Monday, June 1, 2015

Students find new uses for KLM cabin material

Wearable tech from the KLM World Business Class cabin
Various materials from the old KLM Royal Dutch Airline’s World Business Class cabin have been repurposed with the help of students of the Design Academy Eindhoven.

Seats, carpeting, seatbelts, inflight entertainment screens are among the items now on display at the Bijenkorf warehouse in Amsterdam starting today through June 15.
A child's backpack like this one may
was made from 70% recycled material
KLM has selected eight prototypes for the exhibition. Also on display is KLM’s new World Business Class cabin interior – including tableware designed by Marcel Wanders and cushions and blankets designed by Hella Jongerius.

Fourteen students of the “Man & Identity” faculty at the Design Academy Eindhoven worked months designing prototypes for travel items. The materials used for these prototypes were for at least 70% recycled. 

Jongerius designed the new cabin interior for KLM World Business Class that was introduced in 2013. Jongerius is also a former student of the Design Academy Eindhoven. Apart from the new full-flat seat measuring more than two meters long, the new interior also has carpets partly made of discarded KLM women’s uniforms, new wall decorations, curtains, blankets, cushions and seat upholstery.

KLM's entire 747 fleet now has the new World Business Class cabin, and the 777-200/300 fleet is currently undergoing installation.

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