Visit the stunning aircraft cabin designs of the future
We can’t deny the value of rewards. Whether it’s a 13.5-inch bronze statue plated in 24-karat gold or a certificate on thick parchment, a legitimate reward is something. In some cases, it’s an entire industry. When it comes to aviation, the coveted accolade comes in the form of the annual Crystal Cabin Awards, the world’s only awards for aircraft cabin products and concepts. The first was launched at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg in 2007. That year, products such as Airbus’ Space Innovative Catering Equipment (SPICE) system and Lamera AB’s Hybrix material won top prizes. This year, however, the Crystal Cabin Awards have a more focused focus: the future. And these innovations are simply fantastic.
The winners won’t actually be announced until June, but the Crystal Cabin Awards have just released the shortlist, and while every design, product and company on the docket features varying developments, they all have one thing in common: l focus on sustainability. After all, so many massive industries, including housing and automotive, are making big changes to a more environmentally friendly outlook. Aviation, which provides 65.5 million jobs worldwide and produces $2.7 trillion of global gross domestic product, is no exception. In fact, on the homepage, the Crystal Cabin Awards states, “As the shortlist for the 2022 edition shows, manufacturers, universities and individuals around the world are continually innovating to reduce the environmental impact of cabins. aviation while offering new solutions to give airlines more flexibility in configuring the aircraft cabin for their customers.
One such configuration is Teague’s Elevate, a cabin with seemingly floating seats. A collaboration between the Seattle-based company and NORDAM, Elevate features cabin seating and furnishings that are connected to sidewalls and aisles, rather than the floor, and provide passengers with an abundance of space. Collins Aerospace, for its part, is also thinking about ways to rework traditional airplane seats. The aerospace company has teamed up with PriestmanGoode and Tangerine to create a sleek new business class offering for Finnair, dubbed AirLounge, which replaces reclining seats with ones that look more like a spacious cocoon.