Designer reimagines Gulfstream G700 interior taking it from luxurious to ultra luxe

  • A British designer has bucked classic aviation interior trends
  • With color, luxury, and comfort at its heart, it’s designed to be an extension of home
  • And it cost around $40 million to create

Published on Jun 12, 2024 at 4:49 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on Jun 13, 2024 at 6:25 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

The $75 million Gulfstream G700 is an ultra-long-range aircraft – but its cabin interior is designed to be a mile-high home-from-home.

Reimagined by British designer, Naomi Astley Clarke, she embraced every technical challenge raised by air travel.

And the results are opulent, yet homely – and cost around $40 million.

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A homely interior

The Gulfstream G700 can fly from Doha to New York in 13 and a half hours and from Doha to Seoul in just under eight.

The G700 is powered by Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines, with a take-off thrust of 18,250 pounds under the control of the Symmetry avionics suite at the flight deck.

It can get passengers far from home quickly: with a record-breaking maximum speed of 0.935 Mach.

So one of London’s most sought-after interior designers, Naomi Astley Clarke, was brought in to offer home comforts to global travelers.

The interior designer

With a career spanning more than half a century, she’s worked with many famous clients to impart her signature blend of British craftsmanship with global design.

And this project took her unique and coveted interior style skywards.

“I adore the technical challenge of designing for restrictive, multifunctional spaces,” she said to Elite Traveler.

“Every inch has to be accounted for and made the most of, and I think we have found the perfect balance between functionality and beauty.”

And Gulfstream isn’t the only private jet manufacturer getting in on the act.

The BBJ 737 MAX offers a ‘higher evolution of comfort and luxury, with meticulous attention to detail.

The aesthetic of the Gulfstream G700

A sleek, yet spacious galley is a space for sumptuous drinks and meals to be prepared.

Plus a plush lavatory offers top-range amenities.

While lowkey, the galley and crew compartment was designed to be modestly chic.

At 17 m (56.11 ft) long and 2.5 m (8.2 ft) wide, the Gulfstream G700 cabin was a distinct challenge for a designer whose previous work focused solely on bricks and mortar.

Seating 13 passengers and sleeping eight, the G700 concept design ‘combine[s] luxury, comfort, glamour and joy.’

Astley Clarke eschewed the classic private-jet aesthetic of polished walnut surfaces and cream leather seats.

Instead, she focused her attention on lightweight materials that appear heavy and cosseting, artisanal features, velvet furnishings, and artisanal features.

From ebonized timber with antique brass details for a more striking and graphic look, to faux marble stripes inlays, and large amethyst touches throughout – sumptuous was certainly a word on her moodboard.

Panels of tropical wallpaper lift the mid-century modern design.

Meanwhile, the furnishings are heavy and plush with tactile velvet taking center stage.

“Since the classic jet interior of a private jet – polished walnut and cream leather – has changed little since the 1980s, I set out to explore color, materiality, comfort, and artisanal detail,” Astley Clarke told Corporate Jet Investor.

“The aim was to create an extension of the home that is as unique as an individual home.”

The Gulfstream G700

With the Gulfstream G700 certified in March, by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), materials and layout had to meet airworthiness requirements and safety regulations.

The Gulfstream G700 is now out for delivery – however, Elon Musk has actually owned his for some time.

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Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.