Canteens, having high capacity and turnover, demand studier furnishing than restaurants. Canteen benches are therefore quite straightforward affairs, though this does not mean that they are overlooked by high-end manufacturers or product designers.
For instance, Piero Lissoni’s ‘Groove’ canteen bench for Porro is a minimal design crafted from solid wood with two inclining base supports. Bedont’s ‘Shira bench’, designed by Steffen Kaz and Catharina Lorenz, is a rectilinear canteen bench with a clearly articulated wooden structure and a high-quality laminate seat.
All canteen benches are designed to be easy to clean. ‘Rubber Bench II’ by Heerenhuis is robust design with a rubber top, making it even more practical. Lastly, Karl Auer’s ‘loft bench’ for TEAM 7 is a stripped down, traditional wooden design, but can be complemented by matching seating cushions, increasing the sitter’s comfort.