hella jongerius: world business class cabin interiors for KLM hella jongerius: world business class cabin interiors for KLM
apr 12, 2012

hella jongerius: world business class cabin interiors for KLM

dutch designer hella jongerius in the KLM-hangar, in front of a Boeing 747-400 image © KLM

dutch designer hella jongerius has teamed up with KLM royal dutch airlines to re-envision the world business class (WBC) cabin interior across their fleet, intending to create an entirely new look and feel for the aircrafts. besides revitalizing the WBC spaces, she will be involved in reshaping existing full-flat seats to address customer comfort and safety, a premise which harmonizes well with airline’s brand values. bringing jongerius on board for collaboration fits into the broader context of KLM’s other successful WBC initiatives with top dutch chefs and fashion designers, in which they aim to emphasize a sense of pride in the heritage of the netherlands.

hella jongerius with erik varwijk, managing director of KLM on the designer’s ‘Poldersofa’ in the KLM-hangar image © KLM

erik varwijk, managing director KLM: ‘by choosing to work with hella jongerius, KLM is opting to engage a top dutch designer to help make our business class passengers feel at home on board. as a designer, hella has broad experience which she can apply to the needs of KLM and its customers, in accordance with the specific requirements for cabin interiors in the airline industry. her previous projects demonstrate her ability to process such criteria into top-quality designs such as the ‘polder sofa’, which is both comfortable and beautiful. with her expertise and focus on quality, she is keenly aware of what makes a brand unique. an outstanding match!‘

‘it’s a brilliant opportunity for me to design the cabin interior and the new business class seat for KLM. the challenge is one of safeguarding individual comfort in amiable settings using innovations. in so doing, I can optimally combine traditional details, and my industrial textile and colour skills with high-tech functionality,’ says jongerius.

the revitalization product will begin in june of 2013. the boeing 747-400s will be the first converted – 22 aircrafts in total. stay tuned for more details of the cabin design and new seat!

KLM boeing 747-400 aircraft photo by capital photos for KLM

  • Juuuuuuuuuuusssssssst a little, quick correction…

    The aircraft pictured at the end of the article (taking off) is actually an Airbus A330. The other photos featured with the designer are the 747s. I really hate to nitpick, but I couldn\’t help myself. Have a fantastic rest of the day!

    //tk says:
  • zzzzzzzzzzz…..

    dbkii says:
  • HAHAHA the two pictures of the sofa in the hangar are just badly photoshoped…
    by the way, is it an ad?

    raphili says:
  • How can you edit such a non-article? With such photos, she looks so fg!ijhe++yu, see what I mean…

    iBouc says:
  • thanks //tk,
    we’ve now corrected the last image!

    andrea / designboom says:
  • agree just nick picking – but the photoshop attempt is just terrible!! workshop hangers have bright light shining directly down no shadows..at least nothing like you see cast by the left arm rest on the sofa!! for a professional shoot its bad to the point of insulting… a bit of \’smoky shadow\’ around the edge of the sofa.. come on please !

    mike chapman says:
  • naughty of KLM! its basically a lie! and lazy as it couldn’t be that hard to actually do the shoot in the hanger.. hmmm cost saving KLM 🙂

    (sorry for being grumpy)

    mike chapman says:
  • How can you make such a big deal about this sofa. Its a me too product with scale change.

    richard whelan says:
  • to //tk :
    Wrong you are, if it was the new large Air bus it would be a 380. It however is the new stretched 747. The 380 doesn\’t have a hump..

    bayfield says:

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