“Having spent thousands of hours traveling across the country, I realized that our anxiety levels rise when we travel, whether we’re consciously aware of it at the time or not. When we enter any public space, we try to find “our place” in it. This desire for refuge is even higher in airports, considering the stresses of flight time, security checks, boarding, and the running list of making sure we have everything we need. The importance of finding a place to own, if only for five minutes, becomes paramount. It is a place to regroup. If that place is comfortable, offers some privacy, and provides space to function (work, eat, relax), then it is a haven within a chaotic space. Our bodies physically relax and tension dissipates. That is the feeling of security that motivates our designs for airport cluster seating.” -Joe Agati Sr.
Rows of traditional beam seating that lumped all travelers together are being integrated with new solutions, such as airport cluster seating. Design-forward spaces focus on travelers’ well-being. In terms of airport furniture, that means modernized seating solutions that prioritize the passenger’s needs.
Here are four distinctly different types of cluster seating that provide a range of options for traveler’s comfort.
When scoping out the seating areas, passengers look for a private place of refuge to sit comfortably and use their phones and tablets. We designed Vera Modular Seating to provide multiple functions without unnecessary visual elements. This streamlined aesthetic offers a clean, contemporary design, along with seamless power integration, easy cleanability, easy maintenance, and a variety of seating configurations. You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you sit down, as the lounge seat is surprisingly generous!
Now, more than ever, airport planning and airport design has traveler experience in mind. Calming spaces that feel protected from the traffic of busy airport terminals set an airport apart. Travelers can relax in the cushioned Gee chair, which offers the generous comfort of a VIP lounge chair. We built it to provide cushion and support, yet hold up for years to come in the busiest airports.
Gee Pinwheel Airport Cluster Seating meets travelers’ needs with table surface and outlets to charge. To provide even more privacy in airport furniture, optional sound-absorbing walls cocoon passengers. For maximum seats, the eight-seat cluster provides private nooks for travelling companions.
Orb Airport Cluster seating gives each person a cozy territory with generous buffer areas in between. The three-seat cluster seating and four-seat cluster seating provide ample table space, charging, and staggered sight lines for your cluster seating arrangement. Orb’s totally new, organic shape sets it apart from other airport cluster seating and offers modern design solutions for airport seating areas.
The Vista Modular Bench is a great option for touchdown seating stations. When passengers have just a few moments between connecting flights, or before their departure time, bench configurations provide a convenient, quick stop. Public seating areas can accommodate a lot of departing passengers with cushioned bench configurations. These cluster configurations create fun shapes out of airport benches in your terminal building, too! Flexible seat utilization allows passengers to set carry-on luggage on the seat or table next to them. Vista Modular Bench is an ideal stop for the departing passenger who wants to sit for a moment, and locate their boarding pass, while waiting for their flight.
At Agati, we don’t just build furniture. We listen to airport planners and facility maintenance. They tell us what they want and their concerns. Then, we problem solve together to develop solutions. That is how our airport furniture is designed -in response to the real-life applications that airports bring us. As airport furniture experts, we are continuously reviewing and improving our airport furniture based on how it works in the field. We welcome innovation. If you have an opportunity to improve your airport setting, or are building a new airport, contact us and let’s see if we can create a space that welcomes travelers for years to come.