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  • 1981.

    Hille Shape Chair

    Where it all began. Hille International commissioned Acumen to develop a range of furniture showcasing the aesthetic and structural possibilities of a new bent-wood lacquered manufacturing process. This iconic product designed by Peter Murdoch and Ian Dryburgh went global, selling successfully for many years.

  • 1983.

    Wembley Stadium information displays and directional signage

    The start of an extensive programme to provide clear signage with a strong identity for the stadium complex, Acumen developed specialised concrete castings for 10m columns, self skinning rigidised foam structures and linked electronic displays.

  • 1984.

    Sunseeker Powerboat

    Europe’s premier range of powerboats was looking for a complete design service.  Acumen’s interior design, exterior styling, detailing and livery helped Sunseeker break into the worldwide market and win a Queen’s Award for export.

  • 1986.

    Giraudy Street Furniture

    Wanting a range of street furniture across 60,000 sites throughout France, Giraudy set an international design competition.  Acumen’s winning design included lighting, seating, shelters, bill-boards and smart-displays. The concept was based around polished stone primary structures, sculpted from a variety of regional stones.

  • 1988.

    Swift Caravans

    Swift wanted to move away from the traditional ‘box on wheels’. Acumen used their extensive automotive design experience to completely restyle the Corniche, Challenger and Rapide caravan ranges.

  • 1989.

    Swift Caravans

    This led to a range of future facing, conceptual designs for a lifestyle caravan. Aimed at a younger, more adventurous generation these were equipped with multi-functional capabilities with a view to outdoor pursuits.

  • 1989.

    Advanced Designs for Urban Light Rail Systems

    Acumen pioneered the use of new materials, improving passenger safety, information displays and driver’s controls.

  • 1990.

    SMP Playgrounds

    This ground-breaking flexible playground for 2 – 7 year olds was developed in conjunction with child psychologists. The fence-like primary structure forms a modular system that feature an imaginative range of activity inserts. This system won numerous industry awards and was selected for the Brisbane Expo 1990.

  • 1995.

    Britax Beverage Maker

    Developed for Sell Galleys, part of Premium Aircraft Interiors, this design answered the requirement for a lighter and more stylish drinks maker using state of the art, aircraft approved materials.

  • 1995.

    The Automation Partnership

    Critical ergonomic analysis resulted in Acumen’s complete re-configuration of an all glass hygienic enclosure for a high performance life science clean-room.

  • 1996.

    British Airways ‘Bed In The Sky’

    The first ever lay-flat bed in aviation history was invented by Acumen.  This ground-breaking product didn’t just win every design award going, it revolutionised the aircraft interiors industry, blazing the trail for the lay-flat premium seating we know today.  See the Case Study for detail shots.

  • 1997.

    United Airlines First Class Cabin Seating

    Unsurprisingly, after designing BA’s ‘Bed in the Sky’, Acumen was approached by United Airlines to design an even higher spec lay-flat bed with bespoke elements such as ottoman storage, expanded work surface and a swing-out monitor.

  • 1998.

    American Airlines ‘Signature’ First Class Suite

    Acumen developed the world’s first swivel lay-flat seat in commercial aviation. Providing a flexible work/sleep/dine environment, it introduced the ability to adopt a face-to-face work and dining position that remains popular today.

  • 1998.

    Brookes & Gatehouse H100 marine navigational system

    B&G provide instruments of choice for the elite boating market and Acumen has provided a comprehensive design service for them, spanning all aspects of product development. The H-100 formed part of a branded range of smart, intuitive navigational instruments.

  • 1998.

    Action Man

    Acumen enjoyed working with Hasbro on many quick turnaround projects including styling and detailed component design for the Action Man ‘scuba-ski’. It went on to become 1998’s best-selling boy’s toy in the Hasbro range.

  • 1998.

    Fairchild Dornier 728 Regional Jet Interior

    Commissioned to design and build a full-size sales mock-up for worldwide launch of a 75 seat regional jet at Farnborough Airshow, Acumen set the standard for all ongoing range development. The project was completed in just 13 weeks from conception.

