Airbus sells design furniture based on aircraft parts

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Published on 16/04/19 - Updated on 17/03/22

The Airbus subsidiary "A Piece of Sky" will sell 22 pieces of furniture made from aircraft parts from April 15. The founders wish to quickly increase the volume of sales and are launching a call for projects from designers and craftsmen.

A coffee table designed from an A380 engine, an armchair whose backrest is an part of an old wing.... The project is a dream come true! Born in the heads of two Airbus engineers, Jérémy Brousseau, from the A350 program's quality department, and Anaïs Mazaleyrat, assigned to digital transformation, the central idea is to promote aircraft parts that will otherwise be sold "by the ton". In short, this is a great example of upcycling that is to say recycling some material by producing a higher added value. 

It also includes a collaborative dimension as designers and craftsmen are invited to submit their creative projects on the website. Beforehand, the Airbus subsidiary selects the parts.

For the launch of pre-orders from April 15, 22 pieces of furniture are available from 11 designers. Each piece of furniture is described according to the aircraft parts it is based on. The founders want to develop sales by thousand pieces of furniture a year. They are targeting aviation fans but not only. That's why the chosen designers are from outside the sector.

The operation allows the Airbus brand to be promoted in a different way by reaching a new community among design fans. This news echoed a recent AirBnB press release in which the platform identified some of the initiatives of its members who are selling every piece of furniture in their homes. An idea based on the principle of "try before you buy" that could be appropriate in hotels with a design positioning.

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