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Post-Modern Benches

POSTMODERN STYLE

Strictly speaking, postmodern design was a short-lived movement that manifested itself chiefly in Italy and the United States in the early 1980s. The characteristics of postmodern furniture and other postmodern objects included hot-colored, loud-patterned, usually plastic surfaces; strange proportions and weird angles; and a vague-at-best relationship between form and function.

Critics derided postmodern design as a grandstanding bid for attention and nothing of consequence. The fact that, decades later, postmodern design still has the power to provoke thoughts (along with other reactions) proves they were not entirely correct.

Postmodernism began as an architectural critique. Starting in the 1960s, a small cadre of mainly American architects began to argue that modernism, once high-minded and even noble in its goals, had become stale, stagnant and blandly corporate. In the next decade in Milan, a cohort of designers led by Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini brought the discussion to bear on design.

Sottsass and Michele de Lucchi, in 1980, gathered a core group of young designers, which would come to include Michael Graves, Marco Zanini, Shiro Kuramata and Matteo Thun, into a design collective they called Memphis. The Memphis Group saw design as a means of communication and they wanted it to shout. That it did: the first Memphis collection appeared in 1981 and broke all the modernist taboos, embracing irony, kitsch, wild ornamentation and bad taste.

Memphis works remain icons of postmodernism: the Sottsass Casablanca bookcase, with its leopard-print plastic veneer; de Lucchi’s First chair, which has been described as having the look of an electronics component; Martine Bedin’s Super lamp: a pull-toy puppy on a power cord leash. After the initial Memphis show caused an uproar, postmodern design quickly took off in America. The architect Robert Venturi had already begun a series of plywood chairs for Knoll Inc. with beefy, exaggerated silhouettes of traditional styles such as Queen Anne and Chippendale. In 1982, the new firm Swid Powell enlisted a group of top American architects, including Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Stanley Tigerman and Venturi to create postmodern tableware in silver, ceramic and glass.

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Style: Post-Modern
Pair of Enrique Garcel Bone-Clad Stools or Benches, Karl Springer Style, 1980s
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Stylish pair of Enrique Garcel tessellated bone benches. Use them in the living room, or a bedroom. Separate them and use one in a foyer and another in the hall, with a mirror over t...
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1980s Colombian Vintage Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Resin, Bone, Fabric

Trampolín Bench, Blue by Cuatro Cuatros
Located in Geneve, CH
Trampolín bench - Blue by Cuatro Cuatros Dimensions: W135, D49, H83, Seat 44 Materials: Chrome plated or painted iron structure Foam CMHR (high resilience and flame retardant) for...
Category

2010s Spanish Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Chrome, Iron

Black Layered Oak Wood Bench by Hyungshin Hwang
Located in Geneve, CH
Black Layered oak wood bench by Hyungshin Hwang Dimensions: D 120 x W 72 x H 39 cm Materials: ebonized red oak Layered Series is the main theme and concept of work of Hwang, who...
Category

2010s Korean Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Oak

Outdoor Bench, Barricade Bench by Jumbo, Modern Metal Garden Bench in Yellow
Located in New York, NY
This outdoor metal bench by New York based design duo JUMBO is an exceptionally durable metal bench made in the form of a barricade that has been bent into a garden bench, with seati...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Steel

Midcentury Italian Postmodern Upholstered Bench after Sottsass for Memphis
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A super unique Postmodern design straight out of the 1980s from Italy. It features a heavy solid wood construction with silver textured finish and upholstered seat cushion.
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Layered Steel Bench by Hyungshin Hwang
Located in Geneve, CH
Layered steel bench by Hyungshin Hwang Dimensions: D 36 x W 180 x H 36 cm Materials: Stainless Steel Layered Series is the main theme and concept of work of Hwang, who continues...
Category

2010s Korean Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Calligraphic Sculpted Brass Bench by Misaya
Located in Geneve, CH
Calligraphic sculpted brass bench by Misaya Dimensions: W 158 x L 38 x H 40 cm Hand-sculpted brass table. Misaya emulates Chinese ink paintings through the process of lost-wax c...
Category

