Indigo Endai Bench

Lola Lely Studio

Endai Bench in Indigo by Lola Lely is inspired by the traditional benches often positioned outside old Japanese houses and temples.

Indigo Endai Bench by furniture maker Lola Lely. A modern interpretation of an 'Endai', which means 'bench' in Japanese. A typical 'Endai' is constructed from solid wood, using dowels as a means of joinery. From the late Edo period onwards, while the Japanese would traditionally sat on tatami-padded floors while inside the house, they would use an endai outside.

Material: Douglas fir, natural dyed cloth
cm: Width 100cm, Depth 22cm, Height 45cm, 48cm including cushion
inches: Width 39.4in, Depth 8.7in, Height 17.7in, 18.9in including cushion
Care Instructions: Re-oil with linseed oil to keep the wood nourished every 6-9 months. The cushion is dry-clean only.
Lead Time: 4 weeks


This piece was quarter sawn and planed from solid douglas fir naturally dyed with indidgo, and finished with linseed oil to give a low-sheen surface. The seat cushion is made from a patchwork of natural dyed cloth, with the artists' signature and date is embroidered with silk thread on the underside of the seat cushion.
The Maker Lola Lely Studio Multi-Disciplinary Designer - London

Lola Lely Studio is a multi-disciplinary studio founded by designer and RCA graduate Lola Lely. Lola was born in Hanoi but grew up in the UK, curious from an early age on how objects are made. Drawing, making and the connections between, material, process and maker are all central to her practice. Specialising in narrative driven installations and furniture, Lola brings an open spirit to her projects, collaborating with anthropologists, storytellers, chefs and silversmiths to produce her work.