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Unique furniture of violence and desire

Author: • Nov 17th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, fashion, flying, Interior design

By day the overflights of B-52s crossed the drowned causeways of the delta, unique ciphers of violence and desire.

J.G. Ballard, The Atrocity Exhibition.

Ballardian: MotoArt

ABOVE: MotoArt’s B-707 Fuselage Room Divider.

Chris Nakashima-Brown emails to tell me about MotoArt, which produces SMOKING HOT furniture made from aviation parts. As Chris says: ‘The perfect extra touch for the Ballardian bachelor pad…’

I want the B-52 Office Ejection Seat … and the F-4 Phantom Coffee Table … Oh and the … oh, oh … ahhhh…

I think Troy Paiva might also be interested.

More info: MotoArt.

Ballardian: MotoArt

ABOVE: MotoArt’s F-4 Phantom Coffee Table.

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ABOVE: MotoArt’s B-52 Ejector Office Chair.

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  1. Nice stuff — but I’d be more interested in Ballardian environments for families.

  2. Bosse, have you never heard of BallardWorld?


  3. Finally! The interaction of the human body with ultra-carefully engineered aircraft interiors deserves intense study…. and it gets it! From Head-Of-State Airbus 380s to 4-passenger single-engine executive personal jets to your average line-service Boeing or Airbust. You have just entered a realm of design engineering whose compromise-problems are really impossible to master…

    Oddly enough, most of the the plastics historically used in airliner interiors produce intensely deadly and destructive gases -such as cyanide- when burned. Many a passenger or brave cabin crewmember who has survived impact has choked to death on that smoke. Smoke hoods for each seat have been proposed…. just flimsy light clear plastic bags to give you a chance, no real weight penalty..- but NOT adopted! I believe this is a criminally bad decision.

    All cabin component materials were engineered & design-used because they were very light… and so it is with the Seat Attachment dilemma. Your seat and all its attachment-supports MUST be light but as strong as possible to resist detachment and piling up in an crushing human sandwich in the forward section in a sudden Crash-stop. No airline can afford to carry unnecessary extra deadweight seat-reinforcement around… so that design is a true art. Strength through Art…

    The choice is between crash survivability … and seat stability = ability to evacuate…. vs. weight of the strong materials necessary to ensure the seat stays where it is. With a 200-lb man in it taking say, 20+ instantaneous forward-slam-stop Gs. Next time you board, look at the frame of your seat and how it is attached to the deck-floor longitudinal strength members. You are looking at the product of a CENTURY of the best possible COMPROMISE engineering. Refined and re-refined for decades. Even going to the new carbon-fiber lighter-than-aluminum beverage carts can save an airline several million money-units a year in fuel costs….

    Truth is they still come loose, no one can predict the random angles and G-loading strengths of any CRASH. That light-as-possible floor deck can crush down in a decompression event. Whole rows of passengers have been thrown from the aircraft in a hull-damage or door-decompression, while the aircraft lands safely- minus them. In the 1974 Paris Turk Hava Yollari famous DC-10 crash, the floor collapsed and crushed all control cables. Two full rows of passengers seated aft were ejected instantly, all still side-by-side and belted in. They fell in a turnip field far from the ultimate Ermenonville Main Crash Site – from a few thousand feet up. There were farmers present near that field, and they will tell you that they heard them screaming ALL the way down…. This is not usually publicly discussed for obvious reasons. But it’s true. They rode their seats down, conscious all the way… the official reports claim that these pax were all killed instantly by head injuries on ejection, but this is NOT true, it is only what they told the families… for mercy to their grief. Now airliner floors are designed to VENT the pressure release and NOT collapse. But I know of at least 4 passengers who were decompression-ejected INTO THE ENGINES when a cargo hatch or window blew out. The rest of the aircraft landed safely… China Airlines 747 and a Continental incident… you don’t want to be seated parallel to the engines! Sometimes they throw blades… even thru the Kevlar Containment Ring.

    As you board, touch each seat you pass, starting at the nearest exit. This will give you a body-feel kinesiologic-physical memory of how to make it to the exit when the cabin is solid black smoke…if you survive the impact, which very often happens. Be ready to jump-dive OVER collapsed seat rows if you have to, and if you can’t, hit the floor and follow the embedded floor-guidelights to the different-colored one. (That’s the exit)

    The hot killer smoke rises in the cabin, and the only air left WILL be on the floor.. but then you risk a trampling. You must then make your ULTIMATE EFFORT to survive. Try to hold your breath if you’re in the smoke at all. Dip down to the floor for a clean breath, it will probably be there.

    Back burning-plastic smoke is ultra-deadly, grey smoke MUCH less so. Pull the overwing hatch exit release UP and IN, then rotate the whole hatch 90 degrees to point it to THROW IT OUT! But DON’T do this if you see flames on that side… go to the other and do the same. Usually only a few passengers will scream or visibly panic, reports are that a strange calm usually reigns when the aircraft stops and begins to burn.. This is deadly, you MUST move out – release your belt as soon as the wreckage stops! You CAN’T remain in place if you want to live! But many do… that could have lived if they were ready to move out! But they are paralyzed by their own minds and .. I would call it a “resignation” to Fate. Or their Deity.

    Then, unique conditions will determine if you can pull others out, or just make your own dive out on the wing. Slide and roll BACK AFT OFF the wing and flaps, and be ready to drop only about 10-15 feet to the dirt or runway. Protect your head with your hands while falling… then run! Stay on the wing and help others do the same IF you can, but DON’T be a hero… If you have a door exit already deployed, jump, sit, slide.. and clear that slide FAST! The escape slide release is often in the bottom sill of the door.. if the cabin crew is disabled. Now most of them will deploy automatically. See vids below for the insider details of their workings. Who knows – might come in VERY useful someday!

    Those who resign themselves and remain paralyzed by events, still belted in their seat will usually die from the smoke, when they could have lived if they moved out FAST and AS PRE-PLANNED by THOUGHT. Be READY for it! Mentally rehearse the above body movement choices you MIGHT have to make instantly… on EVERY flight!

    Now think about if it were YOUR job to engineer this whole system! An Airbus-380 can evacuate its whole pax & crew load of 873 randomly selected people at the incredible speed of 90 seconds, when people know what to do – but Crash Conditions are VERY different… see demo of this at:


    The main requirements for that evacuation drill were:
    * 650 passengers taking part
    * Lights will be out in cabin
    * Half of exits will be closed
    * Drill must feature 40% women, 35% people over 50
    * Passengers will not be told which exits are in use
    * Passengers must wear their seat belts

    Know how to work the escape mechanisms, help the cabin crew but do not interfere with them, follow their orders! Watch for disabled or crush-trapped cabin crewmembers – help them!

    Work those escape mechanisms yourself- IF NECESSARY!



    Now we can admire that slick beautiful decanter table, eh? I want that LOVELY ejection seat chair for my office. Not for me, but to seat others who come in to see me – I believe that my business day would then go a bit faster…. 😉

  4. […] This is an aside titled ‘For the Aviation Fetishists’ dated 12/1/08 Richard Mosse’s Planes on Fire. Gallery and fascinating interview in TMN. “I wouldn’t go as far as to say that there is beauty in destruction. These are very different things. But sometimes they overlap, and when they do an opportunity arises with which it is possible to confront the viewer with an ethical dilemma, forcing the viewer to see how he perceives disaster, how disaster is consumed. And what is consumed must also be produced,” he says. See also MotoArt’s furniture made of aviation parts. “The perfect extra touch for the Ballardian bachelor pad.” […]

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