Curtis Fentress, Michael McCoy, and Arconas Launch Place™, the Latest Development in Airport Seating

3-Seat-coffee-cup_Place-1(Los Angeles, California) October 25, 2013 — The intersection between user experience and design is increasingly driving the world, and the travel industry is in the early stages of exploring it. As airports continue to evolve, so does the passenger experience.

Curtis Fentress and Michael McCoy have been talking about furniture design since they first met. Fentress, a world-renowned aviation architect, and Michael McCoy, an award-winning industrial designer, agreed to collaborate on the design of public seating to enhance the passenger experience.

This next-generation public seating system delivers comfort and practicality in an elegant new design. Place™ was born from the collaboration between the two designers for ARCONAS, a leading public seating manufacturer, to better serve the needs of the modern traveler. Fully equipped with integrated power and USB, drink holders, a generous surface for dining or easy use of a tablet, and ample space below the chair for luggage storage, Place lets travelers eat, work, read, game, or consume media in style.

Concerned with more than just the architecture of some of the world’s most esteemed airports, Curtis Fentress continues to explore the future of aviation design from the macro to micro scale. His firm, Fentress Architects, recently celebrated the opening of LAX’s $1.9 billion Tom Bradley International Terminal, the largest public works project in Los Angeles’ history. He continues to patiently search to understand how to enhance the passenger’s travel experience.

“The goal Michael [McCoy] and I had in working together was to effectively address the nuances that travelers face daily. As a frequent flier, I can confidently say that Place is a huge step toward improving the passenger experience. Place balances pragmatic functionality with a brilliantly simple aesthetic,” said Fentress. “Curt and I threw out the old idea of airport seating and started fresh with a concept that is built around the observation that travelers are balancing a drink, some food and a bag and needing a place to recharge their mobile device,” said McCoy. Place recently launched at the 2013 ACI North America Conference which took place in San Jose, California, in September and is available for purchase at

Read more about the collaboration here, and see Place seating here.


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