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B AT H A N D S P A S E C T I O N BY WANDA JANKOWSKI Flo a t BG S t ud in as de gI at S otels B o u t iq u e H ea” io on Baths for “ A lthough New York-based BG Studio International handles luxury commercial and residential projects, it is one of the few firms in the country that specializes in cruise ship and maritime interiors. Cofounders and principals, Hans Galutera, MDIA, IIDA, SBID Left: BG Studio International’s co-founders and principals, Hans Galutera and Francesca Bucci; Top Right: Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas includes a park the size of a football field. 62 • boutique DESIGN may/june 2010 Photo by Michel Verdure and courtesy of Royal Caribbean (ship) and Francesca Bucci, AIA, PWC, SBID, established the firm eight years ago, and today maintain a staff of 12 people to handle prestigious projects such as the design of public spaces on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice and the QE2 Hotel. Interior design is a people business, requiring collaboration and the sharing of ideas between the experts and the client. And when it comes to designing a cruise ship, collaboration is taken to a whole new level. “The process is different for designing cruise ship interiors than other types of spaces,” said Galutera. “There are Steering Committee meetings in which you sit in a board room with management executives, hotel operations managers, representatives from the ship builders, as well as the architects and designers involved — about 50 professionals in all. Each architect and designer presents his or her work in front of all the others, so you see the level of presentation from firms all over the world. It allows us to improve on our own presentations and reflects the high standards set by Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises.” “There is also a great deal of documentation involved in designing ship interiors to keep track of who specified what,” he said. What is different about designing bathrooms and other spaces on board versus on land is the need to adhere to a range of varied regulations. “We try to specify sustainable materials, but are restricted by International Maritime Agency rules,” said Galutera. “Materials must be adaptable to or certified to withstand air and weather conditions related to humidity and salt content, and satisfy fire and weight requirements.” In addition, U.S. Public Health regulations must be observed. In stateroom bathrooms, only wall-mounted toilets can be installed. Weight restrictions may prevent extensive use of some heavier materials, though Galutera pointed out that there is a honeycombed substrate available to which stone can be adhered that lessens the weight of installed tile. “Since space is limited, cabins usually do not include bathtubs, except at the very high end,” said Galutera. “You have to be creative

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Boutique Design - May/June 2010
BD Launches ScanLife Technology
The Rocco Forte Collection
Kimpton Open Another Hotel Palomar
Steve Wynn Unveils Encore
NEWH Members Tour NYC’s Newly-Renovated Surrey Hotel
Novo Arts Hotels S.A.S. Studio Night to Benefit the Give Your Art Foundation
BDNY Advisory Board Meets to Tour New Building and Discuss Trade Show Launch
Business Sense
On the Boards: Sephen Jacobs and Andi Pepper Introduce the Upcoming Gansevoort Park
Q&A with Ed Bakos and Anthony DiGuiseppe
We Proudly Present the 2010 Boutique 18 - Read Their Story in Pictures
In Reflection
World by DESIGN
Bath and Spa
Amsterdam Film, UXUS Design, Transforms Napa Valley Garage Winery into Majestic Upscale Tasting Den, Merus
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Boutique Design - May/June 2010