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Air hostesses at the Stedelijk

22 July 2006 – Airlines use dynamic logos, comfortable chairs and fashionable uniforms to distinguish themselves from their competitors. Last week, the Stedelijk opened an exhibition on design and architecture for air travel.

The exhibition opens with a quote from Andy Warhol: “Airplanes and airports have my favorite kind of food service, my favorite kinds of entertainment, my favorite graphics and colors, the best security checks, the best views, the best employees and the best optimism”.

Designers have the task to evoke this optimism and dynamism, but they also have to solve all kinds of practical problems. Everything on board of an airplane must be light and must take up little space. Airports must be conveniently arranged and process passengers efficiently.

Schiphol Airport is internationally known as a passenger-friendly airport, because of the transparent arrangement and the clear signposts. Incidentally, the arrangement is becoming more chaotic due to the commercialisation of the aiport.

Since 1929, passengers are served hot meals on board. In 1948, the Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) had melanin cups and plates designed. Shortly before, the ready tray system had been introduced, with meals being prepared and put on trays at the airport.

In the 1950s, the drop-leaf tables were introduced, and in the 1960s the trolleys that were used to distribute the food in the ever larger airplanes. Strikingly, the sets of cups and plates long included little ashtrays.

The most fun items at the exhibition are the air hostess uniforms and the airline logos, as they featured on posters, bags, packets of cigarettes and manuals on corporate identity.

Practical information

Werner Machnik, Lufthansa flight attendant uniform, 1970–79.
Photo: Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Walter Dorwin Teague, Interior design of the Tiger Lounge for a mock-up of the Boeing 747, 1970.
Photo: Teague


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