2010s Thai Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Calligraphic Sculpted Brass Bench by Misaya
Located in Geneve, CH
Calligraphic sculpted brass bench by Misaya Dimensions: W 158 x L 38 x H 40 cm Hand-sculpted brass table. Misaya emulates Chinese ink paintings through the process of lost-wax c...
Category

2010s Thai Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Brass

Contemporary Bench by Faina
Located in Geneve, CH
Contemporary bench by Faina. Design: Victoriya Yakusha. Material: Textile, wood, foam, rubber, sintepon. Dimensions: H 49 x W 124 x L 33 cm. In search of new-old design message...
Category

2010s Ukrainian Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Foam, Wood, Textile

Set of 2 Stubbs Indoor Benches by Edvin Klasson
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 Stubbs indoor benches by Edvin Klasson Dimensions: D 120 x W 45 x H 60 cm Materials: Wooden frame, cold foam, painted steel and upholstery. Options available: The steel c...
Category

2010s Norwegian Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Steel

Galore 3 Seater Linen by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Galore 3 Seater Linen by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D222 x W83 x H 76 cm Material: Textile upholstery, Powder coated black steel legs, Wooden frame, foam, spring system. Weight: 62 kg A...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Steel

Pepino Daybed by Owl
Located in Geneve, CH
Pepino daybed by Owl. Dimensions: L 210 x W 70 x H 46 cm. Materials: Plywood base, upholstered. La Pepino is a collection of only seating, which consists of the repetition of cy...
Category

2010s Spanish Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Upholstery, Plywood

Lost Space 1-2 Bench by The Shaw
Located in Geneve, CH
Lost Space 1-2 Bench by The Shaw Dimensions: D245 x W 90 x H82 cm Materials: Stainless Steel Weight: 150 kg L O S T S P A C E The sun rose and instantly illuminated the blue s...
Category

2010s Chinese Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Ambuá 5p Bench / Coffee Table by Mameluca
Located in Geneve, CH
Ambuá 5p bench / coffee table by Mameluca Material: Vinhático wood Dimensions: D180x W86 x H47 cm Ambuá means "Centipede" in Tupi - ancient dialect of the Brazilian Indians. Th...
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2010s Brazilian Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Wood

Temple Bench by Emre Yunus Uzun
Located in Geneve, CH
Temple bench by Emre Yunus Uzun Dimensions: D 140 x W 40 x H 40 cm Materials: Brushed oak wood, leather top. Custom sizes and finishes available. Temple Collection consists of ...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Leather, Oak

Scandola Bench by Jean Grisoni
Located in Geneve, CH
Scandola bench by Jean Grisoni Dimensions: D 104 x W 37 x H 60 cm Materials: bronze, seagrass Patinated bronze double seat bench. Weaving of seagrass rope. Jean Grisoni In r...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Bronze

Pepino Bench by Owl
Located in Geneve, CH
Pepino bench by Owl Dimensions: L 140 x W 60 x H 46 cm Materials: Plywood base, upholstered La Pepino is a collection of only seating, which consists of the repetition of cylind...
Category

2010s Spanish Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Upholstery, Plywood

Dwell 2 Seater Sheepskin Moonlight by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Dwell 2 seater sheepskin moonlight by Warm Nordic. Dimensions: D137 x W66 x H 73 cm. Material: sheepskin upholstery, solid smoked or white oiled oak legs, wooden frame, foam, sprin...
Category

2010s Danish Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Foam, Wood, Oak, Sheepskin, Upholstery

The Vow Bench by Geke Lensink
Located in Geneve, CH
The Vow Bench by Geke Lensink Dimensions: D36 x W210 x H50 cm Materials: alaskan yellow cedar, cushion and knitted After graduating from ArtEZ University of the Arts, Geke Len...
Category

