Karin Bench by Norman Lee

Design Showcase 2009

Materials: MDF, steel
Price Point: $900

"I have always admired how the Nelson platform bench combines versatility and beauty into an iconic and insistently useful design. Whether you wish for a coffee table or a bench, his design delivers and makes it look easy. With the Karin Bench, I tried to take the spirit of Nelson’s classic and create my version of the modern multi-tasker...."

"Doing more with less is something we’re all doing more of these days, and this design reflects that. The Karin is intended to be a stylish bench if you want this, or a versatile coffee table if you prefer that. I designed the shelf underneath as a convenient place to put items away when you want to clear the top away…it makes the perfect place to stash the magazines when you have company over. The thin-profile legs allow the base to stand light on its feet, and dips down to provide an elegant support for the suspended lower shelf. The top and shelf are made of MDF, lacquer finished with a pearlescent effect, and the base is powder-coated steel."

Designer: Norman Lee
Link: NA
Location: San Francisco, CA

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About Design Showcase 2009: This summer we're celebrating the best in design for the home. We're taking submissions from independent and student designers from around the world and letting our readers vote on who they think has the best design. There's also a panel of august judges. Two winners will win $20,000 in targeted advertising placements on our sites to help launch their career. All info is here.

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