These vintage City of Toronto benches are slowly being replaced but I will always be fond of them as they tell a story of the passage of time. I thought I should explain the reason I included this photograph in my marketing, apart from having a fondness for the image. To me, a bench is symbolic of a place to rest, to settle. Likewise, as a Realtor, my job is to find a comfortable place for my clients “to rest” that fits their needs, budget and tastes.
Vintage City of Toronto Bench
Benches are a nice addition to any setting, indoors and out. A bench can spruce up a bland hallway, add some style to the foot of a bed or fill a void in the back corner of a yard. Benches provide the perfect spot to sit for a moment of reflection, can double as a coffee table and have room for two! For these reasons, I have a collection of benches and they are all very different.
Below are some of my favourites, including the new benches replacing the vintage City of Toronto bench shown in my marketing materials.
New City of Toronto Benches
Contemporary benches being phased in at bus stops throughout Toronto
Move over vintage benches; these new teak and aluminum benches are being placed at bus stops around the City of Toronto. As much as I love the charm and character of the vintage benches, I do like the the contemporary flair of these new benches.
A classic teak bench out a look out in Muskoka
I love the simplicity of a nice teak bench outdoors. At our cottage we have created trails on our back property with a few other neighbours. The trails lead to a lovely lookout where we have placed this bench and it has become a destination for us to enjoy year ’round. It is an inviting spot to sit and enjoy the views out to the lake.
Richard Schultz Topiary
Richard Schultz Limited Edition Topiary Bench
This outdoor bench adds some whimsy to any yard and the playful nature of this bench allows light to pass through and cast shadows. The pink bench was a limited edition to raise money for breast cancer. They come in a choice of colours including sky blue, forest green, orange and, for those who prefer a more neutral palette, plain white.
Richard Schultz 1966 Knoll
Knoll 1966 formerly Richard Schultz 1966
This bench is so simple it is timeless. Richard Schultz created this line in the 1960s and production recently began again. It has been revitalized and offers comfortable, easy-care outdoor seating for backyards or terraces.
The Herman Miller Nelson Bench
The Herman Miller Nelson Bench provides elegant simplicity.
If I were to limit myself to just one bench, it would be this mid-century classic whose clean lines exude simplicity. I have used mine as both a coffee table and as a bench in hallways at the city and cottage. I have even been known to use this bench to add a little something in homes I am listing. It can easily handle day-to-day wear and tear and is absolutely perfect below an Eames Hang-It-All.
Hollace Cluny – TreeBone Design
This walnut bench, by Montreal-based TreeBone Design, was purchased at Hollace Cluny a few years ago. As many people know, I am a strong supporter of Canadian designers. I feel this piece is very Japanese-inspired and I love the fact that it offers flexibility. The seats and magazine holder can be moved around. You could also choose three seats. It is comfortable, functional and unique! Certainly a great choice to celebrate Canadian design.
Florence Knoll Bench
Knoll Mid-Century Designed Florence Bench
This is a stunning bench that is very comfortable. We have one in our in our front hall and another one in our bedroom. It is a nice spot to sit to put your shoes on or place your handbag. The Florence Bench is another mid-century design that is timeless and adds sophistication to any space. This bench can be found inside many different museums, galleries and public institutions.
This antique pine bench has been spruced up with cushions.
I know antique pine collections are a bit dated, but it is still nice to have a vintage pine bench to add some warmth and rustic charm to a home or cottage. I believe mixing old and new gives a home character and some vintage pine certainly warms up a space.
If you are looking to fill a vacant spot in your home or yard, I’d say you can’t go wrong with a functional bench that reflects your personal style.
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