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  1. SMC Design receive two nominations for the AHEAD Awards Europe 2019

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    We are proud to announce that SMC Design have been nominated within the ‘Transport’ category for both Spirit of Discovery for Saga Cruises and Viking Orion for Viking Cruises, of which SMC Design acted as Lead Architects on both vessels delivered in 2019.

    Hosted at Battersea Evolution in London, the AHEAD Awards Europe 2019 shall be taking place on Monday 18th November prior to the Sleep & Eat events also taking place that week.

  2. SMC Design announced as Finalist for Restaurant Design at SBID International Design Awards 2019

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    We are proud to announce that SMC Design has been nominated within the ‘Restaurant Design’ category for ‘Coast to Coast’ onboard Spirit of Discovery.

    Hosted at Grosvenor House in London, the SBID International Design Awards 2019 shall be taking place on Friday October 25th – good luck to all taking part!

  3. SMC Art Consultancy nominated for The International Design & Architecture Awards!

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    SMC Design has been nominated within the ‘Bespoke Cabinetry/Installation category for ‘This Scepter’d Isle’.  Designed in-house by Design Associate Alun Roberts, SMC Art successfully created and commissioned this wonderful installation which can now be found aboard Spirit of Discovery by Saga Cruises.

    In it’s tenth year, The International Design & Architecture Awards, ran by Design Et Al, shall take place at Grosvenor House on Friday 20th September.

  4. SMC Design to continue Artwork and Branding on Spirit of Adventure

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    SMC Design are proud to announce the award of the contract for Spirit of Adventure.  SMC Art Consultancy will continue their fantastic work in curating another fantastic art collection onboard, whilst Branding will deliver the way finding and signage solutions onboard.

    SMC Design look forward to working with Saga Cruises and their partners on the second new-build vessel Spirit of Adventure, due August 2020 from Meyer Werft shipyard, Papenburg.

  5. SMC Design attend Naming Ceremony of Spirit of Discovery

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    Today was a momentous occasion for Saga Cruises who proudly christened and named Spirit of Discovery in the Port of Dover.

    Under clear blue skies, the godmother of the ship, HRH Duchess of Cornwall had the honour of christening the 999 passenger new build cruise ship. Designed by SMC Design and built by Meyer Werft, Saga Cruises will now be preparing their new ship for its first passenger cruise.

    SMC Design would like to take this opportunity to thank all involved in what has been a four year cycle for many of us – from the early contract work with Saga Cruises and Foreships through to Meyer Werft shipyard and all their contractors who made our dreams reality in the delivery of the ship.

    Congratulations to all!

  6. SMC Design featured on the front page of International Cruise & Ferry Review!

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    SMC is proud to announce that its most recently completed project, Spirit of Discovery for Saga Cruises, has been featured on the front cover of the latest issue of International Cruise and Ferry Review!

    Christened in July 2019, SMC Design was responsible for the Interiors, Artwork and Branding elements of all public areas, crew areas and cabins and suites onboard Spirit of Discovery.

  7. SMC Design win ‘Marine Interior Design of the Year’!

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    SMC Design has been recognised by industry professionals for the work on Spirit of Discovery by winning the inaugural ‘Marine Interior Design of the Year’ award at the 2019 Seatrade Cruise Awards, hosted by CLIA in Hamburg.

    Attending the awards on behalf of SMC Design was Senior Designer/Project Manager over it’s four year design period, Ben Wilson, who in reflection stated that, “this is a fantastic award to receive in recognition of the great work the design team at SMC produced, from the conceptual phases right up to the delivery of the ship”.

    SMC Design were responsible for a wide variety of disciplines on this project, from the interior concepts of all public and crew areas, all cabins and suites, the signage and way-finding solutions onboard, the exterior styling of the vessel, and finally the Artwork procurement and commissioning by SMC Art Consultancy on behalf of SAGA Cruises.

    SMC would like to thank SAGA Cruises and Meyer Werft shipyard for the fantastic collaboration experienced throughout this project, and wish all the best for Spirit of Discovery and it’s crew on the waves!

     

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  8. Spirit of Discovery – the ‘Interior Design’ blog

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    “Our creative inspiration came from looking at the classical designs of good London hotels, but with a contemporary interior” – explaining the concept behind the interior design scheme for Spirit of Discovery are Senior Designers/Project Managers, Ben Wilson and Liz Richardson.

  9. Spirit of Discovery – the ‘Exterior Design’ blog

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    A cruise ship’s profile takes precedent at the early stages of the design process. The brief for Spirit of Discovery was to create a classic cruise liner look whilst offering ample exterior space to both guests and crew.

    Taking us through the design journey on this blog are Senior Designers/Project Managers, Ben Wilson and Liz Richardson.

  10. Viking Jupiter delivered!

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    Viking Cruises have taken delivery of their sixth ocean ship, Viking Jupiter.  The ship is to be christened by Norwegian soprano Sissel Kyrkjebo in Oslo, Norway.

     

    As her sister ships, Viking Jupiter includes ‘Manfredi’s Italian Grill’, ‘The Chef’s Table’ and the Wintergarden. Set underneath a timber latticework and surrounded by glazing, the Wintergarden offers high tea in a luxurious and contemporary environment.

     

    SMC Design would like to congratulate Viking Cruises on the delivery of Viking Jupiter.

