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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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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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Balloon Bench h220430 Satoshi Itasaka Hanging Bench
By Satoshi Itasaka
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Balloon bench designed by Satoshi Itasaka of h220430 This bench is hanging bench installed to ceiling. Made up of 14balloons and seat. Balloon is FRP, thread is steel wire. Bench i...
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2010s Japanese Modern Benches

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Wire

Motion
By Barlas Baylar
Located in New York, NY
Dimensions approximate: 15.6' L x 40" D x 29" H Bronze bench Artist Proof (Limited Edition).
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2010s Modern Benches

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Bronze

Sculpted Walnut and Steel Side Table by Jules Lobgeois
By jules Lobgeois
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Sculpted walnut and steel side table by Jules Lobgeois Hand-sculpted steel and walnut Dimensions: 45 x 28 x 28 cm European walnut polished with beeswax and varnished steel. Th...
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2010s European Modern Benches

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Steel

V Brass Bench by Soraya Osorio
By Soraya Osorio
Located in Clinton Corners, NY
V brass bench with black hair on hide cushion with linear aged brass base transforms the everyday bench into a luxurious objet d'art. Customization available. Please inquire for add...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Brass

Contemporary Handcrafted Geometric Ottoman "Aktis" in a Meander Form by Anaktae
By ANAKTAE
Located in Athens, GR
Contemporary handcrafted ottoman "Aktis" shaped like a meander, entirely covered in fabric. The geometric design of the seating is inspired by the Meander or Greek key, one of the mo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Greek Modern Benches

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Upholstery

Asa Pingree Upholstered Lapwing Bench in Ebonized Oak
By Asa Pingree
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Lapwing bench is versatile and elegant. It has found its place in museums, offices and homes. Custom sizing is available. COM Welcome. Any customization is subject to price var...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Oak, Canvas

Minimalist Steel Coffee Table
A strong and tenacious contemporary steel coffee table with a Brutalist's soul and a minimalist's attitude. Table is constructed of one piece of steel, with waterfall edges, and the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Steel

Pair of Modern X-Benches
Pair of painted white, modern metal X-base benches with upholstered cushioned seats.
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1970s Vintage Modern Benches

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Metal

Jumbo Collection Enigma Bench in Wood and Fabric
By Jumbo Collection
Located in Cantu, IT
Structure in carved beechwood with gold finishing and padding upholstered with fabric. Materials: Structure in carved beechwood with gold finishing J288O and padding upholstered w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Benches

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Fabric, Beech

Grey Seeing Her On The Bench
By Midsummer Milano
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

New Contemporary Hand-Felted Wool Bench with 2 Cushions
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

Swing, Copper and Brass Contemporary Bench with Nubuck Leather and Rosewood
By Matì
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

Crest Bench by Tretiak Works, Contemporary Handmade Solid Walnut Bench
By Nick Tretiak
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
By Nick Tretiak
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

Crest Stool by Tretiak Works, Contemporary Handmade Solid Wood Stool Walnut
By Nick Tretiak
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

Dish Solid Wood Contemporary Sculptural Carved Bench Coffee Console Table Black
By Grain
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

Handmade Bench Sculpture Stainless Steel Limited Edition Design Italy
By Barberini & Gunnell
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

Invisible Table, Rooms
By ROOMS
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Dimensions: L 92cm, W 52cm, 60cm Materials: Wood/mirror Invisible table: Invisible table by Rooms, blend mysterious with the simple. Using mirror and wood, these delicate tables...
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2010s Georgian Modern Benches

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Brass

Nilufar Gallery Bench CB01 by Johan Viladrich
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
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 B by Destroyers/Builders
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

Nilufar Gallery Archetyping Bench A by Destroyers/Builders
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

LUMA Design Workshop Silo Bench with Light Wood and Black Textured Metal
The LUMA design workshop silo bench is the result of thoughtful design and expert craftsmanship. The wooden body of the bench has a Rye finish. The metal strap is in our blackened qu...
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2010s American Modern Benches

