Sticks – Arlanda Express


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. The user should be able to sit on both sides of the rolling backrest, made out of oak sticks. This way, they get their own personal space and can also choose on which side of the platform they wish to sit. The seating is in solid oak, a material that lasts over time, both physically and stylistically; it is durable and classic.

The idea came from experimentation with rough mock-ups wehich resulted in a S-shaped lump of clay with a backrest made of round wooden sticks. Based on this, the concept was developed and visualised in 3D. When presented to Arlanda Express, it was received with enthusiasm over the expression and functionality.

However, the perceived simplicity of the design can be deceiving – manufacturing the bench was anything but easy. The pins could only be placed correctly by using an advanced, giant 5-axis milling machine. We were fortunate enough to receive assistance from Linjon at Djurgårdsvarvet which had the machines and expertise to make this happen. Linjon 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.

Other benches for Arlanda Central: Drip Drop