05 May 2013


Empire Timbers Used in Queen Mary

Interior decorations in the Queen Mary are strikingly modern and Australian timbers are conspicuous in many of the liner's principal rooms, according to Mr. J. S. Hall, a young Adelaide architect, who returned this week after 18 months abroad. Mr. Hall was one of the special staff commissioned by Mewes and Davis, a firm of London architects, to design the interiors for the giant Cunarder.

Extreme simplicity was the keynote of our work, he said yesterday. Period and classical arrangements were completely discarded. A new trend which was carried out in the Orient liner Orion, Timber had replaced fibrous plaster in the ceilings and painted and lacquered ply-woods predominated. For decorative effects reliance was placed on the grain of the timbers and the shadows cast by the diffused lighting systems. Empire timbers were exclusively used. The use of timber would certainly prove less costly than the glass panels featured in the French liner Normandie, which had frequently splintered and cracked as a result of the vessel's vibration.

- The Advertiser, Adelaide, SA, May 5, 1936