Indoor Benches

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Indoor benches are one type of furniture that many designers have played with throughout the 20th century. Though the most popular may be the George Nelson's Platform bench, other designers have also experimented with the form of the bench. Mies van der Rohe and others in the International Style movement often experimented with indoor benches as alternatives to chairs and sofas.

George Nelson's Platform bench is a low-profile bench constructed from thin wood slats that rest on lacquered wooden supports. Originally produced by Herman Miller, the Platform bench is one of the modern indoor benches that does not incorporate an upholstered surface. This allows it to be used outdoors as well as indoors.

Mies van der Rohe's Indoor Benches

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe also designed indoor benches--some of which are inspired by his classic Barcelona design. He used similarly arranged leather squares sewn together at the edges, situated on steel supports. Unlike the original Barcelona series, they feature straight steel legs instead of the scissor design of the originals.

Along with the two and three-seater indoor benches, the Barcelona daybed is also available. Similar to the benches, the daybed is slightly wider to accommodate a figure more easily. The daybed, which rests on the same steel feet as the benches, also features a round pillow at one end.


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