The Gulfstream G650ER cabin design creates a seamless transition from work, dining, entertainment and sleeping through four distinct yet analogous living areas. A game of chess inspired the interior for this particular Gulfstream G650ER, which is used as a corporate demonstrator for the company’s sales team. Like winning a chess match, businesses require strategic advances to succeed. Creating an interior environment that supports the key elements of business, from productivity to innovation, yet also encourages rest and relaxation, was critical to the interior design.
The theme of chess is interwoven throughout the four living areas of the cabin — the galley, conference and dining area, entertainment/presentation den and sleeping area — via a number of carefully curated design elements, including; high-contrast detailing of Quarter Walnut and Quarter Black Composite Ebony veneer; the repetition of geometric shapes and patterns, from the hand stitching in the seat upholstery to the custom carpet weave; and the accessories and accents reflecting contrasting tones and geometric shapes evocative of the chess board.
These design elements are supported by interior innovations that optimize cabin comfort and productivity. Passengers can stay connected through satellite communications and high-speed internet, hold important business meetings, enjoy a meal, relax or sleep. The cabin is designed to allow passengers to feel refreshed when they arrive at their destination, with quiet cabin sound levels, 100 percent fresh cabin air, industry-leading cabin altitudes and 16 Gulfstream panoramic windows that supply an abundance of natural light. Through the combination of creative design with technological acumen, the G650ER cabin illustrates the important relationship between structured and artful thinking. The result is not only a serene and productive environment in which to do business and relax but also a manifestation of a strategy for success. Gulfstream’s favourite aspect of the project was the use of contrasting veneer species and finishes emphasizes and complements the architecture of the hand-crafted cabinetry.
All of the living areas are multi-functional and flexible and thereby support a multitude of uses. The second living area, for example, features a comfortable sofa across from a credenza housing a 32” monitor. This space can make an effortless transition from a place to relax and watch a movie to an informal presentation suite that encourages discussion and collaboration. The sleeping area can serve as a private conference room and, once berthed, a place to get a good night’s sleep in preparation for a productive day upon arrival. Gulfstream aircraft are considered vital business tools by those who use them, thanks to their safety, technology, performance and cabin environment. The G650ER interior emphasizes the benefits of business aviation through the flexibility and continuity of the living areas and a design theme evocative of the chess board and the strategic thinking it requires.