PERIOD REFERENCES. CONTEMPORARY DESIGN

To create an interior that matches the breathtaking detail of the technical restoration Cloudmaster sought a creative partner with unique vision and experience. Conscious that the project had more in common with life aboard a superyacht than a contemporary jet, Cloudmaster commissioned the award-winning London studio of Bannenberg & Rowell, renowned for exacting bespoke yachts designs, residential projects and distinctive custom furniture.

Bannenberg & Rowell took an original expression of the cabin of the DC-6 and re-imagined it to produce an interior that matches period references with contemporary design. What has emerged is a concept of the DC-6 interior people might expect to enjoy, but which until now has never existed.

AN IMPRESSIVE WELCOME

The cabin is divided into zones for various passenger functions: lie-flat beds, meeting areas, a VIP cabin, bar, lounge and general seating.

A reception and bar area amidships provides an impressive welcome as guests embark, with ample room for a warm greeting from staff or family. Among the options for accommodation to the rear of the aircraft is a large divan for up to 12 guests, or a more intimate four seat club area with an additional WC and shower.

In the main cabin, single seats swivel to face across the generous aisle, while the chairs in the sleeping lounge also lie flat. Further forward, the conference area is a more formal venue for meeting and entertaining, with a reclining club-four and swivel chairs, seating six or providing berths for three. And immediately aft of the flight deck, the VIP cabin provides a very private area for meetings or relaxation.

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Conference area
Forward lounge
VIP lounge

Intriguing influences


'The ethos for the whole project was to create something completely new and yet evocative, mindful of history but untethered by it'
Cloudmaster identified a design approach from earlier Bannenberg & Rowell projects, such as the Blue Bird yacht rebuild of 2007, which matched their aspirations for the DC-6. The designers gathered photographs, drawings, surveys and literature of authentic, original, DC-6 interiors to build a picture of what had gone before, then drew on a comprehensive stock of concept imagery and emotional triggers to develop the theme.
The results, according to Bannenberg, ‘eschew the language of the business jet and instead explore themes and influences from her long and distinguished past, without straying into retro pastiche.’

The studio also borrowed contemporary aircraft ideas, including the encapsulated window blinds that group windows into horizontal slots, enhancing the already large windows and providing a 'widescreen' foundation to the elevations.