RH (formerly known as Restoration Hardware) is renowned for its huge sofas and tables made with heavy slabs of reclaimed wood. From now on, the furniture manufacturer takes place (and manufactures them) at the tables of the aviation and the navy with RH One, its private jet, and HR Three, his refitted yacht.
These aren’t corporate ships, but rather a splashy part of a larger experiential initiative that also includes the brand’s hospitality venues such as its restaurants in Napa Valley, Chicago and, on the horizon, San Francisco. The goal of this foray into planes and boats is simple: to bring a savvy eye for design – and a sense of home – to these often overlooked interiors. However, the execution required some engineering to achieve the trademark aesthetic with light wood and marble veneers rather than large blocks of material. RH One, for example, features crack-sawn European white oak in the 12-person cabin – the first all-wood interior ever installed by Gulfstream. Well, it’s not all wood: RH covered the floors of the G650 in hand-tufted wool, silk and cashmere. The exterior stands out from the cold steel or white typical of other private jets with the company’s ubiquitous neutral gray and champagne color scheme.
HR Three has a bit more history behind it. Turkish builder RMK Marine designed the 127ft expedition yacht in 2003, and in 2016 she was renovated by Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen. This spring, the finishing touches were added to its latest reimagining by HR President and CEO Gary Friedman. Unsurprisingly, the exterior paint job changed from a classic black and white to a similar palette to RH One’s – a wheat and “phantom gray” combo. Cabin and cabin finishes include Carrara marble, Italian leather, brushed European oak, lacquer and stainless steel.
Onboard amenities include a sky lounge, three sunbathing areas equipped with massive daybeds, an outdoor gym and swim platform, and plenty of action sports water toys. A sunset terrace on the upper deck invites stargazing and roasting s’mores above its fire pit. The boat is available for charter in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean for up to eight people. Charter experiences on the yacht and aircraft (there’s also a G550 RH Two) can be booked through the brand’s new digital portal, the World of RH, launching later this year. We can’t help but wonder if the company missed the boat at the right time – yacht and private jet travel was especially desirable during the pandemic and before fuel prices soared.