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Inspiration  |  16 June 2021

Flatweave Accessories: Upholstered Benches

Multi-functional and adaptable design is high on our list of priorities here at Roger Oates Design. In today’s current climate and increased time spent in our homes, we are all looking to find creative and unique additions to our interiors that make us smile. Enter our stylish collection of handmade benches found on our online store, upholstered in a range of our favourite 100% wool Venetian flatweaves, meaning there is a design for every interior setting.

We have often said our flatweave is upholstery for the stairs, therefore it seemed only natural to use it in new ways. After experimenting with upholstered furniture in the early 2000’s using our original conventional fabric range, we knew we wanted to offer a timeless and functional piece, using our less-conventional flatweave as the material.

We turned to a skilled upholsterer close to our studios in Herefordshire to create our benches, where they are made in small batches, often to order. Staying true to the Roger Oates ethos of using honest quality materials, each bench is finished with handcrafted oak legs.

(Top left) Our Flaxman Pewter bench seen with our Fulham travel bag, (top right) a glimpse of our Masai Tobacco bench in a hallway. (Bottom) Heather Shields x Roger Oates upholstered bench in Nougat

As part of a collaboration with textile designer and weaver Heather Shields, we have a limited collection of benches upholstered in a Masai-inspired fine wool cloth. An intricate marriage of maritime blues, subtle pinks and neutrals. This exclusive cloth woven on the Isle of Bute, uses a traditional double cloth technique for a soft, luxurious finish.

Our benches also work particularly well to punctuate a scheme with colour and texture. From the classic and subtle design of the Fulham Lichen Bench with its soft earthy tones that would sit perfectly at the end of any bed, to the energising contrasting stripes of the Fitzroy Bright – bold enough to take centre-stage as a window seat or to stack your coffee table books on. Homes need to work around our busy lives yet reflect our personalities – and textiles are the perfect way to do this. Adding them to our interiors through adaptable, durable and inventive ways is why we created this eye-catching range for our Lifestyle Store.

(Left) A hallway featuring our Fitzroy Black bench and matching stair runner. (Right) Close up detail of the Ixworth Lamp Black bench.

Offering functionality and style, and available in three sizes, the benches lend themselves to many settings – in entrance halls as a place to pause and take off shoes or as a feature to add focus on landings.

Bench Sizing

All benches are 41cm high.

Standard Our original size long bench. 120cm long x 40cm deep
Small Like our standard benches, but shorter in length. 90cm long x 40cm deep
Narrow Created for smaller spaces, like hallways. Shorter, narrower with slimmer legs. 90cm long x 35cm deep

At Roger Oates Design we pride ourselves in creating carefully considered designs for our clients – where our artisan heritage and craftsmanship shine through and pieces can create memories for multiple generations. For those looking to find a fun, distinctive and versatile piece of furniture to become part of their home, then this handcrafted range of benches is the perfect place to start.

(Top) Kyoto Lantern upholstered bench with Vernon Teal on the landing. (Bottom) Kobe Lantern upholstered bench with Fitzroy Bright on stairs and Lirette Tapis Runner in Mulberry.

Shop Upholstered Benches here.



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