Getting to your holiday or honeymoon destination in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere – that is standard practice aboard the Queen Jenuvía. The new ferry from the South Korean shipping company Seaworld Express Ferry Co., Ltd. brings passengers from Mokpo on the mainland to the South Korean island of Jeju, a popular holiday resort, up to five times each week. The ship’s luxurious furnishings guarantee comfort and sweetens the five-hour crossing for passengers. Part of the set-up: fabrics from drapilux, a German textile manufacturer.
Queen Jenuvía, 170 metres in length and 26 metres wide, commenced services in September 2020. The ferry can hold up to 1,284 passengers, 478 cars and 88 lorries, and offers a whole host of amenities, ranging from a cinema and leisure facilities, restaurants, bars and coffee shops to rooms for karaoke and massages: passengers aboard the Queen Jenuvía have numerous ways in which to entertain themselves during the crossing. Even their four-legged friends are well looked after in rooms allocated exclusively for their care. Fountains create a relaxed atmosphere, whilst a large outside terrace invites guests to take a stroll around the ship or simply pass away the time. For those passengers who wish to enjoy some privacy, the ferry offers 116 European-style luxury cabins.
Classic colours and designs in natural shades adorn the luxury cabins
Timelessness is a core theme behind the ferry’s furnishing concept. “Ensuring that all age groups of passengers find our furnishing concept attractive and feel comfortable on board was important to us”, said the project designer. Consequently, the choice of curtains and upholstery fabrics was made in favour of the German manufacturer drapilux. “We were looking for subtle patterns and textures, which harmonised well with other materials. The drapilux materials were the very thing we were looking for”, continued the designer. In addition, the textile manufacturer's fabrics meet the requirements for use in the maritime sector, which are laid down in the FTP codes. A total of 119 curtains and 17 upholstery fabrics of the textile manufacturer are certified according to the "Marine Equipment Directive (MED)". The basis for the legislation is the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) resolution on the protection of human life at sea. As the fabrics are also approved by the US Coast Guard, shipping companies and shipbuilders have a wide range of articles at their disposal that can be used on all ships worldwide without any problems. The South Korean ferry features the textiles from the manufacturer’s headquarters based in Emsdetten, North Rhine-Westphalia, in both its public areas as well as in the elegant VIP cabins and suites.
Two fabrics from the print collection COORDN8 adorn the windows of the VIP cabins. The idea behind the modern designs in a Nordic style come from British designer Emily Tyers. Inspired by nature, it was her intention to create recurring, organic shapes that are ideally suited to a print collection. The dimout fabric drapilux 911 L8 and the semi-transparent drapilux 918 08 both feature a twig pattern. In classic shades of grey and white, the curtains complement the elegant furnishings in the VIP cabins. A third fabric – drapilux 184 55 – was chosen as the upholstery fabric for the armchairs. The blue used creates a colourful yet relaxed eye-catching focus in the grey and beige colour scheme.
The suites and VIP lounge were furnished in warm brown and white shades. Pleasant daylight as well as privacy were achieved in the suites as a result of the semi-transparent drapilux 751 29 with a subtle striped pattern in white. The dimout fabric drapilux 243 17 ensures that no light penetrates, thereby aiding restful sleep. This fabric also enhances the acoustics of the cabin thanks to its acoustic properties. The semi-plain drapilux 139 77 in dark brown as well as the semi-transparent drapilux 769 07 in beige frame the windows of the lounge area. Thanks to the intelligent added function drapilux air the air quality on board has also been improved. Metal salts in the fibres break down odour molecules. These are then converted into harmless carbon dioxide and water.
Cabins, lounge and restaurant with bright splashes of colour
Bright colours are the distinguishing feature in the furnishing of the restaurant and lounge. To upholster the seats, chairs and armchairs, Seaworld Ferries chose the following fabrics in different colours: drapilux 204 and drapilux 234. The deep violet of drapilux 204 24 creates an elegant contrast to the white tables in the restaurant. The plain fabric of drapilux 204 in the complementary colours of red and cyan as well as royal blue were chosen for the lounge. Armchairs upholstered in the semi-plain fabric 234 in a neutral and pale blue make the colour highlights of the lounge stand out.
The standard cabins feature curtain fabric from drapilux 191. This opaque fabric with its colourful stripes in shades of blue, green and yellow conveys a sense of warmth and tranquillity. Equipped with the added function drapilux bioaktiv this fabric also contributes to the hygiene chain. Silver molecules on the fibres kill more than 99 percent of bacteria on the surface of the fabric. As the article is also fitted with drapilux air it improves the air quality in the standard cabins.
“We are very satisfied with the textiles from drapilux. The fabrics fit in extremely well with our design concept and we can testify to a seamless working relationship. What was really brilliant, was that the items all arrived on time”, the designer. The passengers, too, are all extremely pleased with the interior design: “They particularly like the light, colourful and friendly design”, said the project designer.
Photos: © Seaworld Express Ferry Co., Ltd_Queen Jenuvía