Bespoke is a big word these days. Traditionally used to refer to men’s tailored clothing, the term now describes all manner of customized products, from furniture to cars. While not always the most economical choice, tailoring a product to meet your needs and taste is a luxury everyone should indulge in every so often. My latest made-just-for-you wish list addition is this Chinoiserie Devon Bench from Thibaut.
I’ve developed an obsession with bamboo finishes lately — I also have a gold bamboo bar cart on my wish list — so the legs on this bench are what initially caught my eye. Bamboo lends a bit of an exotic air and creates an eclectic feel when paired with traditional or modern decor.
Known for its wallpaper and textile design, Thibaut only recently ventured into furniture, offering their diverse patterns in a new way. The legs are available in 28 different wood finishes and Benjamin Moore paint colours. An exhaustive array of fabrics are available for the upholstery. I would probably go for a classic toile or carry the Asian theme to the seat and choose something from their Shangri-La collection — the options are endless!
What is really great about this type of bench — besides the custom trimmings — is its versatility within the home. It can be used in lieu of a coffee table and styled with flowers and art books, positioned at the end of a bed, or used as seating in an entryway or walk-in closet. Its ability to be constantly repurposed as you redecorate makes it a smart investment piece.
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