Aviation enthusiasts can now furnish their homes with one-of-a-kind furniture items crafted from cabin windows, aircraft wings, and more.
Locally crafted souvenirs might be the best way to take home memories for avid travelers. But for aviation geeks, why not consider furniture items upcycled from aircraft parts?
Back in 2017, Airbus employees Anaïs Mazaleyrat and Jérémy Brousseau came up with this novel idea at an Internal Training program at Airbus’ Leadership University in Toulouse.
They were interested in the idea of giving end-of-life aircraft parts a second lease of life as designer furniture and interior design objects. This innovative proposal was later supported by Airbus BizLab, the company’s global network to support start-ups in 2018. And as it goes, the rest was history.
Now, a small collection of these one-of-a-kind furniture items are being sold on their new online shop, aptly named “A Piece of Sky.” Aviation enthusiasts can pre-order items created by designers from all backgrounds, with new designers chosen for each season.
Anaïs Mazaleyrat, co-founder of A Piece of Sky said: “By ‘upcycling’ non-quality and end-of-life parts, we make the most of some beautiful, rare materials, pay tribute to the skill involved in their manufacture, and demonstrate alternative, positive ways of dealing with waste.”
Highlights from the collection include a side table made from an A320 cabin window frame, a smart mirror crafted from an A320 cabin window frame, which displays weather forecast and outside temperature; as well as an “Oxygen” lamp made with an aircraft porthole window.
Collectors seeking something more unique can go for limited-edition pieces such as the mechanical-looking Spine X chair, which is made from beautiful Elm wood and an aluminum wing rib from the Airbus Flight Test Centre. Equally stunning is the Moon Crater, a dinner table that’s been constructed from an A380 jet engine used by the Airbus Flight Test center, along with materials like titanium, pale wood and glass.
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