Client | Arlanda Express

Benches that are visible and inviting. That was the brief when Arlanda Express wanted seating for their platforms at Arlanda airport. And that was what Idesign had in mind when designing ”Sticks”. The inspirational idea for the ”Sticks” benches is a curved conversation sofa – but at a gigantic scale. You should be able to sit on both sides of the rolling backrest, made out of oak sticks. This way, you get your own personal space and can also choose on which side of the platform you wish to sit. The seating is in solid oak, a material that lasts over time, both physically and experientially; it is durable and classic.

The idea started with a sketch of a S-shaped lump of clay with a backrest made of round wooden sticks. Based on this, sketches were made in 3D in order to create images to portray the concept. When presented to Arlanda Express, it was received with enthusiasm over the expression and functionality.

Then came the hard part: to produce the bench backrest. The pins could only be placed correctly by using an advanced, giant 5-axis milling machine. We did this with the eminent milling machine owned by Linjon at Djurgårdsvarvet. They also made the molds for the concrete foundations.

Today, more people are sitting on the platforms than ever before. This feels like a good rating of the benches.