Started by Terence Conran and Sean Sutcliffe as a handmade woodshop over 20 years ago, Benchmark now employs 40, commissions designers internationally and furnishes huge, high profile jobs.
The Shingle Chest (Shin and Tomoko Azumi) is lacquered oak and hides a number of different sized drawers ($4,700). The Twisted Cabinet (Thomas Heatherwick) is made of thin strips of oak that have to be bent and then reattached. This is the way airplane propellers were once made. MGR