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Video Text - Marine Design with Jeanine Bequette

I specialize in marine design, we do lots of hospitality, restaurants, hotel work, but I also do management for the company, sales, and marketing, kind of do a little of everything. This is actually a project that is for a new build, it’s for a replacement vessel for a project in Alaska. I just received some drawings, laying out equipment on a food service line that I’m getting ready to go through and make sure that we got everything covered for it. So basically we got a galley consultant that we’re using, and they’re helping us layout this part of it. They specialize in marine galleys and we are actually doing the space planningfor the dining spaces and the crew spaces on this project. The biggest challenge is that the coast guard is involved, the United States Coast Guard. They have a huge book of regulations that specifies everything about the structure of the vessel, but how it applies to us is that they also specify what can and can’t be used in the space in terms of material. They are mainly based on flammability standards but sometimes it is also based on weight. For instance I’m getting ready to start on a project for the Steam Ship Authority, up in Massachusetts, they’re building a new boat, and probably the design time, planning and coordination will take about 18 months or something like that. They can go faster but that won’t probably be to about 18 months; that’s going to be a passenger car ferry. Interior design and ship building kind of was not something, well we’re one of the only firms that really have been doing it. And the ship yard sometimes we’re contracted with them and the hurdle that I’ve found was the biggest is not looking like we are doing accessories; that we’re really doing actual design and problem-solving, versus some women coming in and decorating. That’s not what we are doing. So it’s pretty much of a man’s world in that industry so having base time before I start a project with a client is very important.

And then, this is another very interesting project. This one is a bar that is within the home, my client called it the Gentleman’s Bar. And this particular bar has carved wood panels that talk about the Italian wine makers. Each panel is different, and the detailing we did on the bar was very interesting. The corbels had a lot of detailing; the framing around the carved panels had a very rich and heavy wood look to it. And then the granite top I also did a little edge beating of a molding, to frame that out, to give it another different look. There is a recessed area behind the bar that is arched. That we made to hold the liquor bottles and any other things that he wanted to hold, and then framed it in just a nice wood molding again. The fireplace, very beautiful traditional fireplace with many different layers of moldings, and the back wall with the fireplace I did it all in wood. And the other perimeter walls, the three walls were in grass cloth. The flooring is hickory. It was actually scraped and burned to make it look like very old wood planks, so that gave the room a lot of character. It was also interesting to watch them as they would actually burn the wood with a torch, and then they would scrape it to give it that interesting look. It was rather nerve-racking but it was a wonderful thing to witness. The bar stools also have the same amount of detail. The leather is actually tooled leather and the frame has a beautiful wood frame on it. So the whole room glows.

Another thing I wanted to mention is the oil painting that is over the fireplace. That is an oil painting of all the Presidents and Lincoln has his back to the group. So it is the presidents from all different eras’ playing cards.