Cruise & Ferry Review - Autumn/Winter 2023

167 factors of designing for a vessel at sea into consideration. “Weight is an important factor when making anything for a cruise ship interior, so we weren’t able to make things as we would if they were for a pub on land,” she says. “So, when we saw the Princess Cruises’ design team’s vision for a statement clock hanging from the ceiling, we had to get creative to figure out how to make it look like a real clock but weigh significantly less. We sculpted it out of high-density foam and put a powered metal coating on it, just as we did with the space’s decorative signage, such as the logo and lettering on the bar. The clock makes a statement, looking and feeling like metal but being lightweight.” Davis and the Bourne Group team completed the project by overseeing the installation onboard Enchanted Princess in Palermo, Italy. They are now working with Princess to design a sign that incorporates an authentic Venetian mirror for another venue on the same ship. “We really enjoyed the collaboration with the interior design team for Princess Cruises and the outfitting team,” says Davis. “It was a huge challenge, but it all came together amazingly.” Bourne Group’s Enchanted Princess project exceeded all expectations and has created new opportunities for the team to expand its involvement in future interior design projects. “The Enchanted Princess project stands as a testament to the potential of blending expertise from different corners of the world, resulting in an unparalleled outcome,” says Patrick McNulty, owner and principal at Bourne Group. “Mara is a talented designer, and I was confident she would meet the challenge of creating authentic Irish ambience. As passengers’ step into the O’Malley’s pub, they will be instantly transported to a real Irish pub, leaving them with memories that will last a lifetime. The success of this venture has opened up new possibilities for Bourne Group.” “ It was an incredible experience to be fully immersed in the design and manufacture process”