Benches

How to choose this product

A bench is long a seat for one or more people, which may be stationary or mobile. With many styles, forms and shapes available, a bench can add visual interest to a space, as well as offer seating. While a traditional bench may blend into a number of different environments, a design bench may serve as an interesting centerpiece. On ArchiExpo, benches are categorized by such properties as intended use, material or style.

Applications

Benches are found in both domestic and commercial environments, and may include integrated planters, lighting, storage or shelving. Interior benches may be used as additional comfortable seating. It is sometimes padded and may even double.

In commercial and public environments, the durability and resistance of the bench is often more important than comfort. It may be used for high-traffic exterior environments such as bus stations, public parks, or hospitals.

Technologies

Popular bench materials include concrete, wood, stainless steel, aluminum and plastic, though some few are made of cardboard, vegetable fibers or other unusual materials.

How to choose

Consider whether the bench will be used indoors or out, its seating capacity and whether it should be stationary or mobile. It must be the right height for its habitual users, children or adults. Bench style should fit its environment. Bold shapes and styles may make it striking centerpieces in a neutral environment, but would be inappropriate in a highly ornate context.

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3 products VONDOM
new VONDOM AND by Fabio Novembre
Original design garden AND by Fabio Novembre VONDOM

AND is a spatial concept, a volume that cuts through the air, creating emotional turbulence for those who...

VONDOM FAZ by Ramon Esteve
Original design garden FAZ by Ramon Esteve VONDOM

Ramón Esteve, architect of the harmony, serenity, timelessness and the universality has created mineral and expressive shape that makes FAZ a design that contextualizes with the homes and installations. Atmosphere,...

video VONDOM LAVA
Contemporary by Karim Rashid organic design LAVA VONDOM

Lava is a unique experience of beauty, luxury, performance and functionality seamless together. LAVA, is an undulating, cloud-like bench, a really huge organic blobular sculpture...

21 products SANTA&COLE
new SANTA&COLE HARPO by Gonzalo Milá & Miguel Milá
Contemporary public in wood and metal with backrest HARPO by Gonzalo Milá & Miguel Milá SANTA&COLE

On commission from our editors, father-and-son team Miguel and Gonzalo Milá two big names in contemporary street furniture design undertook the difficult...

new SANTA&COLE HARPO by Gonzalo Milá & Miguel Milá
Contemporary public in wood and metal HARPO by Gonzalo Milá & Miguel Milá SANTA&COLE

On commission from our editors, father-and-son team Miguel and Gonzalo Milá two big names in contemporary street furniture design undertook the difficult...

new SANTA&COLE HARPO by Gonzalo Milá & Miguel Milá
Aluminum contemporary public HARPO by Gonzalo Milá & Miguel Milá SANTA&COLE

On commission from our editors, father-and-son team Miguel and Gonzalo Milá two big names in contemporary street furniture design undertook the difficult...

SANTA&COLE BANCAL by Julià Espinàs & Olga Tarrasó
Contemporary public in wood and concrete with backrest BANCAL by Julià Espinàs & Olga Tarrasó SANTA&COLE

The Bancal bench is a robust and simple, modular element designed for public meeting areas. Its...

SANTA&COLE BOSTON by Ted Hauri
Contemporary public in wood and metal with backrest BOSTON by Ted Hauri SANTA&COLE

The Boston bench was designed in the United States at the beginning of the 80’s....

6 products B&B Italia
B&B Italia FRANK
Contemporary by Antonio Citterio FRANK B&B Italia

AN EASY-TO-OPERATE TABLE/CONSOLE WITH A PRECISE APPEARANCE. THE TABLETOP CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS, ONE OF WHICH FOLDS WITH A SINGLE MOVEMENT TO CONVERT THE TABLE INTO A CONSOLE...

B&B Italia TITIKAKA
Original design garden by Naoto Fukasawa with backrest TITIKAKA B&B Italia

The new Titikaka bench, in teak lathes with an aluminium frame, contradicts the rigid shape of traditional outdoor benches. Perhaps...

