A Mile higher


Flying is such an immersive experience. If you’re a frequent flyer, you oftentimes aren’t aware of the whole process when you’re in the middle of it all. I find myself caught up in the anxiety of long lines, the stupid people arguing with flight attendants, and hurrying up just to wait some more.

But, if time isn’t necessarily a big concern for you during travels, let your mind wander to all of the cool things you come in contact with. The engineering of flight alone, is fascinating. You’re up in the air, miles above ground, eating your crappy complimentary pretzel snacks, completely aware of the fact that the tin tube you’re rocketing in, could fall out of the sky at any moment. And yet, we all willingly do it. Because it’s awesome.

I’ve been in every thing from propellor planes (completely terrifying might I add) to the new-ish luxury 737 from Boeing. And if you’re in one the newer planes, it’s much easier to think about the details we often overlook. Insert the seats.

Seating is extremely important to flying; you’re sitting down 99.9% of the time (unless your bladder is the size of a walnut). And yet, seats haven’t been upgraded all that much within the past few years. The silhouettes, materials, headrest and tray table positions, are just a few things that fliers can expect to be very constant. I came across a design firm called Layer the other day. They do some pretty cool stuff (and all very different too). But the one thing that really stood out to me, was their re-envisioned airplane seating.

I highly recommend checking out their project page here for all of the glorious details. This is one of the coolest re-designs I’ve seen in a while. If I was able to fly in something like this, I’d start taking trips just so I could experience it regularly. Talk about elevated (wow so punny). If design makes you excited about doing something more, that’s a success in my eyes.