2010s Dutch Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Other

Worm Bench III by Clap Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Worm Bench III by Clap Studio Dimensions: D 65 x W 104 x H 50 cm Materials: Plywood, foam CMHR, iron Available in different colors. Custom modules convinations available 8 x curved ...
Category

2010s Spanish Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Iron

Admani Bench by Pendhapa
Located in Geneve, CH
Admani bench by Novocastrian Dimensions: D 126 x W 45 x H 42 cm Materials: Solid black javanese teak, Hand loom Silk Weight: 60 kg The vision behind our collaboration with Hel...
Category

2010s Singaporean Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Vintage Orbit C341/3 Sofa by Wolfgang C.R. Mezger for Artifort, 1990s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning vintage sofa or bench. Design by Wolfgang C.R. Mezger for Artifort. Striking Dutch design from the 1990s. Model Orbit C341/3 Original silver/grey lacquered aluminum fram...
Category

1990s Dutch Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Aluminum

Bench by Philippe Starck for the Clift Hotel, San Francisco
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Benches designed by Philippe Starck for the Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, San Francisco, CA., circa 2000. Bench has been professionally reupholstered in olive recycled leather. Bench me...
Category

1990s American Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Faux Leather, Wood

Natural Along Birch Sofa by Storängen Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Natural Along birch sofa by Storängen Design Dimensions: D 52 x W 150 x H 87 x SH 45 cm Materials: birch wood. Also available in other colors and with seat cushion. Along can b...
Category

2010s Swedish Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Birch

Arca V2 Bench by Edizione Limitata
Located in Geneve, CH
Arca V2 Bench by Edizione Limitata LIMITED EDITION OF: 150 Dimensions: D117 x W35 x H42 cm Materials: Solid Ash Wood These contemporary solid wood pieces are manufactured by the exc...
Category

2010s Italian Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Ash

Terrazzo Rainbow Bench by Lilia Cruz Corona Garduño
Located in Geneve, CH
Terrazzo rainbow bench by Lilia Cruz Corona Garduño Happiness series Dimensions: W 60 x D 12 x H 43 cm Materials: Terrazzo (Pigmented concrete and granulated marble) Platalea s...
Category

2010s Mexican Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Concrete

Worm Bench II by Clap Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Worm Bench II by Clap Studio Dimensions: D 65 x W 154 x H 50 cm Materials: Plywood, foam CMHR, iron Available in different colors. Custom modules convinations available, 8 x cu...
Category

2010s Spanish Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Iron

Rare Pair of Stools by Robert Lemariey
By Robert Lemariey
Located in New York, NY
An important pair of stools/benches in Macassar d'Ebony in a post-modern/modern neoclassical spirit with solid bronze cornices and sabots. The elegant legs taper in a stepped fashion...
Category

Late 20th Century French Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Bronze

Antropología Bench by Raúl De La Cerda
Located in Geneve, CH
Antropología bench by Raúl de la Cerda Dimensions: D 40 x W 120 x H 40 cm Materials: oak wood, Negro Monterrey marble. Solid holm white oak with negro Monterrey marble bench. ...
Category

2010s Mexican Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Marble

Set of 2 Terrazzo Rainbow Bench and Stool by Lilia Cruz Corona Garduño
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2 terrazzo rainbow nench and stool by Lilia Cruz Corona Garduño Hapiness series Dimensions: W 30.5 x D 50 x H 43 cm Materials: Terrazzo (Pigmented concrete and granulated m...
Category

2010s Mexican Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Concrete

Luigi Saccardo Innovation Bench by Polflex
Located in Highland, IN
This delightful Model 716 "Innovation" bench by Luigi Saccardo for Polflex has a frame of tubular steel, a leather-wrapped seat, and dense foam backrests. It's innovative use of mode...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Steel

Charleston Bench, Pepe Albargues
Located in Geneve, CH
Charleston bench by Pepe Albargues Dimensions: 85 x 165 x 63 Other available width 120, and 200 cm Technical features: Pine wood structure reinforced with tablex and board of...
Category

