Tillberg Design of Sweden was founded in 1964 by Robert Tillberg around the time he was appointed coordinating interior architect for KUNGSHOLM, the Swedish American Line’s first true transatlantic ocean liner and cruise ship. The largest passenger vessel in Scandinavia by the time offered a light-colored interior in golden brown and blue hues, plenty of artworks, finely carved woodwork, all in all a luxury and at the same time easy-going Scandinavian style. Tillberg learned early on that the interior design of a ship was more than just carpets, furniture, and glassware, it amounted to the creating of entire dreamscapes where bespoke designs catered to every detail big or small. No wonder TDoS came up with the radical idea on how to expand and amplify the interiors with an atrium on SEA VENTURE for Flagship Cruises (1971), as well as with invisible ventilation on HOMERIC (1986). With shipping companies from all over the globe, TDoS has produced hundreds of interiors through the years. Firmly rooted in its Scandinavian design heritage, TDoS has nevertheless accommodated different lifestyles like a British refined character for ORIANA (1995), full-throttle Far East-abundance aboard the luxurious Japanese SUPERSTAR LEO (1998) and SUPERSTAR VIRGO (1999), and many many other designs.
The changing demands of new generations are well taken care of at TDoS of today, all in the spirit of Robert Tillberg’s focus on the passenger experience. ‘We are talking theme-travels for young millennials and Generation Z,’ says Iina Forsblom, TDoS cruise design director. ‘They want diving, exploring the Artic, along with yoga and wellness. We are talking small submarines, helicopters, and long boating up the Amazon river, all in order to see the wonders of the world, and of course, with a sustainable approach.’ Regardless if its big cruise ships or yachts of various sizes, there is a growing demand for ever more original ideas. ‘The interiors we are making today are similar to the Swedish Grace style that Robert created in the ‘60s,’ explains Fredrik Johansson, TDoS partner. ‘It’s bespoke design once again although we nowadays are working in CAD and VR instead of drawing by hand.’