Cruise and Ferry Interiors 2019

1 3 8 Joining the cruise business My first experience of designing cruise ship interiors came in 1975 when my boss Morris Lapidus appointed me as a project manager and architectural space planner for Carnival Cruise Line’s second vessel, T.S.S. Queen Anna Maria. During the project, I created Carnival’s first theatre and, with the help of contractors, completed the refurbishment in three weeks. I learned valuable lessons that were fundamental to my later success, such as the basics of ship construction and the importance of collaborating with the captain and crew. Most importantly, Ted Arison [Carnival’s founder] got to know me as an architect with a can-do attitude and just over a year later, he asked me to convert his third ship, Transvaal Castle, into T.S.S. Festivale, which allowed me to open my own studio and kickstart my shipbuilding career. Our close personal and professional relationship lasted more than 40 years until Ted passed away and has extended to his son, Micky Arison. Design briefs I’ve been very lucky to be trusted with carte blanche by shipowners like Ted and Micky Arison and former Costa Cruises’ executive Pier Luigi Foschi. We shared the same respect for customers, and they all recognised me as an artist, so they didn’t feel the need to micromanage design. The success of this method speaks for itself. Following design trends My university architectural education taught me that, while it’s important to appreciate the work of others, artists must create what they feel, rather than following what has been done by others. Consequently, I’ve never tried to keep up with current trends; I simply created ships that I wanted to sail on and chose whatever high-quality products and materials would amplify my designs. However, I’ve been influenced by nature, design evolution through the ages and all forms of the arts. Ultimately, I always DES IGN LEGEND Joe Farcus Joe Farcus helped Carnival Cruise Line to kickstart a new era of cruising with his first full ship design in the 1970s. Jon Ingleton asks him about his illustrious career Farcus now spends much of his time creating artwork, such as this painting of the Yulong River from a recent trip to China