Modern Benches

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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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.

High-Back Colt Settee in Bayetta Red Stain on Ash by O&G Studio
High-Back Colt Settee in Bayetta Red Stain on A...
O&G Studio
2010s American Modern Benches
Ash
The colt settee is generous in scale, elegantly suited for both contemporary and traditional interiors, a statement piece often used at a dining table or as a dramatic focal point fo...
DS-20 Divan, Modern Ash Hardwood, Full Grain Leather, Polished Aluminum Daybed
DS-20 Divan, Modern Ash Hardwood, Full Grain Le...
Martin Forster
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Daybeds
Aluminum, Leather, Ash
The DS-20 Divan has a hand formed frame composed of North American Ash, mirror-polished aluminum fittings, and a machined Birch undercarriage. Its supple aniline leather upholstery b...
Coracle Bench with Storage, Walnut Wood and Burgundy Vegetable Tanned Leather
Coracle Bench with Storage, Walnut Wood and Bur...
Jake Whillans
21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Benches
Leather, Walnut
Inspired by ancient fishing vessels, our Coracle bench features a half hide of English bridle leather remarkably formed and stretched about a frame of solid wood. With a duality o...
Athenaeum Settee in Delft Blue Stain on Ash by O&G Studio
Athenaeum Settee in Delft Blue Stain on Ash by ...
O&G Studio
2010s American Modern Settees
Ash
The Athenaeum settee is elegantly suited for contemporary interiors; a statement piece often used at a dining table or as a focal point for the entryway. All angles reveal graphic de...
Coracle Bench with Storage, White Oak and Vegetable Tanned Leather
Coracle Bench with Storage, White Oak and Veget...
Jake Whillans
21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Benches
Leather, Oak
Inspired by ancient fishing vessels, our Coracle bench features a half hide of English bridle leather remarkably formed and stretched about a frame of solid wood. With a duality of ...
Felix Bench in Solid Hewn Statuary Marble
Felix Bench in Solid Hewn Statuary Marble
KGBL
2010s American Modern Benches
Marble
A bench of pure architecture, hewn from a single slab of marble. The Felix is a perfect statement of quiet elegance. Shown in Statuary marble. Also available in White marble. Designe...
Lennox Bench with Walnut Legs, Orange Velvet and Leather Seat with Belt Detail
Lennox Bench with Walnut Legs, Orange Velvet an...
KGBL
2010s American Modern Benches
Leather, Velvet, Walnut
While benches are not typically associated with comfort, the Lennox Bench, with its twin cushions, is the embodiment of unexpected ease. The material change from leather to velvet, a...
Oliver Chaise Longue or Daybed with Cream Leather and Brass Base
Oliver Chaise Longue or Daybed with Cream Leath...
KGBL
2010s American Modern Chaise Longues
Brass, Leather
With seating on all sides, the Olivera becomes the natural focus of any room. Shown with a brass base and linen leather. Available in other metals. COL or COM. Designed and built by...
Adenine, a Patterned Wood and Metal Bench
Adenine, a Patterned Wood and Metal Bench
Laylo Studio
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches
Metal
Shown in ipe and stainless steel, this metal and hardwood bench showcases a sequentially patterned seat based in the visualization and representation of data. Available in custom fi...
Rhodes, a Custom Metal Bench or Console with We...
Laylo Studio
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches
Metal
Handmade in Chicago by Laylo Studio, this versatile design can be customized into a bench, side table, or console. The piece shown features the clean lines of a minimal metal frame s...
Stacks Bench by Another Human, Modern Upholster...
Another Human
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches
Velvet
The stacks bench is an elegant interpretation of stacked meditation stones and offers the functionality of meditation cushions. Upholstered in a luxurious velvet, each layer can be r...
Tipi Stool, Brazilian Wood
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Benches
Hardwood
Inspired by the indigenous conical tents, the Tipi stool is a versatile piece that can be used and transported to any environment, according to need. Its structure is locked only wit...
Galanter & Jones Heated Cast Stone Evia Lounge,...
