This piece was a commission for a friend who needed both an occasional seat at her dinning table, as well as a space to store objects. Modelled off a traditional blanket box, the bench has plenty of storage inside, but an upholstered cushion has been integrated into the top to create a piece that can be moved to the table to allow seats for two more friends.
The bench was built in ash and then stained a dark walnut to match existing furniture aesthetic. The style is inspired by the American South-West. The diamonds on the faces and the two huge dovetails that join the carcass, are an ode to native blankets and the basic geometrical beauty that they exhibit. The lines around the skirt, as well as the bevels on the top employ an art deco aesthetic, again at home in the U.S. Southwest.
The bench was built to last with heavy timbers and robust joints like the giant dovetail ends and the drawbore mortise and tenon top.
This is a subtle piece that sits back and watches most of the time. But when its needed as a seat or a box, its right there to help!