Anatomy of an idea (how MAXCABIN was born)

Design Q’s MAXCABIN sideways seating concept for short-haul travel continues to amuse and bemuse. Design Q has revealed that MAXCABIN evolved from a project conducted by Design Q for a primary school classroom.

Want to see how it all got started? Check out the anatomy of Design Q’s idea (below).

It makes for a more interesting start than, say, a paper napkin drawing.

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As reported here, Design Q is pushing forward with crash tests of its sideways seating idea in the near-term. Yes, the company is serious about the project, even though the majority of folks seem far less pleased with sideways seating than these cutie pie kids do with their new classroom (as evidenced by a torrent of negative comments).

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3 Responses to Anatomy of an idea (how MAXCABIN was born)

  1. Bob October 21, 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    Boy, kids don’t take up much room, do they?

    I remember seeing pictures of something like this before… Oh, now I remember, it was in the back of a C-130 with a bunch of Army guys wearing parachutes! They didn’t have tables beside them, though, so it’s a little different.

  2. Claudio October 23, 2009 at 5:16 am #

    Uhm… wasnt’t this idea previously suggested as a way to increase the number of passengers onboard? Judging by the pictures you posted (those showing children and teachers), I’d say this is a great way to REDUCE the number of passengers while creating a ‘communal’ environment, ideal for a classroom. Not what most airlines are looking for, I believe…

    On a side note: take-off and landing sitting at a 90 degrees angle with the aircraft’s roll axis does look like a very bad idea to me: imagine your spine being pushed sideways while your body has no seat support to help it cope with the acceleration.

  3. Sade October 27, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    It might be great for a twenty minute flight. But for longer than that there doesn’t seem to be much chance for comfort.