  • 2000.

    A380 Cabin Interior Definition

    Acumen beat the world’s most prestigious studios to provide the concept definition of the Airbus A380 interior. The design was tested and reviewed using full-size mock-ups at key stages. Features included integrated articulating bins which greatly enhanced the feeling of space in the cabin environment. Go to Case Study for detail shots.

  • 2000.

    Dasell B737 Lavatory upgrade kit

    Dassel worked with Acumen to refresh all their lavatory modules. The challenge was to create an entire set of new aesthetic components whilst retaining the core structure and functionality.

  • 2000.

    ‘Eclipse’ Lay-flat mechanism

    This patented, angled lay-flat seat mechanism was invented and prototyped by Acumen for Zodiac Seating UK, and has subsequently become a generic platform for many successful seating products. It is still being sold today in a number of in-line business and first class cabins.

  • 2000.

    Air France Business Class

    In collaboration with their branding house Acumen effected a complete restyle across all of the Air France business class cabins, including the bar, changing rooms and bathroom enhancements.

  • 2000.

    Alliance Aircraft Corporation – Starliner Regional Jet

    Acumen were commissioned by Alliance Aircraft Corporation to design and build a full-size promotional jet interior in just twelve weeks from conception to installation in the U.S. The comprehensive work-scope included cabin linings, windows, overhead bins, galley, lavatory, cockpit, concept seating and external livery.

  • 2000.

    Cathay Pacific ‘Eclipse’ Business Class

    Cathay Pacific’s angled lay-flat business class seat was designed by Acumen in collaboration with Zodiac Seating UK. The seat features the Acumen-designed ‘Eclipse’ seating mechanism which later became the platform for Zodiac’s ‘Aura’ business class seat.

  • 2001.

    Sentinel 460 Gamma Radiography Projector

    This industrial instrument was redesigned by Acumen for ease of use and production, whilst retaining many pre-licensed components. The fail-safe and bomb-proof design had to adhere to the most stringent of performance criterion as defined by AEA.

  • 2001.

    Agarose Separation Unit

    Acumen was appointed by Amersham Pharmacea to develop a house-style for all laboratory instruments. Working with top research scientists, the AP Biotech protein processing system successfully combined updated design and simplified usage.

  • 2001.

    GNER “Mallard Mk4” Train Interior Refurbishment

    A £30 million refurbishment tasked Acumen and JPA with the total redesign of GNER’s high-speed train interiors. Launched to great acclaim by the Queen in 2001, it remains in service today.
    Read the Rail Magazine article here and the Railway Interiors International review here

  • 2001.

    London Underground – District Line Upgrade

    As part of a competitive bid to upgrade the District Line fleet, Acumen produced a range of radical interior design and styling options. These formed part of strategic discussions with London Underground.

  • 2002.

    Downhill Gravity Racer

    Not every design needs to travel at supersonic speeds to win. Following extensive wind-tunnel and development trials, Acumen’s soapbox raced against a blue chip field of automotive companies at the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed. In front of audience of 140,000 Acumen was placed second with a max speed of 57 mph, runners up only to McLaren. See News & Press for related press articles.

  • 2002.

    Lewmar – ‘Super Lock’ Rope-Clutch

    During a highly rewarding and long standing commercial partnership with Lewmar, Acumen created a vast range of high performance deck-hardware for the elite sailing community. The Dame Award winning ‘Super Lock’ rope clutch featured a patented controlled release mechanism that’s also kind to ropes with optimal grip. See full case study.

  • 2002.

    Lewmar – Ocean Racing Block System

    Acumen created the Dame Award winning range of over 100 pulley-blocks used by all competitors in the Americas Cup. The patented swivel-bayonet mechanism reduces considerable weight and maintenance whilst delivering optimum performance. See full case study.

  • 2002.

