SEEING THE LIGHT

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

Steve Jobs, Apple CEO

 

Did you know that Mood Lighting is now available on airplanes?   

I learned this just recently, while reading up on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner under production for All Nippon Airways.

Wait a minute, you might be thinking.

Now you’re talking airplanes?

Does that have anything to do with Interior Design?

Well, yes, it does. So-called industrially designed objects permeate our lives and our homes but we often don’t give them much thought.

These everyday items can be as humble and practical as a toothbrush, or as high-tech and complex as a computer  –  or an airplane.

What struck me about this article was the quality of design touches being installed on this particular plane.

Mood lighting was one. Improved comfort was another – something we don’t often associate these days with air travel.

When I read about the entrance atrium with a 10-foot high ceiling that lends an air of space and light, not to mention plenty of head room – I was really impressed.

This didn’t sound like an airplane anymore. It was the sort of thoughtful detail we’d expect to find in our homes, yet when you think about it, an airplane is essentially a microcosm of the homes we are used to.

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