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Modern Furniture Design

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”


     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.


     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Gotham Bench - Customizable Wood, Metal and Material
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The timeless design of the Gotham bench features a black leather cushion on an oxidized Ambrosia maple and bronze base. Cushion material can be COM. One available in-stock: L 65...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Bronze

In stock in Los Angeles, Pure Black Cedar Bench, by Matteo Thun, Made in Italy
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 400 other unique products. Bench made from a single block of aromatic cedar. Distinguished by its Minimalist and extrem...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Benches

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Cedar, Wood

In stock in Los Angeles, Beige Leather Bench Designed by Marco Zito
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 400 other unique products. This Beige leather bench offers a multipurpose support to those sitting. Designed by Marco Z...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Benches

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Leather

New Contemporary Hand-Felted Wool Bench with 2 Cushions
Located in Mareil-Marly, Yvelines
A contemporary wool bench on the cutting edge of design. Textile designer Ghislaine Garcin has invented a new form of material, integrating knitted wool into wool felt to create her ...
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2010s French Modern Benches

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Metal

Modern Vintage Grey Leather Bench Loveseat De Sede DS - 2011 1980s Switzerland
Located in Vienna, AT
A modern vintage grey leather bench or loveseat Model DS-2011 by De Sede, which is a steel construction with light grey leather upholstery. The leather bench or loveseat offers spac...
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1980s Swiss Vintage Modern Benches

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Steel

Contemporary QD02 Invisible Grey Marble Bench
Located in Milan, Lombardy
The QD02 contemporary marble bench made of invisible grey marble with brass details. Each piece is made from a unique slab of marble making each and every piece bespoke.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Benches

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Marble, Brass

21st Century Luzio Slung Leather Stool in Argentine Rosewood with Cording
Located in New York, NY
Costantini prides itself in using the hardest and most beautiful hardwoods in the construction of its line of seating. The Luzio stool features a solid Argentine Rosewood frame and a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Argentine Modern Benches

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Leather, Wood

Modern Low Coffee Table Solid Oak, Nathan Lindberg Bench, Daybed, Pedestal E
Located in Hamminkeln, DE
Beautiful contemporary Nathan Lindberg table, heavyweight. This piece can be used as a coffee table or console or bench... or even a daybed (please just contact us for more informati...
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2010s German Modern Benches

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Wood, Oak

Sika Design Isabell Rattan Bistro Bench in White with Cappuccino Dots
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Affäire is designed for the upper end cafés, brasseries and restaurants in historical European cities and capitals all-over the world. An elegant choice for Rivieras and sidewalk caf...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indonesian Modern Benches

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Rattan, Plastic

Sika Design Isabell Rattan Bistro Bench in Cappuccino with White Dots
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Affäire is designed for the upper end cafés, brasseries and restaurants in historical European cities and capitals all-over the world. An elegant choice for Rivieras and sidewalk caf...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indonesian Modern Benches

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Plastic, Rattan

Lilliana Wood Bench in Whitewashed Ash by New York Heartwoods
Located in Kingston, NY
New York Heartwoods' whitewashed ash Lilliana Bench features Mid-Century Modern design influences and traditional joinery techniques. Its timeless design compliments our Low-Trestle ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Wood, Ash

Chrome Vinyl Shiro Chair, Kuramata Tribute, Ideal X Waiting Areas
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Now in stock in White and Bright Blue finish The Shiro chair seats 4 people and it comes in several different colors, even custom or supplied by owner fabrics. Its language is a cla...
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2010s American Modern Benches

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Stainless Steel

Handmade Modern Bench with Industrial Concrete Cables and Black Wood
Located in Middle Grove, NY
The Axis bench is made from aluminum, concrete, stainless steel cable and Mahogany dyed black. It has an undulating pattern of cable which plays off of its convex sides. Unorthodox c...
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Early 2000s American Modern Benches

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Concrete, Aluminum, Stainless Steel

Modern metal Stainless Steel Decorative Bench Brass 21st century
Located in Miami, FL
Futuristic bench Stainless steel 12Ga Brush finish Brass 260 Designed by Ana Volante Dimensions: 45cm x 1.20m x 45cm (17.7") x (47.2") x (17.7") Handcrafted stainless-steel d...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Brass, Stainless Steel

