“X”Bench – You Name It, You Win it

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January 4, 2011

I have a decent eye for design, and can usually figure out how to build what I can imagine, but crafting names for my designs is not my forte’.  So, I am enlisting the endless power of the interweb to see if I can shake something loose. To make it exciting without drawing blood, I will offer the winner the very bench that they craftily name. At $2,000, it’s a worth a bunch more than what you find in a cereal box and you have a better chance at winning than you do with scratch offs.

The “X” Bench family’s stunning profile creates a stir in any public setting.  Thanks to its symmetrical silhouette any number of configurations and arm options can be achieved, offering the utmost flexibility for modular indoor or outdoor seating.  Perfect as a stand-alone bench or ganged in a row, the crisp combination of hand-selected hardwoods and satin aluminum bands creates a durable and distinctive piece. Packs flat for efficient shipping.

Enter your name suggestions in the comment section below.  At the end of January  Feburary 14th!,I will weigh all of the entries and have a voting session with colleagues and friends. I will notify the winner third week of February. The bench will most likely be made from reclaimed mahogany, but I will hear out wishes.   The Bench will be shipped with the first production run and shipping costs are the responsibility
of the winner (not too bad since it packs flat).

{ 109 comments… read them below or add one }

Laurieann Dygowski January 6, 2011 at 9:26 am

Great design, great product. The “bands” of metal drew my imagination. Here are a couple of suggestions on that theme;

1) Bandy Bench

2) Bandit Bench

Might stop by to see your shop next time we go through KC. Thanks for the fun and seeing some quality work.


Barbara Haman January 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Fabulous bench…it’s lightness / airness reminded me of an name, as did the forms of the end panels.

Linastack – for linear ends that have an added arm and back (stacking) feature
Aero Bench – for it’s aerodynamic form

Mayan Bench – the forms at the end reminded me of some mayan structures seen int ravel


Kelly Schafer January 6, 2011 at 10:39 am

Half of the banded end looked like R2D2 from Star Wars so I’m suggesting “R2″ Bench. Beautiful bench!


efa January 6, 2011 at 12:10 pm

It’s a beautiful line of furniture. I’m seeing an abstracted butterfly, so how about a butterfly name – “Celastrina”? Celastrina Ladon (aka Spring Azure) is on the list of butterflies in Kansas:

And some images:


Jason Bailly January 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm

The bench for me evokes airplane imagery…
• In side elevation we see an airliner ascending towards the sky
• Aluminum, of course, is the universal material used in much of the construction of airplanes
• The taper of either of the seat elements is reminiscent of an airfoil

The name of the bench should be ‘Bernoulli’
Homage to Bernoulli’s Principle which can be used to calculate the lift force on an airfoil. Without which, airplanes would not be.


Miro April 20, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Congratulations, I think you did a awesome job on the naming of this bench! It is perfect!


Nicolas Morin January 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm

How about the “Back2Back”…it’s easy to imagine two people sitting back to back in this photo. Until I saw the backed version, I thought it was made of two modules placed against one another….looks like a great product for a location where users would want to look in either direction.


Kathy January 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm

From first glance this brought forth an image of how much fun it is to fly down a slide. It was fun as a kid and it is still fun now. My suggestion would be the “Slide Bench.”


casey January 9, 2011 at 7:50 pm

On first glance I thought it was a single sided bench sat infront of a mirror… I think you should call it “ditto” after the old photocopier machines.

very nice design!


Erik Jertson January 11, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Trapeze Bench, derived from the trapezoids repeated throughout and the sense of weightlessness of the bench itself. Plus, trapeze originally comes from the Greek word meaning small table, check it out: http://www.word-origins.com/definition/trapeze.html


Miles January 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm

“Gemini” synonym for the concept of duality.


AndrewBennettDickson January 28, 2011 at 6:49 am

I like the duality component, might morph it slightly.


Rodrigo Rosas January 18, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Mantis Bench. I thought the bench with its long and skinny legs and ability to transform itself into being part of the enviroment or not (camouflage), plus the elegance and graciousness of the lines of the design are all elements you find on a Preying Mantis!

Beautiful whatever the name will be.


jamie January 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm

how about xyz bench? WDmtL bench?
or speechless bench?


AndrewBennettDickson January 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Jamie, don’t expect favoritism, this is to the death@!


Mathew January 28, 2011 at 4:46 am

how about…
shiftalavice = shift + lavice ( Czech for bench )

transpanca = tansform + panca ( italian for bench )

benchkit = bench + kit


Narendran January 28, 2011 at 4:49 am

As your description suggests, this bench can be used as stand alone and as well as with others,
it reminds me of my personal and lonely times and as well as the times which i spent with my friend.
Hence I would name it as, “Me ‘n’ My Amigos”
which simply means me and my friends. :)


AndrewBennettDickson January 28, 2011 at 6:41 am

Sounds like a meal deal at a taco place.


