Andrew Winch’s name may be familiar to you — but it’s likely that you know him for designing yachts. And the founder of Winch Design, who studied under acclaimed yacht designer Jon Bannenberg, indeed has a talent for creating floating palaces.
With Excellence, Madame Gu and Avanti to his name — as well as the stunning interiors of Cloud 9 and Here Comes The Sun to boot — Winch is no stranger to decadence. He’s even created cliffside villas in Cape Town, London penthouses and chateaus in Europe. But, for us, where his talent really takes off is in his jet design.
We asked Winch to talk us through his favourite designs — and share his plans for some exciting upcoming projects…
Peacock is sheer opulence at 30,000 feet
With 800 square feet of cabin, the owner of Peacock wanted to create a ‘flying home’ for him and his family — and Winch was all too happy to take on the challenge. With spacious private areas, and plenty of options to entertain business guests around the world, this first design accommodates up to 19 passengers in comfort.
A long, elegantly detailed table unfolds and extends to dine up to fives guests, while a second table caters for another four in front of a stunning under-lit bar — complete with ingenious high-low bar stools and an all-important hidden champagne cooler.
All crew facilities are neatly integrated into the forward area, concealed behind sliding doors that have been precision-engineered and decorated with beautiful peacock-themed metallic artwork panelling. In the aft, the luxury of a full master suite bedroom reveals itself, boasting a carefully selected collection of artwork on the walls.
But the most impressive touch is surely the owner’s bathroom. Pure drama from the moment you step in the door, a custom-made blue glass washbasin in the centrepiece of the sanctuary, with rich dark veneer and a large shower complementing the design. And, of course, a mirror-faced television is magically integrated into the marble vanity area.
Atlas is a gentleman’s club in the sky
Borrowing the bookshelves, plush leather chairs and secret passageways from the vintage gentleman’s clubs of old, Atlas is an ideal jet-setting getaway for a globe-trotting modern man.
Just think, if you were to relax back into the large leather sofa and pour yourself a whisky with the shades down, you’d never know you were onboard an aircraft at 30,000ft.
Also featuring a cinema screen and room for eight people to dine in luxury, Atlas’ pièce de résistance has to be a hidden door — behind a wall of books — that leads onto a sumptuous master bedroom. Almost impossibly large, it has all the dark wood and privacy you’d expect from a club of days gone by — and just as much charm.
Copper is a professional paradise
A cabin that relates to both contemporary and residential interiors, Copper boasts a sophisticated business atmosphere. At once generous, relaxed and rich, there’s an air of professionalism about this jet — but one that never steers into sterility. Instead, when the time comes for comfort, Copper has all the rich wood veneers, elegant fabrics and warm copper plating you could wish for.
This design also boasts an innovative dual-lounge. Offering both privacy and open-plan space, it offers a level of versatility almost unthinkable aboard a private jet. And this pioneering feature has been achieved using translucent electro dimmable bulkheads, a design touch that can instantly transform a very large cabin into several smaller, more intimate areas.
Mindfulness in the Sky
An exciting new concept from Winch Design, Mindfulness in the Sky was borne from a conversation with a client who didn’t want to give up her daily yoga and mindfulness rituals — despite travelling regularly. Winch visualised an interior to help, one that eschewed typical aviation design to create an open, light space focused on meditation, wellbeing, health and balance.
This cabin features full-height mirror panels for yoga, as well as foot-worn timber flooring and sustainable materials to accentuate the feeling of serenity. A tapchan style day-bed allows for rest, and natural fabrics, leathers and marbles marry perfectly with the soft lighting and tranquil atmosphere of the cabin. In the bathroom, a large aromatherapy steam-shower flows in the centre of green-onyx walls, carved stone basins and brass fittings — all included to evoke the feeling of high-end spas.
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