    Lewmar – Windlass Range

    As part of an extensive range development, Acumen were tasked with introducing new materials to reduce weight and cost set against significant improvements in performance. The stylish range of windlass incorporates a new visual language and a refined ‘gypsie’ to improve grip. See full case study.

  • 2002.

    Air France ‘Espace Premiere’ First Class

    Acumen was commissioned by Air France to create a first class cabin suite inspired by classic furniture design. Still in operation today, ‘Espace Premiere’ provides a sophisticated, understated first class travel experience. Go to Case Study for detail shots, or see News for 2004 Aircraft Interiors article.

  • 2004.

    Jamco B787 Lavatory Concept

    JAMCO chose Acumen’s concept design for their successful B787 bid to Boeing following a competitive pitch. Acumen built a full size development mock up to evaluate the new layout. The maintenance friendly and simply packaged configuration hugely enhanced the sense of space.

  • 2005.

    ‘Horizon’ Business Class Show Seat

    Launched at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg 2005, The ‘Horizon’ showseat was developed for Zodiac Seating UK. Seamlessly blending passenger comfort and style, it has been a highly successful product in their premium seating catalogue, with SAS (Scandinavian Airline Services) being the first of many customers.  See News for all related press.

  • 2005.

    Thompson ‘Cosy Suite’

    Developed in partnership with Thompson Aero Seating, the Cosy Suite is a disruptive approach to economy class seating. Its staggered layout improves comfort and privacy without any loss of seat count to the airline.

  • 2005.

    Air Canada ‘Solar’ Lay-flat Business Class Seat

    Building on the established success of Acumen’s prior herringbone cabin layouts, Zodiac Seating UK asked Acumen to develop an inboard facing herringbone variant as part of a pitch to Air Canada. With individual aisle access and class leading bed length, this product went on to fly with Delta and Jet Airways.

     

     

  • 2005.

    ‘Aura’ Lay Flat Business Class

    Another commission from Zodiac Seating UK resulted in a business class show-seat being launched at the Hamburg Aircraft Interiors Expo 2005. ‘Aura’ has already been successfully launched with over ten airlines, and continues to attract new customers, making it the most successful product on the Boeing 787 catalogue. See full Case Study

  • 2005.

    China Southern FC

    This elegant FC suite was derived from the Air France Espace Premiere and tailored to meet the specific requirements of China Southern Airlines

  • 2005.

    Air Canada B777 Bar Unit

    This bar area was designed and developed to provide a premium stretch area to complete Air Canada’s B777 business class cabin.

  • 2007.

    ‘Freedom’ Revolutionary Economy Seat

    ‘Freedom’ is a ground-breaking economy seat that positions passengers in opposing directions, increasing personal space by overlapping adjoining armrests. Finalist in the 2005 Crystal Cabin Awards, it garnered worldwide press exposure including coverage by BBC TV, USA Today and German terrestrial TV among others. Go to News to see all related press.

  • 2007.

    Cathay Pacific’s First Class Suite

    A blue-sky design study led to the ultimate first class experience for Cathay Pacific and they were awarded the prestigious Skytrax award for best First Class in 2008. For the first time, passengers could enjoy a super-wide bed and seat with integrated en-suite closet. Go to Case Study or News to see all related press.

  • 2007.

    Jet Airways ‘Solar Premiere’

    Based on the Zodiac’s ‘Solar’ seat designed for Air Canada, Jet Airways new and enlarged business class lay-flat seat was optimised for their B777 and A330 fleets. Features include a 23” wide seat and bed plus a larger monitor. Go to News to see all related press.

  • 2007.

    ‘Talon’ Business Jet

    Another blue sky development by Acumen, the Talon business jet programme aimed to understand and redefine what business passengers really want from their jet experience. Design went from first sketches through to a full size spatial mock-up. Go to Case Study to see the product in more detail.

  • 2007.

