Sunday, May 23, 2010

Art deco & ship shape

Cunard Line last week unveiled a signature marquetry panel masterpiece designed and made for its newest ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth, which will launch in October 2010.
Designed to take centre stage above the sweeping staircase leading up from the main deck in Queen Elizabeth’s soaring main lobby, the striking 5.6 metre-high panel depicts the original Queen Elizabeth, an Art Deco icon, using a variety of natural woods from around the world.
Cunard Line commissioned the company of renowned craftsman – and Her Majesty The Queen’s only nephew – David Linley to design and make the centrepiece, which will greet embarking passengers at the heart of the ship. Linley’s Chairman David Linley, who founded the company in 1985 and is the son of the late Princess Margaret and well-known photographer Lord Snowdon, said it was the largest screen the company had ever made.
“I recall my father saying the interior design on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 made one proud to be British, so I am hoping our achievement on the new Queen Elizabeth will make him – and others - equally proud,” Viscount Linley said.
Pictured is the stunning panel in all its glory and David Lynley (right) and Peter Shanks unveiling the masterpiece.