A new seating concept could change the way you feel about economy air travel, giving you the freedom to choose the amount of room you need.
Created by British design firm SeymourPowell, the Morph seating concept eschews the old foam seat paradigm and replaces it with a seat constructed from an adjustable frame connected by sheets of fabric.
According to SeymourPowell, “The concept seat works by replacing traditional foam pads with a fabric that is stretched across the width of three seats, around a frame and over formers. One piece of fabric is used for the seat back and one is used for the seat base. The fabric is clamped down by the armrests and the upper dividers to form three individual hammock seats.”
Due to the seats’ flexibility, SeymourPowell envisions passengers paying for the amount of space they wish to have on a flight.
Using “smart architecture”, the Morph concept allows passengers to adjust their seat’s width, pan depth, and pan height to create the space that best fits their body. Thanks to this flexibility, SeymourPowell envisions passengers paying for the amount of space they need on a flight – opting for more or less in accordance with their budget and comfort.
Beyond ergonomics, Morph is also designed to accommodate the emotional and security needs of certain passengers.
While it might not be immediately obvious, many travelers would benefit from alternative seat arrangements. This includes elderly passengers in need of assistance, families travelling as a group, or young people travelling solo for the first time. Because of its flexibility, Morph can immediately accommodate any group’s needs by expanding or contracting to fit passengers’ requirements.
In addition to the added comfort and security that Morph affords passengers, airlines could also benefit from a flexible seating system. By optimizing seating arrangements for individual flights, airlines could better monetize the limited space available in a plane’s cabin.
It is safe to say that should Morph ever make it onto commercial airlines, flying might be a more appealing prospect for both passengers and airlines alike. Now if only SeymourPowell could rethink airport security too.
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