Since 2016, Studio DADO has been bringing thoughtful, fresh interior design to some of the biggest names in cruising. Its four founders, Greg Walton, Javier Calle, Jorge Mesa and Yohandel Ruiz, see it as their mission to use design as a way of creating memories with unforgettable spaces, whether it’s at sea or on land.

“It doesn’t matter if we’re designing a signature restaurant, an atrium or a stateroom. We always look at every square millimeter to make sure our design exceeds expectations from every angle,” Greg says.

“Our team is really adept at using lighting, unique materials and layout to make spaces look bigger than they really are, and it makes a big difference to how people perceive a space and, ultimately, remember the experience,” says Jorge.

Javier adds, “Even if we’re designing a space that is not in the upper tiers, it’s about escaping the everyday. We choreograph stories and memories for everyone who comes into the places we design. Going beyond beautiful finishes and furnishings, that’s really what travel is all about—the little things that make a place special and memorable. It’s what makes people come back.”

And Yohandel is quick to mention that it all comes down to a balance between design concept and technical know-how: “Travel is changing. Guests have more exacting expectations than they did even a few years ago. It really takes a deep knowledge of design, materials and furnishings, lighting, music and the way a brand provides the best possible service within a space to meet those expectations.”

Producing innovative designs for leading cruise lines

Clearly, the cruising and hospitality industries have taken note of Studio DADO’s approach. The team recently completed the design for Regent’s Seven Seas Grandeur. Studio DADO also designed many of the spaces on Oceania Cruises’ Vista, due for its maiden voyage next year, as well as Prima from Norwegian Cruise Line, which is due to set sail in the next few weeks. Additionally, Studio DADO recently adapted the land-based restaurant Onda by Scarpetta for Norwegian Cruise Lines.

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