Galanter and Jones
2010s American Modern Patio and Garden Furniture
Stainless Steel, Cast Stone
Inspired by a leather sling chair, the Evia lounge is an elegant piece of heated furniture made of cast stone and stainless steel by Galanter & Jones. Smooth like a river rock, the H...
Galanter & Jones Heated Cast Stone Evia Lounge,...
Galanter and Jones
2010s American Modern Patio and Garden Furniture
Stainless Steel, Cast Stone
Inspired by a leather sling chair, the Evia lounge is an elegant piece of heated furniture made of cast stone and stainless steel by Galanter & Jones. Smooth like a river rock, the H...
Galanter & Jones Heated Cast Stone Evia Lounge,...
Galanter and Jones
2010s American Modern Patio and Garden Furniture
Stainless Steel, Cast Stone
Inspired by a leather sling chair, the Evia lounge is an elegant piece of heated furniture made of cast stone and stainless steel by Galanter & Jones. Smooth like a river rock, the H...
Galanter & Jones Heated Cast Stone Evia Lounge,...
Galanter and Jones
2010s American Modern Patio and Garden Furniture
Stainless Steel, Cast Stone
Inspired by a leather sling chair, the Evia lounge is an elegant piece of heated furniture made of cast stone and stainless steel by Galanter & Jones. Smooth like a river rock, the H...
Galanter & Jones Heated Cast Stone Evia Lounge,...
Galanter and Jones
2010s American Modern Patio and Garden Furniture
Stainless Steel, Cast Stone
Inspired by a leather sling chair, the Evia Lounge is an elegant piece of heated furniture made of cast stone and stainless steel by Galanter & Jones. Smooth like a river rock, the H...
Andrianna Shamaris Solid Teak Wood Log Bench wi...
Antique Early 1900s Modern Benches
Wood, Teak, Reclaimed Wood
Single teak wood log 22" DIA with dramatic modern lines. Perfect for indoor or outdoor living. Andrianna Shamaris, Inc. The Leader In Modern Organic Design™
Lilliana Wood Bench in Whitewashed Ash by New Y...
New York Heartwoods
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches
Wood, Ash
New York Heartwoods' whitewashed ash Lilliana Bench features mid-century modern design influences and traditional joinery techniques. Its timeless design compliments our Low-Trestle ...
Ionic Bench, Designed by Laurie Beckerman in 2010
Laurie Beckerman
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches
Wood, Birch, Plywood
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...
Ionic Steel Bench Designed by Laurie Beckerman ...
Laurie Beckerman
2010s American Modern Benches
Steel
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...
Ionic Steel Bench, Designed by Laurie Beckerman...
Laurie Beckerman
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches
Steel
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...
Jupiter XL, Modern Nautical Bench with Industri...
Peter Harrison
2010s American Modern Benches
Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Concrete, Mahogany
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...
Jupiter, Modern Nautical Bench with Industrial ...
Peter Harrison
Early 2000s American Modern Benches
Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Concrete, Mahogany
The Jupiter bench is elegantly constructed of concrete stainless steel, aluminium and mahogany. Its design has nautical references. The hole through the top centres over the crossing...
Venus, Handmade Modern Industrial Bench with Me...
Peter Harrison
2010s American Modern Benches
Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Mahogany
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...
Axis, Handmade Modern Industrial Bench with Con...
Peter Harrison
Early 2000s American Modern Benches
Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Concrete, Mahogany
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...
Dish Solid Wood Contemporary Sculptural Carved ...
Grain
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches
Ash
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...
Amuneal’s Leather Stool (Desk/Vanity)
Amuneal, Amuneal
2010s American Modern Stools
Steel, Leather
Amuneal’s blackened steel and leather stools are fabricated from precision machined and laser-cut steel components. The laser-cut and formed seat is hand clad in leather and suspende...
Contemporary Minimal Black and White Ecowood Ve...
Felicia Ferrone
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches
Composition
Perfect for a foyer or the end of a bed, the contemporary minimal lined, black and white, Fold Bench is easily adapted to any space. The Fold Bench began as an experiment in creating...
