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Jonathan Adler Brings the Gossip Bench Back!

Before the advent of cordless phones (and cell phones and Bluetooth), a telephone was a stationary thing. Back then, the place to answer calls and chat was called "a gossip bench" — see photos here. This long-lost breed of furniture is one part table (to hold your telephone) and one part chair or bench. While the piece is much less essential to any wireless gossip queen, it's no less lovely. I'm glad to see that Jonathan Adler has brought it back with the new Claude Modular System ($1,145 for shown). As always, Adler's put his signature Hollywood Regency meets midcentury modern in white twist on it, bringing an antiquated design into the retrospective future. While the shape of this piece is oh-so handsome, I'm really loving that tangerine-colored cushion. What do you think?

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Home Home 7 years
That before and after is awesome! I want it.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 7 years
Love it, want it, need it!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
Love it! and exactly c4rolin3! Where do people find this stuff??? I have never had the great fortune of finding such deals on such awesome pieces of furniture.
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 7 years
i just looked at the google images and found this before and after: http://justalittlerouge.blogspot.com/2009/07/gossip-bench-makeover.html yet again i repeat, how do all these people find such amazing furniture for price points like $15!! i'm amazed.... and jealous.
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 7 years
love this! i've spoken in the past about a love seat my boyfriends parents have which also has a little table in the middle. this would be perfect for a foyer table complete with rotary phone :) i like the idea of sitting down and chatting on the phone - maybe with a glass of wine. my blackberry is always in use when i'm on the go, but for a proper catch up gossip i like to settle down and devote all my time to the conversation :) a gossip bench is perfection :)
tiabia tiabia 7 years
So cool! I have fallen in LOVE with the idea of the gossip bench!!! Nice to see a modern designer bringing it back!!!
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