Smart Dalescraft 60s teak bench set after Torbjorn Afdal for Bruksbo
The design is based on a well known one made by Bruksbo of Norway designed by Torbjorn Afdal , but as usual Malcolm D Walker ( known as David ) adapted the design for production by his family firm of Daleascraft . After producing top quality pieces in a more British contemporary style in the late 1950s , David started to use Scandinavian designs as his influence with pieces similar to those designed by Gunni Oman , Grethe Jalk and Poul Hundevad amongst others . We’ve read that he was asked by Heals of London to produce British pieces in Scandinavian style to be sold by them at competitive prices whilst retaining the quality . We don’t know if this is true , but they certainly stocked Dalescraft pieces as we’ve seen some with Heals labels .
We go out of our way to source pieces by Dalescraft like this . The benches are quite rare , and now we have a 6ft one ( 183cms ) and a 4ft one also as well as 2 of the small chests that were made to sit on them . Not everybody bought the chests , but they both came with the smaller bench originally .
We’ve also recently bought a matching 6ft coffee table ( which needs a clean and polish ) which would work well with a piece of glass to the top to protect it from ring marks so ideal for regular family use .
The tops of these benches look to be solid teak , but like the bulk of mid-century furniture it is only veneered as to use solid teak would have been amazingly expensive . In the 1950s and early 1960s teak was often sourced from ancient forests as well as traditional plantations , demand eventually resulted in more industrial farming methods which resulted in less attractive timbers as they were no longer slowly grown .
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We’re going to have cushions made soon for the benches , so watch this space .
Dimensions: w 122cm / h 35cm / d 42cm 4ft bench