Stefan Sterf Ecstasy Fiberglass Boomerang Bench...
Stefan Sterf
Late 20th Century German Modern Benches
Fiberglass
Large Ecstasy boomerang bench by Stefan Sterf for Axel Zoellner-Geistert, Phoenix GmbH, Berlin, 1990s. Lacquered fiberglass seat in boomerang shape, dark red and black. Only seven ...
Mid-Century Modern Walnut Coffee Table by T.H. ...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
This bowtie shaped walnut coffee table has a beautiful border effect by turning the wood grain in the opposite direction. Designed by TH Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, the design i...
Mid-Century Modern Solid Walnut Low Coffee Tabl...
Jens Risom
20th Century American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
This walnut coffee table is made of solid wood. The natural finish on the wood brings out the beauty of the grain and the true color of the walnut. This original vintage bench was ma...
Figured Walnut Colt Bench
O&G Studio
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches
Walnut
The colt bench is suited for both contemporary and traditional interiors, a simple piece often used at a dining table or as a light seating piece for an entryway. The colt line takes...
Colt Settee from O&G Studio, Contemporary Winds...
O&G Studio
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Settees
Ash
Stunning and rarely available, the 96" Colt settee is perfect for a dramatic entry, restaurant or lobby. The piece is designed to command attention through it's reference to American...
Truss Bench in Mixed-Media Midnight and Bayou b...
TRNK
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches
Leather, Fabric
The Truss bench combines an elegant, yet practical design with a lean, refined profile that spares no expense to comfort. Pictured above in our mixed-media offering of Midnight Bayou...
Truss Bench in Mixed-Media Greige & Ash by TRNK
TRNK
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches
Leather, Fabric
The Truss bench combines an elegant, yet practical design with a lean, refined profile that spares no expense to comfort. Pictured above in our mixed-media offering of Greige ash, th...
Truss Bench in Mixed-Media Liquorice and Onyx F...
TRNK
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches
Leather, Fabric
The Truss bench combines an elegant, yet practical design with a lean, refined profile that spares no expense to comfort. Pictured above in our offering of liquorice onyx, the Truss ...

Milo Bench

By Marie Burgos Design
Milo Bench
Marie Burgos Design
2010s American Modern Benches
Fabric
New to the Marie Burgos collection is Milo Bench, complimenting the Milo Bean. The design includes the same easy-to-grab leather handles for easy mobility. The Milo Bench can ...
Gotham Bench - Customizable Wood, Metal and Mat...
Wüd Furniture Design
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches
Bronze, Leather, Wood
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...

Montgomery Bench

By Crump and Kwash
Montgomery Bench
Crump and Kwash
2010s American Modern Benches
Leather, Walnut
Solid wood frame / handwoven vegetable tanned leather seat / no VOC oil finish Dimensions: 18 H x 16 D x 48 W Wood: Walnut, maple, blackened, white oak Leather: Natural...
Contemporary Corian Bench Seat Indoor and Outdo...
2010s British Modern Benches
Moulded from a single piece of Corian, the contemporary Pleat bench effortlessly overlaps at each end to create a sturdy yet elegant silhouette. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor,...
RS-Barcelona Large You and Me Bench in Oak with...
RS Barcelona, Antoni Pallejà Office
21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Benches
Steel, Wood
The You and Me Collection of benches and stools are versatile and practical, perfect for any room and any function. Bench size variations include: 86.6 in, 71 in, or 47 in wide. Incl...
Modern Custom Bench in Light Grey Velvet with L...
Dunbar Furniture, Milo Baughman
2010s American Modern Benches
Velvet
Custom-made rectangular bench upholstered in a lush grey velvet and attached bolster accents upholstered in a lovely light pink velvet.
Modern Custom Bench in Dark Grey Velvet with Vi...
Dunbar Furniture, Milo Baughman
2010s American Modern Benches
Velvet
Custom-made bench upholstered in a rich dark grey velvet with pink velvet legs and matching pink velvet bolster accents that are attached.
Modern Memphis Inspired Sculptural Sofa by Paol...
