The idea of a “living wall” in a business jet cabin was something designer Edese Doret says he had been thinking about for about a year. After running the idea by a designated engineering representative (DER) and several engineers, he suggested it to a client, and he said, “and he loved it.”
So New York-based Edese Doret Industrial Design was off and running. The end result is four Living Walls to be built into a privately owned Boeing 787-9–one wall each in the stateroom, the passageway, the lavatory and the lounge. Each wall is completely covered, end-to-end and top-to-bottom, with ferns; all evergreen variants that do not shed their leaves, do not attract insects and are known for their non-allergenic properties.
Water and plant food are provided through an irrigation system, for which Doret may apply for a patent. Sunlight is provided through a series of mirrors that channel light from the cabin windows and supplemented by artificial light, both of which can be blocked temporarily. Another special requirement is for a gardener who can come in periodically and give the walls a nice trim.
According to Doret, the cost is “only slightly more” than for a typical fabric- or leather-covered wall. Here at the NBAA show, a video animation of the Living Wall is being shown at several exhibits; Boeing Business Jets (Booth No. C9210), Emteq (Booth No. C9039) and L-3 Platform Integration (Booth No. 8132). L-3 in Waco, Texas, has been selected to do the completion work on the aircraft. The 787-9 is scheduled for delivery in 2015 to an unidentified owner.