New Dining Room Snapshot 1 Picture

My last dining room wasn't working out because it was too big and didn't fit within the parameters I needed it too, and I couldn't scale it down because then the artistic balance of the room was lost. So, a little regretfully, I abandoned the room entirely, and started off from scratch.
First step was research. I had to find ocean liners built in the 1930s, when art deco was in its golden prime, because I needed to know what was "typical" of of a 1930s ocean liner, which is the time frame my own ship is supposed to be from. It was hard finding images of a lot of ships interiors, as many of the ships are rather obscure now, but I eventually found that a dining room one deck high, with a dome in a three-dimensional rectangular shape that rose another deck high over the central portion of the room, was the most common design on all but the biggest liners of the '30s. Exceptions to that rule of thumb were the British vessel Queen Mary and French liner Normandie, both ships having dining rooms in first class that rose to three decks high, though of vastly different designs from each other. I had elected rather early on though that I did not want a rectangular dome unless I could make it work, and I didn't think I could. I didn't like the decorations of most of the rooms I saw.

One of the first ships I found was the Nieuw Amsterdam of 1938 (and therefore quite late in the transatlantic game), whose first class dining room had a central dome over a single story that rose another deck high atop that, but said dome was flanked by rounded walls, that created a single continuous surface from edge to edge of dome. I loved the design, but was wary of copying it because it was a rather unique style and so not "typical". I didn't want to base my ship off any single ship too much. However, after seeing all the other dining rooms afloat in the 1930s and finding them quite unsatisfactory, I decided I might as well take the idea, and made my own dining room's dome in the same style.

The mural you see at the far side of the room is from a real ship, a set mural titled "Hunt", one of several by Jean Dunand that hung in the Fumoir Lounge aboard the ship Normandie. The two sets of doors were patterned in the same gargantuan mural design as the others, to create a seamless mural. When I first saw that mural online, one that was so very nautical and hardly found online, and so beautiful as well, I knew I needed to use it. I had to have it. I decided it would go into my ship somehow, one way or another, and I'd find a way to make it work. I eventually did in fact make it work with my dining room; the twin sets of doors open to staircases leading down to the galley kitchens one deck below, and the African Jungle subject matter of the mural is tied into the room's overall palette of gold leaf and several shades of beige marble, by incorporating eight additional jungle paintings into elaborate frameworks, four lining each side wall of the dining room. The "wood" frameworks were designed by me (but you can't see them), and the paintings are closeups of actual paintings by the turn-of-the-century French painter Henri Rousseau. The opposite wall of the room (right behind the "camera") is another mural from the Normandie, "The History of Navigation" by Jean Dupas (not Dunand), one of several painted-on-glass mural sets that graced the first class lounge on that ship. The original mural (which can currently be seen in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC) is a color scheme of gold, silver and blank, so I tinted the whole thing red to match it with the overall redness of "Hunt" by Dunand. Now that I think about it though, I might switch that mural out for another painting by Rousseau, as "Navigation" is the only non Jungle-themed piece of art in the room, depicting instead sailing ships and Greek mythological deities, and therefore a bit of an apple among oranges and does not mesh quite well.

The odd vase things are large light fixtures, that throw light up against the ceiling, which compliment the large, flattish twin chandeliers which cast light downward along with the many globular lightbulbs similar in style to Broadway marquee signs.

Three dudes to show the scale: one along the "Hunt" mural to show the high total height of the room, which is eighteen feet exactly. Second dude is standing by one of several pillars the support both side ceilings, to illustrate the nine-foot height of the single deck. Third dude stands beside one of the giant light vases (a somewhat common motive in nautical art deco), to show its height of just over six and a half feet tall from the floor.

dome ceilings are gold leaf patterned in a fishscale pattern, walls are a mixture of paintings and murals and thin slabs of beige marble (soon to be perforated by portholes but not quite yet), lower ceilings are silver-tinted shallow coffering, flooring is a mixture of dark blue carpeting and pale linoleum tiling.
I knew from reading a book on ships once that linoleum was actually used as flooring in certain public rooms on the Queen Mary, and I think even a room or two on the Normandie, so I decided to look for old art deco linoleum patterns online for my own dining room. I eventually found a photo of a beautiful old piece of linoleum, and I edited the picture to create an actual texture image from it that I could properly texture-paint with. The carpet was a texture I found online.

Still to work on: furniture (which I will probably not design myself, as they involve complicated geometry that I don't think I am capable of performing yet, and will therefore probably use furniture models by someone else), and adding portholes.

Dome designed after Nieuw Amsterdam first class dining room, murals from Normandie and paintings by Henri Rousseau, patterns from respective sources, everything else designed by me. Everything entirely was constructed by me.
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