2010s Spanish Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Fabric

Akar Bench by PENDHAPA
Located in Geneve, CH
Akar Bench by Novocastrian Dimensions: D130 x W54 x H40 cm Materials: Solid black javanese teak rope. “Akar” is the Indonesian word for “roots”: the Akar is a growing piece of furni...
Category

2010s Singaporean Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Teak

Museum Bench in Glass and Stainless Steel, Signed, 2020 by Christopher Kreiling
Located in Pasadena, CA
The museum bench was originally envisioned to be placed in juxtaposition to art to not obstruct but enhance the view. This heavy minimal piece is definitely a conversation starter. ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Perlude Walnut Natural Large by Caroline Voet
Located in Geneve, CH
Perlude walnut natural large by Caroline Voet Dimensions: 190 x H 43 cm Materials: Walnut Natural Also available in Oak Natural, Seating Oak Black, Seating Teak (outdoor). Please ...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Walnut

Airisto Bench, Natural Ash by Made By Choice
Located in Geneve, CH
Airisto bench/side table natural ash by Made By Choice with Joanna Laajisto Dimensions: W 96cm, D 35cm, H 45 cm Materials: Solid ash Finishes: Natural ash / painted black Also ...
Category

2010s Finnish Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Wood, Ash

Postmodern Italian 1980s Sofa, Two-Seat
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage 1980s Postmodern two-seat sofa. Sculpted beech frame with aluminum accents. Original warm yellow cream leather cushions. Very good condition, comfortable seat. Dimensions:...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Leather, Plywood

Values Power Bench by Geke Lensink
Located in Geneve, CH
Values Power Bench by Geke Lensink Dimensions: D40 x W100 x H62 cm Materials: ash wood, rock crystal and crochet wool After graduating from ArtEZ University of the Arts, Geke ...
Category

2010s Dutch Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Rock Crystal

1980s Waterfall Benches in a Green Moire Fabric in the Style of Karl Springer
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A really nice pair of waterfall benches that will compliment any room. The green moire fabric is in wonderful shape. We can also upholster these benches in a fabric of your choice.
Category

Late 20th Century North American Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Upholstery

Post-Modern Dutch Design Three-Seater by Gerard Van Den Berg, Rattan, Wood, 1934
Located in Antwerp, BE
Post-Modern; Dutch Design; Three-Seater; by Gerard Van Den Berg; 1934; Rattan; Wood; This three-seater sofa is designed by Gerard van den Berg in 1934. Plain, slightly curved, an...
Category

1930s Dutch Vintage Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Wood, Rattan

Salvante BS1 Bench by Piotr Dąbrowa
Located in Geneve, CH
Salvante BS1 Bench by Piotr Dąbrowa Unique Piece Dimensions: W 160 x D 40 x H 40 cm Materials: Botticino Marble Also Available: Calacatta Viola Marble, Walnut Burl Marble, Rosa Peral...
Category

2010s Italian Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Marble

Set of 2, Airisto Side Table & Bench, Stained Black by Made By Choice
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 2, Airisto side table & bench, stained black by Made By Choice with Joanna Laajisto Dimensions: W96cm, D35cm, H45 cm (Standard Bench), D35cm, H45 cm (Stool / Side Table) Mat...
Category

2010s Finnish Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Wood, Ash

Pink Bench by Supernovas
Located in Geneve, CH
Pink bench by Supernovas Dimensions: D150 x W40 x H12 cm Materials: 50% Recycled LDPE + 50% Virgin Plastic Weight: 22 kg Also available in different colours. Easy to assemble...
Category

2010s Italian Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Other

White Bench by Supernovas
Located in Geneve, CH
White bench by Supernovas Dimensions: D150 x W40 x H12 cm Materials: 100% Recycled LDPE Weight: 22 kg Also available in different colours. Easy to assemble without tools, Aft...
Category

2010s Italian Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Other

Crocodile Bench Made in 766 Minutes by Minute Manufacturing
Located in Geneve, CH
Crocodile Bench Made in 766 Minutes by Minute Manufacturing Dimensions: 64 x 52 x 102 cm Materials: Waste materials Such as cardboard tubes, plastic boxes, leather, clay Minute...
Category

