A Refresh for Queenscliff Ferry

Lucy Marczyk Design Studio has given a refreshed interior for an iconic car and passenger ferry which has been operating between Victoria’s beautiful and popular Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas for over 30 years.

A carefully considered furniture selection, coupled with sustainability undertones transforms Searoad Ferries “MV Queenscliff” to a uniquely Australian tourism experience.
Searoad Ferries

The interior design of sea ferries incorporates a blend of functionality and comfort, catering to the diverse needs of passengers during their maritime journeys. Though finding a balance between utilitarian elements and crafting aesthetically pleasing space can be challenging. For the refurbishment of Searoad Ferries’ MV Queenscliff, these were challenges expertly addressed by Lucy Marczyk of Lucy Marczyk Design Studio. For the project, a carefully considered furniture selection, coupled with sustainability undertones has transformed the “MV Queenscliff” to a uniquely Australian tourism experience.

“For this unique vessel, our interior design concept aims to debark from the functional and practical ambience traditionally found in ferry vessels to create an engaging experience for passengers.” Said Marczyk. “One that creates a sense of place.”

Searoad Ferries

Designed in Tasmania 1993 and built in Port Lincoln South Australia, this project is a refurbishment of the iconic car and passenger ferry operating between Victoria’s beautiful and popular Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas. The MV Queenscliff accommodates up to 700 passengers and 80 cars each journey.

The new interior fit-out needed to be complimentary to the new space, hard wearing, all with a sustainability focus, with the idea that these chairs would be utilised for years to come. Considering high impact of the day-to-day use, seating selection for Ferry interiors needs to be carefully considered; durable and easy-to-clean surfaces, and strategically integrated for practicality amidst the challenges of sea travel.

Sustainable Seating Selections

Living Edge is committed to promoting sustainable design practices that not only create beautiful and functional chairs but also minimise our environmental impact, lending our range well suited to the project. One of the ways we champion sustainability is through chairs crafted from recycled plastic. These chairs are a testament to our dedication to repurposing materials, reducing waste, and conserving natural resources. By choosing a design made from recycled plastic, you contribute to a greener future without compromising on style and quality.

For the project, seating was carefully considered. Living Edge was pleased to assist in the specification of Konstantin Grcic’s ‘Bell’ chairs from Magis and Mario Bellini’s ‘Bellini’ chair from Heller.

Heller has garnered a reputation for crafting durable, sustainable furniture pieces that marry functionality with environmental responsibility, making the range perfectly aligned for the high traffic café space of Queenscliff Ferry. Renowned for its comfort and versatility, the Bellini Chair exemplifies Heller's ethos of creating long-lasting, environmentally friendly furniture pieces for contemporary spaces. With a total of 56 Bellini chairs used throughout the space. Similarly, Konstantin Grcic’s ‘Bell’ chairs have been made from recycled materials obtained from the waste generated by Magis’ own furniture production. The patented material can be recycled again 100% after use. This way, Bell Chair forms an almost closed material cycle.

The furniture refresh for Queenscliff Ferry has rejuvenated ambiance aboard the vessel, blending style with functionality for passengers' comfort. Without compromising the interior aesthetic, the project has prioritised durability and sustainability. In doing so, the new furnishings are sure to enhance the overall experience of ferry travellers for years to come.

Interior Design: Lucy Marczyk Design Studio
Client: Searoad Ferries
Ship Yard: Southern Marine Shiplift
Joinery & Fit-Out: HKC Hodgman
Photography: James Geer

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