  11. Viking Orion delivered!

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    In the summer of 2018, Viking Cruises took delivery of their fifth ocean ship, Viking Orion.  The ship was christened by retired NASA astronaut Anna Fisher along the waterfront of Livorno, Italy.

     

    Following it’s godmother, the ship boasts a new art installation onboard, The Explorers’ Dome.  Using the latest in planetarium technology, the new space will offer shows about space and exploration, supported by the Resident Astronomer who will lecture guests on the cosmos and how humans have explored it. The ship also has a portable telescope that links to this planetarium, offering guests a live view of the surrounding sky.

     

    Following Viking Orion will be Viking Jupiter in Spring 2019, the sixth ocean ship to enter Viking Cruises fleet in under four years of service.

  12. Viking Sun delivered!

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    Delivered in the Summer of 2017, Viking Sun became the 4thship to join the fleet of ocean cruise vessels by Viking Cruises.  Built in Ancona, Italy by Fincantieri shipyard, Viking Sun joins it’s sisters Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky boasting 465 all-veranda staterooms for it’s 930 guests.

     

    Onboard Viking Sun, guests can enjoy a choice of three pools.  One can be found within the LivNordic Spa, surrounded by ice and fire.  Another is located within the Main Pool on Deck 7 that can be used all year round thanks to a retractable roof system. The final and most picturesque pool can be found on the Aquavit Terrace, designed as an infinity pool to give guests the opportunity to swim to the edge of the ship whilst admiring the view.

     

    SMC Design will now be focusing their attention on delivering the fifth ship currently on order at Fincantieri, Viking Orion, due summer 2018.

  13. Viking Sky delivered!

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    Delivered January 2017, Viking Cruises added Viking Sky to it’s expanding fleet of ‘small ship ocean cruise’ vessels. Christened in Tromso, Norway under the Aurora Borealis, Viking Sky echoes her sister’s Scandinavian interior design influence and authentic use of natural materials such as black slate, teak and cast iron throughout the ships design.

     

    Exploration is a common trait of Nordic heritage, and this is most evident with the Explorers’ Lounge on Deck 07.  Surrounded by glazing, this double height space celebrates the passion for travel that is ‘The Viking Difference’, allowing the guest to indulge themselves in historical artifacts, artwork and a Nordic Smorgasbord from the deli at Mamsen’s whilst relaxing in front of one of the fireplaces found onboard.

     

    The Viking Living Room on Deck 01 is another example of Viking’s desire to allow the guests to explore the world in comfort, with a diverse range of furniture sitting within an enriching library experience supported by a fine example of Viking craftsmanship, the Viking Bar.  This area flows vertically into the Atrium above, with panoramic glass lifts allowing no vantage point to be left undiscovered.

     

    As Viking Cruises enter their 20thyear within the cruising industry, SMC look forward to delivering the fourth ship currently on order at Fincantieri, Viking Sun, due late 2017.

     

  14. Viking Sea delivered!

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    In Spring 2016, Viking Cruises took delivery of their second ocean cruise ship, Viking Sea. Christened on London’s Thames River, Greenwich, Viking Sea joins the fleet as the second ship to the award winning Viking Star (#1 in it’s category in Berlitz Cruising and Cruise ships 2016).

     

    As per Viking Star, the ship boasts 465 cabins accommodating 930 passengers.  All cabin grades carry the essence of Scandinavian design found throughout the vessel – beautiful and functional, quiet and filled with light. Each cabin comes with a balcony also, allowing the passenger to enjoy a new vista every morning in a new destination.

     

    Another area that echoes Viking’s intent to create amazing hospitality design is the Wintergarden situation on Deck 07.  This area plays host daily to afternoon tea whilst passengers sit beneath an extravagant blonde timber latticework.  Light fills the space, with full height glazing to the ships side but also above a retractable magrodome structure that covers both the Wintergarden and the neighboring Lanai and Main Pool areas.

     

    Taking delivery from Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard, SMC will continue to work with Viking and associated partners on the two future vessels currently on order, Viking Sky and Viking Sun due in 2017.

     

  15. Viking Star delivered!

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    In Spring 2015, Viking Cruises successfully launched its first ocean-bearing vessel, Viking Star. Working alongside LA-based Rottet Studio and the Italian shipyard Fincantieri, SMC Design were tasked in bringing a new client into the ocean cruise industry and one that would live up to Viking’s high standards from their River Cruise fleet.

     

    The key design focus was to find a way to replicate the look and atmosphere of a land-based hotel. Viking’s main priority was to highlight the quality of the materials and embody the understated elegance of Scandinavian design. This design principle can be found in many areas of the vessel; from the large open plan Viking Living Room to the panoramic viewing experienced within the Explorers’ Lounge.

     

    A design highlight onboard is The Spa, which celebrates the elegance and innovation that characterizes Viking Star whilst being in keeping with Viking’s Nordic heritage.  From the centuries-old tradition of the sauna to the reimagined Nordic ritual of the hydrotherapy pool, The Spa truly encapsulates the holistic wellness philosophy of Scandinavia.

     

    SMC Design would like to thank the project team at Viking Cruises, Rottet Studio and Fincantieri for their collaboration on this innovative project.  SMC look forward to having continued involvement as lead architect and signage contractor on the sister ships to Viking Star – Viking Sea, Viking Sun and Viking Sky.

     

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