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Make Mine a Double: Part Deux

by habituallychic

02 . 24 . 10

One of my readers once pointed out that you can’t know everything about everything. Sometimes I post photos that inspire me without knowing the whole story or that there is even more to the story, so I love it when my readers email me with more information. A few days ago, furniture designer Paul Benson contacted me to let me know that he had designed the piece that was turned into the bar in the room designed by Steven Gambrel that I posted in Make Mine a Double back in December.

The orange sideboard is part of a collection he designed for Distant Origin in New York. Steven Gambrel had the sink installed in the center for his client. The bar below is part of a new collection that will be shown at the De Sousa Hughes showroom in San Francisco starting later this month. I am so happy that Paul emailed me and that I could share more of his amazing work with you. It’s also nice to know that even if you can’t afford Steven Gambrel to design your house, you can at least buy the same furniture!

Photos from Steven Gambrel and Paul Benson

  • gasp. that is the most beautiful piece. LOVE.

  • Hadn’t seen the post first time around (as I didn’t read this blog yet) but really glad you reposted – what a great piece!

    Caroline of Red Glasses

  • Wow! Those are gorgeous!

  • Love that, the bitter orange colour and a drink!
    Go agead, pour away!

  • Great design andgreat colour….as a vanity it would be a showstopper.

  • Very exciting furniture, the bars are so cool and unique!


  • KSK

    Hallelujah! Thanks so much for posting this info…I’m going to look into using the orange sideboard in my dining room.

  • I love, love, love these Paul Benson bars!! These pieces are absolutely gorgeous, I love the metal combined with the brightly coloured finishes. Nice work, Paul and great post, Heather.

  • Ravishing! I would like to see them in person.

  • Paul Benson is as truly nice in person as his furniture is beautiful. I saw this photo and knew immediately it was his gorgeous distinctive style. It is nice to see his work being used by design icons like Gambrel. The bar photo you show is from a DIFFA preparty at Gumps in SF. He also had an amazing console in the San Francisco Design Showcase last spring in a Jay Jeffers designed room. Bravo Paul!!

  • So chic, and so glad Benson has followed up with you to provide details. thanks!

  • That orange piece is outstanding!

  • I love Distant Origin – it’s one of my must-visits in NYC


  • …and it’s even done up in YOUR color 😉

    Love getting your posts!
    Northern Light

  • Enjoyed seeing the Spades’ apartment…but the showstoppers here are Paul’s designs! I LOVE them! Can’t wait to see more.

  • Aahhh. That orange remonds me of the edge of Spring… on the cusp of Summer. I’ll take a double and an umbrella in it!

  • That orange cabinet is gorgeous!! I usually don’t gravitate towards very “modern” designs, but this one has it all. Not modern, not retro, just.. perfect =D

  • I am so glad you made a special effort to give Paul credit for his wonderful bar. He is such a unique talent!

    FYI the chartreuse green bar cabinet you show below was designed by Paul for Adeeni Design Group’s “Art of the Table” installation at Gump’s, and it is indeed now part of his new collection available at De Sousa Hughes.