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

Place Airport Seating by Fentress Architects

Denver, Colorado) December 2, 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 Phase I at 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 improve the travel experience even more.

The goal Michael McCoy and I had in working together was to effectively address the frustrations that travelers face daily. As a frequent flier, I can confidently say that Place is a huge step toward alleviating some of that pain. Place balances pragmatic functionality with a brilliantly simple aesthetic.
Curtis 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

About Michael McCoy: Michael McCoy is the recipient of the Smithsonian’s first Design Minds National Design Award with Katherine McCoy for, in the words of the museum, “affecting a paradigm shift in the design profession.” His influential designs, including the new Horizon LED Light for Humanscale and the million-selling “Bulldog Chair” for Knoll, have won many international design awards including the Red Dot Award and the IDSA Gold Award and are in the permanent design collections of New York's Museum of Modern Art and The Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. He is the former Director of 3D Design for the influential Cranbrook Academy of Art and holds an honorary doctorate from the Kansas City Art Institute.

About ARCONAS: Translated from the Greek language, ARCONAS means  ‘innovative  leader.’ Established in 1972, the company provides a comprehensive range of modular and public seating solutions, ergonomic business and soft seating solutions, portable workstations, task and cafe chairs, and  occasional  tables.  Their  work  can  be  found  in  major  airport  and  transportation  terminals, government offices, universities, healthcare centers and corporate offices throughout the world.