Cunard Names Interior Design Team For Next Ship

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

David Collins Studio, Richmond International and Sybille de Margerie are confirmed as designers for Cunard's fourth ship.

Cunard has announced the team of designers recruited to create the interiors for its new ship set to launch in 2022. 

Working in concert with the project's Creative Director Adam D. Tihany will be award-winning designers Simon Rawlings of David Collins Studio, Terry McGillicuddy of Richmond International and Sybille de Margeriefrom her eponymous design company.

"Cunard has amassed the most talented interior designers in the industry to bring our new ship to life. Each member of the team brings a unique skill set to the project and working in symphony with legendary Adam D. Tihany will ensure a product that is one-of-a-kind and uniquely Cunard," said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America. 

Adam D. Tihany, creative director, added: "We have assembled a dynamic, passionate team of talented creatives whose unique design sensibilities and innate understanding of the Cunard brand will move the dial forward while recapturing the beloved spirit of Cunard travel in this next generation cruise liner."

While design details of the new ship are still under wraps, Cunard can confirm some of the key spaces that the expert design teams will be bringing to life: 

  • Luxury interior design team, David Collins Studio, whose projects have included Kerridge's Bar and Grill, Corinthia London, The Apartment at The Connaught and Bob Bob Ricard will be responsible for a show- stopping atrium, the Grand Lobby, the Queens Grill Suites and the main dining room. This will be Simon Rawlings and his team's very first interior afloat.
  • Richmond International, which counts The Langham London and the award winning Four Seasons Budapest among its clients, will be responsible for the theatre, entertainment spaces and the outside deck space. 
  •  Renowned French interior studio, Sybille de Margerie Paris, with projects including The Mandarin Oriental Paris and Cheval Blanc in Courchevel, will be responsible for the retail spaces, the spa and the flagship event space - the Queens Room.  This will also be Sybille de Margerie's first ship interior.  

The new ship will be the 249th vessel to sail under the Cunard flag and will bring the luxury line's fleet up to four, for the first time since the 1980s. The ship will be built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. She joins Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabethand flagship Queen Mary 2.

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.



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