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Richmond International reunites with P&O Cruises

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Richmond International reunites with P&O Cruises

London based hospitality design specialist Richmond International has revealed sophisticated and elegant interiors on board P&O Cruises newest ship Iona…

The design vision for P&O Cruises latest ship Iona was to make ‘the sea the star’. Design firm Richmond International was tasked with creating an environment that brings the outside in, spaces where guests can retreat in comfort and where they are delighted every time they visit.

The project includes the design of several spaces including the cabins and suites, Oasis Spa, The Limelight Club, The Club House, The Crow’s Nest, Ivory Suite, The Epicurean restaurant, and Ocean Studios cinema. Through carefully considered design, each space has its own distinct character and ambience that effortlessly blends into the next.

It was a pleasure to work with P&O Cruises again on this fantastic new project following the success of our work on Britannia,” explains Richmond International Director Terry McGillicuddy. “With Iona we have created an elevated guest experience through meaningful design touches that create a sense of luxury and sophistication.”  

Cabins, suites and corridors

Taking inspiration from the ocean, the cabins and suites reference the ship’s environment through subtle design touches. For example, the carpet pattern features nautical knotting and the circular mirroring and artwork playfully nod to traditional portholes. The use of light blue and sandy yellow tones throughout are a reflection of the sea and shore.

The Conservatory Mini-suites on board Iona, which are a first for P&O Cruises, continue the theme of bringing the outside in with the introduction of an additional conservatory space. This area can be closed off from the main cabin or opened up to create a direct connection with the balcony and sea. The L-shaped sofa seating area offers an ideal setting for a morning coffee or pre-dinner drinks with stunning seascape views. 

The premium suites, complete with a spacious lounge area and lavish marble-style bathroom, are characterised by their muted sandy tones and contemporary styling adopted to channel the spirt and elegance of luxury yacht design.

In the corridors a directional-lined pattern is used on the carpet and feature panels have been introduced outside each room with a letter box for invitations and menu cards, integral lighting, and cabin number 

The spa

Spanning two decks, the expansive spa is a sanctuary of relaxation with an understated and refined aesthetic.  A timber ceiling feature, designed to reflect the movement and rhythm of the ocean, overlooks the reception. The connection with the ocean is also highlighted with the use of soft corners and light materials as well as ocean inspired tiling on the walls. 

Timber panelling frames the treatment rooms. Most of these have comfortable window seats boasting ocean views through the large windows. In keeping with the nautical theme, the wooden screening and wall panelling also feature a flowing wave design.

Spa areas include the thermal suite, complete with a large central hydrotherapy pool with massage jets and air recliners, a therapeutic sauna, sensory steam rooms and experiential showers, a gym, and a fitness studio.

The Limelight Club

The backlit bar and central stage area are the focal points in this intimate dinner and entertainment venue. The surrounding furniture and carpet follow a deep purple colour scheme, further enhancing the space’s sultry, exclusive ambiance. At the rear of the room several booths have been created each with their own decorative chandeliers.

image credit: Richmond Internaitonal/P&O Cruises

image credit: Richmond International/P&O Cruises

The Club House

The Club House is a multifunctional space, effortlessly moving from day to night, from a morning coffee spot with views across the ocean to an evening entertainment hub hosting comedy nights and live bands.

A bright and inviting space, The Club House takes inspiration from spring colours with the use of botanical greens and yellows for the marble tables, furniture, and carpet. Around the upper seating area, a ceiling feature incorporates these colours into a pergola installation with a greenhouse feel.

 The Crow’s Nest and Ivory Suite

The Crow’s Nest takes its inspiration from the high seas featuring naval references throughout, for example the use of brass metalwork and mirroring. Deep navy blues and metallic gold finishing bring a sense of sophistication and exclusivity to this bar area. The introduction of soft lines in the circular screens and carpet pattern also represent a musical influence; a nod to the entertainment that take place in this space.

The multi-purpose Ivory Suite is adjacent to The Crow’s Nest and transitions seamlessly, using the same carpet pattern but with a cream base.

