Inside This Business Jet’s ‘Artistic’ Cabin

Shake up the typically conservative world of business-jet cabins.

By Michael Verdon 28/09/2021

French artist Cyril Kongo promises to break through the traditional corporate look of most business-jet interiors by creating a colourful, vibrant cabin that can be customised for each client. Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) displayed a series of renderings by Kongo that could transform the way—at least for a few clients—jet interiors look. The interior will be applied to the ACJ220.

“It’s definitely going out of my comfort zone,” said Kongo, showing off the new design at a press event during the Monaco Yacht Show. “I was able to keep my graphic vocabulary but use it on new fabrics and materials.”

The bright, whimsical artwork runs throughout the cabin, from the carpets to hand-painted cabinets, to a comforter on the king-sized bed. “I take my inspiration from colour, lines and harmony,” said Kongo. “They’re all about happiness and joy. Many designers don’t want to make a cabin in full colour.”

Cyril Kongo's customized interior on an ACJ220 business jet

The hand-painted cabinets, customized carpeting and even the bedspread on the ACJ220 are works of art. Courtesy ACJ

“It was interesting for us to find the right balance,” said Benoit Defforge, ACJ president, at the press conference. “We’ve found that the interior design for many business jets is very quiet these days, so we wanted to shake up the industry a bit.”

Kongo, who began as a graffiti artist, employs calligraphic abstraction in fluid lines and bright hues in his work. “Every interior will be customized since I’ll be working with owners on the design,” he told Robb Report. “No two will be the same.”

Launched in 2020, the ACJ220 has gained six orders for new jets, though a Kongo interior has yet to be announced. The wide-body design has 72.9sqm of floor space, with six zones for up to 19 passengers. It will have a range of 5,650 nautical miles, with flight times up to 12 hours. ACJ said the first aircraft would enter service in 2023.

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