My brother and I founded City Bench in 2009 out of a passion for building beautiful objects with a story.
The trees that line our city streets and fill our public spaces represent our communities’ shared space and common stories — they are also a vital and overlooked resource.
Over the past five years we have intercepted and salvaged hundreds of trees bound for the landfill or mulch pile, and transformed them into beautiful, functional pieces of furniture that tie people back to their community and give them a meaningful story to tell. Over these years we have also built productive relationships with cities around Connecticut, as well as universities, and developers in the region.
There are over 70 billion trees in U.S. metropolitan areas. New Haven removes more than 600 trees each year, New York City fells 7,000, and millions more come down across the country. Most of these grand, historic trees are relegated to the landfill. City Bench extends the life left in those trees by building uniquely handcrafted furniture that tells their stories. Community and connection to place are built into everything we create – whether that community is a big city, a small town or a much-loved campus.
With an increasing segment of the population focused on the values of bio-regionalism and responsible materials City Bench is eading a trend for those who want to build community and surround themselves in meaning.
Please visit us at city-bench.com to learn more about what we do and see the recent work we have done.