B&B Italia DIP DOUBLE DIP by Chris Howker
Original design DIP DOUBLE DIP by Chris Howker B&B Italia

A piece of sculture in the form of a minimalist bench...

B&B Italia POSA by David Chipperfield
Contemporary upholstered POSA by David Chipperfield B&B Italia

For this project Chipperfield was particularly concerned with finding versatile, robust seating which would meet rigorous usage...

B&B Italia CLOUD
Contemporary upholstered by Naoto Fukasawa CLOUD B&B Italia

A series of benches with or without backs designed for public...

B&B Italia DIESIS
Contemporary upholstered by Antonio Citterio and Paolo Nava DIESIS B&B Italia

THE EPITOME OF INNOVATIVE RESEARCH AND SOPHISTICATED HANDCRAFTING SKILLS, IT HAS BECOME A LANDMARK IN THE HISTORY OF DESIGN. THE...

48 products METALCO
METALCO LIBRE by Alfredo Tasca
Contemporary public in metal with backrest LIBRE by Alfredo Tasca METALCO

The LIBRE seat, available as a flat bench or as a seat with a backrest, consists of a hot galvanised (in accordance with relevant UNI standards) and polyester powder coated steel structure, composed of...

METALCO LIBRE HALF by Alfredo Tasca
Contemporary public in metal with backrest LIBRE HALF by Alfredo Tasca METALCO

The LIBRE HALF seol is a double-sided seal which, through its special shape, can be used by up to 8 people, 4 sitting ond 4 leaning. The seat, entirely in steel, is made up of four 6mm thick shaped sheet...

METALCO LIBRE DOUBLE by Alfredo Tasca
Contemporary public doubleside in metal LIBRE DOUBLE by Alfredo Tasca METALCO

The LIBRE DOUBLE seal offers a double-sided seat composed of three 6mm ’hick shaped steel sheet supports linked to a robust horizontal ø 60mn steel tube bar, and to ø 16mm drawn steel tubes,...

METALCO LIBRE DOUBLE SETTORE by Alfredo Tasca
Contemporary public in metal with backrest LIBRE DOUBLE SETTORE by Alfredo Tasca METALCO

The LIBRE DOUBLE seat offers a double-sided seat composed of three 6mm thick shaped steel sheet supports linked to a robust horizontal 0 60mm steel tube bar, and to 0 16mm drawn steel tubes, closed off...

METALCO SLIDE by Raffaele Lazzari
Contemporary public in wood and metal with backrest SLIDE by Raffaele Lazzari METALCO

The SLIDE seat is made up of a series of 80x40mm section steel slats which perfectly follow the line made by the two upper shaped profiles, in the same section steel. These profiles are joined by upper...

METALCO OLA by Alfredo Tasca
Contemporary public in metal OLA by Alfredo Tasca METALCO

Seat, available as a flat bench or as a seat with a backrest, consisting of...

Accsys Technologies
Contemporary public in wood and metal Accsys Technologies

Bournemouth city council has chosen three of Street Collectives unique Sessio timber seats for one of their prime seaside locations. The council were very impressed with the specification and good value...

Accsys Technologies NORWEGIAN-BENCH
Contemporary wooden public NORWEGIAN-BENCH Accsys Technologies

Accoya has been chosen as the material of choice for the new seating area in Sarpsbourg Square in the centre of the city. The inspiration of the...

Accsys Technologies
Contemporary public in wood and steel Accsys Technologies

15m3 of Accoya wood supplied by Timspec to the...

Accsys Technologies BERLIN BENCHES
Contemporary wooden public BERLIN BENCHES Accsys Technologies

Accoya® Benches Feature In Award-Winning, New City Centre Park In Berlin. The...

3 products Zanotta
Zanotta MARIPOSA by Riccardo Dalisi
Original design MARIPOSA by Riccardo Dalisi Zanotta

Nine originals numbered and signed. Pale blue painted...

Zanotta BAROCCO by Emaf Progetti
Contemporary upholstered BAROCCO by Emaf Progetti Zanotta

Steel feet, chromium-plated or varnished graphite....

