Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

Lightweight multidirectional 3D knitted seating for passengers in drone taxis.

The project

Lightweight multidirectional 3D knitted seating for passengers in drone taxis.

THE CHALLENGE
The transport industry is evolving through new possibilities and textiles are playing a key role contributing with smart designs, durability, flexibility, comfort and low weight. Drone taxis will be a reality in a few years’ time, so why not be part of shaping the future?

THE SOLUTION
The Project will design and scale up a lightweight multi-directional 3D knitted seating concept for passengers in drone taxis providing maximum comfort within the tight constraints of a drone
taxi, through the characteristics of a multi-zone, adaptable suspension knit. The basis is knitting technology using biodegradable fibres including multi-zone knit construction varying elasticity.
They will create soft spacers volumes acting like foam to maximise comfort while seamlessly integrated in the whole knit process without the need of secondary materials or procedures.
No-waste production of the knit is a key element of the seat’s sustainability goal.

GREINER AEROSPACE GMBH (Austria)

Greiner aerospace is a full-service provider for aircraft seating with comfort and style.
Aerospace is part of the 100% family owned company group, which was founded in Germany in 1868 and in Austria in 1899, combining the expertise of a network structure with the flexibility of legally autonomous business entities.

KOBLEDER GMBH (Austria)

Kobleder was founded in 1927 as a knitting company focused on the production of 3D-knitted textiles. They have wide expertise in different sectors from aviation, automotive, furniture, lightning to protective garments

PROF. CHRISTINE LÜDEKE (Germany)

Industrial designer with a focus on the aircraft seating industry. In parallel professor at Pforzheim University, Head of Department of the new M.A. Design & Future Making, which explores transformative approaches to design making between traditional and emerging technologies.

STORYTELLING

THE IDEA:

ludekedesign has been designing seats for aircrafts for many years, and often worked with Greiner Aerospace, who suppled the cushions. Greiner had been working with Kobleder on creating a knitted fireblocking material for their foam. Based on our common experiences in the aircraft seating world, that a lot of compromise, expecially in economy class, was unecessarily taken in comfort, we had discussed approaching sitting comfort from a tabula rasa point of departure. When is a seat a seat? When a person sits in it.

THE BIRTH OF THE PROJECT:

This metaphor of a blank material, that would adapt to any body‘s shape and sitting postion manifested itself with knit into real potential. We started off by testing which knit structures and combinations of elastic and non-elastic fibers would work accordingly with the body. If we could create a custom adaptable surface within the the constraints of a standard chair size, this would be quite interesting for sitting situations that require little space –such as aircraft or drones. Usually comfort ist sacrificed in such situations, but we were looking for a way to solve both. It soon became apparent, that solving a problem within the properties inherent in one material was not only an elegant approach, but had the potential to result in something that was quite a bit lighter than conventional seat constructions. As this is a passion project, it runs parallel to each partner‘s daily business, which has influenced the timeline a bit.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS:

We started off with a frame covered in an even knit structure, and asked many people to „sit“ into it Based on analyzing the way the body shaped the knit, we could estimate a preliminary pattern of zones for the various types of support and flexion required. A preliminary rough mockup in the geometry of a seat was used to test these zones. Drawing the various profiles of test sitting subjects allowed us to empirically fine-tune where what tpye of flexibiltiy was required and where in relationship to the body. A map of knit zones from a tight knit using non-elastic fibers, to zones mixing varying percentages of elastic and non-elastic fibers to zones in a tight knit using only elastic fibers were developed. The main difficulites were in the empricial process – translating that which we could feel ourselves plus the feedback from a wide goup of people into terms of knit structures. Once we „learned the language“ we could fine-tune the process more efficiently. Now we all speak complex knit!

THE COLLABORATION:

 The aeras principle could not have been developed any other way. In that it is a material- and technology-based design, an experimental hands-on collaboration between Christine and Franz was essential. Christoph brought in critical considerations from both a potential aviation client‘s point of view and an emphasis on a broad understanding of sustainability. The know-how and experience each partner brought with them enhanced not only the quality of the design, development and fine-tuning process, but enabled us to be professional in every step of the process, an important factor when communicating with potential interested parties or clients.

THE FUTURE:

We believe in a holistic approach to susatainability – including not just the einvronmental impact but also the human one – for our human and nature collective way forward. Specifically in areas such as public transportation. we should be able to solve both human comfort and appropriate impact on the einvironment. With the functional prototype we were able to make, we are in a position to take a step in this direction and launch the prinicple for future aviation or other mobility-related sectors. It is a premise that needs to be physically experienced in order to intuitively understand it‘s promise. The timing of Covid has delayed this initial direct approach, but at the same time sharpened the realiaztion that we have the opporunity to fundamentally question and change existing structures – societal as well as physical sones. We were able to create a short film aimed at potential partners or clients in aviation, that shows and explains the benefits and potential of the aeras principle. As neither in the team are seat manufacturers, our immediate goal ist to find a seat manufacturing partner and/or an interested airline as a launch customer. The next prototype will integrate the aviation specific design proposals developed with a partner based on our initial design concepts. We are definitely looking for a production and sales partner.

