Psychedelic Elements in Design and Decor Aboard the M/S Oosterdam
By Jessica Cassyle Carr
When pondering the aesthetics of the typical lodging establishment—hotels, motels, resorts and cruise ships included-—cutting-edge design does not come to mind. Instead, there are flashes of burgundy, flower patterns, stripes and beige--mentally and spiritually apathetic exercises in blandness and safety. But every now and then someone, somewhere, on some corporate staff in the hospitality industry, has a vision that materializes on the walls and the ceilings and the floors and the stairs. On the couches and the chairs.
And sometimes, just sometimes, it’s a full-on acid-inspired, psychedelic vision such as the one that so evidently consumed the M/S Oosterdam. I had the strange pleasure of being aboard this tripped-out cruise ship recently, and I’m here to tell the tale of crazy fun house-style mirrors, the liberal use of hot pink and much, much more. Enter the high seas psychedelia below.
All psychedelic photos by Jessica Cassyle Carr.
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