Modern Medieval Handmade Horsehair, Iron Bench/Stool Designed by J.M. Szymanski
Located in Bronx, NY
Horse hair bench No. 3 d. 2017 J.M. Szymanski Measure: 18” L 15" W 18" H Horse-hair textile and blackened iron are combined to form a dynamic juxtaposition of elements. The ar...
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2010s American Modern Benches

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Steel, Iron

Crest Stool by Tretiak Works, Contemporary Handmade Solid Wood Stool Walnut
Located in Portland, OR
A fun and versatile stool fit for any space. The mixture of soft edges and firm lines create a comfortable seat and an intersection of shapes. With it’s flat top this piece works wel...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Walnut

Crest Bench by Tretiak Works, Contemporary Handmade Solid Walnut Bench
Located in Portland, OR
A fun and versatile bench fit for any space. The mixture of soft edges and firm lines create a comfortable seat and an intersection of shapes. With its flat top this piece works well...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Walnut

Crest Bench by Tretiak Works, Contemporary Handmade Solid Maple Bench
Located in Portland, OR
A fun and versatile bench fit for any space. The mixture of soft edges and firm lines create a comfortable seat and an intersection of shapes. With it’s flat top this piece works wel...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Maple

In Stock in Los Angeles, Pencil Wood Bench 98 with Black Accent, Made in Italy
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 400 other unique products. Pencil as a 98 inches bench made of wood with black accent, designed by Carlo Leonardo Rosa ...
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2010s Italian Modern Benches

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Wood

In Stock in Los Angeles, Pencil Wood Bench 70 with Black Accent, Made in Italy
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 400 other unique products. Pencil as a 70 inches bench made of wood with black accent, designed by Carlo Leonardo Rosa ...
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2010s Italian Modern Benches

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Wood

In Stock in Los Angeles, Pencil Wood Bench 70 with Red Accent, Made in Italy
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 400 other unique products. Pencil as a 70 inches bench made of wood with red accent, designed by Carlo Leonardo Rosa an...
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2010s Italian Modern Benches

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Wood

Custom Petrified Wood Coffee Table with Modern Metal Base
Located in Atlanta, GA
A petrified wood top modernly designed coffee table (or bench). This custom coffee table has been fashioned from a gorgeous single thick slab of smoothly polished petrified wood. Thi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Benches

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Metal, Iron

Ash Bench with Gradated White Dowels and White Powder-Coated Steel Frame
Located in Vancouver, BC
Like the ocean’s mist rising from seas over the forests of the west coast, the Fogbench also seems to be slowly bleached from bottom to top. This functional 60" long wooden bench is ...
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2010s Canadian Modern Benches

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Steel

Strike/Slip Bench
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Part of Taylor Donsker's Strike/Slip collection, this abstract modern bench is inspired by California strike slip earthquakes and wood movement. The strike/slip bench features a mult...
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2010s American Modern Benches

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Brass, Brass

Ionic Steel Bench Designed by Laurie Beckerman in 2014
Located in New York, NY
It's inspired by the capital of an ionic column. Instead of the look of dense stone, I wanted to extract the lines of the form to create a light, spacious and resilient bench in whic...
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2010s American Modern Benches

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Steel

Ionic Bench, Designed by Laurie Beckerman in 2010
Located in New York, NY
It's inspired by the capital of an Ionic column. Instead of the look of dense stone, I wanted to extract the lines of the form to create a light, spacious and resilient bench in whic...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Birch, Plywood, Wood

Ionic Steel Bench, Designed by Laurie Beckerman in 2014
Located in New York, NY
It's inspired by the capital of an ionic column. Instead of the look of dense stone, I wanted to extract the lines of the form to create a light, spacious and resilient bench in whic...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Steel

Solid Oak Sculptural Bench by Lukas Cober
Located in Geneve, CH
Solid oak sculptural bench by Lukas Cober Bench Measures: 110 x 30 x 45 cm Could be made to order in other dimension Material / solid oakwood Finish / burned, waxed Variations ...
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2010s Dutch Modern Benches

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Oak

Grey Seeing Her On The Bench
Located in Milano, IT
An elegant seating option that suits modern and traditional settings alike, this bench frame is made of Canaletto walnut with straight legs and a solid base that give it an architect...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Benches

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Other

Handmade Bench Sculpture Stainless Steel Limited Edition Design Italy
Located in Ancona, Marche
Bench 'Get Lost!' is made of mirror polished stainless steel. Bench dimension: L 257, W 68, H 45cm. Peter Marino selected this sculptural bench for the new flagship store Dior in Lon...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Benches

