Helena Sawelin discusses Tillberg Design of Sweden’s work on Seven Seas Splendor

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The Regent Suite

Helena Sawelin, partner at Tillberg Design of Sweden (TDoS), shares details of the company’s work on Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ new ship, Seven Seas Splendor, which was delivered at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy, at the end of January 2020.

TDoS designed the 4,000ft² (371m²) Regent Suite, which features its own spa retreat, which Sawelin says is a first for any cruise ship and features a floor-to-ceiling ocean-view shower. Meanwhile, the Master Suite, Concierge Suite and the Veranda, Deluxe Veranda and Superior Suites, all feature private furnished balconies. The design firm also worked on public areas including the Atrium, the Compass Rose dining room, the Casino, Splendor Lounge, Coffee Connection, Meridian Lounge, boutiques and pool area.

What was the timeline for the development and completion of this project?
We started in March 2017, and it was completed on 31 January 2020, so almost three full years.

The Master Suite

What were some of the highlights from the design brief?
In general, attention to details, timeless elegance and more of a modern and light look. There were also some layout changes from Explorer to improve ship flow. We made some improvements to the reception area on Deck 5, flipped to starboard, which creates a passage from Atrium Deck 5 through Coffee Connection straight to Pacific Rim, giving the spa more privacy. We also increased comfort in the suites, introducing bigger walk-in wardrobe in the Master Suite and extended the spa bathroom in the Regent Suite. Also, the width of the Open Deck was increased to fit more sunbeds. One other highlight is the design detail in the Regent Suite – it has a shower bed in marble and a direct ocean view, which gives an extraordinary shower experience.

The Casino

Were any new materials or manufacturing techniques introduced with this project?
The interior is a custom design, which of course required some manufacturing technology. The materials meet the IMO regulations for flammability and safety, but all are of high quality. We used rich stones and woods with eye-catching details like cabinet pulls with crystals in the Master Suite, and casted glass pulls and doorknobs in the Regent Suite. It is the details that make the difference.

Were there any particular materials or design elements that were difficult to acquire or build? How did you overcome the challenges?
The atrium’s decorative stairs are worth mentioning, especially due to their organic shape, which was a big challenge for the yard construction-wise. We wanted to create a light, open and soft shape for the staircase and it was a struggle with all the technical requirements for vibration protection, etc. But the result is great.

The Pool Bar

How did you overcome the project’s challenges?
It was all about good communication and cooperation with all parties involved – from the yard, the client and our side. When everyone wants the best, it is possible to find the perfect solution for every challenge.

Images: Tillberg Design of Sweden (photographer Mike Loagie)

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