In over six decades of design, Hugh Acton mastered the art of simplicity and minimalism, not just in terms of visual aesthetics, but in function as well. During his long career, he revolutionized the world of furniture with his Acton Stacker in 1973, the first ergonomic stacking chair with an armrest, which transcended use in the office and classroom to become mainstays in homes and restaurants as well, even today. Prior to that, however, Acton broke ground in 1954 with his Slat Bench during a post-War period when our ideas about design were being constantly subverted.
It comes from a bare-bones idea, but the Slat Bench has become a staple of our society for nearly 70 years with its perpendicular structure. Today, Michigan-based furniture outfit Floyd has partnered with the estate of the late Hugh Acton to reissue the Slat Bench according to its original specs, albeit using modern-day engineering and updated materials. This time around, the wooden slats are made from sustainably-sourced walnut or oak (depending on which version you buy) and the corrosion-resistant bronze aluminum metal legs are either powder-coated or chrome-finished.
Likewise, there’s an option to add a seat cushion on one half of the bench, made from a combination of Norwegian and New Zealand woolen yarn and sporting a subtle checkered pattern. The cushion comes in either blue, red, or black and white. Whether you want to kick your feet up when watching TV or have a place for guests to sit to take their shoes off by your front door, the Acton Slat Bench is both visually beautiful and versatile in utility.
With your purchase of the Acton Slat Bench, you will receive a certificate of authenticity. Starting at $1,395, with an additional $295 for the wool cushion, this reissued design icon is now available through Floyd’s online store.
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