Lexus Kinetic Seat

The Spider silk car seat of the future

Lexus will be debuting a wild new concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the Kinetic seat.

The Kinetic seat immediately stands out thanks to its bright orange metal frame and rather than fitting the usual array of foam cushions, Lexus has draped the Kinetic seat in a spiderweb pattern of fibres that suspended you a bit like a hammock would.

The net is flexible enough to fit the shape of whoever sits in it, and spreads the load evenly for improved comfort.

Rather than using fabric, leather, artificial leather or Alcantara, the Kinetic Seat’s upholstery is made of a synthetic spider silk material named QMONOS.

Kinetic Seat Front Shot
Kinetic Seat Rear Shot
Kinetic Seat Side Shot

The company says it’s formed by fermenting protein before spinning it into silk. We’re not too sure how that works either, but the company behind it, Spiber Inc, claims it provides superior toughness and shock absorption.

Lexus claims the seat concept is very ergonomic, too, thanks to a clever backrest which pivots from side to side. The seat cushion moves too, allowing the driver to stabilise his or her head more easily – the same way you would when walking or jogging.