HAND-BUILT WITH using traditional methods, the clean-lined design of Munder-Skiles’ Almodington Bench is rooted in American history. This finely crafted piece is modeled after one discovered at Almodington, a brick Georgian home constructed in 1750 and located in Princess Anne, Somerset County, Maryland. The original bench dates from 1760-1770, based on the use of wrought nails and the Chinese design with no Neoclassical leanings. It is believed to be the oldest example of garden furniture in America. Survival of these heavy, wood constructed pieces is rare as they were difficult to move and exposed to the elements, therefore the fine condition of the Almogdington house example suggests it was used indoors.
Luxury American exterior furniture company Munder-Skiles custom hand-builds all of its work using the finest materials while employing advanced, modern techniques. Its designs reflect a deep passion for and knowledge of exterior furniture design history. Cushions are made to order, cut to the correct pattern, and hand-stitched so that every welt is perfectly even and smooth. Today, there are well over 150 designs in the company’s line, many of which are true classics that have stood the test of time. The Almogdington Bench is offered in the original four panel as well as two, three, and five panels, and can be crafted from natural teak or painted mahogany.