 The Epicurean restaurant

Iona’s fine dining restaurant The Epicurean features floor to ceiling windows offering uninterrupted views. Taking centre stage inside the restaurant is the undulating ceiling achieved through panel work and lighting that reflects the movement of the waves. The rise and fall of the ocean is subtly mirrored in the variation of teals, creams and whites that are used in the carpet and artwork. 

Ocean Studios

With rich scarlet hues and bare bulb Hollywood lighting, this four-screen cinema complex is a true celebration of the great cinema era. Guests are guided from the foyer to the screening rooms by a lane of patterned carpet and lighting that is surrounded by a series of film posters.

Main image credit: P&O/Richmond International

Jestico + Whiles unveils grand designs for centrepiece P&O Cruises latest ship Iona

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The well-known architectural firm has revealed its design for the Grand Atrium on British brand P&O Cruises next generation ship, Iona…

Following a growing demand in hotel interior designers and architects working to revitalise cruise ships, Jestico + Whiles has unveiled the plans to create a soaring triple-height Grand Atrium with unprecedented panoramic views across the ever-changing sea as far as the horizon for P&Os new Cruise ship, Iona.

The Grand Atrium is the heart of Iona, a lively focal point that encapsulates the spirit of the ship, with spectacular views and natural light. This special space is designed to ‘draw the outside in’ and, accordingly, Jestico + Whiles has made the sea the hero of the space, allowing guests to connect with the seascape around them.

Despite the challenge of such a large space, we have worked closely with P&O Cruises to make the Grand Atrium harmonious with the separate venues

The Grand Atrium is a key entertainment space on board Iona and the sea will provide an ever changing backdrop to a wide variety of experiences. From morning coffee as the sun rises, to evening drinks as it sets, the Grand Atrium will be buzzing with light and life. And as day moves into night there will be a seamless transition as Jestico + Whiles employ the most modern lighting techniques to create a warm and intimate atmosphere.

Image caption: P&O Cruises – Iona – Atrium at night

“Despite the challenge of such a large space, we have worked closely with P&O Cruises to make the Grand Atrium harmonious with the separate venues, making the space both open and intimate,” explained Jestico + Whiles’ Director, James Dilley. “The refocusing of the guest experiences on the sea is the heart of an entirely new brief. The sea becomes the focus of the triple-height space; the sinuous curves are shaped around it, framing and complementing the views to the outside.”

We’ve set out to make sure the sea is the star on Iona

An elegant, arcing staircase of Italian marble with a polished, filigree silver balustrade serves as the centrepiece to the space, evoking the glamour of the iconic cruise ships of the 20th century. Designed as a piece of sculptural architecture, its curving form guides guests on a journey through the decks offering changing views and perspectives of the sea and activity within, encouraging everyone to explore the variety of destinations on board.

“We’ve set out to make sure the sea is the star on Iona, and the design of the Grand Atrium tells you so much about how special she is going to be,” said P&O Cruises senior vice president, Paul Ludlow. “Balancing intimate spaces with larger social areas, guests will be wowed by the three storey high glass walls and the ever changing view they reveal. From the moment they step onto the staircase, I know guests will be swept away by the beautiful design.”

Image caption: P&O Cruises – Iona’s Gastro Pub

Jestico + Whiles has designed P&O Cruises first ever ‘gastro pub’ – The Keel and Cow – on Deck 8, with views over the Grand Atrium and the ocean. The Glass House on Deck 7 will include an impressive wine list and menu curated by award-winning wine expert Olly Smith, wines from around the world are served by the glass. Wine connoisseurs will be well taken care of with a new experience, Cellar Door at the Glass House will offer wine talks, tastings and wine-pairing dinners. Guests can relax with unbeatable views as they watch impromptu aerial and circus performances in the three storey high space.

On Deck 6 at the Vistas Cafe Bar there is a selection of treats from P&O Cruises Food Hero and master pâtissier Eric Lanlard. The nearby Emerald Bar will offer a stylish living-room feel, with premium cocktails and the buzz of a Covent Garden venue.

Iona, which will include interior design by Richmond International, is currently being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, and will be launched in May 2020. When she enters service, she will hold 5,200 passengers and be the largest cruise ship for the British market.