Meredith January 28, 2011 at 4:51 am

I would call it “Meredith’s Bench”, especially since it has my initials clearly spelled out in the design.

Love it. Beautiful design.


AndrewBennettDickson January 28, 2011 at 6:42 am

Hmm, I think my wife or dog would have honors first. Thanks fot the visit though.


Nick January 28, 2011 at 5:00 am

How about the “Re-former” bench? Reclaimed materials, transposing form…

Very nice work…


Nick January 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Or, in Italian…”riformatore”


Anton January 28, 2011 at 5:03 am

Adamo bench. Adamo – the Latin word for to fall in love with, find pleasure in. Love and a bench works well in my life, sharing a pleasurable moment in life together with someone else on a bench.


AndrewBennettDickson January 28, 2011 at 6:43 am

I like the way it sounds, but in written it just screams Adam. Thanks,


Danielle January 28, 2011 at 5:05 am



Christian Gallus January 28, 2011 at 5:32 am

i´m stumbling, an live in germany.
i like your bench, and the idea of using the power of the cloud, as we would say here in germany. as i looked at the bench to find the metaphoric aspects, i came back all the time to the cross, just like on a graveyard. otherwise the wood reminds me on the beautiful riva yacht.
but my proopsal defitnely is “kreuzverhör”, which is translated as cross-examination, a bad transformation for our subtile and ironic expression. so i hope in your language the “third degree” may perform the task.


AndrewBennettDickson January 28, 2011 at 6:47 am

That has potential, but would need a nickname for pronunciations sake. Where in DE? I grew up in Mainz and Bad Kreuznach for awhile.


NickRenwick January 28, 2011 at 7:13 am

Looking at all the other comments, It makes me wonder why no-one has chosen the name i will yet:


I have chosen this name as the bench to me represents perfect symmetry, endless uses and would blend into any and all settings and environments. As you said ‘ offering the utmost flexibility for modular indoor or outdoor seating. Perfect as a stand-alone bench or ganged in a row’ This to me means one thing, Harmony in all its aspects of use and movement.



AndrewBennettDickson January 28, 2011 at 7:22 am

Harmony is good, but maybe a synonym or translation. The name needs to be fairly unique, not so much in common usage and look good printed. Thanks!


Brian Thompson January 28, 2011 at 7:24 am

“please stare” in command form (bad japanese)
After all, a little vanity is good. The bench knows it looks good.
For a short name “the DOZO bench”


Anton January 28, 2011 at 8:14 am

Serenity could be another alternative.


Jonathan Fogarty January 28, 2011 at 9:15 am

Alluminic Executive Gazer

Alluminic – the metal
Executive – it looks dignified and pretty elegant
Gazer – like someone before me said, it has an aeronautical quality, perhaps future-like. Future = stars + I can imagine sitting on it in a night time garden watching stars. Stars = Gazer.


Lisa Burke January 28, 2011 at 10:27 am

I propose the name “Spasso” for your sleek bench. It’s an Italian word, (which plays well with your design piece); and it has a double meaning. In Italian, “andare a spasso” is to stroll – which is a perfect time for a bench. Something that is “un spasso” is a thing that brings you great joy and makes you smile. Both interpretations fit nicely with the X bench! Compliments on your work…. It’s striking.


Jessica January 28, 2011 at 10:54 am

Reminds me of an old church bench with a modern touch. How about “Church Bench: Reinvented”. Okay, so I’m not great at coming up with names either. Love it though! It’s beautiful.


Sunny January 28, 2011 at 11:33 am

It reminds me of a four step square box, so in honor of our classes, I think “The Waltz Bench” is appropriate. Defiantly another great piece to your collection.


Brett January 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm

How about Mutare latin for “to change”
or Omkeer means transformation, alteration
Reclasa – rearrange
Just a few I thought sounded kind of cool.


Joe K. January 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm

How about ‘POMMEL’ or something like that. The handles kind of remind me of the Pommel horse used in gymnastics…


Molly McMillan January 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I like the mirror concept. I think Reflection would be a cool name because it can encompass the physical look of the bench and also the idea of a bench as a place to sit and ponder


Nick January 28, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I also like “Accordo”…Italian for agreement, settlement…also reminds me of the folding of an accordion…


Mirco January 28, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Those four came into my mind:
“Quatron Bench” – because its devided into four (Quad), and modern (i just saw TRON…)
“Bimero Bench” – bio + geometry, looks a bit cellular
“Cybench” – because its a metal-wood-hybrid, ergo a Cyborg XD
and last but not least:
“The Kurzweil” – German word (something like “disport” in english), also a famous researcher (Ray Kurzweil)

P.S.: Great Design!!!


