A Glance behind the Process of Aircraft Design with Yves Pickardt
Dear Wall Street Luxury Europe members, we are continuing our aircraft interview series, following last month’s interview of Tom Chatfield, the CEO of Camber Aviation.
As a wealthy executive or celebrity, high net-worth individuals only often come across completed jets, entirely built and designed down to the smallest details.
However, as with many things in life, the process undertaken that justifies impeccable results is usually kept secret.
Today however, we have had the chance to interview Yves Pickardt, one of the most highly respected designers of private jet cabins in the world, recently awarded “Best of the Best 2021” in the Aircraft Interiors category by Robb Report NY. We discussed his creative process and extracted some well-kept secrets of what it takes to design some of the most luxurious aircraft in the world.
”I would love to design for a rock star… Or Elon MuskYves Pickardt
Helene Clabecq: How did your interest in aircrafts come to life?
HC: You started designing commercial projects on land before looking into aircraft design. What are some of the projects you have been involved in?
HC: What was one of your most exciting projects to date?
HC: How is a unique, one-off cabin designed and created to reflect the expectations and aesthetics that are so important to a new owner?
HC: What goes beyond design in your relationship with customers?
HC: What is the process of designing a green (N.B. brand new) airplane like, step by step, and what are some things to keep in mind that are unique to this challenge?
HC: As sustainability and conquest of space are in the headlines, along with more recently flying cars, where do you see the future of aircraft?
Interview by Hélène Clabecq
About Yves Pickardt
Yves Pickardt was born in Monaco to German parents, who had settled in Paris. With a father who was a filmmaker and aviator, a mother who was an actress, an aunt who was a dancer in America and a great-uncle who was a famous painter in pre-war Berlin, he had a wonderful start to embark on an artistic career with a strong taste for aviation. This he did, after studying interior architecture and design in Paris, from which he graduated from the École Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art. The multiculturalism of his origins and training was affirmed when his career began in Italy, the country of the arts par excellence, whose birth in the nearby Principality of Monaco had revealed to him very early its immense creative wealth. After ten years spent in Rome with the great Italian decorator Anna-Laura Angeletti, he returned to Paris to begin a collaboration with the late, world-famous decorator Alberto Pinto that has lasted 33 years.
With these two stars of international decoration, he worked for more than forty years for the most prestigious and demanding clients around the world. He has designed cruise ships, yachts, hotels, luxury apartments and homes. He created the Alberto Pinto Aviation Interiors department 23 years ago and, since then, the aviation order book has never been empty.
From Gulfstream, Bombardier Global and Dassault Falcon business jets, to Airbus ACJ319 and 320Neo and on to Boeing 737 and 747 BBJ aircraft, Yves Pickardt has designed more than 30 interiors, some of which have won awards, such as the Airbus A320 NEO, recently recognized as “Best of the Best 2021” by the prestigious Robb Report magazine in New York.
Yves PICKARDT is now an independent professional with an internationally recognized expertise.