The Nuage chaise is a first in business aviation, and came about from Bombardier’s intention to continuously enhance the customer experience. “It all started with a conversation between the sales and design teams on board a Global 6000 jet,” says Tim Fagan, Manager of Industrial Design at Bombardier. Both teams were in the Conference Suite, looking at the credenza across from the Conference-grouping table, when they saw an opportunity. “In the past, we’ve had customers ask us to lower the credenza and place a cushion on top for additional in-flight seating. We also learned a lot about seated comfort from our Nuage seat development. We knew there was an opportunity for us to improve the passenger experience.”
The design team took off to study the type of seating that would work best in the space and found they kept coming back to the idea of a lounge chair. “There is a long history of the lounge chair as a piece of furniture—both in a fixed position and adjustable,” says Fagan. “Something that converts into a flat surface for sleeping and then pivots and moves into a reclining position. We also wanted something that would support a passenger’s legs, so you could be fully cradled as you relax.”
The final product is the Nuage chaise. Available as an optional seating configuration for the Conference Suite on board the Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft, the new chaise is designed to follow the curve of a passenger’s body, converting into a flat surface for sleeping, or for sitting at the conference-grouping table for banquet-style dining. With its bold yet minimalist design, the Nuage chaise exudes comfort and features an easily accessible mechanism to switch to the recline position, elevating the head and bending at the knees for maximum support. The Nuage chaise also sits atop a handmade luxury wood cabinet, featuring additional storage.