Sara January 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm

How about the Versa bench for it’s versatility. Thinking about the lines, a more mathematical name might be cool like the Geome bench(geometry) or the Vector bench.


Nick Gonzalez February 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I have some names, I hope you like it!
Skamya Bench
Sate Bench
Oruga Bench


Manny Velazquez February 1, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Modula bench (modular) MOD bench (modern modular), Crecere bench (from the verb crecer, to grow).


Andrew Dreves, ASID February 2, 2011 at 10:16 am


Here are my ideas:

aero-taper bench ( for the airplane-like metal loops and subtle tapered wood seat)

Shim-it up bench (the seat looks like a wood shim)

Good luck and I hope you are successful with the design. Very beautiful!


Dimitris Sykas February 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm

From the first eyeglance one thing come to my mind..

The “London Bridge”

So there you go!!


Ann Young February 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Hi Andrew,

Awesome design–love the bench!

–My idea is “merge”, “mingle” or “mix” –because in whatever environment the bench is placed, the result will be a merging, mingling or mixing of people by its design—either standing alone or ganged together. It is sleek, can be made out of environmentally safe products, and can be specified in a ton of different applications–great job!


Jens Kosak February 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Very nice design.

In the side view the bench represents two very bold ” i ‘s “, for that reason I suggest the name
” i – sit “.
Catchy …


Jens Kosak February 2, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Besides the i – shape, iy has a very aerodynamic look to it. How about “Icarus” the first fligher (greek mythology). Or “brother’s” after the “Wright’s” – bench.

good luck


apostol catap February 2, 2011 at 6:17 pm

i call it “el filibusterer bench”.. because it really obstruct the mind of the viewer where the beauty remains the secret on how it would expand to the fulliest.


H.Szabo February 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Le Bench

(less is more)


Chris Handzel February 3, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Symbiosis – living together, people + furniture, wood + metal , furnishing + environment


Lisanne Moen February 3, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Wedge Ledge!
Nice design – good on ya!


Sebastian Kaupert February 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm



Mike Andrews February 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm


gimme a couple o’ them strudes for the hallway–make it easy for the client to remember


Paul Melecky February 3, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Name for the bench: “Double Four”, and “Double Four Compact”.
P.S. Nice Design – Easy and Practical.


Hank Lyle February 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Siamese Bench


Geri Cruickshank Eaker February 3, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I love it!…… and in the aluminium (aluminum – sorry!) supports I see delicate figures at each end with arms outstretched in the form of the letter “R” in semaphore signalling…….therefore I think the bench should be called “Repose”……inviting people to sit and rest!


Roger Merryman February 4, 2011 at 12:07 am



Steve Rueckhaus February 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm

The Baxter Bench

or simply “Baxter”


Reza Van Sanden February 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm

‘Bernoulli’ for sure (see Jason Bailly’s comments January 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm)

If Jason wins the bench, perhaps I would be allowed to sit on it for my vote of support for him!

Good luck Jason


Jason Bailly February 7, 2011 at 10:53 am

Absolutely! I’ll host a benchwarming party for all of those who entered the contest. You will have to come to Portland, OR but while you are here you can put a bird on something and call it art :-)


Reza Van Sanden April 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Hey Jason!

I wish I could claim to have had something to do with your most excellent victory but I can’t. Well done. It’s perfect – like I said ages ago.



Will Fifer February 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm

fascia del raso
‘satin band’ in Italian.
nice work.


Eric February 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm

“Sedere” – (see-dair-ay) Italian infinitive “to sit”


Mori Love February 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm

My 2 cents :


Just fits.

Simple and beautiful, with added class.

Very nice design by the way. I love it.


Bruce White February 6, 2011 at 8:39 am

My wife says “the point of view” or “the Metro” (our cats name)
My daughter Emma says “statix” or Mac & Cheese
I think “simplexity” and kudos for using this plan for a name. Keep up the great work, I can relate to using reclaimed materials but I limit my use of wood to heating my house.


am February 6, 2011 at 9:57 am



Shelley Crooks February 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Beautiful design. As I studied it, the name “Whisper” came to mind.


