This post originally appeared on the Parson Studio Group blog on September 23, 2009.
I was recently approached by a collector who bought 2 of my pieces last November, when I participated in the Arroyo Artists' Collective fall show. Said individual indicated that he was going to a wedding and wanted a piece he could give as a gift, and wanted to know what I had in stock. As it turns out, he also prefers my furniture unfinished, that is to say without any paint or coating. He would rather let it rust naturally.
Since I didn't have anything that wasn't already powder coated, I seized the opportunity to make a new piece and innovate a little bit. (Especially since I had the idea for this all worked out in my mind, and had been wanting to try it.)
I had these two steel tube remnants that were already cut to this shape when I got them:
And I had the idea to do a bench like this:
So it was a pretty simple matter to weld the center seam and add legs.
The biggest question I had was whether or not it would need a fifth leg at the apex, which it did. I thought it probably would, but wasn't sure. I also thought that if it were needed, the fifth leg might bother me. As it turns out, it doesn't bother me at all.
I did, however, put myself through a major aesthetic inquiry to make sure I was satisfied with this style of leg for this object. I actually debated myself and agonized over it for the better part of an afternoon. I almost changed them to boomerangs at the last minute, but that will be another bench for another day.
The last step was to add the chrome feet.
When I first sat on it, I realized that the size and angle of the bench give it a really intimate feel. If you share it with someone else, you aren't just sitting next to them, you are actually slightly facing them, and at pretty close range, with your legs more or less sharing the same space. With the right companion, it pretty much lends itself to (if not downright encourages) putting your arm around them, and getting in close for a little smoochin'. Especially if you find yourselves sitting under a shady tree, in a partly-concealed corner of a secret garden somewhere (as opposed to the concrete driveway in front of my shop, where these shots were taken.)
So, I think it is the perfect wedding gift! Cheers to the newlyweds!