20th C Benches Photos

Starting in late 1800s, various architects & designers started creating sofas and benches with an eye toward visual impact as well as comfort.

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Bench for Woburn Public Library by Henry Hobson Richardson made by Irving & Casson of Boston, MA at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA.Bench by Hector Guimard at Musée d'Orsay. Paris, France.Arts & Crafts piano & bench by J.M. Young Co. of Camden, NJ plus arm chair, music cabinet & gramophone in Corbett House at Tucson Museum of Art. Tucson, AZ.Modernista settee designed for Casa Calvet in Barcelona by Antoni Gaudí at Gaudi House Museum in Parc Güell. Barcelona, Spain.
Bench for Woburn Public Library by Henry Hobson Richardson made by Irving & Casson of Boston, MA at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA.Bench (1897-8) by Hector Guimard at Musée d'Orsay. Paris, France.Arts & Crafts piano & bench (1900-1930) by J.M. Young Co. of Camden, NJ plus arm chair, music cabinet & gramophone in Corbett House at Tucson Museum of Art. Tucson, AZ.Modernista settee (c1900) designed for Casa Calvet in Barcelona by Antoni Gaudí at Gaudi House Museum in Parc Güell. Barcelona, Spain.
Art Nouveau settee by Georges de Feure at Chrysler Museum of Art. Norfolk, VA.Art Nouveau settee & two armchairs by Edouard Colonna designed for 1900 Paris World's Fair at Chrysler Museum of Art. Norfolk, VA.Bench in stained oak & leather by Peter Behrens made by George Hulbe of Hamburg for Arts & Crafts Exhibition of Turin at Hamburg Decorative Arts Museum. Hamburg, Germany.Glass cabinet, bench, chairs & mirror by Koloman Moser & made by Wiener Werkstätte plus round table by Josef Hoffmann at Leopold Museum. Vienna, Austria.
Art Nouveau settee (c1900) by Georges de Feure at Chrysler Museum of Art. Norfolk, VA.Art Nouveau settee & two armchairs (c1900) by Edouard Colonna designed for 1900 Paris World's Fair at Chrysler Museum of Art. Norfolk, VA.Bench in stained oak & leather (1902) by Peter Behrens made by George Hulbe of Hamburg for Arts & Crafts Exhibition of Turin (1902) at Hamburg Decorative Arts Museum. Hamburg, Germany.Glass cabinet, bench, chairs & mirror (c1904) by Koloman Moser & made by Wiener Werkstätte plus round table (c1902) by Josef Hoffmann at Leopold Museum. Vienna, Austria.
Glass cabinet, bench & chairs by Josef Hoffmann & made by Wiener Werkstätte at Leopold Museum. Vienna, Austria.Modernista chair & sofa by Joan Busquets at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. Barcelona, Spain.Oak & rush weave arm bench & chairs around table at Schleswig Holstein State Museum. Schleswig, Germany.Modernista bench from Casa Amatller in Barcelona by Josep Puig i Cadafalch at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. Barcelona, Spain.
Glass cabinet, bench & chairs by Josef Hoffmann & made by Wiener Werkstätte at Leopold Museum. Vienna, Austria.Modernista chair & sofa (1907) by Joan Busquets at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. Barcelona, Spain.Oak & rush weave arm bench & chairs (c1910) around table at Schleswig Holstein State Museum. Schleswig, Germany.Modernista bench (c1910) from Casa Amatller in Barcelona by Josep Puig i Cadafalch at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. Barcelona, Spain.
Dining room table, chairs, benches by Wenzel Hablik at Schleswig Holstein State Museum. Schleswig, Germany.Dining room table, chairs, benches & sideboard by Wenzel Hablik at Schleswig Holstein State Museum. Schleswig, Germany.AT&SF Santa Fe station bench at New Mexico History Museum. Santa Fe, NM.Bench before corner fireplace by Nicolai Fechin at Taos Art Museum. Taos, NM.
Dining room table, chairs, benches (c1920) by Wenzel Hablik at Schleswig Holstein State Museum. Schleswig, Germany.Dining room table, chairs, benches & sideboard (c1920) by Wenzel Hablik at Schleswig Holstein State Museum. Schleswig, Germany.AT&SF Santa Fe station bench (c1930) at New Mexico History Museum. Santa Fe, NM.Bench before corner fireplace by Nicolai Fechin at Taos Art Museum. Taos, NM.
Modern 'Sacco' beanbag chair by Pierro Gatti, Cesare Paolini & Franco Teodore; plastic garden bench by Walter Papst; & Cone Chair by Verner Panton at Schleswig Holstein State Museum. Schleswig, Germany.Modern 'Sacco' beanbag chair by Pierro Gatti, Cesare Paolini & Franco Teodore; plastic garden bench by Walter Papst; & Cone Chair by Verner Panton at Schleswig Holstein State Museum. Schleswig, Germany.Taos style bench by Antonio Archuleta in NM State Capitol Art Collection. Santa Fe, NM.Taos style bench by Chris Woolam in NM State Capitol Art Collection. Santa Fe, NM.
Modern 'Sacco' beanbag chair (1968) by Pierro Gatti, Cesare Paolini & Franco Teodore; plastic garden bench (1961) by Walter Papst; & Cone Chair (1958) by Verner Panton at Schleswig Holstein State Museum. Schleswig, Germany.Modern 'Sacco' beanbag chair (1968) by Pierro Gatti, Cesare Paolini & Franco Teodore; plastic garden bench (1961) by Walter Papst; & Cone Chair (1958) by Verner Panton at Schleswig Holstein State Museum. Schleswig, Germany.Taos style bench (1991) by Antonio Archuleta in NM State Capitol Art Collection. Santa Fe, NM.Taos style bench (1991) by Chris Woolam in NM State Capitol Art Collection. Santa Fe, NM.
Albuquerque style bench by Chris M. Sandoval in NM State Capitol Art Collection. Santa Fe, NM.Questa style bench by Roberto Vigil in NM State Capitol Art Collection. Santa Fe, NM.Carved bench by John Wesley Williams, Clintonville at West Virginia State Museum. Charleston, WV.
Albuquerque style bench (1991) by Chris M. Sandoval in NM State Capitol Art Collection. Santa Fe, NM.Questa style bench (1991) by Roberto Vigil in NM State Capitol Art Collection. Santa Fe, NM.Carved bench (1997) by John Wesley Williams, Clintonville at West Virginia State Museum. Charleston, WV.

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