F/List has unveiled its F/List Shapeshifter technology concept, showcasing interior prototypes designed to “challenge traditional notions and the dimensional limits of the cabin environment” at NBAA-BACE 2022.
Through the implementation of actuators, pneumatic elements and other mechanical systems, the F/List Shapeshifter programme brings cabin components to life. Individual cabin items morph to optimise cabin space, deliver multiple functions and respond to passenger interaction.
The technology is designed to enable the transformation of familiar forms into new shapes, profiles and applications by augmenting available space to extend an individual unit’s functionality. The company said smart storage, integrated functionality and seamless transitions exponentially increase design possibilities. Initial F/List Shapeshifter concepts changing the cabin space include credenzas that transform into a working space, multifunctional lavatory elements and special dining areas.
The concepts were devised in the F/List futurelab, an internal incubator where challenging conventions is encouraged. They were created to work in concert with F/List’s newly launched bio-based sustainable materials portfolio, liberating fixed characteristics of wood, stone and metal to facilitate the transformation from one form and purpose to another.
“The F/List Shapeshifter concepts set the imagination free and encourage designers to do more with less in the cabin,” said Melanie Prince, head of innovation for F/List. “We anticipate that our customers will welcome the infinite opportunities provided by combining the latest sustainable material product portfolio with our ground-breaking technology. We want to inspire creativity, initiate a paradigm shift and liberate the imagination while providing practical, real solutions simultaneously. The well-stocked toolbox we’ve created will support designers, OEMs and completion centres in making the impossible, possible in the future cabin. The sky is the limit when it comes to F/List Shapeshifter.”