Executive Cabin Design Wins Crystal Cabin Award

 - May 3, 2012, 4:10 AM
A centerpiece of the Life project winner of a Crystal Cabin Award is the full interactive experience achieved in the geodesic sphere’s virtual environment.

A Brazilian/Portuguese consortium won the top prize in the “Aircraft Interior Innovation” category of the Crystal Cabin Awards in Hamburg, Germany, with its Life project executive cabin.

The cabin concept was developed by the team of Amorim Cork Composites, leather specialist Coruo Azul, the Institute of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management (INEGI), SET engineering and tooling, and industrial design firm Almadesign, all of Portugal, in partnership with Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer. The consortium’s efforts culminated in a cabin mockup in which design is focused on the use of natural and sustainable materials.

According to the Life team, inspiration for the jet interior and prototype full-scale mockup came from natural structures, based on a symbiotic relationship between natural and artificial elements, “providing a harmonious environment where technology is subtly pervasive, not imposed on the passengers.”