The old worm pattern of Berlin subway seats has divided opinion for years. Some found it abysmal ugly, others called it a cult. The new blotchy, colorful design will perhaps polarize in a similar way. On Wednesday, the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) and the online fashion retailer Zalando launched a fashion collection with the new pattern.
The BVG wants to set an example for diversity: fans can show their colors with sweaters, shirts and jackets. The collection is available on the Zalando website and in a pop-up store on Berlin's Alexanderplatz next to the customer center.
The BVG is no longer allowed to use the old pattern since it lost a legal dispute with the designer in the winter. She is also no longer allowed to sell fan articles in the pattern - the designer has the right to release it.
According to the BVG, the first two double-decker buses were equipped with the new "pattern of diversity" in July. In the coming years, it will gradually get the seats in all BVG vehicles.
From 2023, the new pattern will be used whenever old covers have to be replaced. In the vehicles, however, the worms were already gradually being phased out. The seats of new vehicles recently received the grey-black "Night Lines" design.