THE 320 AIRBUS THAT REINTERPRETS GAUDI WITH ALABASTER

An aeronautical interior design project has enabled to dress with alabaster of different  varieties and shades the ceiling of an airplane, perfectly coordinated with  exclusive edition luminaires in its interior.

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THE 320 AIRBUS THAT REINTERPRETS GAUDI WITH ALABASTER
29 de September de 2021

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We usually receive interior design projects for hotel groups, private villas or luxury restaurants. From Airjet Designs, a famous design agency specialized in private aircraft and yachts, we got a very ambitious challenge. The order consisted in embellishing the interior of  a 320 airbus with alabaster to upgrade it to a  high developed  level of interior design in the field of luxury maritime navigation.

The interior design agency responsible for this wonderful process is specialized in very exclusive jets and planes. Airbus SAS has been the main manufacturer of aircraft in the world since 2011. Its head office is located in Blagnac, a place in Toulouse (France), from where the assembly process   with alabaster was developed.

The 320 Airbus is one of the most popular models of the company that stood out for being the first commercial aircraft that used a fly-by-wire control system. With its 37.6 meters in length, it was selected as the basis of this project due to its interior space which enabled to comply with all the requirements of the design programme.

A lighting design Project inspirated in Gaudi

The interior design creative process revolved around Gaudi. He was a revolutionary in his time, becoming one of the main exponents of the Catalan modernist architecture. His work was inspirated by the animals and vegetal elements in nature. For this reason , they looked for  inspiration in a luxury Spanish DO (denomination of origin) product to decorate the interior of the plane,  alabaster.

The trencadís (chopped) technique , Gaudi’s best unique style, was the starting point to decorate the ceiling of the aircraft and then continue coating other areas in a subtle but elegant way. The making of a mosaic, generally abstract, with irregular pieces of alabaster of different shades was the most complex part of the whole process.

The feeling of touching the sky with your hands materializes thanks to the delicacy of the material and the magical atmosphere generated by the natural stone.

It was built following a method of indirect application, making it in the workshop using some artisan templates, covering the drawings with the tile fragments  (“upside down”, leaving the backside visible) which were mounted on a curve template in order to follow the organic forms of the craft and taking it to its final location later, where they were placed in the opposite direction.

Apart from the majestic application in the ceiling, which is undoubtedly a unique and unrepeteable piece, some other  parts of blue alabaster were used to decorate some wall lamps. This type of alabaster is very exclusive and currently there are hardly any reserves. All this makes them unique collection pieces.

Alabaster is charecterized by being light. As a natural stone, it allows you to make applications in craft  or ships without being an overload with regard to weight.

Thanks to its translucency and adaptability, alabaster can trasnform any space into a unique and special space adding great value to a luxury interior design project.

A unique lighting interior design project, where the natural alabaster stone and different contemporary elements fuse together to coat the interior of an exclusive  320 Airbus.

An aeronautical interior design project has enabled to dress with alabaster of different  varieties and shades the ceiling of an airplane, perfectly coordinated with  exclusive edition luminaires in its interior.
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