The phrase “FAA and aviation OEM-compliant, colourful thermoplastic translucent sheets” is quite a mouthful to say, but it describes the type of innovation that will have a profound impact on aircraft interiors.
Brainchild KYDEX says the sheets, which took a year to develop, “liberate light and colour. [Aircraft] seating installations, monuments and [privacy] dividers that once blocked light can now transmit it, colour it and transform it into an active design element.
“That allows designers to create a cohesive, consistent and customised interior. One that makes the most of LED lighting, and communicates the airline brand through form, colour and texture like never before.”
During the course of a flight, premium-class passengers at various times use their cocktail table, tray table or extend the monitor of their IFE system. As such, there are different times an airline might want to play up light or play it down. “I think the more we get to tonal delivery, that whole textural look becomes more and more important,” according to KYDEX.
These are the types of considerations that matter to airlines, says award-winning aircraft interiors design firm JPA Design, which was given a presentation by KYDEX at the recent Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg (a demo the APEX editor’s blog had the privilege to sit in on). “When you talk to your airline clients, when you talk to management and show [them] these things, they know when it’s right and they know when it’s not right. So if you’re putting something that’s not right in front of them, they will know.”
See the videotaped presentation below or at the following link.