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Multifunctional furniture is in no way a new concept in design. As we spend more time at home, we have more need for multi-purpose pieces now more than ever.
BM0488 Table Bench
A beautiful example of such a piece is Danish designer Borge Mogensen’s BM0488 Table Bench. Mogensen was a strong believer that the furniture we live with should be adaptable in response to our needs. As a result, he created the Table Bench in 1958. It made its debut at the Copenhagen Cabinetmaker’s Guild Exhibition and was recently relaunched by Carl Hansen & Son. The beautiful piece has already won a design award.
It’s such a soft, expressive piece where its straight frame is softened with rounded edges and traditional cabinetry joints. Made from the heartwood of oak with a double-woven cane seat, the Table Bench takes on a versatile role of surface, seat, or storage. It can also be used in conjunction with Mogensen’s BM0865 Day Bed as part of his ‘building furniture’ approach. At the same height as the day bed, they’re designed to use in conjunction with one another, making it easy to configure last-minute seating arrangements for various occasions.
I love its ability to bring a sense of warmth to any space; be it at the end of a bed, your first point of contact when you pull off your shoes in the hallway or as a coffee table. The cane seat is both durable and tactile, highlighting Mogensen’s commitment to the importance of organic materials within the home. I think this will be a new Danish Design Classic.
Here in my living room, I’ve styled it as a coffee table.
MO Lighting Collection
Also featured in this post, is the MO320 Floor lamp from new MO lighting series designed by Mads Odgard.