The Lexus Kinetic Seat Concept lets the Japanese brand imagine a more comfortable way for people to sit in a vehicle.
A comfortable chair can transform a way a vehicle feels behind the wheel by making the driver feel at one with the machine. At the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Lexus is showing its spider-inspired idea for a new design called Kinetic Seat Concept.
Rather than a traditional upholstery-covered chair, the Kinetic Seat is more like high-end office furniture because of its flexible, webbed panels. They disperse a person’s weight better, which makes sitting for long periods more comfortable.
The design also allows the cushion and backrest to adjust as the driver’s weight shifts. According to Lexus, this allows the seat to stabilize a person’s head while a vehicle is moving and lets them maintain steady forward vision. The layout comes with the further advantage of relieving the pressure on the muscles around the spine, so occupants arrive at their destination more relaxed.
Lexus makes the webs from a synthetic form of spider’s silk. The substance comes from microbial fermentation that creates a protein. Spinning it creates an environmentally friendly material that is also a great shock absorber.
The Japanese luxury automaker doesn’t indicate whether this concept previews a production application or just shows what is possible with cutting-edge tech. However, we might seem them in an upcoming concept crossover. Take a close look through the window at the interior of the sub-compact UX’s teaser image, and it definitely appears that the Kinetic Seat Concept is inside.
Lexus has been using bolder, sharp-edged styling recently as a way to differentiate its vehicles from more traditional looking luxury competitors, like those from BMW. In the right model, these seats could be just the right touch to continue the striking design motif. We can easily imagine them in a range-topping version of the LC as a way to further the coupe’s already avant-garde appearance.