A Peak Inside Our Favorite Jet Interior Design TrendsMarch 21, 2018
An alchemy of science and art, the interior design of a private jet must balance aesthetics, comfort, and function in equal measures to be considered a success. Every furnishing, every feature must meet the exact safety standards; every bar top, every window dressing slimmed down to the most minimal of weights — all without skimping on the flourishes of personalized luxury.
For what good is having your own aircraft if it doesn’t feel like your own?
In the early days of charter, it was a common strategy to have all aircraft look similar (both inside and out) to promote consistency and instill trust. However, as the industry has evolved, so have its once-entrenched feelings towards the bromidic beiges, characterless khakis, and arid ecrus that once dominated its color wheel.
Like today’s modern luxury hotels, the private aircraft of 2018 are a dazzling display of creative courage and informed design, each cabin an inspirited reflection of those individuals calling it a temporary home:
So, with that in mind, we here at Aircraft Services Group wanted to give props to some of our favorite trends that we’ve noticed taking place in the interior design world…
The term “art deco” is short for “Arts Décoratifs,” from the “Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes” (or International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts), which was held in Paris back in 1925.
A combination of modernist styles like Cubism and Fauvsim, fine crafstmanship and materials, and a nod to the more exotic styles of China, Japan, India, and Persia, the bold visual style was the epitome of luxury and glamour during its heyday just before World War I.
And now, it seems to have been gloriously reborn 39,000 feet above sea level:
To our delight, whether it’s the Airbus ACJ319’s VVIP — courtesy of Creative Design Studio’s Sylvain Mariat — or FlexJet’s new LXi Cabin Collection — courtesy of lead designer Ric Michaels — more and more luxury aircraft appear to be opting for the veneer inlays, polished nickel, and rich color pallets that defined the iconic genre.
Though when it comes to true 1920’s homaging, nothing beats The Manhattan from Embraer Executive Jets…
With its deep mahogany wood panels, brass and gold trim, and plush divans, the interior of this aircraft inspired by French minimalist Jean-Michel Frank will warp you back an entire century while simultaneously projecting you and your 13 closest friends forward at ~472 knots.
You’ll also notice The Manhattan comes complete with its own “Cloud Club” — a bar and lounge with retractable bar stools, vintage sconces, and a mohair/lambskin divan — reminiscent of the infamous rooftop hideaway tucked inside the spire of the iconic Chrysler Building.
If eyes are the window to the soul, than a window is an eye to the world.
Because let’s face it, no matter how old one gets, there’s nothing quite like staring out of a plane window at the vast expanses of endless blue and wispy white; peaking down at the world below as “the patchwork farms slowly fade into the ocean’s arms.”
However, installing those euophoria-inducing windows is one hell of an engineering challenge. Not only do they have to be able to withstand constantly changing pressures both inside and outside the cabin, they have to take into account the structural integrity of the craft as well. And the bigger the window, the more difficult it is to make it work.
That’s why we’re so impressed with Fokker Technologies, who recently worked with Boeing Business Jets to develop the SkyView Panoramic Window (see: header image above). Measuring in at a massive 54.5 inches by 19.5 inches, the SkyView (created by joining three existing 737 windows together) is roughly three times the width of a standard aircraft window, and almost 40% taller.
It doesn’t hold a candle to the Kyoto Airship though…
The result of a unique collaboration between Embraer’s vice president of interior design Jay Beever, yacht designer Patrick Knowles, and Boat International, the Kyoto Airship boasts a cabin concept unlike anything ever seen, or experienced, before.
Body-length windows arc an entire 180 degrees around the craft’s fuselage, bathing passengers in natural light and providing them a view “perhaps rivaled only by the International Space Station’s observation window.”
* Fun fact: Because the dimensions of Embraer’s mega-window match those of a standard exit in a commercial airplane, the company’s engineers are simply just putting glass where they’d normally put a door!
Embraer’s popular Lineage 1000E ultra-large luxury jet has been given an ultra-custom makeover at the hands of internationally-recognized experiential designer Eddie Sotto, who bestowed this collated vessel with such deft touches as bulkhead walls that are actually planked and pegged (like on a real yacht) and a planetary clock that lies embedded in a marquetry mural inspired by the 15th Century Ducal Palace’s Studiolo of Italy.
In fact, much of the inspiration for Sky Yacht One was reportedly The Thunderbird, a fantastic Hackercraft motor yacht commissioned by George Whittell Jr. of Lake Tahoe, California back in 1939, who was so in love with his Douglas DC2 Aircraft that he dreamed of recreating its gleaming fuselage and streamlined shapes on the waters he so often frequented…
But Sotto and Embraer made sure to not leave any land-lovers high and dry, either.
The Sky Ranch One, with its bleached woods, hand-tooled leather walls, inlaid horn windows, and soft english wool offers its passengers a “Southwest theme with some Spanish and Portuguese flair” — complete with Bison horn beer tap and panoramic window:
Let’s just say, there’s a reason this baby won “Best Private Jet Concept” at the 2017 Yacht and Aviation Awards in Venice, Italy.
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Until then, safe travels!