Cruise & Ferry Interiors 2020

4 9 REPORT Material expertise Partnering with materials experts during interior design projects enables shipowners to create long-lasting and beautiful onboard spaces. CFI highlights some of the companies that can help N o designer can be expected to have an intimate knowledge of every material that they use. There will be occasions during passenger ship design and refurbishment projects when it will be necessary for them to seek the advice of an expert who can help them to pick the material with the right scientific properties and characteristics for their design. One of the materials frequently used onboard cruise ships and ferries is wood due to its naturally hard-wearing and sustainable properties. It has become a staple of interior design on these vessels as it is also versatile and offers a timeless aesthetic, through ornate furniture pieces made from oak and pine to more specialised creations of rattan and bamboo. Some of the organisations leading the way in wooden furniture are Green Furniture Concept, Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture and Robos Contract Furniture, which use oak, mahogany and pine respectively. Other natural materials can be made into textiles, including plant fibres such as cotton, linen and hemp; animal secretions such as cashmere and silk; and animal fibres like fur and wool. The latter has made way for an industry that is hundreds of years old, and one where Gudbrandsdalens Uldvarefabrik (GU) has made its mark. According to GU, the complex chemical structure of wool allows for numerous inherent characteristics such as natural elasticity, temperature regulation and resistance to wrinkles, odours, fire and stains. In addition, it is renewable and biodegradable. The company uses fibres to create robust wool blend textiles for many industries, including the passenger shipping sector. Its fabrics have a minimum Martindale rub count of 50,000, meaning each is extremely hard- wearing. All designs are certified by the International Maritime Organization and are ideally suited for use in high-traffic public areas such as restaurants, lounges, show venues and cabins. Meanwhile, Loome is a key supplier of cotton to the marine industry, and design company Citta Design uses natural fabrics such as linen to create beautiful furnishings. Creatives have also made use of leather in their designs and products for passenger ships as it is durable, flexible and biodegradable. Made by tanning the skins of animals, leather has a vast array of uses, including in furniture. Elmo Leather offers leathers ideal for seating in a range of aesthetics. There are other fibrous thread or filament materials available to shipowners and interior designers beyond textiles, such as wool fibres that include paper and cardboard, and synthetics such as carbon and optical fibres. The UK is providing some of the leading solutions in this space with UFO Lighting manufacturing glass fibres to create bespoke fibre optic lighting solutions and Polar Manufacturing designing and engineering carbon fibre for custom products. Goonvean Fibres is also one of Europe’s largest technical fibre manufacturers and offers a range of semi- synthetic and natural alternatives. Hard-wearing wool blend textiles from GU simplify interior maintenance as they are resistant to odours, fire and stains