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The Vigilia combines simplicity and fine crafting to create a versatile and distinctive bench
Originally designed by Eric Parry for the Dick Sheppard Chapel at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London, the Vigilia combines simplicity and fine crafting to create a versatile and distinctive bench. It harnesses the raw character of natural materials whilst fine manufacturing techniques are used to shape and detail each piece.
The design revolves around a clear linear outline whilst being extremely attentive to proportions and detailing. Hand crafted from oak, the spindles of the back rest and the splayed legs add delicacy to the design, while the robustness of the wood gives the bench the capability to support two or three people without flinching. Designed for waiting spaces or places of encounter, the chair has a horsehair seat pad which makes it comfortable for long periods and but is both taught and economical.
Produced in a series of finishes, the oak bench can serve both the sobriety of a sacred space and sophisticated yet minimalistic interiors, enhancing the relationship between context and material. The metal brackets underneath the seat pad, originally designed to hold the Bible, provide space for books and catalogues and make the Vigilia an interesting alternative for exhibition spaces and galleries.
Manufactured by Matthew Marchbank, the Vigilia Bench is available by commission only, it is highly sustainable in the economic use and sourcing of materials, the specificity of hand crafted elements and the value for money delivered in an individually crafted product. The series includes two and three seat benches. The frame can be produced in smoked/ bleached and natural oak, with the horsehair upholstered seat pad in dark or light grey.