Shown left is the Smoking Room from above with the materials I've created mapped onto the wire-frame model. The textures need some tweaking but overall they fit well.
Designing the furniture
Next on my list is furniture, I've been using some low polygon chairs as guides but Mauretania's specially designed furniture requires something more detailed. In order to find out more about the furniture I'm turning to the Tyne and Wear Archives Catalogue.
Tyne and Wear Archives offer an online search facility that includes all fully catalogued records and search room library publications, its searchable through either text, date or reference number. Information on the catalogue is here, help on searching it is here or jump straight in here.
A Designated collection
Mauretania delivers 3 pages of archive items via the online catalogue. The items that begin with DS.SWH form part of the Swan Hunters collection, which is part of the Shipbuilding, Marine and Maritime Trade Archive Collection. This overarching collection is a 'Designated' collection which means it is one of 138 collections held in England's non-national museums, libraries and archives that has been identified as having national and international importance. There's more information on Designation here.
The 3 pages returned by the online search contain 106 referenced items, many will hold only one piece of archive material (such as a photograph or pamphlet) and many are a selection of materials (such as correspondences or press cuttings).
Of interest to me, at this stage, are the items relating to the fitting of the First Class Smoking Room. As mentioned earlier it was designed by Harold A Peto and built by W. Turner Lord & Co. A search with Peto in the 'AnyText' box unfortunately returns nothing but a search using Turner Lord returns DS.SWH/4/5/3/735/6 - Estimate, specifications, conditions of contract and related correspondence, interior decoration and furnishing (Grand Staircase, First Class Dining Saloon, Restaurant, First Class Smoke Room, Regal and Ensuite rooms.
Back at work I take the opportunity to take the item out and it's full of the additional information I need. Contained within I find the contract signed by W. Turner Lord, a comprehensive list of all the items to be fitted including the materials and finishes to be used, a list of all the furniture to be included in each room and correspondence between Charles Sheridan Swan, The Cunard Steam Ship Company and W. Turner Lord & Co.
Above Left - A selection of the items I've found.
Left - The covering letter sent by W. Turner Lord & Co agreeing to undertake the Mauretania's first class fittings in accordance with Peto's designs, dated 7th June 1906.
The new information I've found provides a significant help in re-creating the furniture. It tells me how much was commissioned, the fabric textures and the finish or veneer required.
Shown below some initial examples with their textures.
The material library is expanding alongside the objects re-created for the room, shown to the left are what I've used so far.
With the furniture modelled I can now go ahead and furnish the interior. The next page shows the complete wire-frame model.