Zanotta SANMARCO 2571
Contemporary and table set for garden by Gae Aulenti SANMARCO 2571 Zanotta

Table and bench for outdoor and indoor use. Demountable steel frame painted...

5 products Minotti
new Minotti KLASEN by Gordon Guillaumier
Contemporary garden metal KLASEN by Gordon Guillaumier Minotti

THE METAL FRAME FOR THE KLASEN OUTDOOR BENCH IS...

new Minotti KIRK
Contemporary upholstered by Rodolfo Dordoni KIRK Minotti

THE KIRK COLLECTION ALSO INCLUDES A PADDED BENCH WITH WOOD BASE, AVAILABLE...

Minotti FLYNT
Contemporary leather upholstered by Rodolfo Dordoni FLYNT Minotti

LIGHTWEIGHT VOLUMES, SIMPLE YET ELEGANT DESIGN...

Minotti SELF
Contemporary leather upholstered by Rodolfo Dordoni SELF Minotti

THE TUBULAR, CHROME-PLATED FRAME, WHICH IS AVAILABLE...

3 products vitra
vitra NELSON
Contemporary solid wood by George Nelson NELSON vitra

This bench’s clear, straightforward lines reflect Nelson’s architectural background....

vitra BENCH
Contemporary upholstered by Jasper Morrison BENCH vitra

Bench is a versatile mobile bench for galleries, museums and entrance areas, which easily...

video vitra JOYN : SINGLE BENCH
Office desk - design by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec JOYN : SINGLE BENCH vitra

Joyn is more than just office furniture. Joyn is a management instrument in an era of a changing work culture because Joyn combines a variety of room functions on one single level: the platform. Its mobile...

50 products Escofet
new Escofet GRASSHOPPER by Makoto Fukuda
Contemporary public in concrete GRASSHOPPER by Makoto Fukuda Escofet

The GRASSHOPPER collection consists of a table and bench that stretch our Slimconcrete technology...

Escofet KELLY by Marc Aurel
Contemporary public in stone with backrest KELLY by Marc Aurel Escofet

KELLY is a contemporary street furniture collection designed in liquid stone (UHPC) for Escofet by Marc Aurel. The range consists of a seat, a bench and a chair, all with highly refined, modern form. In...

Escofet UTSEP SYSTEM by Jørn Utzon
Contemporary public in engineered stone with backrest modular UTSEP SYSTEM by Jørn Utzon Escofet

UTSEP SYSTEM is a modular bench that emerges from the aggregation of nine concrete modules: Three straight sections, three concave sections and three convex sections which provide unlimited possibilities...

Escofet BLOW UP by Mansilla and Tuñón
Engineered stone contemporary public with backrest BLOW UP by Mansilla and Tuñón Escofet

BLOW UP is a reinforced cast stone bench that reveals its form and geometry through the powerful presence of its volume. It provides a comfortable, embracing seating experience, and features a long, narrow...

Escofet BILBAO by Josep Muxart
Engineered stone contemporary public with backrest BILBAO by Josep Muxart Escofet

BILBAO is a reinforced cast stone bench with a natural stone colour, projecting a sense of having been hewn from a huge pyramid-shaped rock. Its organic, linear structure rests on each extremity to provide...

Escofet LONGO by Manuel Ruisánchez
Contemporary public in wood and stone with backrest LONGO by Manuel Ruisánchez Escofet

The LONGO series consists of two combinatory cast stone bases, LONGO Banca and LONGO Cubo, in conjunction with two wooden seat models and a metal frame, with and without backrest. The conjugation...

10 products FERMOB
FERMOB ORIGAMI by Harald Guggenbichler
Contemporary garden metal ORIGAMI by Harald Guggenbichler FERMOB

The delicately understated Origami bench is a homage to the Asian art of paper-folding....

FERMOB CHARIVARI by Juliette Liberman
Original design garden with backrest CHARIVARI by Juliette Liberman FERMOB

Juliette Libermans original prototype for the Charivari bench featured a wooden seat, using the same steam-bending procedure...

