High/Low: The Two-Seater Windsor-Style Bench

I love the mid-century lines and simple Shaker-esque simplicity of the Originals Loveseat Bench, designed by Lucian Ercolani in 1956, founder of the British furniture company Ercol. Made in the UK, it’s sold today at some of our favorite stores like Design Within Reach and Lekker Home, but at a premium. Recently, I noticed a couple of lookalikes, for significantly less. Let’s investigate.

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DWR Ercol Orginals Loveseat Bench Above: From the DWR site: “The Loveseat Bench is handcrafted in solid ash or walnut with traditional joinery techniques, free of metal or screws. The back rail is steam-bent, and the large outward-shaped seat is carved for comfort.” It comes in natural ash, black ash, and walnut (pictured); from $1,495.
Ercol Originals Loveseat Above: Ercols’ Originals Love Seat Bench was intended to be a versatile piece, suitable for every room of the house. For more finishes (pictured is natural ash), try Lekker Home and Palette & Parlor; both stores carry the bench in more than a dozen colors.

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Urban Outfitters Evie Bench Above: Urban Outfitters’ Evie Bench is made of rubberwood; $399.
Target Hearth & Hand for Magnolia Shaker Bench Above: For a more rustic version, try the Shaker Dining Bench by Hearth & Hand for Magnolia at Target; $199. It’s also made of rubberwood.

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