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Interior Artwork

Thu Apr 01, 2004 5:00 am

One of the features about the interior of the Lockheed Tristar that I liked was the jaunty artwork on some of the bulkheads, based on a sort of ‘Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines’ theme: it livened up the interior. Do any planes today feature art on the inside? All the planes that I’ve been on since just seem to have blank swathes of beige/cream plastic.
 
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RE: Interior Artwork

Thu Apr 01, 2004 6:00 am

Air Afrique used to have outstanding west african art and design on all cabin bulkheads, and also woven into the seat fabric. Sabena once had odd pop-art versions of gothic architecture on its side cabin walls. Royal Air Maroc had charging horsemen on its cabin walls on the old 707's. It seems most airlines nowadays opt for far less expensive factory options rather than any type of customization. Some airlines have discreet logos patterned onto cabin bulkheads (like KLM and Lufthansa).
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RE: Interior Artwork

Thu Apr 01, 2004 6:03 am

Thomas Cook UK have some of their newer A320s and A321s painted with beaches and the sun at the front and back of their cabin.
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Thu Apr 01, 2004 6:07 am


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Looks like there's something on the walls  Smile

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RE: Interior Artwork

Thu Apr 01, 2004 7:05 am

Interior artwork was very fashionable in the 1960s and 1970s with murals, artwork and vividly patterned bulkheads and sidewall panels. Airlines now avoid such interior decor because it can be costly to install and as fashion changes the design chosen will often look very dated, and the airline then faces the expense of having it removed/replaced. There is also a mainteance factor in the upkeep of such artwork against general wear and tear.

I remember Air India had some very ornate designs on the windowpanelling on their B747-200s when they were delivered.

Some examples:

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If you look at the photos below from it's retirement flight you can see the same gold bulkhead pattern and fake wood laminate partitions remained on the TriStar with Delta until the end 30 years later.


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RE: Interior Artwork

Thu Apr 01, 2004 11:09 am

The Vickers VC10 had some beautiful bulkhead artwork when it was originally introduced, city scenes and such in black and white.

It was replaced in a 70s refit with some coloured pop art things that weren't as nice.

The original Qantas 707s had Australian plant motifs along the plastic bits that surround the cabin windows, which were themselves patterned.

If I ever had an airline, I'd bring back this sort of thing straight away. The interiors nowadays are all the same, and it's such a shame. I'd rather have an elegant cabin over a PTV any day!

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RE: Interior Artwork

Thu Apr 01, 2004 11:17 am

I know from brochures I've seen that CAT...Civil Air Transport of Taiwan back in the early 60's had this really fab Chinese motif with lucky Dragons and the legend of the Moon Princess on the walls of the cabin. Their flight attendants were dressed very Suzy Wong in their black cheongsams. Very 60's
 
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RE: Interior Artwork

Thu Apr 01, 2004 11:50 am

I hate how all the interesting threads never have many responses, especially if it's about something in the past. No-one has a sense of history!!

Now, back on topic...!  Smile

I wonder if the majority of interiors (even now) are designed by designers, or are just sort of thrown together from a standard template... other than that, I'd love to check out photos of old interiors, I find them fascinating!!

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Thu Apr 01, 2004 12:17 pm


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RE: Interior Artwork

Thu Apr 01, 2004 12:41 pm

ClassicLover,
Will try and keep this one going then!

The city scenes have made a return in the UK in the last few years.

British Airways have black-and-white photographs of famous European cityscapes mounted on the forward bulkheads on all their shorthaul aircraft. Nice touch with their all leather interiors... unfortunately no photos on airliners.net.

However, the VC-10 comment did jog my memory, the 1970s design is pictured below;

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I think airlines are starting to do more to individualise their cabins and are starting to move away from plain white/grey bulkheads, but the designs are generally corporate logos as opposed to the abstract designs of the past. On the other hand the days of the patterned sidewall panel is long gone...

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RE: Interior Artwork

Thu Apr 01, 2004 12:57 pm

When I visit the UK, I intend to go to the aviation museums and visit all the planes that I've only read about! Can't wait!

Something I forgot about the VC10 - it wasn't just black and white city scenes - they were 16th century reproductions from proper art - London from memory!

Would love to see the BA ones now though!

Eh, I need to fly more  Smile

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RE: Interior Artwork

Thu Apr 01, 2004 5:12 pm

The first class bulkhead on Reno Air's MD-80s and MD-90s was classic. It was a beautiful mountainscape that wasn't tacky, but contemporary. Too bad there is no pic of it here on A.net.

AA used to have a cloud theme on the bulkheads of it's 727s (maybe others, too, but I only saw it on the 727). There aren't any pix of it, either.

AA's new bulkheads on the MD-80s isn't artwork, but it does have a design. You can see that below. TWA's newer MD-80s had their globe logo on it, too.


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RE: Interior Artwork

Thu Apr 01, 2004 5:29 pm

I recall being on CP DC-10 - C-GCPE in 1997 flying from YVR - HNL. That aircraft had Canadian 'images' for want of a better word on the bulkheads and panelling. I recall seeing a fly fisherman, a few totem poles, some native Canadian animals, images of the Rockies etc.

A nice (but felt very outdated) touch to today's otherwise generally bland interiors.

Ansett had modern Australian paintings featured on the bulkheads/dividers of some of its B767-200 aircraft as late as 2001.
 
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RE: Interior Artwork

Thu Apr 01, 2004 8:49 pm

SAA's old Boeings (were talking 70's and 80's here) had animal scenes on the sidewall panels, and on the backs of the bulkhead-mounted movie screens (geez, showing my age here !).
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