It is imperative the world gets a vaccine to fight against the Covid-19 virus, but it is also important to devise tools that help us live our lives to the fullest despite its omnipresence. London-based agency Layer has conceptualized movie theater seats that aim to limit the spread of Covid-19. Cinemagoers must be pining to get back to watch their favorite movies on the big screen in a hall that’s crammed with people and the smell of popcorn; which is why Benjamin Hubert of experience design agency LAYER has designed Sequel Seat to entice moviegoers back to cinemas in a post-COVID-19 world. Sequel Seat parades a variety of clever features like integrated LEDs on the headrest that flash the seat number and the name used for the booking so no one errs by sitting in the wrong seat. The seat is devoid of dirt traps as the 3D-knitted fabric upholstery incorporates antibacterial copper threads and is seamlessly woven to eliminate crevices. What are more important than the stain-resistant textile are removable protective screens that safely separate audience members. It is practical and hopeful of impending better times when strict hygiene measures may no longer be needed and the screen can then be removed. Don’t be impressed just yet as the Sequel Seat offers many more features with optimum safety and minimum contact in mind than one might anticipate from a cinema seat; the armrest between each seat is a storage unit for bags and jackets which keeps belongings out of the aisle and contact from passerby’s. An innovative built-in UV light sterilizes the belongings when they are placed inside. The rear of each seat also features a UV light that is used to sterilize the seat behind it in between screenings.
Other than hygiene, safety, and COVID-related features the seat also amplifies the movie-watching experience with integrated personal speakers in the headrest of each seat along with an intuitive control panel that allows users to easily control the recline, lumbar support, and seat temperature, or call for assistance. Layer’s Sequel seats are colored in light pink and blue pastel hues which gives them a clean, fresh, and sanitized appearance. The modular cinema seats can be arranged into rows of any desired length, making them suitable for different cinema sizes and configurations. I would certainly feel comfortable and protected watching a movie in a cinema with Sequel seats, would you?