High Style

  • Erika Heet

Their clients want to feel at home even when they are 40,000 feet in the air, so private-jet interior designers create cabins that reflect the owners’ tastes and address their desires in terms of accommodations and conveniences. The challenge for designers is to do so while working with limited space and using material and equipment that are lightweight (so that the aircraft remains as fuel efficient as possible), resistant to burning (the FAA has strict requirements), and durable (aircraft repairs are pricey).

The aircraft spotlighted here—an Airbus lined in rosewood, an Art Deco Dassault Falcon, a nautical-themed Boeing 757, and a sleek Global Express—illustrate the designers’ skills at addressing aeronautical necessities while also bringing some of the luxuries of home to the sky.

The Cream Rises | London-based Andrew Winch Designs kitted out the Airbus ACJ-318 shown here and on the previous pages in just over a year for an Eastern European client. “From the outset the client requested a fresh and sophisticated flying environment that would work seamlessly for both his personal and business use,” says the firm’s cofounder and director, Andrew Winch, who fulfilled this order last July with help from Lufthansa Technik.

Winch outfitted the cabin’s main seating area with a cream interior accented with high-gloss rosewood and almond-gold fittings and upholstered the space in rich leathers and fabrics. On the back of each of the two leather reclining seats is a navy-blue leather-and-buckle detail (above) that Winch says “lends a feel of luxury travel luggage.”

Illuminated soffit ceilings in the main area of the cabin and the master bedroom, notes Winch, “maximize height and spaciousness.” The designer also peppered the interior with touchscreens with which passengers can control the audiovisual, lighting, and climate-control systems and the window shades.

A subtle gradation of cream hues in the silk carpet reaches its lightest shade in the master bedroom, which is furnished with a fixed queen-size bed and two seats similar to those in the main area of the cabin.

Andrew Winch Designs, +44.208.392.8400, www.andrew-winch-designs.co.uk

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