Chaise Longue: Young designer showcases space-saving double-level airplane seating

23-year-old seat designer Alejandro Núñez Vicente presented an upgraded prototype of the double-decker seating design Chaise Longue in Hamburg
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Alejandro Núñez Vicente seated in his own design, the Chaise Longue.


Alejandro Núñez Vicente, a young designer is showcasing his upgraded double-level seat innovation Chaise Longue at Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg, Germany.

The aircraft interior manufacturers and innovators opened the exhibition on 6 June until today. 

Alejandro’s latest prototype is being tested by potential future travelers, and airline companies at the exhibition. 

“Most of the time when they show you something new, everyone hates it at first, they’re scared of change. But the more you show it, and the more you develop it, and the more they see it, the more they get used to it,” said the young designer. 

According to CNN Travel, the designer has sponsors, partnership deals and is in regular conversation with “the biggest players in the industry.”

Alejandro believes that his double-level airplane seat is the future of economy flying and is working around the clock to make it a reality.

Double-decker upgrade

Alejandro says that he designed the Chaise Longue to resolve airplane seat conundrum, he told CNN Travel.

At six feet two inches, he has struggled for legroom and failed to fall asleep on cramped flights.

The designer says, “Many airlines and many big players in the industry are trying to push us to put more passengers into the aircraft. It’s not our main priority and our main goal, but with this kind of design it’s also possible.”

Additionally, Alejandro acknowledged the negative public perception of his design. CNN Travel reports that future would-be passengers wince at the potential claustrophobia while critics claim that the design is all about airlines cramming more seats on planes.

Alejandro tells CNN that the passengers have misunderstood his intentions. Describing the design, he says to envisage an airplane cabin with the Chaise Longue at its center raised and supported by two rows of regular airplane seats. 

Innovation Journey

Alejandro Núñez Vicente began his journey when he was pursuing a Master’s degree in 2021. The airplane’s double-level economy seats started as Alejandro’s college project which was eventually nominated for the 2021 Crystal Cabin Awards. 

The nomination is a top prize in the aviation industry which brought the concept into the public domain. “Alejandro paused his master’s degree and put all his time, money, and efforts into making his vision a reality,” says CNN Travel.

The young creator in collaboration with 3DSeatMap VR technology developed by software development company Renacen launched the seat design, Chaise Lounge in the Metaverse. The aim was to depict the look and feel of the seat in a flight cabin to virtual users.