"Take the most luxurious penthouse apartment in the world and multiply the price per square meter by ten." Creative director of Parisian interior design firm Pinto, Yves Pickard is engaged in this quick estimate to explain the market. ultimate luxury that represents the development of a private plane. "But forget the golden faucets," he continues. It's not the materials that drive up prices. Every piece of furniture, every system, be it inflight entertainment or internet communication, must be certified for the flight, either by the US FAA or by EASA in Europe. "
The result of this exceptional level of demand is that the market for the decoration of private jets is reserved for a handful of actors. Beside the offices of builders such as Dassault, Bombardier and Gulfstream, major designers have emerged in recent years: Pinto (directed by Linda Pinto) and Jacques Pierrejean in Paris, Andrew Winch Designs in London, Jean-Pierre Alfano of Airjet Designs in Toulouse or Vincent Rey and Florent Magnin (M & R Associates) in Carouge.
Some came to the aeronautics via customers for whom they had first designed houses or yachts. Others like Vincent Rey or Jean-Pierre Alfano worked at integrators (completion centers) like Jet Aviation in Basel or Airbus Corporate Jet.
The latter, as well as Amac in Basel, Lufthansa Technik or even Gore Designs in the United States execute the plans of the designers. These integrators, whose places are expensive to the point of sometimes resell, realize the components or outsource to suppliers specializing in aviation: List in Austria and Catherinau in France for cabinetmaking or even Claude Hamache for saddlery in Poitiers. They also work with suppliers specialized in materials adapted to the lightness and fire resistance constraints of the air: Townsend, Aeristo and Spinneybeck for leather; Tai Ping and Kalogridis for carpets.
Designing a house in the sky
This plane includes two bedrooms, three kitchens, a staff cabin 24, an office, a main house and a dining area, a children's lounge on the second level and two bathrooms with a shower in addition to the small toilets. Overall, it’s more than 420 square meters, or more than 4,520 square feet, says Pinto. “It's more than a flat,” she says.
The most difficult problems in the design of the interior of the aircraft associated with compliance with the rules of the airline. All materials used must be flame retardant (without velvet), and weight is a consideration. For the Boeing 747-8 project, the weight requirement limited Pinto, including only two bathrooms with shower.
The anonymous owner of this flying house asked for a french art deco design that was “warm, simple and very comfortable,” says Pinto. He wanted "luxurious, but not sticky, nothing tasteless."
Therefore, in the two main bathrooms, she brought beautiful stitched leather, beautiful forests and mother of pearl. The color scheme is muted in shades of gold and brown.
The owner added works by Joan Miro, Alexander Calder and others.
Pinto's customers included members of the royal families of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as the owner of Formula 1 and the president of France. Although Pinto says that the owner of the Boeing 747-8 is "very important our client", the firm will not disclose its name, except to say that it is a global citizen, some of the houses around the world.
For those who want to consider moving into a house in the sky, this is the approximate price: $ 250 million for a Boeing 747-8 and another $ 250 million for decorating it.