Even the Global 7000’s quadruple living quarters in all of their seemingly infinite furnishing combinations can’t quite compare to Embraer’s masterpiece collaboration with former Disney Imagineer Eddie Sutto. Taking the vast Embraer Lineage 1000E as its base, the Skyacht One is a business jet with a difference; namely, that the interior resembles the nautical elegance of classic wooden motor-yachts that cruised the French Riviera in the midst of the 1900s.
Sotto, who is a former vice president of concept design at Disney and was once named by TED founder Richard Saul Wurman as one of America’s top 1000 most creative people, has leant his considerable imagination to the completion of the Skyacht, which features a hand-painted mahogany ‘hull’ and an interior that owes much to the sailing vessels of the Old World, with navigational charts adorning the jet’s insides and nautical portholes lined with brass, nickel and mahogany replacing the traditional, uninspiring plane windows.
“The romance of those classic yachts with their planks and joinery – the way they’re built, with all the engineering exposed – is timeless,” Sutto told the BBC in February this year. “The craftsmanship is literally right before your eyes. Every line is an elegant sculptural element. Every plank of wood serves an aerodynamic purpose – they’re put together like a watch in a very precise way.”
Seating 19 people in maritime magnificence, the Lineage 1000E’s 118-foot length and 34-foot height means that the Skyacht’s capacity for personalisation is almost unlimited. The original model has come onto the market at around $110 million, but Sutto has said that this price is just a jumping-off point for those who wish to “make changes in a bespoke way.”
Of course, the Skyacht’s antiquated aesthetics may not be for those who revel in the monochrome elegance of modern travel, but the unique nature of this jet is certain to turn heads everywhere you go. As captain of this immense craft, the most sumptuous space is reserved solely for you, with personal quarters that are coated from the plush, carpeted floor to the panelled ceiling in padded suede and gold inlay. The on-plane bath features a dazzling faucet inspired by the throttles of superyachts, with green Malachite countertops and shower juxtaposing the mahogany and teak woodgrain and lending further elegance to the incredible Skyacht.
Article by Jake Taylor RE:LUXE