Three people in adjacent seats, one of them sleeping on his side Inside of aircraft with premium economy class seats, one with moved mid-piece

Our vision was to make sideways sleeping comfortable too. It is important, because sleeping is a frequent activity in airplanes and about 70% of people prefer to sleep on their side. Our eventual solution is simple: the middle part of the back-rest is a movable cushion, creating space for your shoulder and a support for your lower back.

Processing of 3d scan: scan to grid, multiple grids to one grid, grid to surface

We combined several scans by projecting a grid of points onto the scanned surfaces, averaging the resulting grids for multiple scans and then converting the result into a surface. This resulted in a generic contour that we further tweaked based on usage research.

Collection of shape and colour alternatives

In order to achieve a "welcoming" experience we used user research to determine seat shape and provide some ideas and recommendations on colours and materials.

Seat prototype, seat pan foam prototype, back-rest contour prototype

The result of various studies, including multiple partial seat and contour prototypes, was captured in a complete prototype to compare with the original seat.