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Nine to Know | Benches

  • HERO IMAGE DESIGN Kelly Wearstler
  • HERO IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY Courtesy of Kelly Wearstler
  • PRODUCT EDITOR Brigitte Craig
  • WORDS Holly Beadle
  • In this Nine to Know, we see designers reimagine the bench seat through new forms and materials.

    Nine renowned Australian and international designers present their own unique take on the bench – proving it’s much more than somewhere to sit. 

    This feature originally appeared in est magazine issue #43

    Baxter’s Milano Worldwide 2021 collection is inspired by the world of art, fashion, design and architecture. Among other notable pieces, the collection features the Adel bench, made from structural Chilean pine plywood and dense polyurethane foam.

    Like the roots of a plant, the strong legs of the FAINA SONIAH bench, imagined by Ukraine designer Victoria Yakusha, are said to draw energy from the ground – relaying the brand’s inherent respect for nature.

    Friends David Caon and Henry Wilson utilised the A-joint system (used to construct tables) to design this bench for their Sydney-based furniture brand Laker. The bench explores clean natural materials and embraces a simple, robust shape.

    Zanotta Quaderna Bench Cult Furniture

    Doubling as a console table, the Zanotta Quaderna bench by Superstudio appears to be inlaid with tiny tiles. However, the pattern is actually digitally printed on plastic laminate; deceiving yet ingenious.

    Moller Bench #63 Great Dane

    You may recognise the name Møller from the iconic Møller #77 chair. The Danish brand is also known for the Møller #63 bench, with a durable woven cord seat and wooden frame – perfect for the end of the bed or in the hallway.

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