Haeco Private Jet Solutions, based in Hong Kong, recently showed off its “Xiao Yao” feng shui-inspired executive airliner interior design at the ABACE 2015. The company displayed a 1/30th scale model of the interior as well as a full-scale mock up of the cabin’s “tea area.”
The scale model is based on the interior dimensions of a Boeing BBJ2, but the design can also be installed in an Airbus ACJ or large-cabin business jet. Also, certain aspects of the design principles can be incorporated into almost any business jet interior. Its feng shui principles are expressed in the interior’s curvilinear forms, the positioning of living and sleeping areas and the balance of the “five elements”–fire, earth, metal, water and wood.
Inspiration is derived from ‘Xiao Yao You’, the title of the first chapter of the ‘Zhuangzi’, which can be translated as ‘Wandering Beyond’. It explores the philosophy that humans must free their imagination and ‘wander beyond’ the confines of what is familiar. This achieves a greater understanding of, and one with nature – the ‘Dao’ or ultimate state of spirituality.
To achieve the spirit of “Xiao Yao”, the design replaces the straight lines with an organic, free-flowing layout. The living spaces are linked by a meandering walkway that winds its way through the cabin. There is extensive use of natural woods and color schemes that are toned down and relaxing.
Feng Shui, the Chinese metaphysical art of harmonizing people with their surrounding environment, also guided development of the design. Historically, Feng Shui was used to orient dwellings auspiciously in relation to their natural surroundings. The shape of the landscape, the flow of wind and water were analysed to determine the site with ideal “qi” or life-force. The “Xiao Yao” cabin has been designed to generate and retain maximum “qi”. The living areas within the cabin symbolize different aspects of an “ideal” landscape, with a gentle stream circulating between them.
The design also incorporates the “Wu Xing” – Five Elements – of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. According to Chinese astrology, every person has their own unique “Wu Xing” profile and the basic cabin design can be tailored to the requirements of each customer by the use of different colors, shapes and materials.