    ‘Venus’ Super First Class Suite

    Acumen were commissioned by Zodiac Seating UK to design a modular super first class platform for launch at the Hamburg Aircraft Interiors Expo 2007. The suite contains a series of original features such as a powered ottoman, a permanently deployed sliding table and a power assisted privacy screen. Several highly customised iterations of Venus are flying today. See full Case Study

  • 2007.

    Jet Airways B777 Bar Unit

    This bar area was designed and developed to provide a premium stretch area to complete Jet Airway’s B777 business class cabin

  • 2007.

    Jet Airways A330 Bar Unit

    This bar area was designed and developed to provide a premium stretch area to complete Jet Airways A330 business class cabin

  • 2008.

    Britax ‘Baby-Safe Sleeper’

    Working closely with the Britax Research Institute, Acumen designed and developed the world’s first fully compliant in-car safety cot for babies up to 9 months. Britax enjoyed award-winning success with this first ever lay-flat auto carry-cot to pass industry front and side impact tests with a 5 out of 5 safety rating. See full Case Study

  • 2008.

    Delta ‘Vantage’ Business Class

    For many years Acumen has been responsible for Delta’s cross-fleet styling and design. When Delta selected the Thompson ‘Vantage’ Business Class product, Acumen was naturally responsible for bringing the look and feel of the seat in line with the rest of the brand identity.

  • 2009.

    The Korean Air ‘Kosmo’ First Class Suite

    Acumen were appointed as Korean Air’s designers of choice to design and develop a blue-sky first class suite like no other. The key element of the brief demanded an ‘open-feel’ to the cabin when first boarding which could transform into a private enclosure at the touch of a button. This suite has proven most popular with Korean’s premium passengers. Go to News to see all related press.

  • 2009.

    Thai Airways’ ‘Royal Suite’ First Class

    The ‘Royal Suite’ was based on the highly successful ‘Venus’ platform manufactured by Zodiac Seating UK. Many features were tailored to bring it in line with Thai Airways’ specific branding guidelines and customer profile.

  • 2010.

    Delta “Cirrus” Business Class

    The redesign of Zodiac’s ‘Cirrus’ seat for Delta involved maximising passenger space, applying Delta’s brand identity and simplifying the look and feel of the whole cabin. Acumen was also responsible for managing complex interfaces between various interior components. Go to News to see all related press.

  • 2010.

    China Southern FC

    Following China Southern’s selection of the ‘Venus’ first class seat platform, Acumen was tasked to adapt it from ‘seat’ into a more private ‘suite’ with sliding doors. As part of the process all exterior surfaces were restyled in keeping with the airline’s corporate identity. Go to News to see all related press.

  • 2011.

    Jet Airways ‘Vantage 2’ BC

    Jet airways approached Acumen to redesign Zodiac UK’s ‘Vantage’ business class seat. With a focus on ease of use and a simplification of the production method, ‘Vantage 2’ features a novel sliding table design, improved storage and re-proportioning of the seat. Go to News

  • 2011.

    OnPulse Technology

    Powered by OnPulse™ technology, the geko™ and firefly™ devices stimulate the perineal nerve which in-turn contracts the calf muscle creating a substantial increase in blood circulation. These simple disposable devices have been proven to provide a number of beneficial effects such as the prevention of DVT, accelerated wound healing, enhanced athletic performance and muscle recovery.

  • 2012.

    Air China First Class Suite

    Based on the ever popular ‘Venus’ platform, the Air China suite was developed primarily for their B777 fleet. The suite was redesigned to meet Air China’s unique customer requirements and in accordance with their brand guidelines.   Read more. 

  • 2012.

    Modulus Business Class Seat

    Developed with Zodiac Seating UK as part of an on-going blue-sky programme, Acumen invented a modular seating system that gives passengers the option of nine different configurations for their comfort and ease. This flexible high-density product has a range of interchangeable elements such as monitors, storage solutions and other passenger friendly features. See full Case Study

  • 2013.

