Will a new premium economy class seat dubbed “Interspace” finally make flying behind the curtain more comfortable?
London-based design firm Universal Movement, a subsidiary of New Territory, has unveiled a new economy class seat design this week. The seat is called “Interspace” and provides greater lateral support than traditional economy class seats by allowing passengers to rotate and lean on a fold-out cushioned surface. These “wings” provide far greater support than a traditional headrest and can easily be extended or collapsed depending upon the phase of flight.
In describing the seat Universal Movement said:
“The product has been developed with the knowledge that aircraft cabins have traditionally failed to look beyond seat pitch (the space between a point on one seat and the same point on the seat in front of it) as the primary determinant of comfort.
What people 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.”
Luke Miles, Founder and Chief Creative Officer at New Territory added:
“Universal Movement and Interspace have been borne from the fact that not enough time, thought and resources have been invested into the back of the aircraft cabin.
We believe that comfort, good posture and wellbeing is a human right irrespective of financial status or social class. If you consider the psychology of the cabin, its linear, grid-like form is restrictive and as a result, seats have been designed for what is essentially an unnatural posture and seating position. The time has come to seek designs, products and services which tackle this subject head-on, creating affordable solutions for those businesses who share the same values and desires.
For this reason, we wanted to break the mold with this first product, which is the first of many to come from Universal Movement.”
Here’s a video of the new seat in action:
Breaking #aircraft interiors news: Luke Miles, Co-Founder/Creative Director @NewTerritory_io unveils the Interspace aircraft seat & new interiors company in London. Premium Expnomy travellers, rejoice! #paxex #RedCabin2019 #AvGeek #design #innovation pic.twitter.com/9G2i254IZ8
— APEX (@theAPEXassoc) December 5, 2019
Will Interspace Seat Work? Is It Practical?
Watch the video above…the seat doesn’t look much more comfortable than other current premium economy class seats, but certainly looks no worse. I’d have to give it a try, but I can imagine it would be improvement over no wings at all.
Not only could this be a next-generation premium economy seat, but we could also see it in domestic first class cabins in the United States and other markets that offer larger seats on narrowbody planes.
All image courtesy of Universal Movement
The seat was unveiled in London yesterday before many airline executives, though the new seat has no customers yet. It is nice to see seat designers tackle discomfort in an innovate way. Universal Movement promises more new designs in the months to come. I’ll be most interested in what they come up with for a true economy class seat.
What are your thoughts on the “Interspace” seat?