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Contemporary Hand-Made Benches

Wood, concrete and metal unite in these pieces, from Douglas Thayer Design

  • Baseball - reclaimed Greenheart and Ipe.
  • Leblond - Jatoba and stainless steel.
  • Coney Island - reclaimed Ipe.
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It has been said that good things come in threes. We’ve been entertained by three bears, three blind mice and three musketeers. Three course meals leave us with full bellies, triathlons consist of three exciting events, a three-peat gives sports fans reason to celebrate…and the list continues.

Douglas Thayer, a firm believer in the rule of threes, combines wood, concrete and metal to create hand-made benches. Thayer has designed nine models using materials that will withstand harsh outdoor conditions. The wood used for his benches is reclaimed or locally sourced. The cast concrete portions of the benches come in various shades of gray, while metals such as copper, brass and stainless steel are used as inlays and stretchers.

Socially responsible production and conscientious design are at the forefront of Thayer’s creations. His Coney Island bench is made with Ipe that was salvaged from the original Coney Island boardwalk in New York. He has also used redwood reclaimed from wine tanks for his benches. Other woods he uses are Mahogany, Jatoba, teak and oak.

Benches can be customized to suit your space needs or ordered with a special variety of wood. Customized plaques can also be inlayed in the concrete legs or affixed to the edge of the boards. This is a great way to dedicate the bench to a loved one or display a favorite quotation.

Now you can add these contemporary benches from Douglas Thayer Design to your list of good things that come in threes. The combination of the three materials will likely leave you wishing you ordered three benches instead of just one.

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