    ‘Ora’ Round Paper Towel

    The round paper towel was co-invented by Acumen, bringing the first genuine shake up to the kitchen towel sector since it started. Being stacked conically, the towels eliminate the need for an inner cardboard tube, allowing the customer a one hand grab and saving space on shelves and transport. Currently on sale exclusively through Tesco. See full Case Study or Related News.

  • 2013.

    CABIN ATTENDANT SEATING

    Acumen worked in close collaboration with a fortune 500 company to improve the comfort and styling of cabin attendant seats. This B787 show seat was well received at the 2013 Hamburg Aircraft Interiors Show by customers who appreciated the more stylish design of this neglected cabin fixture. See case study. See Case Study 

  • 2013.

    Saudi B777 First Class Suite

    Based on one of B/E Aerospace’s popular suites, Acumen redesigned the product to meet Saudi’s specific requirements, working closely with Honour Branding to incorporate a new colour pallet befitting a modern Arabian airline.

  • 2014.

    Recaro ‘Flexi’ High Density Business Class Seat

    This new and exciting, patented modular seating layout shows yet another step change in Business Class seating. The forward facing seats are staggered and gently cantered to offer every passenger a full flat bed and individual aisle access in a high-density cabin.

  • 2014.

    Etihad A380 – ‘The Apartment’

    This cabin boasts the first single-aisle product ever to be installed in a wide-body aircraft. This highly original patented seating layout was conceived and developed by Acumen to truly recreate the boutique hotel experience. The class-leading footprint of the suite allows a 30” wide seat, a separate 26” wide bed, vanity unit and adjoining suites with double beds. See full case study and News.

  • 2014.

    Etihad Flagship A380 – ‘The Business Studio’

    This unique and original blue-sky seating layout was conceived by Acumen for Etihad back in 2009. The forward and aft facing seats nest in a way that allows every passenger a full flat bed, individual aisle access and provides a class-leading level of personal space. See full case study and news.

  • 2014.

    Etihad B787 First Class Suite

    Conceived by Acumen to compliment the A380 flagship suite, this is the first and only first class cabin flying on a B787. The unusual patented cabin layout consists of forward and aft facing seats and uses a curved aisle to maximise width, where the passenger requires it most. This layout feature also helps smoothly integrate the suites into the B787 cabin architecture. See full Case study and news

  • 2014.

    Etihad Flagship A380 – ‘The Residence’

    Redefining air travel with a new class of flight, this ground-breaking product is the first VIP offer to be developed for a commercial wide-body aircraft.
    Comprising a private lounge with 60” wide sofa, a completely enclosed bedroom with double bed and en-suite shower, it has been in development over the last five years. See full case study and news.

  • 2014.

    Cabin Attendant Seating

    Acumen have worked closely together with a major fortune 500 company to develop a customisable on-wing seat refurbishment packages that deliver a class-leading automotive level of fit, finish and finesse to an otherwise utilitarian cabin element. The up-grade kits were exhibited at the Hamburg Aircraft Interiors Expo and will be ready for delivery in December 2014. See News and Case Study

  • 2014.

    ETIHAD A380 & B787 ECONOMY CLASS SEAT

    Acumen redesigned Zodiac’s 5751 economy seat for the historic Etihad flagship A380 fleet, The new ‘fixed wing’ headrest design enhances relaxation and also creates double and single seat zones in the cabin. The seat was further restyled to incorporate the latest generation of IFE equipment for specific customer requirements. See news and case study

  • 2014.

    AMERICAN AIRLINES – ‘new’ Business Class

    After two years of conceptualizing and customer research American Airlines elected to develop Acumen’s patented radical fore and aft Business Class cabin configuration concept launched at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg 2014. Final styling and product branding formed part of JPA’s expanded corporate brief. See News

  • 2015.

    CHINA EASTERN B777 FIRST CLASS SUITE

    Acumen have re-imagined the highly successful ‘Venus’ platform for China Eastern’s new B777 fleet. The fully enclosed suites, incorporate a new contemporary colour pallet, and custom designed features, including sliding doors, full length closet and a double bed (centre suites).