Style in Space

The world of interior design has reached new heights with the launch of British designer Seymourpowell’s conceptual designs for the interior of the Virgin Galactic — the world’s first commercial space craft.

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By  Charlotte Butterfield Published  December 18, 2006

The world of interior design has reached new heights with the launch of British designer Seymourpowell’s conceptual designs for the interior of the Virgin Galactic — the world’s first commercial space craft. The designer unveiled a full-scale mock-up of the interior of the VSS (Virgin SpaceShip) at New York’s WIRED NextFest event. The ultra ergonomic interior has been designed to ensure maximum comfort, space and visibility for each group of two pilots and six non-professional astronauts who will have the opportunity to experience a two-hour space flight including a period of weightlessness when the programme launches in around two years time. Seymourpowell has focused on ways to maximise cabin space in the craft. Features of the interior include a six seater cabin, where specially designed seats (in three rows of two) will move from a 60 degree upright angle for take-off and flight to an almost horizontal ‘submarined’ angle as the astronauts become free to move around the cabin, experiencing zero gravity. Fifteen windows are integrated into the design including numerous floor windows to provide the best possible views of the earth, with integral handholds for periods of weightlessness. A bulkhead divides the astronauts from the pilot and co pilot and features four large-scale dials, which inform the astronauts and passengers of the mission time, the speed of the spaceship, its altitude and the changing G forces being experienced. Dick Powell, director and co-founder of Seymourpowell said: “This really is an inspirational project. It was very inspiring to work with Philippe Starck at the briefing stage of the project. Philippe helped to set the design parameters of the conceptual interior at the outset, on behalf of Virgin Galactic, and saved us a lot of time and trouble by his clarity of vision and his emphasis on creating an interior space that was as clean and simple as possible.”

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