

We outfitted the cabin furniture, lounges, game rooms and dining pieces. On the Ventus Australis, the cabins were inspired by 19th century travel, and a luxurious and comfortable luggage style was developed as a natural fit for an expedition ship.

We were able to provide the highest level of detail and customisation for each of these pieces, going as far as lining the inside of the drawers with antique nautical maps of Chile. The other spaces feature a mix of brass, marble and alluring wood finishes on bespoke tables and seating pieces with elegant curves to match the ambiance of each room.

The Magellan Explorer project was a bit different, as the interior spaces were designed to enhance travellers’ experiences and connection to Antarctica. The furniture designs for the cabins, lounges, library and dining spaces included clean and sleek lines for a more contemporary feel. The modern environment provides a comfortable, stylish and efficient feel at every turn of the ship.

Steve Stilwell is hospitality sales director for North America at Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture

This article was first published in the 2020 issue of Cruise & Ferry Interiors. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed.

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