April showers have brought May flowers and now is the ideal time to retreat to the outdoors and idle away spring's sunny afternoons. We've rounded up ten of our favorite benches that form the perfect places to perch.
Nikari, established by cabinetmaker Kari Virtanen in 1967, is a company dedicated to using wood in the clean, classic, Nordic tradition, manufacturing its entire collection in Finland. At this year's Habitare fair in Helsinki, new introductions included the latest work from Jenni Roininen in her JRA lounge series. We believe the JRA3 sofa without armrests might function a bit more like a bench in your living room but it's beautiful, either way, and the rest of the site is chock full of stunning stuff.
The geometric Shard Planter Bench is more than just planter or bench—it’s a sculptural piece of art. Designed by Charles Constantine for Planterworx’s Element collection, each Shard Planter Bench is custom made to the dimensions and specifications desired by the client. It’s an investment piece, though a truly spectacular one.
Drawing inspiration from psychologically programmed color patterns on the benches of the Toyko subway, Sam Hecht transformed a simple solid-oak plank with subtle structural cues of bent beech—creating a multitasking piece of furniture that suggests a multitude of uses without a strict agenda.
Let's hear it for hollow! You can sit on top or store things inside, or both! These Section benches designed by Council founder Derek Chen, and they come in different powder coated colors on steel, wood finishes, or a variety of upholsteries, making their modularity even more versatile.
Nodding to the enigmatic artist Joseph Beuys, this layered industrial wool felt bench/ottoman creates a synthesis between fine art and design utilizing low-tech materials. The piece, designed by Chris Ferebee and Laurice Parkin of 521 Design, is currently included in the exhibition Fashioning Felt at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York.
There are few things nicer than sitting yourself down in the backyard on a sunny day, book in your hand and warm breeze on your face. Extend yourself a bit and put your feet up, or relax happily next to your honey, taking in the sights and sounds of the garden. This slatted wood bench from Staach's Cain Collection will provides the sweet spot for enjoying an easy afternoon.