Aircraft cabins tend to be pretty boring, design-wise — basically, windows and seats in a row, whether it’s a commercial airliner or a private jet. But creative stylists at Mercedes-Benz have teamed up with a Lufthansa subsidiary to create a new kind of interior design for the “VIP cabin.”
The designs are for short- and medium-haul aircraft, and they’re clearly talking about private jets; no airline could afford to fly large planes with the wide-open passenger spaces envisioned here.
Mercedes says its new style will replace “the traditional separation of ceiling, wall and floor” with a “dynamic, spiral layout,” resulting in “new, independent spatial zones without the typical arrangement of seat and wall elements.”
Cabin windows are concealed by black panels that “appear to float in front of the window like a light corona,” inspired by the screen design in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Those panels can also incorporate displays and touch-screens for information and entertainment.
And Mercedes-Benz being what it is, the designers also wanted to bring in “the aesthetic appeal of state-of-the-art luxury.”
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