Leave it to the Dutch to design a commuter train that you might actually look forward to riding. The Dutch National Railway Company recently showed off a new vision for what its trains might look like in 2025, and the result is pretty dreamy.
The company tapped Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo and furniture company Gispen to design a concept that centers around a kit of modular seats that can be mixed and matched to adapt to the myriad ways people like to sit on trains.
There’s the classic two-seater, of course. But there’s also a love seat-style bench, a U-shaped cluster of seats with a foldable table, individual seats that line up with a desk, and plenty more options including a tiered bleacher design.
For the moment, the designs are just concepts (read: don’t get too jealous just yet), but it’s a first step to acknowledging that people spend enough time commuting every day to justify an experience that’s not just efficient, but comfortable, too.
Via: Fast Company