Functional and necessary spaces, airplane galleys aren’t necessarily the most inspiring part of the cabin. When asked to re-imagine the future of these spaces, design consultancy Teague has come up with two ideas that it thinks could balance the needs of passengers with those of airline operators.
Functional and necessary, the airplane galley isn’t perhaps the most inspiring feature within the cabin. However, the team at global design consultancy Teague obviously sees the potential for innovation in this small space. At the request of Aircraft Interiors International magazine, it was asked to draw up possibilities for what the galley of the future might look like.
Part of Teague’s task, as the company explained in a statement, is to balance, “…the number of seemingly impossible tensions at play—operator profit vs. passenger comfort, personalization vs. accessibility, individual needs vs. group interests.”
Working with these contrasts in mind, it has come up with two separate concepts that could perhaps transform the conventional galley space.
Teague’s first concept, as it explains, sees these areas turned into “self-service retail” points. In addition to meals, the company imagines that, as part of this space, passengers could purchase everything from alcohol to blankets to personal amenity kits.
Using this model, “Airlines can better partner with luxury consumer brands and weave marketing messages across physical and digital media. The passenger experience is enriched with seamless access to preferred products on the ground and in the air,” it says.
Teague’s second concept, however, sees the galley effectively automated and moved “below deck.”
Back up in the cabin, “…the galley is transformed with open floor space. The bulky monuments which once housed inserts are gone, and new opportunities remain for adding additional seats and inspiring ceiling architecture. The entryway can be transformed into a welcoming threshold, an efficient workspace, a secluded rest space, or the main cabin can be extended by an extra row.”
While these two concepts are presently just exactly that, Teague believes that these ideas could help to balance the wants and needs of passengers with that of airline operators.
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