B&B Italia, Paolo Piva
1990s Italian Modern Sofas
Upholstery, Chrome, Wood
Large modern sofa or settee by Paolo Piva for B&B Italia. The curved color blocked frame features original red microfiber fabric on bar divider and new white/light cream fabric on cu...
Limited Edition "Ground hog" Chair by AP Collec...
2010s Belgian Modern Benches
Limited edition "Ground hog" chair by AP collection, Belgium numbered.
Pair of Contemporary Hickory Benchlets or Low S...
Daniel Moyer Design
2010s American Modern Benches
Metal
Benchlet [dot] hickory X2 2015. An upgraded hardwood rendering of the popular white-on-tulipwood benchlet, this is a one-off bookmatched pair in highly figured Hickory salvaged afte...
Palisander Wooden Groove Bench
Piero Lissoni
2010s Italian Modern Benches
Palisander
Wooden honeycomb structure with palisander veneer. Dimensions: 94.5" wide x 16.5" deep x 17.75" tall.
Contemporary Maple Benchlet Stool or Bench Hand...
Daniel Moyer Design
2010s American Modern Benches
Maple
Benchlet "Color by Todd Germann" 2013 I love Todd Germann's work. His paintings are beautiful blueprints, intricately detailed and richly layered elevation drawings that...
Contemporary Hardwood Tulipwood Small Bench Sto...
Daniel Moyer Design
2010s American Modern Benches
Tulipwood
Benchlet "H-brace"001 Tulipwood Measures: 20 x 15 X 20 high water based clear coat protective finish 2017 Used alone as a stool, as a pair of tables at couch ends or...
Contemporary Pussyhat Pink Benchlet Stool or Be...
Daniel Moyer Design
2010s American Modern Benches
Metal
Benchlet_pussyhat pink. Measures: 48 40 46h (18.5 x 15.5 x 18”h). Pink pigmented multi-ply and common tulipwood, black oxide Xlarge thumbscrew and socket head cap screws, iron ...
Contemporary Hardwood Tulipwood and Multi-Ply C...
Daniel Moyer Design
2010s American Modern Benches
Tulipwood, Plywood
Benchlet[dot]multi-ply "low and green". Measures: 48 x 40 x 38h (18.5 x 15.5 x 15”h). green pigmented multi-ply and common tulipwood, black-oxide Xlarge thumbscrew an...
Contemporary Multi-Ply and Tulipwood Benchlet o...
Daniel Moyer Design
2010s American Modern Benches
Metal
Benchlet[dot]multi-ply 2016. There are so many reasons to choose bench seating: Benches are simple, restaurant-y, workshop-ish. Deleting the chair back frees vertical space contr...
Meet the Rooted Bench, a Contemporary Combinati...
MFGR Designs
2010s American Modern Benches
Steel, Leather, Upholstery
This raw steel and leather bench is derived from the Pole Barns that scatter the Montana landscape. This contemporary solution is available in a variety of colors and finish combinat...
Mancini Banquette, Quilted Green Satin Back, Bl...
KGBL
2010s American Modern Benches
Steel, Fabric
The seat of the Mancini Banquette floats above a metal base. The semi-attached seat cushions afford an extra layer of comfort. Shown with a blackened steel base. It is also available...
Mancini Bench, Teal Satin, Blackened Steel Base
KGBL
2010s American Modern Benches
Steel, Fabric
The cantilevered form of the Mancini bench stands out equally well as an entry piece or along one side of a dining table. Shown with a blackened steel base. It is also available in o...
Maxim Bench with Bronze and Walnut Base, Cream ...
KGBL
2010s American Modern Benches
Bronze, Suede, Walnut
A base of metal supporting solid wood blocks which in turn support an upholstered seat. Shown in Cream suede with a Solid Silicon Bronze base and American Black Walnut blocks. Last i...
"Neuland" Artist Series Bench - 21st Century
2010s American American Modern Benches
Oak
"Neuland" artist series edition bench - 2016. Produced in NY. Douglas fir grain is deeply exposed, then charred and lacquered to suggest the IDEA of unexplored earth layers.
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