Cruise & Ferry Interiors 2022

9 7 includes emissions and the energy used during the construction, operation and deconstruction of a vessel.” From an interior perspective, Wilmotte emphasises the importance of natural light and quality insulation to help reduce energy consumption. “We have always been attentive to ecological contingencies. We use recyclable materials, wood with a certified origin and natural textiles rather than synthetics. Onboard we worked with sandstone, schist, Calcutta marble and oak which has simply been sanded down or stained.” During the construction of a ship, interior designers are often faced with resolving the conflict between creating spaces that are on-trend and trailblazing, and maintaining the authentic style of a brand. Wilmotte has found his own way to balance these elements. “Ponant gave us carte blanche to give the common areas a personality that corresponds to our agency’s signature style,” he says. “I like using understated and unexpected materials to create a timeless feel. Comfort and elegance can be expressed simply through beautiful finishing touches and in the softness of the armrest on an armchair. I am particularly proud of the staterooms and suites where we have used stones with veins to reflect the ice blocks outside. “Le Commandant Charcot is first and foremost an exploration ship, which caters to a clientele in search of comfort, adventure and discovery. Our job was to offer a remarkable experience and quality of life onboard, without overshadowing the true mission of Le Commandant Charcot to celebrate the planet and its most extreme regions. Understanding this balance is where the best design lies.” CFI “ I like using understated and unexpected materials to create a timeless feel” Jean-Michel Wilmotte Interiors onboard Le Commandant Charcot were designed to highlight the concepts of comfort, adventure and discovery Photo: Ponant Studio/Olivier Blaud DES IGN PERSPECTI VE