Bobby Z February 6, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Very nice work Andrew- “easy on the eyes”. Simple, elegant enticing draw. Clean
well angulated horizontals. Clear, harmonious structural elements. As one stated
above – slightly Mayan

When posed with desire to read deeper into your design its subtle and openness
render further analysis unnecessary hence a pleasant acceptance……… comfort,
harmoniousness, “form vs. function”, all being forgone conclusions I would be
tempted to elevate the name to possibly the verb……… Forgo


sheri February 7, 2011 at 9:18 am

I think a good name is
It is a recognizable name that describes the function


Stefano Viciani February 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm

This bench reminds me a roof.
I would call it TETTO (italian language sounds nice for furniture)


Martin Bou February 7, 2011 at 8:30 pm

SimplySit – e
R.E.S.T. (Real Experience of Sitting Timelessly)
The Pause


Archie Manza February 8, 2011 at 6:20 am

Saldo – because of its balance design. Nice work keep it up.


Ryan LaPlante February 8, 2011 at 9:44 am

Motif – a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration.

Nice design – see my webpage for examples of the renders i do..


Alexandra February 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I think a good name could be
“Ksee Tiao Bench”
from the chinese xietiao which means harmony or being in line with someting, I also think it has a nice sound to it.
Alternattive: “l’aile” – the wing (french is such a nice language!)

Nice designs!


Ajay February 8, 2011 at 11:49 pm

hows is the name 88-Bench…?


Anthony Puleo February 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm

foresight bench, foursight bench
four-eyes bench, four-i bench
forethought bench, fourthought bench
forecast bench, fourcast bench

Best of Luck!


donovan swick February 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Excellent Design…

call it “ED”

Kudos to you !


leo February 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm

So pure, so evident, so simple .. and apparently one can sit back to back ?
I would call it BackTOBench which can be shortened in BackTOB, or enven bTOb
But I am just an “amateur” !
Good luck


Mike February 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Beautiful bench, it makes me think lots about the lightness of airlines, the quaint but professional service, willingness to accomodate and the cleanliness of all their facilities…


Wright Bench
Air-Line Bench
Consideration Bench
Bench Air


Mark Tucker February 10, 2011 at 10:31 am

Great design… “Totem Bench” or Totem….I get a strong feel of Pacific North West Indian forms and quartered mirrored forms. Not as the obvious totem pole but more of the asymmetrical metal ends design and angled top of the seat that tie into the design of the open spaces on the ends are familiar to PNW Indian tribal art work of totem pole and art expressed in face/animal designs.I tried to attach some pics that I researched in backing up my theory of a name, but unable to attach to this, so feel free to do some image surfing.
Other thoughts would be kindred or Stele, which came up when doing a thesaurus.com search.
I like this idea of helping with a name. I love the process of design and while doing so try to think of what the name of the collection or piece will be called, I often forget to as I get so involved in the design and then get to dedicate some time to create a name….which as you know is sometimes harder than designing the piece.
Thanks for this opp.

From Dictionary.com
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1. a natural object or an animate being, as an animal or bird, assumed as the emblem of a clan, family, or group.
2. an object or natural phenomenon with which a family or sib considers itself closely related.
3. a representation of such an object serving as the distinctive mark of the clan or group.
4. anything serving as a distinctive, often venerated, emblem or symbol.

animal or natural object considered as the emblem of a family or clan


Rob Malone February 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm


Simplistic, sleek, fast… that is what comes to my mind…


Wayne Schall February 10, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I tend to associate modern design with the city of Milan, Italy.
One place that I would expect to see a bench of this size put to use is in a bus or train station.
How about “Metro Milan” ?


erik February 11, 2011 at 12:36 am

its a nice bench, Zeitraeuber (Timebandit) and T-robb
take a outtime and relax its my imagination.
good luck
erik ludwig


Mark Keene February 12, 2011 at 1:04 pm

The 2 names I like the best, are Ditto, and Reflection, they discribe your bench. My first thought was “Not your Father’s bench”. Great design, it’s hard to come up with a new design of such an old, and simple product. Hats off to you!!


Flip February 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm

“The Specchio Bench”

It’s a mirror image of itself. Very nice indeed!


jason doran February 13, 2011 at 3:25 pm

the “Woods Bench”
and here’s why…
-The name brings a clean focus to a key design element (the reclaimed mahoganny, which is wood and comes from the woods), with a built-in marketing opportunity (market how the “woods bench” saves our woods by using reclaimed wood). In our digital age, people want to feel closer to nature, hence the trend for adventure vacations, organic clothing, demand for headphones made out of wood (http://www.gradolabs.com/product_pages/rs1.htm), etc.
-This name is sticky. It is short, unique, and easy to remember, which is important if you care about word-of-mouth advertising, which you should. As an added bonus, it creates a little mystery since it sounds like it could be referring to the designer’s name.


