Fly in color. A chromatic “model” for the cabin of a commercial aircraft


  • STEFANO GABBATORE Politecnico di Torino
  • CLAUDIO GERMAK Politecnico di Torino



CMF design CMF (colors, materials, finishes), UXD user experience design, HCD human centered design


The European research CASTLE (Cabin System Design Towards Passenger Wellbeing) puts the passenger's perception of well being at the center of a prototype commercial aeronautics project. From this point of view, the evaluation of ergonomics and the travel experience become the objectives of an analysis of the space/context in which color, integrated with the functional components, of the shape and materials, becomes a tool for the concept design of the cabin space. The methodological approach developed therefore entrusts color to a primary role in defining the state of well-being and identity of the cabin space, through a "color model" that can be scaled in relation to the colors that each company will choose for its own color image.

Author Biographies

  • STEFANO GABBATORE, Politecnico di Torino

    PhD student in Management, Production and Design at the Politecnico di Torino. Member of UXD PoliTO team, with research field in physical and cognitive well-being within means of transport, analyzed through ergonomics and user experience tools.

  • CLAUDIO GERMAK, Politecnico di Torino

    Full professor of Design at Department of Architecture and Design (DAD) at Politecnico di Torino, and Member of Interdepartmental Center CARS@PoliTO - Center for Automotive Research and Sustainable Mobility. He also leads the UXD PoliTO team, actives in HCD/UX/UI methodologies for services/products evaluation and design. Past president of SID - Italian Design Society (2018-2021).


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How to Cite

“Fly in color. A chromatic ‘model’ for the cabin of a commercial aircraft” (2023) Cultura e Scienza del Colore - Color Culture and Science, 15(02), pp. 7–14. doi:10.23738/CCSJ.150201.