FERMOB ELLIPSE by Pascal Mourgue
Contemporary garden with backrest ELLIPSE by Pascal Mourgue FERMOB

Ellipse brings to mind the metal benches present in many of our towns and cities,...

FERMOB 1900
Traditional metal garden 1900 FERMOB

With its hand-forged scrolls and delicate perforations,...

2 products Herman Miller
Herman Miller HARBOUR
Doubleside interior for public buildings HARBOUR Herman Miller

Harbour gives you the power to connect people. A range of modular chairs,...

Herman Miller OASIS by John Madden
Interior for public buildings OASIS by John Madden Herman Miller

Designed by John Madden, Oasis is a range of soft seating that brings an air of calm into the...

3 products Allsteel
Allsteel RISE
Interior modular for public buildings RISE Allsteel

Relax on it. Lounge across it. Lean against it. Stack stuff on it. Bounce ideas around it. Rise tiered modular stadium seating is a surprisingly natural and...

video Allsteel MIND-SHARE
Interior for public buildings MIND-SHARE Allsteel

There’s more than one way to Gather. And that’s the beauty of the modular Mind-Share. Create one-, two-, or three-sided micro-environments....

Allsteel INVOLVE
Modular upholstered for public buildings INVOLVE Allsteel

Involve’s modular design brings everything together to accommodate all the different ways work gets done. From private office to open plan and beyond....

5 products Ahrend
Ahrend AHREND LOUNGESCAPE by Basten Leijh
Interior modular for public buildings AHREND LOUNGESCAPE by Basten Leijh Ahrend

A complete solution for Smarter Working, whether you are using the telephone, sending...

Ahrend AHREND UNIT by Paul Linse
Interior modular for public buildings AHREND UNIT by Paul Linse Ahrend

The name has a double meaning, it is a molecule: the smallest...

Ahrend AHREND
Doubleside interior for public buildings AHREND Ahrend

Train Bank: a "soft seating" product in terms of reception and lounge areas. This element...

Ahrend AHREND 750 LOUNGE by Bas Pruyser
Interior modular for public buildings AHREND 750 LOUNGE by Bas Pruyser Ahrend

The Ahrend 750 lounge worksite is a luxurious, amply dimensioned worksite offering a great deal of privacy for flexi-workers and members of staff whose work involves...

Ahrend AHREND 500 BENCH by L.V.Gool
Shared workstation for open plan office AHREND 500 BENCH by L.V.Gool Ahrend

The modern office has to meet new requirements. It’s no longer the place where you sit and work at the same spot all day, but more and more somewhere to...

1 products Haworth Europe
Haworth Europe LTB by Catherine Le Téo & Thierry Blet
Interior modular for public buildings LTB by Catherine Le Téo & Thierry Blet Haworth Europe

The LTB lounge furniture is flexible, versatile and stimulating. The name LTB echoes the initials of French designers Le Téo & Blet whose innovative concept...

3 products MAGIS
MAGIS FOLLY
Original design garden by Ron Arad FOLLY MAGIS

Year of production: 2013. Material:...

MAGIS TRAFFIC
Interior for public buildings by Konstantin Grcic TRAFFIC MAGIS

Year of production: 2013. Material: frame in steel...

MAGIS SUSSEX by Robin Day
Contemporary public in metal with backrest SUSSEX by Robin Day MAGIS

Seating system. Year of production: 2003. Material: frame...

35 products Benito
Benito NEOBARCINO : UM304
Contemporary public in wood and metal with backrest NEOBARCINO : UM304 Benito

The Site Furnishing range includes the Neobarcino Bench and its variants: bench, seat, long bench, bench without backrest and high bench without...

Benito NEOBARCINO : UM 304 L
Contemporary public in wood and metal with backrest NEOBARCINO : UM 304 L Benito

The Site Furnishing range includes the Neobarcino Bench and its variants: bench, seat, long bench, bench without backrest and high bench without...

Benito NEOBARCINO : UM304 B
Contemporary public in wood and metal NEOBARCINO : UM304 B Benito

The Site Furnishing range includes the Neobarcino Bench and its variants: bench, seat, long bench, bench without backrest and high bench without...