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Steel

Contemporary Minimal Bleached Oak Daybed Bench Mirror Polish St. Steel Backrest
By Felicia Ferrone
Located in Chicago, IL
Inspired by the antique wooden block planers used for working wood, the contemporary, minimal bleached oak Block Daybed and bench has the mirror polished stainless steel backrest whi...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Stainless Steel

Contemporary Minimal Black and White Ecowood Veneer Fold Bench, USA
By Felicia Ferrone
Located in Chicago, IL
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...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Composition

Venus, Handmade Modern Industrial Bench with Metal Cables and Black Wood
By Peter Harrison
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

Jupiter XL, Modern Nautical Bench with Industrial Concrete Metal and Black Wood
By Peter Harrison
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

Axis, Handmade Modern Industrial Bench with Concrete Cables and Black Wood
By Peter Harrison
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

Jupiter, Modern Nautical Bench with Industrial Concrete Metal and Wood
By Peter Harrison
Located in Middle Grove, NY
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...
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Early 2000s American Modern Benches

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Concrete, Aluminum, Stainless Steel

Low Upholstered Bench of American and English Walnut by Jonathan Field. Unique
By Jonathan Field
Located in London, GB
A low bench of solid English and American walnut, upholstered in white textured faux leather with stitching detail. One of a kind.   
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2010s English Modern Benches

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Walnut

Stacks Bench by Another Human, Modern Upholstered Modular Bench, Corduroy Velvet
By Another Human
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Velvet

Golia Bench by Draga&Aurel Concrete Resin and Brass, 21st Century
By Draga & Aurel
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
By Draga & Aurel
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

Truss Bench in Mixed-Media Liquorice and Onyx Fabric by TRNK
By TRNK
Located in South El Monte, CA
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 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Leather, Fabric

Truss Bench in Mixed-Media Greige & Ash by TRNK
By TRNK
Located in South El Monte, CA
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...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Leather, Fabric

Truss Bench in Mixed-Media Midnight and Bayou by Trnk
By TRNK
Located in South El Monte, CA
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...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Leather, Fabric

RS-Barcelona On the Road Bench in Peacock Fabric by Stone Designs
By RS Barcelona, Stone Designs
Located in Edison, NJ
The "On the Road" bench has nothing added or superfluous. It is just as it is: a natural and discreet bench, inspired by a long motorcycle journey on Route 66. Suitable for any room,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Benches

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Wood, Beech

RS-Barcelona On the Road Bench in Caviar Fabric by Stone Designs
By RS Barcelona, Stone Designs
Located in Edison, NJ
The ‘On the Road Bench’ has nothing added or superfluous. It is just as it is: a natural and discreet bench, inspired by a long motorcycle journey on Route 66. Suitable for any room,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Benches

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Wood, Beech

Liquid Color Bench in Elm Wood with Colored Resin Seat by Hillsideout
By Rossana Orlandi, Hillsideout
Located in Milan, IT
This series celebrates the color and its uniqueness when it reacts with transparencies like resin. The result of colorful shades, which cannot be repeated in the same way, is combine...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Benches

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Wood

Drift Bench by Established & Sons
By Amanda Levete, Established & Sons
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Drift Limited Edition bench is constructed from layered beech plywood that is then hand carved. The layered wood reveals the complex contours and curves that architect Amanda Lev...
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Early 2000s Modern Benches

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Wood

RS-Barcelona Small You and Me Bench with White Cushion by A.P.O.
By Antoni Pallejà Office, RS Barcelona
Located in Edison, NJ
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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Benches

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Steel

RS-Barcelona On the Road Bench in Ash Fabric by Stone Designs
By Stone Designs, RS Barcelona
Located in Edison, NJ
The “On the Road Bench” has nothing added or superfluous. It is just as it is: a natural and discreet bench, inspired by a long motorcycle journey on Route 66. Suitable for any room,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Benches

