Solid Pine Brutalist Bench
by Knud Friis & Elmar Moltke Nielsen
solid pine bench designed by Danish architects Knud Friis & Elmar Moltke Nielsen in the 1950s and made by their company FRIIS & MOLTKE circa 1960.
The architectural practise FRIIS & MOLTKE was founded in 1954 and was involved in introducing Brutalism to Denmark throughout the 1960s & 70s.
However, the Brutalism of FRIIS & MOLTKE’s work is generally considered more mellow than that of Brutalist designs’ seen contemporaneously in European communist countries and Britain.
Certainly, this bench is a milder version of Brutalism. It is monolithic, geometrically rigid and ‘blocky’ in appearance. But the pine used throughout is familiar and warm and all surfaces are smoothly finished.
The bench is extremely practical, being solid wood, the bench is incredibly robust and fit for real everyday use -as it could in theory be re-finished any number of times in the future. Further, although the bench is a substantial piece of furniture the generous length and depth of its seat means it could still save room around a space restricted dining table.
Width: 200 cm
Height: 77.5 cm
Depth: 50 cm
Seat Height: 43 cm