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Multi-Functional Bench Gives Nod to Shaker Ingenuity

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In handcrafting furniture in the heart of western North Carolina, our pieces certainly have an Appalachian influence. But we often embrace time-honored Shaker detailing as we create new designs.


Clean lines, subtle curves, minimal adornment, and particular focus on the unique character of the wood result in casually sophisticated yet multi-functional pieces. You can read more about ingenious Shaker design in this recent Remodelista post


The newest addition to the Shopdog USA lineup is a takeoff on our Morning Glory Bench. Handcrafted from locally sourced poplar, the Trillium is named for the wildflower recognized by its three delicate petals.


With a nod to the utilitarian nature of Shaker furniture, the Trillium Bench promises three functions -- as a seat, a table, and as storage. Measuring 16" tall, the seat is a generous 11" deep and 19" wide. 


The hinged seat swings open to reveal the perfect place to store the TV remote, gaming controllers, or the dog's leash. This multi-functional and highly portable piece features delicate curves, rustic cabinet hinges, and walnut pins. 


Though a clean, minimalist design, countless details come together during the handmade process to form the understated whole. For example, a very subtle six-degree angle increases both the stability and the aesthetics of the bench. The legs are splayed and tapered at six degrees, and the edges of the bench top are also cut and sanded at six degrees to ensure a delicate balance with the overall design. 


Available in two different finishes, White as shown above, or in Marigold for a dash of color, the Trillium Bench will appeal to those who love multi-functional, easy-to-move pieces of furniture. Whether as an end table in the living room or as a bench for the entryway, the Trillium is handcrafted to last.