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Stainless Steel

Bench Modern Contemporary Wood Steel Italian Limited Edition Design
Located in Ancona, Marche
The bench 'Sitz!' has a structure in stainless steel AISI 316, welded and mirror polished by hand. Bench top in solid slab of European nutwood smoothened by hand and treated with nat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Benches

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Stainless Steel

Dish Solid Wood Contemporary Sculptural Carved Bench Coffee Console Table Black
Located in Bainbridge Island, WA
Taking inspiration from hand-carved African stools, a solid wood tabletop with a sloping underbelly is created with a little help from technology. A CNC router is used to cut away th...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Ash

Sculptural Dynamic Contemporary Modern Hand Carved Blackened Steel Bench
Located in Bronx, NY
"BENCH NO. 1" JM. Szymanski d. 2020 Size: 48" L, 15" W, 18" H Beautifully designed textiles and blackened steel are combined to bring elegance to the simplicity in this design...
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2010s American Modern Benches

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Steel, Wrought Iron

Golia Bench by Draga&Aurel Concrete Resin and Brass, 21st Century
Located in Como, IT
Dialoghi Mimetici collection by Draga&Aurel: Bench in concrete with details obtained thought a technique involving the corrosion of sea salt. Top in cast resin. Details in brass. Ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Benches

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Cement, Brass

Golia Bench by Draga&Aurel Concrete Resin and Brass, 21st Century
Located in Como, IT
Dialoghi Mimetici collection by Draga&Aurel: Bench in concrete with details obtained thought a technique involving the corrosion of sea salt. Top in cast resin. Details in brass. Ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Benches

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Cement, Brass

Rive Bench Big by Draga & Aurel Cement and Bronze, 21st Century
Located in Como, IT
Transparency Matters collection by Draga & Aurel: Bench in concrete with details obtained through a technique involving the corrosion of sea salt. Hand finished brass leg. The benc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Benches

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Cement, Brass

Beetle Seat by Imperfettolab
Located in Geneve, CH
Beetle seat by Imperfettolab 2010 Designer: Verter Turroni Dimensions: W 58 x D 40 x H 38 cm Materials: Fiberglass Seat in iridescent finish fibreglass. Imperfetto lab Who we are ?...
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2010s Italian Modern Benches

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Fiberglass

Arenaria Seat by Imperfettolab
Located in Geneve, CH
Arenaria seat by Imperfettolab 2014 Designer: Verter Turroni Limited Edition Dimensions: W 247 x D 137 x H 38 cm Materials: Fiberglass Seat/coffee table in fibreglass. Avail...
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2010s Italian Modern Benches

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Fiberglass

Petrified Wood Coffee Table or Bench with Sleek Modern Metal Base
Located in Atlanta, GA
A petrified wood top modernly designed coffee table (or bench). This custom coffee table has been fashioned from a gorgeous single thick slab of smoothly polished petrified wood, wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Benches

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Metal

Untitled Waxed Ash Sculptural Bench by Christopher Norman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This series by Los Angeles–based artist Christopher Norman explores the traits of molded forms executed in exceptional woods. The mass and the scale of the curves are unusual while b...
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2010s American Modern Benches

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Ash

Modern Industrial Bench with Metal Cables and Black Wood
Located in Middle Grove, NY
Venus uses aluminum brackets with a linear edge texture to connect its legs to seat. There is a sexy reveal as the seat floats 1/4" above the legs. 16 cables develop a complex double...
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2010s American Modern Benches

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Aluminum, Stainless Steel

Swing, Copper and Brass Contemporary Bench with Nubuck Leather and Rosewood
Located in Tradate, IT
Swing is a bench seat of an irregular shape. Copper, brass, Santos rosewood and nubuck leather of an extremely soft hand define this seat with a look that is sculptural, elegant and ...
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2010s Italian Modern Benches

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Brass, Copper

Soft Diamond Seat, Ottoman in Customizable Configurations and Fabric Colors
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The soft diamond deat is an update of a mid-eighteenth century French tufted furniture type which expanded the widely popular ‘pouf’ to a size that could fit more people, giving it a...
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2010s American Modern Benches

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Steel

Industrial Contemporary Bench with Concrete Metal and Black Wood
Located in Middle Grove, NY
Jupiter XL is a larger version of the Jupiter bench. It maintains Jupiter’s sleek nautical lines while getting taller longer and wider. The stainless steel rods are gently curved and...
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2010s American Modern Benches

