A really cool piece of furniture which I fell in love with after visiting the spectacular Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, was George Nelson’s Bench.
Nelson was an American architect and he is know for his clean, linear aesthetics and the bench was a perfect symbolism to his style. There’s also something about pure ergonomics, which makes sitting on something as simple as this bench, a delight. I wanted it badly and a price tag of close to 1000Euros wasn’t very encouraging.
So I took down the measurements, some pictures of the joinery details and I knew that this was going to be there in my new home, and I specially extruded a small wall in the living area to accomodate the bench. With locally sourced wood and metal, we got a pretty amazing carpenter who could understand the details, and after a one week workshop at home, we made a DIY version of the Nelson’s bench! It still is a little rough around the edges and nowhere close to a finish like the original, but at a cost close to 20% of it, it was definitely not a bad attempt!
Sure, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” 🙂