Not sure how practical it is these days, but I do like the look of the Jenson retro storage bench at Made. It might be down how much you use a landline.
Why? Well, you might recognise this as a telephone bench or telephone table. In the pre-mobile days there was one phone for the family and it was more often than not situated in the hallway. As a result, furniture appeared that took advantage of the location and the purpose. Furniture like this.
A comfy seat, a place to situate the landline telephone and a drawwr to keep your essentials, like pens, phone books, address books and so on. I know, it all sounds very 1960s. But is it?
I still like a landline and there are plenty of good-looking retro telephones around these days to use on a bench like this. Ok, you might get more calls on your mobile. But for me, the retro hallway phone is still a great piece of interior design.
As for this partocular table/bench, it has all the things I mentioned above. A padded seat, a drawer and some surface space. It also has a choice of wood finishes (light and dark) and some angled legs for support. If you have a space in the hall (or anywhere) this will look the part. Especially if you are looking at creating some kind of midcentury modern statement.
It’s also produced by Made, which means it’s at the more affordable end of interior design. How affordable? £229 for this, regardless of the finish.