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Concrete, Aluminum, Stainless Steel

Claudio Silvestrin Millenium Hope Bench in Natural Oak for Cappellini
Located in New York, NY
The Millenium hope table, by designer Claudio Silvestrin, is a monolithic union of honeycombed fir with medium density conglomerate fiber. This table, composed of vertical elements c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Benches

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Wood

Nilufar Gallery Bench CB01 by Johan Viladrich
Located in Milan, IT
Bench CB01 by Johan Viladrich, the Netherlands, 2018. Nilufar edition. Brushed copper. 110 x 15 x H 85 cm, 43.3 x 6 x 33.4 in. The CB01 bench is a sculptural composition made of four...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Benches

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Copper

Nilufar Gallery Guise 4 Spray Bench by Odd Matter
Located in Milan, IT
Guise 4 spray bench by Odd Matter, Italy, 2018. Nilufar edition. EPS foam, spray. Measures: 163 x 40 x H 36 cm, 64.2 x 15.7 x H 14.2 in. Guise explores the first encounter? Through t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Benches

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Polystyrene, Paint

Nilufar Gallery Archetyping Bench A by Destroyers/Builders
Located in Milan, IT
Archetyping bench A by Destroyers/Builders, Belgium, 2018. Nilufar edition. Lacquered wood. Measures: 90 x 50 x H 65 cm, 35.4 x 19.6 x H 25.5 in. The archetype series are constructed...
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21st Century and Contemporary Belgian Modern Benches

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Wood

Nilufar Gallery Archetyping Bench B by Destroyers/Builders
Located in Milan, IT
Archetyping bench B by Destroyers/Builders, Belgium, 2018. Nilufar edition. Lacquered wood. Measures: 100 x 50 x H 55 cm, 39.3 x 19.6 x H 21.6 in. The archetype series are constructe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Belgian Modern Benches

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Wood

Wellesley Bench in Solid Oak by May Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Made to order in Brooklyn, New York this customizable bench is handmade of solid wood with meticulously cut finger joints and subtle architecturally inspired details. Shown: 53" L x...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Hardwood

e15 Tafel Table Bench by Hans De Pelsmacker
Located in Washington, DC
The table bench tafel draws special interest with its sculptural, functional appeal. Tafel is included in various museum collections. The combination of table and bench creates a uni...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Benches

e15 ELBE III Bench with Signal White Base by Marguerre, Besau and Schöning
Located in Washington, DC
Originally conceived for concert hall Elbphilharmonie by Herzog & de Meuron architects, bench ELBE III is focussed on essential forms that allow for classic references. The removable...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Benches

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Wood

e15 Sitz Bench by Jörg Schellmann
Located in Washington, DC
Bench Sitz reflects the design language of table Platz and is a natural complement. The signature diagonal bar dominates the character of the solid wood bench, highlighting the casua...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Benches

Anza Small Upholstered Bench with Floating Cushion
Located in New York, NY
For the past six years Portuguese designer Rui Pereira and Japanese designer Ryosuke Fukusada have been collaborating on projects that tap into their respective cultural heritage to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Benches

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Wood

Anza Large Upholstered Bench with Floating Cushion
Located in New York, NY
For the past six years Portuguese designer Rui Pereira and Japanese designer Ryosuke Fukusada have been collaborating on projects that tap into their respective cultural heritage to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Benches

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Wood

Stylish Bench in Wood Frame Dimension Customizable Fabric or Leather
Located in London, GB
Sicis is delighted to welcome you at ‘Home’. The classically inspired extent in contemporary plays an eclectic style, elegant and refined. Interiors express personality. A constant...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Benches

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Leather, Wood

Bench Frame Made Plywood Distressed Paint Metallic Legs Dimension Customizable
Located in London, GB
Sicis is delighted to welcome you at ‘Home’. The classically inspired extent in contemporary plays an eclectic style, elegant and refined. Interiors express personality. A constant...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Benches

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Metal

Bench Frame Made Solid Timber Plywood Legs Lacquered Solidwood Decorative Mosaic
Located in London, GB
Sicis is delighted to welcome you at ‘Home’. The classically inspired extent in contemporary plays an eclectic style, elegant and refined. Interiors express personality. A constant...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Benches

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Fabric, Glass, Wood