When it comes to smart interiors, there’s always room for a trusty banquette. Essentially an upholstered bench with a back, this armless wonder takes on many forms, all designed to provide extra seating in frequently challenging spaces. More for perching than lounging, the banquette usually plays a featured role in cocktail settings, eat-in kitchens, and other nooks where its open sides permit easy access and circulation. Apart from these practical considerations, a banquette can also inject some welcome variety into an otherwise staid seating arrangement, providing just the pop that the design doctor ordered.
In this NYC loft, we used a banquette to create a visual divider between the home’s living and dining areas. The piece’s compact scale permitted an easy flow of movement while its bold color and geometric pattern created a focal point, as well as a connection to repeating design elements throughout the space.
In this antiques-filled living room we devised a custom corner banquette. With deep tufting and boullion fringe, it suggests luxe Napoleon III comfort, while the corner design is perfect for intimate conversations.
For this modern, Manhattan kitchen, we designed a banquette that serves double duty. In addition to providing comfy, easy-care seating thanks to a fresh turquoise ultrasuede, it’s walnut base contains a hinged lid enabling hidden storage – the holy grail of city living!
For a dose of punch in this English-inspired living room, we deployed a small banquette with big personality. In keeping with the more traditional furnishings in the room, we created a simple, tailored banquette, but we covered it in a large, swoopy floral linen to introduce a brighter, more modern element to the space.
At the storied Carlyle Hotel, we upped the glam factor in this lobby space with a swank banquette in shimmering silver and gold. Taking its cue from the crisp, horizontal lines of the wall treatment, the banquette almost becomes part of the architecture – its rectilinearity serving as a beautiful counterpoint to the subtle curves of the Art Deco armchairs that flank it.