Ever since we featured the Exchange Storage Bench last year, I've been hankering after something similar (but cheaper) and I think the Sean Dix Tomoko Bench fits the bill.
The design is simple, but with a definite retro look, but it is incredibly practical. It can be used as a seat for two or as a hallway telephone seat, my preferred use for this bench. It is made from solid American ash wood and is available in either a natural finish or the dark stain pictured here. Top it off with a retro print cushion for a bit of extra comfort and style.
It costs £249 from Made.