THE MESSAGE:

Collaborations allow each of us to surpass our own imaginations and professional know-how and not just (hopefully) realize our dreams but also get a chance to discover their unexpected facets and depths. Collaborations expand while simultaneously sharpen us.

 

PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

The vase

The vase

Lumimóza

Lumimóza

3D metal panels

3D metal panels

Thinking Woman’s Chair

Thinking Woman’s Chair

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

The Vegan Sheep

The Vegan Sheep

Loom-State

Loom-State

Common Sands 2.0

Common Sands 2.0

Maretech

Maretech

Minois

Minois

STEM a garment production brand

STEM a garment production brand

Storytelling Garment Project

Storytelling Garment Project

Mapu Preto

Mapu Preto

Minta

Minta

NO/thing

NO/thing

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

In the Circle

In the Circle

Clotho

Clotho

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

WeAr Design

WeAr Design

Freskos

Freskos

ALMA

ALMA

Bubble Façade

Bubble Façade

Crossing Parallels

Crossing Parallels

EnaOna

EnaOna

SEISMIC GARMENT

SEISMIC GARMENT

Rethinking the Bra

Rethinking the Bra

Kinematic handbag by RMATURA

Kinematic handbag by RMATURA

Nova Underwear

Nova Underwear

BioChromatic

BioChromatic

Dimmenso

Dimmenso

Beaggie

Beaggie

Ignorance is Bliss Carpet Collection

Ignorance is Bliss Carpet Collection

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

H|H

H|H

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Edge Chair

Edge Chair

Marbled Salts

Marbled Salts

Moseanic

Moseanic

Kombucha TSUGI

Kombucha TSUGI

LiLO

LiLO

The Eastern Side of Riviera

The Eastern Side of Riviera

Future Wardrobe

Future Wardrobe

Ventri

Ventri

FreyZein

FreyZein

SILENCIO

SILENCIO

Re-Print Ceramics

Re-Print Ceramics

Vivid

Vivid

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

Burning For

Burning For

Circular workwear collection

Circular workwear collection

Recontile

Recontile

Fashion Colada

Fashion Colada

SCALA

SCALA

New Matters

New Matters

Not 2 Forget

Not 2 Forget

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Agogic – Be prepared for more

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

Mocha Split

Mocha Split

Reframd

Reframd

Zerobarracento

Zerobarracento

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

Wearable Play

Wearable Play

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Gelatex x NO/AN

Gelatex x NO/AN

Luxury Bag Collection

Luxury Bag Collection

Amalgama

Amalgama

TTorch

TTorch

From the ground

From the ground

Biolea

Biolea

Ultra

Ultra

Capsule coat project

Capsule coat project

Mayya x WORTH

Mayya x WORTH

The Space in Between

The Space in Between

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Fish_Fish

Fish_Fish

Common Sands

Common Sands

UCQC Inclusive

UCQC Inclusive

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Mowo

Mowo

i-Morfé

i-Morfé

Iguaneye

Iguaneye

Ruumy

Ruumy

Fugazi Fugazi

Fugazi Fugazi

Serisole

Serisole

Hi-LAMP

Hi-LAMP

Lucid

Lucid

Senss

Senss

Walkytalkies

Walkytalkies

Sole sustainability

Sole sustainability

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

Spell My Name

Spell My Name

The “Bib” chair

The “Bib” chair

Materia Bruta

Materia Bruta

Planned Space Pooling

Planned Space Pooling

3D knitwear on demand

3D knitwear on demand

Lit Lace Interface

Lit Lace Interface

iluTex

iluTex

Sukka 

Sukka 

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

Unmoist Raincoat

Unmoist Raincoat

IOT Jacket & Robot

IOT Jacket & Robot

Stars Collection

Stars Collection

Words that shimmer

Words that shimmer

Persona

Persona

PULSAR

PULSAR

Identity 560

Identity 560

Øjenfryd

Øjenfryd

The Ghost Bag

The Ghost Bag

Diluci bags

Diluci bags

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Oceanwear

Oceanwear

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

Curve

Curve

Multifunctional Textiles

Multifunctional Textiles

Fashion Designing in an Inclusive World

Fashion Designing in an Inclusive World

‘Parameter’ Table

‘Parameter’ Table

Occay

Occay

KICS

KICS

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

PreemieCme

PreemieCme

Circular Bags

Circular Bags

Clayer

Clayer

Lulu V2

Lulu V2

Fishskinlab

Fishskinlab

Dynaback

Dynaback

Esther Hates PVC

Esther Hates PVC

Gardin

Gardin

Foldable High Heels

Foldable High Heels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Edbora Collection

Edbora Collection

Smart Heated Vest

Smart Heated Vest

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Fragments Garments

Fragments Garments

Hollow: A Lie Story

Hollow: A Lie Story

FWN: Family Wear Nature

FWN: Family Wear Nature

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Spellbound

Spellbound

Wear Pure

Wear Pure

Connextyle

Connextyle

Unlimited in 1

Unlimited in 1

Paramatrix

Paramatrix

Feel More Knitwear

Feel More Knitwear

Skarabeos 2

Skarabeos 2

Twill

Twill

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair