The bench, a new basic? For The Socialite Family, yes! The first piece in our collection of furniture and accessories, Panchina celebrates the...
It is impossible to overlook the popularity of the bench! This designer piece recalls happy childhood memories and has moved on from being a simple school seat to become part of the most stylish settings. And every household has its own version! Whether it is vintage, custom-made, or a reinterpretation – like our iconic Panchina bench, which brings together traditional and contemporary lines and is made in Italy – the bench is an item you can be proud to display, and in every room in your interior. Are you having difficulty imagining what you could do? To help you and show you how to make it a real decorative asset, The Socialite Family suggests 6 ways to make it your own at home. A lunchtime companion at Ebbio, a Tuscan B&B, why not draw up a large-sized bench to your dining table when you have several guests sharing a delightful meal with you. Do you want to optimise your use of space while improving support and stability? Build it into your walls structurally, as Anne-Fleur Broudehoux so aptly did when designing her dining area. Then, like her, fill it with cushions to warm up its appearance and compensate for its rigidity! Also seen in Cristina and Frédéric Balducci‘s home, a bespoke-style bench that suits the sunny entrance to a corridor so perfectly. Seating coupled with storage, this multi-functional piece is as beautiful as it is practical. Another room in the house that has been taken over by this family favourite is the entrance. Choose a wide bench with a low seat, which will enhance the look of your hallway and allow young and old alike to remove their shoes comfortably, as Sophie Favre and Laureen Habbani have done. Because when it comes to decoration, the bench has it all! And it even becomes the essential accessory in a setting at Chrysoline de Gastines‘s home, where it is transformed into a designer display upon which a vase, some books and a gorgeous poster are meticulously arranged. Finally, do not underestimate the potential of the bench in the bedroom. Bringing beauty and practicality into the most personal room in your home, adjacent to a screen in your dressing area or used at the end of your bed: follow this example in Mylène Kiener‘s home, and use your bench as a neo side table that is ideal for sitting, for storage, for displaying your most attractive accessories or simply perfecting the look of your bed.
This designer piece recalls happy childhood memories and has moved on from being a simple school seat to become part of the most stylish settings.
Photography : Constance Gennari – Eve Campestrini – Valerio Geraci – Text : Caroline Balvay @thesocialitefamily