Benito DELTA XXI : UM363W
Contemporary public in wood and metal with backrest DELTA XXI : UM363W Benito

The Delta XXI Bench stands out from other benches in the Site Furnishing range for its remarkable toughness. It is made in tropical...

Benito DELTA XXI : UM364
Contemporary public in wood and metal with backrest DELTA XXI : UM364 Benito

The Delta XXI Bench (UM364) is a variation on the Delta XXI Bench (UM363W), with the peculiarity of having arm rests and a more styled seat. This Bench...

Benito ELA : UM371L
Contemporary public in concrete and steel ELA : UM371L Benito

Material: Prefabricated concrete seat, stainless...

15 products HAGS Aneby AB
HAGS Aneby AB CITY-FORM CORNER
Contemporary public in wood and metal CITY-FORM CORNER HAGS Aneby AB

NameCity-Form Corner Bench Description Product...

HAGS Aneby AB ZETA BENCH FOR STANDING
Contemporary public high in wood and metal ZETA BENCH FOR STANDING HAGS Aneby AB

NameZeta Bench For Standing Description Product #8037073 Product # (old) PriceContact...

HAGS Aneby AB PARK BENCH ESPLANAD
Contemporary public in wood and metal with backrest PARK BENCH ESPLANAD HAGS Aneby AB

NamePark Bench Esplanad Description Product #8003205 Product...

HAGS Aneby AB CITY-FORM SEATING GROUP
Contemporary public doubleside in wood and metal CITY-FORM SEATING GROUP HAGS Aneby AB

NameCity-Form Seating Group DescriptionNatural Brown Product...

HAGS Aneby AB PARK BENCH ENGLAND
Traditional wooden public with backrest PARK BENCH ENGLAND HAGS Aneby AB

NamePark Bench England Description Product #8037811 Product...

Hess GmbH Licht + Form AURIGA
Contemporary public in metal with backrest AURIGA Hess GmbH Licht + Form

70.00500.2V001 2-SITZER Bench AURIGA 2-seater Made of cast aluminium With...

Hess GmbH Licht + Form CASTELLO
Contemporary public in wood and metal with backrest CASTELLO Hess GmbH Licht + Form

70.02800.0V001 ESCHE Bench CASTELLO with back Frame of galvanised steel section With two internal fixation strips (Mounting...

Hess GmbH Licht + Form CORVUS
Contemporary public in wood and metal with backrest CORVUS Hess GmbH Licht + Form

70.00600.1 ESCHE Bench CORVUS with back Sides of cast aluminium With 4 mounting plates (Mounting...

Hess GmbH Licht + Form POSITANO
Illuminated contemporary POSITANO Hess GmbH Licht + Form

12.16400.0V002 2XT26-18W SKI BLAU Illuminating seat POSITANO Dimensions: 700 x 400 x 405 mm Installation depth: 120 mm Made of...

6 products Lafarge
Lafarge  LOUVRE MUSEUM
Contemporary public in concrete LOUVRE MUSEUM Lafarge

In September, 2012, the famous Louvre museum in Paris opened a new space to exhibit the most beautiful art collections of the Islamic world. Designed, from an architectural and museum point-of-view...

Lafarge   AZULY® by Studio Design F. Passaniti
Contemporary public in concrete AZULY® by Studio Design F. Passaniti Lafarge

How to bring rhythm to common objects that intersperse the urban environment? This is the challenge taken up by Studio Design Francesco Passaniti and its Swing range of urban furniture for Azuly®,...

Lafarge  by H2O
Contemporary public in concrete with backrest modular by H2O Lafarge

Breaking routine and shedding the standardization of urban furniture is a challenge that H2O Architects takes seriously. Their comprehensive range of benches and chairs takes full advantage of Ductal®’s...

Lafarge  by Chabaud Levêque
Contemporary public in concrete by Chabaud Levêque Lafarge

With extremely open lacework designs, these unique Ductal® benches and...

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