2010s Dutch Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Leather, Clay, Plastic

Rare Stool in the style Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti, circa 1985
Located in New York, NY
A unique stool or bench by the French late 20th century masters, Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti. This post-modern piece is composed of a partially gilt wrought iron tripod ...
Category

Late 20th Century French Post-Modern Benches

Walnut Oxbend Bench by Fernweh Woodworking
Located in Geneve, CH
Walnut Oxbend Bench by Fernweh Woodworking Dimensions: W 122 (4´) x D 45,7 x H 76,2 cm Materials: Walnut Dimensions available: wide: 4 feets, 5 feets, 6 feets. Wood options: walnut,...
Category

2010s American Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Wood, Walnut

Bench by Magdalena Tekieli
Located in Geneve, CH
Bench by Magdalena Tekieli Dimensions: L 200 x D 40 x H 47 cm Materials: Brass, metal, velor.
Category

2010s Polish Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Metal, Brass

Osani Walnut and Bronze Bench by Jean Grisoni
Located in Geneve, CH
Osani walnut and bronze bench by Jean Grisoni Dimensions: D 155 x W 30 x H 33 cm Materials: bronze, American walnut wood Large bench in American walnut and three patinated bronz...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Bronze

Airisto Bench, Stained Black by Made by Choice
Located in Geneve, CH
Airisto bench / side table stained black by Made By Choice with Joanna Laajisto Dimensions: W 96cm, D 35cm, H 45 cm Materials: solid ash Finishes: natural ash / painted black A...
Category

2010s Finnish Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Wood, Ash

Fried Egg Sofa Sheepskin Moonlight by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Fried egg sofa sheepskin moonlight by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D 186 x W 68 x H 68 cm Material: Sheepskin upholstery, Solid oiled teak Weight: 42 kg Also available in different co...
Category

2010s Danish Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Sheepskin, Teak

Galore 3 Seater Sprinkles Desert Yellow by Warm Nordic
Located in Geneve, CH
Galore 3 seater sprinkles desert yellow by Warm Nordic Dimensions: D 222 x W 83 x H 76 cm Material: Textile upholstery, Powder coated black steel legs, Wooden frame, foam, spring s...
Category

2010s Danish Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Steel

Black Along Birch Sofa by Storängen Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Black Along birch sofa by Storängen Design Dimensions: D 52 x W 150 x H 87 x SH 45 cm Materials: birch wood. Also available in other colors and with seat cushion. Along can be ...
Category

2010s Swedish Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Birch

Perlude Oak Bench Large by Caroline Voet
Located in Geneve, CH
Perlude oak bench large by Caroline Voet Dimensions: 190 x H 43 cm Materials: Natural oak Also available in seating oak black, seating walnut natural, seating teak (outdoor). T...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Oak

Extra Long 1970’s Bench Sofa by Thomas De Ángelis
Located in New York, NY
Impressive extra long bench sofa by note maker, Thomas DeAngles. This bench form sofa is structurally sound and sturdy, the fabric shows obvious signs of wear.  
Category

1970s American Vintage Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Upholstery

Red Opaque Acrylic Bench or Cocktail Table
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful and substantial high-gloss red opaque acrylic bench or cocktail table, circa late 20th to early 21st century. Great as a bench or coffee/cocktail table. Dimensions: 18" D...
Category

Late 20th Century Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Acrylic

Stacks Bench by Another Human, Modern Upholstered Modular Bench, Denim
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Stacks bench is an elegant interpretation of stacked meditation stones and offers the functionality of meditation cushions. Designed with urban living in mind, the Stacks bench o...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Fabric

Modernist Solid Granite Table or Bench
Located in Chicago, IL
An incredible modernist solid granite table or bench with a recessed foot, perfect for indoors or out. The bench was designed for the lobby of the Four Seasons Residences in Chicago,...
Category

1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Benches

Materials

Granite

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