Re:Frame — Circularity In Flight

The Sustainable Seat Design Challenge

We were challenged by Business Jet Interiors International Magazine to explore the future of airline seat design. Using sustainable practice at the heart of the concept, Re:Frame is designed with a holistic and systems focused approach to materiality and sustainability.

Designed to ensure actionable processes which steward the product’s cradle-to-cradle approach whilst also radically reducing weight, waste and complexity through an agile and simplified architecture. Re:Frame echoes the simplicity and craft of furniture design while offering a flexible canvas for comfort, experiences and technologies.

The Core of the Seat

The base frame system offers an ultra light seat with unlimited amount of light customisation, while providing a better tool for sustainable practices as seat parts can be updated independently preventing obsolescence and eliminating waste through intuitive material recapture. By categorising the components into modules greater furnishing and technological customisation is achieved, meaning the seat can be designed to a brand’s needs and aesthetic.

Mono-Material Palette

Re:Frame is informed by an elemental consolidation of parts. The skeleton of the seat is made of a hemp enforced bio plastic frame — this robust but reduced structure is dressed with componentry made using the same base PET which is both recycled and recyclable. 

This philosophy allows for traceability throughout the supply chain, helping to advocate for transparency and accountability of the materials origin and journey, and in turn improving the efficiency of the life cycle assessment.

Considered Construction

Intuitive to assemble, Re:Frame promotes easy mid-life repair and cleaning and upgradable modules adapt the seat to evolving technology, contributing to a circular approach. At end-of-life, parts are easily disassembled and segregated into two material categories.

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