In an exciting part of its business class cabin upgrades, Taiwanese international airline, EVA Air, has taken delivery of a series of front-row monuments (FRMs). The monuments have been created by AIM Altitude in accordance with the business-class concept and design intent conceived by BMW’s Designworks studio and comprise three furniture units, each with its own worktop space and provision for IFE monitors, and an illuminated branding panel in the center unit. AIM Altitude is contracted to provide 24 ship-sets of the FRMs for EVA Air, over a period of four years.
The FRMs have been designed to transition smoothly with the business-class seats, with lighting in all compartments and footwells. The outboard monuments each include a full-height closet for stowage of safety and crew items.
The trim and finish experts at Designworks specified soft grey finishes, and a brushed-aluminum feature panel for the monuments, to give a contemporary and upscale look and feel. The EVA Air panel has an illuminated airline logo and wash-out lighting to subtly but effectively reinforce the brand.
One member of the project team, Helena Teichrib, industrial designer for AIM Altitude in New Zealand, said, “EVA Air wanted a modern and elegant business-class cabin with a new seat and FRM design, putting them in line with the designs of the top-tier airlines. It is a bold and maybe even somewhat masculine design. We worked hard to fulfil the design concept, with large machined and molded parts, making sure the FRMs are a perfect extension to the business-class seats.”
Project manager for AIM Altitude, Dominic Norian, added, “This has been a truly global project, with the initial business-class design concept by Designworks in California, the industrial design and engineering work for the FRMs carried out by AIM Altitude in New Zealand, and the manufacture undertaken by AIM Altitude Cabin Interiors in Bournemouth, UK. The final result is a perfect translation of the character and quality of the business class environment, in line with the customer’s vision.”