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September 23, 2015
These homes make use of the elongated, communal bench in a variety of interior spaces, from the dining room to the kitchen and living room.

A built-in bench helped architect Davor Popadich keep costs down for his New Zealand abode, while also adding a distinctive look to the interior. 

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berlin apartment interior kitchen

Interior designer Peter Fehrentz transformed his 646-square-foot apartment in Berlin, filling the space with a confident color palette and clever space-saving tricks, including bench seating by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Artek in the kitchen and dining area.

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The Half Full table and bench by Ross Gardam

The Half Full table and bench by Ross Gardam complement the indoor-outdoor nature of this bungalow in greater Melbourne, Australia.

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prospect heights residence interior lighting

In this Prospect Heights apartment, Workstead wall-mounted lamps illuminate a photo from Cloud Series by Matthew Williams and a bench by Hugh Acton.

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Dublin Victorian Extension built-in seating in kitchen

A biomorphic bench abuts the kitchen island of this addition to a Victorian home in Dublin

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Originally appeared in With a Bright Plywood Extension, This May Be the Least Stuffy Victorian Ever
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Tennessee living room with a built-in bench

A perimeter of bench seating doubles as extra storage for books at this cedar-and-steel home in East Tennessee.

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Swedish guesthouse pavilion with pergola over the pool and george nelson benches

In Sweden, architect Bengt Mattias Carlsson created a pavilion adjacent to a residence dating from the late 1800s. The pergola is made from glue-laminated timber beams set atop steel posts; it protects the pool from falling pine needles. Seating abounds, with a perimeter of built-ins (at left) and a line of George Nelson benches (at right).

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Designer Omer Arbel in his kitchen with parrots

Every object has a story in the eclectic Vancouver home of Bocci lighting designer Omer Arbel: "Across the room is the first 25 bench I ever made; it was salvaged from a now-closed restaurant I codesigned, called Ping’s Cafe, where Aileen and I met," he says. "Hanging over the bench is our first Bocci 14 light fixture. I feel like it would be bad luck not to have it in the house.”

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the apartment interior dining room

In the dining area of the kitchen in this curated Copenhagen apartment turned showroom, a Mobile Chandelier 3 by Michael Anastassiades is suspended above a table from local cabinetmaker Københavns Møbelsnedkeri. Vintage red dining chairs by Ralf Lindberg mingle with an Ilse Crawford bench for De La Espada. 

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A built-in bench helped architect Davor Popadich keep costs down for his New Zealand abode, while also adding a distinctive look to the interior. 

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