SOLD--Midcentury Woven Leather and Wrought Iron Bench by Monnell and Swift

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SOLD--Midcentury Woven Leather and Wrought Iron Bench by Monnell and Swift

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A rare and beautifully made rectangular bench with thick woven leather top and wrought iron square section legs with rubber pad feet by Donald Monnell and Lila Swift. Swift and Monnell pieces are very rare to the market. Their designs were exhibited at the Furniture Forum and Current Design exhibition at the Boston ICA (Institute for Contemporary Art) in the 1950s. Their production was small, with each piece being hand-made. Signed in ink on the bottom of the bench 'Made by Monnell and Swift Gloucester'. Provenance: Directly from a Don Monnell designed house in Annisquam (Gloucester), Massachusetts

Height: 14 1/2” Width: 49” Depth: 19 3/4”

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Donald Monnell was from Concord, Massachusetts and attended MIT earning degrees in Construction and Civil Planning in 1940-41 and, later, a Master's degree in Architecture. Lila Swift, his collaborator and wife, was from Pasadena, and a member of a well established family which summered in Gloucester, Massachusetts and where the couple made their home.

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Donald Monnell was from Concord, Massachusetts and attended MIT earning degrees in Construction and Civil Planning in 1940-41 and, later, a Master's degree in Architecture. Lila Swift, his collaborator and wife, was from Pasadena, and a member of a well established family which summered in Gloucester, Massachusetts and where the couple made their home.