Debuting in 2008, the Botanist Blank Canvas project features the original, limited-edition Collections of eight designers. Each designer began with a blank Botanist end table, cocktail table and bench and then imprinted them with a unique design. Not only are these pieces eco-friendly, durable and stunning, they also give back: a portion of the sale of every product in the Blank Canvas series goes to a charity of the designer's choice. This bench features a design of typesetting lines by Massimo and Lella Vignelli, a prolific design duo who won the National Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cooper-Hewett Museum in 2003. Designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli on the Lines Series: What was your inspiration? ''We decided to take the three basic ways of setting type as a reference (for us only), that are: flash left (for the long bench) Centered (for the middle one) and justified (for the table) so we played the usual interaction between design fields... We were not interested in flowery patterns, so the lines were natural for us. That was our inspiration...'' Why is it important for you to give back? ''For the last 25 years, RIT has been collecting archives of the best modernist graphic designers of the last century and they really use this material for teaching, so the students learn, about History, Theory and Criticism, directly from the archive material. Really a rare opportunity that no other Institutions share. RIT is expanding their collecting policy to include some product design and our Archive will be the first to cover the whole field of Design. Worldwide, it is quite rare to find an Archive Center for Design Studies that is well organized, always open to the students and scholars. The Vignelli Center for Design Studies at the RIT will be an alive place, to support the education of the designers of the next generations.'' This Design Benefits: A percentage of the sale of the Lines Bench goes to Rochester Institute of Technology, a university in New York that provides technology-based educational programs for personal and professional development. Designed by: Massimo and Lella Vignelli
- Surface mount security feet included
- Limited-edition Lines design
- Made of corrosion-resistant aluminum
- With UV and weather-resistant, solvent-free powder coat
- Indoor or outdoor use
- Rust resistant and great for pool use
- Botanist Lines collection
- Contract grade, residential or commercial use
- Product Type: Picnic bench
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