Materials

Wood, Beech

Beam TV Bench by Damien Gernay & Mogg
By Mogg, Damien Gernay
Located in New York, NY
"Designed by Damien Gernay for Mogg, Beam is a multifunction low table made by an old oak beam, equipped with lead-painted metal top. Beam is a coffee table which has a young and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Benches

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Oak

Art Deco Inspired Curved Bench Upholstered in Premium Wool with Brass Finishes
By Unknown
Located in New York, NY
Inspired by the Art Deco movement, this bench features a soft curved shape. The bench is upholstered in premium cloud-white wool material and features a brass finished base. Dime...
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2010s European Modern Benches

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Brass, Stainless Steel

Veronicà Mar S-Bench in Core-Ten Steel
The S-bench is inspired by Nature’s spiral movements that may be observed in elements of infinity such as galaxies, DNA chains, hurricanes, or in the movement of the water flowing do...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Benches

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Steel

Wellesley Bench in Solid Oak by May Furniture
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
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

Etro Dinka Stool in Wood
By Etro
Located in Cantu, IT
The leather twist is the main feature of the Dinka stool. The African inspiration is present in the matte finish of the dark wengè wood, in the polished brass rings reminding the jew...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Benches

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Wood

e15 ELBE III Bench with Signal White Base by Marguerre, Besau and Schöning
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

Emeco Alfi 3-Seat Bench in White and Dark Ash with High Back by Jasper Morrison
By Emeco, Jasper Morrison
Located in Hanover, PA
Emeco and Morrison together, designed and engineered The Alfi collection with the conviction that what you don't see is as important as what you do see. Alfi reflects Emeco and Morri...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Wood

Emeco Alfi 3-Seat Bench in White and Ash with Low Back by Jasper Morrison
By Jasper Morrison, Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
Emeco and Morrison together, designed and engineered The Alfi Collection with the conviction that what you don't see is as important as what you do see. Alfi reflects Emeco and Morri...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Wood

e15 Sitz Bench by Jörg Schellmann
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

Emeco Alfi 3-Seat Bench in White and Dark Ash with Low Back by Jasper Morrison
By Jasper Morrison, Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
Emeco and Morrison together, designed and engineered The Alfi collection with the conviction that what you don't see is as important as what you do see. Alfi reflects Emeco and Morri...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Wood

Emeco Alfi 3-Seat Bench in White and Ash with High Back by Jasper Morrison
By Jasper Morrison, Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
Emeco and Morrison together, designed and engineered The Alfi collection with the conviction that what you don't see is as important as what you do see. Alfi reflects Emeco and Morri...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches

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Wood

Amura 'Tiffany' Bench in Ivory and Red by Luca Scacchetti
By Amura
Located in GRUMO APPULA (BA), IT
Tiffany owes its name to the famed 1961 Blake Edwards' movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's", starring Audrey Hepburn. From its protagonist, to her clothes, to her hats, her suave and effor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Benches

Catalina Bench with Gold Leaf Detail by Badgley Mischka Home
By Badgley Mischka
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Both functional and visually stunning, the Catalina bed bench is a brilliant accent piece. The careful design and craftsmanship is evident in the uniquely channel tufted seat, where ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Modern Benches

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Gold Leaf

Crawford Bed Bench in Gilded Champagne Leaf by Badgley Mischka Home
By Badgley Mischka
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Crawford bed bench is a unique, glamorous, and sophisticated accent piece. With two metal legs that feature an octagonal repeat design, and tightly upholstered seat, this bench i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Modern Benches

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Wood

Casablanca Bench in Wood and Animal Print by Badgley Mischka Home
By Badgley Mischka
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Casablanca bed bench has a unique and sophisticated design that delivers utmost elegance and charm. With the combination of its hand-gilded wooden base and upholstered body and p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Modern Benches

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Gold Leaf

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