From the start of this little business, as I considered bench designs, I've always envisioned them used as museum benches. Heavy, low to the ground, unadorned so the bench doesn't distract from the "other" art in the room.
Well, I can't tell you how pleased I was when Ed Bridges, the director of the Alabama department of archives and history started planning the benches for his new museum - the Museum of Alabama. The museum will be opening in stages, with the grand opening in August. And, for the first stage, we worked with Ed and his design consultants in the design of these first benches. It was really a simple matter of taking a standard bench design, customizing the length, adding a couple inches to the height, adding some width for extra stability, and adding a low stretcher to plan for lots of heavy use. I think they turned out just great, and look forward to seeing them in action during the grand opening ceremony in August.