Cruise & Ferry Interiors 2020

4 4 Ryberg uses contrasting colours, patterns and materials to create small and intimate spaces in large restaurants Design psychology Expert interior designers tell Jacqui Griffiths how the core principles of design psychology help to influence mindset and movement onboard ROUNDTABLE C ombining aesthetics with practicality to please ship operators and passengers is both an art and a science. “The design and ambience of a space is driven by the client’s expectations, through their venue briefs,” says Ralf Claussen, owner of cm-Design. “During our design processes the key drivers often come from budgets, local conditions, clients’ tastes, target groups and our own design philosophy. It’s a well-balanced mixture of hard facts and design-related elements.” Among those elements are the four principles of design psychology: proxemics (the science of personal space), the perception of space, the system of objects, and space-time relationship. Petra Ryberg, head of design at Carnival Australia, says that meeting different ideas about personal space starts with thinking about how people feel when they enter the area. “Personal space means different things to different people at different times so it’s important to create a variety of options,” she says. “In a public space, RALF CL AUSSEN Owner of cm-Design CHRI S FINCH Founder and CEO of AD Associates MY NGUYEN Director of interior design and interior operations at Holland America Group PETRA RYBERG Head of design at Carnival Australia The panel: