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Friday, April 29, 2011

The oft-ignored bench

Most people admire the George Nelson slatted bench, but it seems that the major seating oooohs and aaaahs are reserved for sofas and chairs. I think that's a shame, because there are some spectacular benches out there that deserve love too.

A quick search turned up benches by most of the major designers of the mid-century era. Enjoy!

Ebonized Nelson bench

Hans Wegner bench

Ib Kofod-Larsen bench

Jens Risom bench

Paul McCobb bench and cabinet

Edward Wormley bench for Dunbar

T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings bench

Knoll bench

Alvar Aalto bench

Finn Juhl bench


  1. I'm not sure why a lot of people aren't fans of bench sitting. Maybe it's the lack of a back? I must say I prefer a little padding to sit on and would love to have the Jens Risom to park my posterior on anytime.

  2. I have a slat table... Or is it supposed to be a bench? Hmmm.

    Wonderful for entrance ways, I'd love to have any one of these in my house. =)

  3. Benches are divine but mine collect a devilish amount of clutter. We went with mid-mod style benches around part of our kitchen table - couldn't find any of the vintage kind. Thanks for the speaking up for them - they really set the vintage mood.

  4. I love bench seating. It's so versatile. You've chosen so many great ones here! My favorites are Kofod-Larsen, Paul McCobb, Hans Wegner and Finn Juhl.

  5. as of now i am using a lane acclaim swivel coffee table as a bench...what a collation Dana..loved the post