How KLM’s Boeing Dreamliners Dreamt Up Their Furniture
A Hungarian designer builds a home out of a metal tube in the clouds
Industrial is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you step inside a plane’s cabin. The seats are made of hard, cold materials and the fabric is often in a sad pattern that’s too neutral to evoke any feeling at all. By tapping creative Hella Jongerius, KLM wants to be different. They wanted the furniture designer to bring emotion and the feel of ‘home’ to the airline’s first Boeing Dreamliners.
Anyone who’s designing their abode wouldn’t be looking at the economy class section for inspiration. Designer Jongerius challenges that with familiar interior design techniques like color blocking, shades of blue to brighten up the cabin as well as accenting the repetitive lines formed by the long rows of seats. The Economy Comfort seats are highlighted by a dark headrest, giving them instant identification.