Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Question About Benches...

My sister asked me, "Have you seen any nice clean benches for a hallway? Simple contemporary lines, not too deep?" Hmmmmm..... a challenge. I've been searching, and I've found a few that may fit the bill. So, would you like to take a look?...Oh! I must show you this first one... Ingrid Donat's high caryatide bench. It is very probably my favorite piece of furniture of all time. I remembered seeing it a few years ago in one of my magazines, so I searched and found the article on line at Metropolitan Home. This woman creates such incredibly lovely, sculptural pieces. Each one is a work of art, made in small, limited editions. You can contact her via her website to inquire about this or any of her work. Wow, I do love this bench! One day... one day. OK, on we go...
The two above are BDDW's. The amazing BDDW. Love. And I love these benches. Simple...check, contemporary...check, not too deep...check! For each of these, you can choose from a few wood species and finishes. The Simple bench on the left can be ordered in a custom size, and there are a two leather choices. For the September bench on the right, you can provide your own material or leather. (oh, and there's more BDDW later...)The next two, the Sutto and the Oak SR, are by Truck Furniture. I think these, too, are beautiful. Truck is a Japanese company, so I'm not sure if they ship to the US or have distributors here. But, their website is so inspirational - do go look.Above is Shimna's Pawnee media console, which would make a totally cool bench. It's sleek, modern, and has space to hold front hall stuff (shoes, hats, mittens, leashes, flashlights). Nice... and colorful, if you like! It's available here.This one above is made in Belgium with iron and reclaimed antique teak (or oak). Custom sizing is available. And - bonus!- it is sold in a real (as in physical location) shop not far from my sister. This one might work, too. The solid sides are a little different, and may be her style. (I've decided that white-washed brick or stone walls must be necessary for successful bench photography.) It is the MASH studios LAX Bench. Design Public sells it here. And BDDW offers the similar...Axel Bench, which they'll make to your length, with several wood and finish choices available.
OK, below are seven more possibilities and another, clearer look at the Pawnee (#3)(because it is pretty cool) ...
We have: 1. Marina Bench in mahogany from Bungalow 5, 2. Terrain Cady Bench in oak from ABC Home, 3. Shimna's Pawnee Media Console at Burke Decor, 4. the always appreciated Florence Knoll three-seat bench from Hive Modern (see their other benches here), 5. Hilary Bench by Oly, 6. Jonathan Adler's Bergman Bench, 7. Cortland Bench by Williams-Sonoma, and 8. Oly's Jonathan Bench. Please note that there are many fabric/leather choices available for 5, 6, 7, and 8!
If any of you have others to fit the bill, please let me know in the comments section (perhaps some more economical options, too??)
Wow... and some people do this every day?? I'm so hopeful that my sister finds inspiration in these. We shall see!

ps.... If she goes for the Ingrid Donat, I'm buying a ticket on the next flight to see it in person!

6 comments:

nonie.reich said...

The Ingrid Donat is increadibly beautiful and would be perfect for the space. What a great selection from designers I'd never heard of! I had to laugh when I saw the last note. Maybe I should go for the Ingrid Donat so that you WILL visit! THANK YOU!

nonie.reich said...

Comment #2-- oh dear, I'm going to spend the weekend looking at these beautiful benches. How about the adorable use of animals on Truck's website?

liza said...

Isn't that the most beautiful bench?! And, yes, some of the websites are so creative and pretty!

My Owl Barn said...

Those are lot of bences to choose from. My favorite is definitely number 6. I think it's gorgeous.

MODsquad said...

Awesome choices!! Especially love the ones from Truck... everything they make is amazing! The consoles are a fab idea! The tri-colored one and the one in front totally caught my eye. Really, really, really love the Belgium bench! Beautiful!

onesilentwinter said...

i am in love with sutto and oak sr- you have a great eye which is great for your sister!

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