16 DECEMBER 2019
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A new level of comfort for Economy Class passengers is being promised by London-based design company Universal Movement with an airline seat called Interspace featuring two padded wings that fold out from the seat back.
These allow passengers to rotate and lean on a cushioned surface for greater lateral support. There is also the option of deploying just one wing on either side of multiple adjacent seats, creating a private bay for families or groups.
Universal Movement is an offshoot of another British company, New Territory. Founder and chief creative officer Luke Miles said Interspace was out to address the lack of innovation in high-density seating on aircraft and elsewhere.
“New Territory observed while comfort onboard tends to be equated to seat pitch, in reality few people would choose to sit upright with their feet stretched out for any length of time – especially on a long-haul flight,” Miles added.
“We discovered what people actually crave is the ability to rotate and redistribute weight within their seat, which is why you often see people leaning on the window of the aircraft using makeshift pillows.
“The linear, grid-like form of an aircraft cabin is restrictive and as a result, seats have been designed for what is essentially an unnatural posture. It’s time to seek products that tackle this head-on.”
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