giopato & coombes innovates interior of agustawestland helicopter giopato & coombes innovates interior of agustawestland helicopter
jun 20, 2014

giopato & coombes innovates interior of agustawestland helicopter

giopato & coombes innovates interior of agustawestland helicopter
all images courtesy of giopato & coombes




giopato & coombes, selected by giulio cappellini, have taken part in the ‘flydeas for the city’ workshop by agustawestland. the brief called the studio to design an interior for the anglo-italian helicopter company’s AW169, a two-engine commercial rotorcraft. following the huge success of the exhibition held in milan, italy during the furniture fair, the duo are presenting a virtual tour of the project on their website and social channels.


video courtesy of agustawestland




the scheme began with the reorganization of architectural shadow lines and windows as an effort to clean away unnecessary visual confusion. this was closely followed by an integrated wall composite that combines LED lighting, noise-reducing nano-materials, and fiberglass beta-cloth. the seating layout respects proxemic distances while encouraging multiple concurrent interactions such as the exterior landscape, other passengers, and the helicopter itself via the central infotainment hub more commonly seen in stock exchanges. giopato & coombes’s process also continued into the detailing of air-conditioning vents, a champagne cooler, copper seat belts and titanium reading lights.

giopato coombes helicopter interior agustawestland
cardboard model




the interior is meant to break the boundaries of the standard VIP helicopter flight experience. in order to do so, the concept of ‘a statified world’ sees different aspects of design layered on top of one another, from interior architecture to the adaptation of home appliances such as LG’s curved LED TV technology to create an immersive total flying experience. their wide-reaching research saw the application of noise-absorbing paint, the construction of full-scale ergonomic mock-ups, carbon fiber armchairs, custom designed headphones, and important innovations such as the use of airbags to protect luggage in the hold.

giopato coombes helicopter interior agustawestland
colors, materials, and finishings

giopato coombes helicopter interior agustawestland

giopato coombes helicopter interior agustawestland
testing volumes in real scale mock-up



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

  • Those are some dreadful looking headrests. They appear to be pull-down sleeping bags or mosquito tents?! I would expect an interior like this will have the ‘fashion life’ equal to yoga pants on fat people.


    jimCan says:

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