We've presented some of our favorite benches in the past—Wooden Benches with Spindle Backs and Backless Wooden Dining Benches—but we have yet to source another notable subset: backed wooden benches with a modern profile. Here are ten of our favorite options to consider for dining tables and hallways, and a few for outdoors, too.
Above: The Corner Bench by Birgit Gämmerler is an ergonomic design available in solid beech, maple, oak, American cherry, and American or European walnut. Contact Suite New York for pricing and more information.
Above: CB2's Principle Bench has a raw steel frame and a seat and back of solid acacia wood with a matte light brown stain; $499.
Above: From Richard Ostell, the Series 1 Bench is a minimalist design that makes use of negative space. Ostell says he aimed for "a quiet simplicity, focused on proportions and balance." Handmade in Grand Rapids, Michigan, it's $3,200. For more see our post, Slow Design from Richard Ostell and A Quiet Man: At Home with a NY Designer.
Above: The Moooi AVL Three-Seat Shaker Bench is approximately 94 inches long and is marked down from €1,750 to €875 from Canoof in Amsterdam.
Above: The Jean Prouvé Marcoule Bench was designed in 1955 and has a basalt powder-coated tubular and moulded sheet steel frame with a seat and back of oiled oak. Available through the Patrick Seguin showroom, Philips auction house, and as a special edition via Nest in the UK.
Above: The Los Garden Bench by Meier/Ferrer is made of teak and versatile for both indoor and outdoor use. Contact Derring Hall for pricing and availability.
Above: Jasper Morrison's Botan Bench, made in Japan by Maruni, was originally created for his own house. Equally suited for indoor and outdoor use, it's available in two sizes, with four or six legs. The six-legged version, shown here, is $3,825 CAD from Mjölk in Toronto.
Above: Designed by Scott Klinker of Context Furniture, the Truss Museum Bench is made from birch multi-ply and colored laminate (available in white, gray, red, and brown). It's 60 inches long and is $515 from Design Public.
Above: From Another Country, the Bench One Back has the company's signature peg detail on the backrest and turned legs that attach with screws. It's available in four sizes; the 1.4-meter bench is £815. Go to Another Country Series One Furniture to see a version of the bench that's backless and shallower.
Above: Designed by Catharina Lorenz, the Sit Bank is made from sustainably harvested solid wood (available in beech, ash, oak, maple, American cherry, American walnut, or European walnut). The bench can be customized with or without armrests and an upholstered seat. Contact Suite NY for pricing, availability, and more information.
We are continually sourcing the latest and greatest furniture designs; have a look at our previous Furniture posts for more. And see Benches in situ in our Gallery of Rooms and Spaces. For garden benches, see Gardenista's 10 Easy Pieces: Romantic Benches for Two.