Ted Layton February 13, 2011 at 7:55 pm

As many others have recognized, there is an obvious symmetry to the form of the ‘X’ bench. The bench is constructed of two separate pieces of wood with matching metal frames. But through it’s construction there exists a certain confluence. I liken the relationship to that of the tectonic plates of the San Andreas Fault. I believe the San Andreas Fault is a fitting metaphor because the two sides of the bench are indeed separate but sloped and pressing up tightly against one another. Open the following link to see an image for reference.


So I propose this bench be called the The San Andreas Bench.

In a similar vein, I would like to also propose that it be named:
“The Bench-Bench”
” The Double Bench”
for the two B like forms present in the metal frames.

Since I do some Graphic Design I’ve created some matching logos, for your consideration, inspired by the ‘X’ Bench. Please visit link to download document.


Thanks for reading. I look forward to the results of this contest and the success of this well designed bench!


Martin Bou February 13, 2011 at 10:26 pm

’2B’ (to be)
Simply being by just sitting there quietly on this bench.


Steve Visser February 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm


The bench reminds me of the interaction of the cyber (manmade world and the natural world), nice work. good luck with the name

“terra-cyber bench”
I also like “robot love bench”


Jaime Latzke February 16, 2011 at 8:48 am

“Mirror Image”

When I first looked at this picture, I thought for sure this bench was up against a mirror. But to my surprise, it fooled me. So Mirror Image is the name I would give it.

Good luck! I can bet this one will be seen in a lot of commercial waiting areas very soon.



Rob Shapiro February 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I like the comment about it looking like an abstract butterfly. I would also bring in the green, sustainability aspect of your work. name ideas: ecofly, ecoflutter

I also like the reflection aspect of the bench: including the above thoughts I might call it: echo

Great work!


Dale February 17, 2011 at 3:30 pm

The X bench lacks creativity and vision in its simple form and I would call it “Escape” since it escapes me what else to call it?


kurt February 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Great design…..I’d go with “Newman”. No reason….just thought it fit.


Arno Bax February 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm



Mike Havis March 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Stunning work!

The bench is airy in design, with a lightness to it.



Miro Doporto March 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Moralia pronounced “Moreelya”


Joe Kane March 8, 2011 at 9:06 am

I think It should be named: SilhoueX

The bench does have a strong silhouette and the presence of an X in it’s form, even if the backrest is added.


Marg March 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I would have named this bench Silta – Finnish for “bridge,” since any way you Silta on it you could “connect or reduce the distance between” people =) On first glance, the handles suggested a (widely inclusive of as many people a might alight its short arch in their busy day) Japanese bridge, and simultaneously a Japanese doorway.

Just wanted to say, even though I found the post a bit late. =)


Joe Kane March 9, 2011 at 11:38 pm

I don’t know if a name has been chosen yet but for now the bench has been labled as the “X”Bench. After reading the description, looking at the design, and it’s current “X”Bench name…I think the bench should be named SilhoueX. There is a visable X silhouette on the sides of the bench.


Lynne Berry March 22, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Has a name been selected for this bench yet?


Martin Ditlevsen March 23, 2011 at 3:29 am


Most likely I’m late! But however I’ll send you my little surgestion to a name to your great design.

Something simple, like the measurements of the bench; 69-23.

Good luck.


Mark Tucker March 23, 2011 at 8:59 am

You decide on a name yet….lots of good names here.


AndrewBennettDickson March 24, 2011 at 9:02 am

Sorry for the delay on announcing the name, been traveling.

A name has been selected!

Bernoulli, submitted by Jason Bailly, in Portland, OR. The name has a masculine, yet refined feel and the source of the name fits the form well. He offered the following…
The bench for me evokes airplane imagery…
• In side elevation we see an airliner ascending towards the sky
• Aluminum, of course, is the universal material used in much of the construction of airplanes
• The taper of either of the seat elements is reminiscent of an airfoil

The name of the bench should be ‘Bernoulli’
Homage to Bernoulli’s Principle which can be used to calculate the lift force on an airfoil. Without which, airplanes would not be.

I really appreciate all of the entries and interest and would like to thank everyone that participated. Keep posted, we may try this exercise again.



nava slavin March 29, 2011 at 5:46 am

Very elegant for a bench
“the loop ” comes to mind
am i too late?
good luck on sales.


Nadia De Ronch April 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I like it……………

Name : SitOnMe


Marnix April 22, 2011 at 4:49 am

The name which came to my mind was:



chris a August 1, 2011 at 5:59 pm



Barry Shields November 29, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Nice design by the way..
“The Void Bench”
“Empty Pillars”

I hope you like my suggestions…


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