Broadly speaking, upholstered benches are a slightly more specific subset of of the ‘benches’ product group. The upholstering need not be fixed to the bench, and some of the featured products can be ordered with or without a loose seat cushion, while in others the upholstering is an integral part of the design.
Perhaps the most ‘upholstered’ bench is Nipa Doshi’s and Johnatan Levien’s ‘Principessa’ for Moroso, in which 11 layers of differently coloured mattresses are stacked one on top of the other on a low wooden base. This approach is countered by Neil Brody’s ‘Curve’ for Riva 1920, where a simple leather cushion is simply laid on the seat of this sensually-carved wooden sculpture.
For a more traditional upholstered bench, Fleming & Howland’s ‘Love Seat’ and ‘Window Seat’ are faithful adaptations of 19th century design and traditional craftsmanship in wood and waxed leather. No less plush, Aqua Creations’s ‘Anana Bench’ is a wholly contemporary sculptural exercise in triangulating a cylindrical surface into three-dimensional modular elements.
The classical bench without backrest also receives the upholstering treatment, whether in the understated ‘Simplissimo’, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel for Ligne Roset, or in the more whimsical ‘Hockerbank’ upholstered bench by Yvonne Fehling and Jennie Peiz, which deconstructs linear seating into seemingly randomly fused chair seats, complete with the corresponding amount of legs.
Upholstered benches come with backrests too, whether in the relatively modest and classical form of Stephan Veit’s ‘Elements Mirado’ for Gruber + Schlager, or in Alp Nuhoğlu ‘Kirmizi’, in which three individual upholstered chair shells are mounted on a chrome-plated steel beam, or in the slightly more extravagant ‘Reform’, designed for Johanson Design by Alexander Lervik, where the upholstered bench is a merger of three armchairs, each with an excessively high, protective back.