Jean has had over 40 years experience also obtaining a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and Master of Arts in Interior Design. He has worked as an interior designer for internationally known land based, cruise and yacht companies such as Struik en Hamerslag bv, John McNeece, Bidnell Phillips, Tillberg Design AB and SMC where he was a founding partner. SMC was part of Tillberg Design AB, headed by Robert Tillberg, and in 1999 Jean moved to Florida to assist in the start up of Tillberg Design U.S. initially operating as Project Manager of New Buildings. Jean left the Partnership at the beginning of 2010 to create his own Company.
Experienced with each type of space on a cruise ship Jean has also gained a sound knowledge of the different requirements that need to be considered for a Residential ship. His experience includes many prestigious projects such as retail space for Harrods in London, ‘Four Seasons’ Residential ship, ‘The World’ Residential ship, ‘Utopia’ Residential ship, Crystal Cruises, P&O and Cunard amongst others, and has won award ratings in Ship Interior magazines.
The Company has a staff of talented and conscientious designers with experience of high standards of design and comfort required by leading hotels and also well versed with marine projects, both for new buildings and refurbishments.
Our group has senior designers who have extensive experience in luxury design for hotels such as Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Hilton, Waldorf, Grand Hyatt as well as Residential design. They also include a major amount of completed design work for clients in Cruise and Residential ship projects.
Interior Design is an ongoing progression of visual art with function and desire. We aim to transform Clients’ desires into a reality together with aesthetics of the required taste and style.
All designers gain experiences through project development and together with our senior designers remain directly involved in all stages of a project to ensure clients’ requirements are met with creative solutions, and within their budgets. This involvement forms the foundation for good working relationships with Contractors and Outfitters and to maintain time schedules. On the spot creative solutions to difficulties created by technical issues lead to agreeable compromises to help maintain the intended design direction.
For marine cruise projects we are able to encompass complete design for open deck spaces and interiors of passenger areas from inception, including profile styling and general arrangement spatial planning, which takes into consideration the many requirements for the flow and function of a ship. This is an important and sometimes difficult part of a marine or yacht project as the space planning, and the functionality of the ship, is completely dependent upon a good general arrangement plan. It is a complex mesh to meet the desires of the Buyer, Estate Owners and Passengers needs within the structural and technical envelope together with all requirements for safety and Code. With previous designs and related requirements on ‘The World’, ‘Four Seasons’, and ‘Utopia’, we have significant knowledge of the different considerations to be met for Residential Ships.