Welcome to another ‘Spotlight’ blog – a whole post just about one particular fantastic piece of furniture (and not necessarily a new one), taking the time to really go into detail about the process in restoring it, the design choices I’ve made, or maybe the history of the designers.
This week, we’re taking a closer look at –
The Eames Shell Seat Bench. Not least because I get to post lots of sunny pictures like this, and it warms me up on a chilly March morning!
This unusual bench is constructed of a black steel T bar on aluminium legs, featuring five coloured plastic shell seats. Often found in airports and other transport hubs they are exceedingly rare to find in the UK – this is, in fact, the only one we’ve ever seen!
These details match the rare tandem shell seating arrangements designed by Charles & Ray Eames in the 1950s and ’60s, but this set is without a definitive maker’s mark, most probably in the form of a sticker stuck to chair or frame, lost sometime in their history. We tried contacting Eames to see if there was another way to verify the identity of this piece, but unfortunately, it was a dead end.
But there’s no denying that style! Combining both the arm and side chair designs, this bench is not only rare and colourful, but comfortable and, I may say, very cool. It is also, from a practical point of view, durable and easy to maintain. Perfect for a large hallway, or perhaps even a modernist garden!
While the brightest of the chairs show some fading, and the chrome of the aluminium legs also shows some wear, this is undoubtedly one of the most striking pieces we’ve had at Happy HQ – not just for it’s size, but also in terms of its design. A real statement piece!
Think warm thoughts!