Monday, October 29, 2012
Minimalist Seating for the Home Theater of the Future
Lamm, an Italian manufacturer that specializes in auditorium seating, has created a line of theater seats that look like they are from the future. Designed by Dante Bonuccelli, the Genya Theater Seat folds out from an angled slab that looks like the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Each seat is fully padded with armrests, and angled for precise balance. This way they can handle many different body types while keeping their ultra-slim profile. The seats bolt to the floor, hiding any visible means of support. When folded, the armrests fold into the seat so they cannot be seen from the outside. These simple yet innovative details add to the notion that these futuristic seats defy gravity.
While these seats are designed for the auditorium and not the home, they could be easily incorporated into a home theater design with little effort. One of the most noticeable home theater features missing from these seats are cupholders, though the Genya does come with fold-down trays that connect to the back of each row, like an airline tray table. The seats are available with side and corner connectors to allow them to be placed in a straight or curved formation. They also come in different fabric and leather upholsteries, and the backs can even be finished in wood or marble.
With the recent unveiling of Steve Jobs’ minimalist super-yacht, these futuristic seats would be perfect for a home theater aboard a vessel that looks like a floating iPhone™.