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The X Factor

Style Setters Benches

A common thread weaving throughout bench, stool and ottoman designs this season is the classic X-shaped base. Although the style is not a novel one, the accents feel updated and fresh courtesy of the ultra-glam finishes and delicious upholstery that bring an air of vivacity. Glittery upholstery, metallic finishes and animal print motifs up the ante in this stylish game, where X really does mark the spot.

Barcelona bench
Taking shimmer to new heights, the Barcelona bench partners an X-shaped chrome base with a metallic silver top from Shine Home ($2,787).

Hugo bench The Hugo bench highlights a cowhide motif cushion atop an iron X-base for a truly chic accent from ArteriorsHome.
Gramercy Park Collection From the Gramercy Park Collection, Barclay Butera's Bel Air ottoman showcases Royal Tiger Ash upholstery and a darkly finished X-shaped base ($3,449).
A chocolate leather cushion with nailhead trim tops an X-shaped wooden base on the style-heavy stool from Three Hands ($86). style-heavy stool from Three Hands
Dransfield & Ross's Leopard Needlepoint bench accentuates an X-shaped hoofed base with a lavish leopard print seat. Leopard Needlepoint bench

Sweaterweave Cross bench

Palecek's Sweaterweave Cross bench features a plantation gemelina frame with a classic cross leg design and a split rattan seat finished in mushroom ($598).
Buttercream tufted upholstery swathes the Jonathan bench from Oly, completed with an antiqued gold metal base ($1,925). Jonathan bench
Trimmed in full grain leather and finished in shades of warm gray, the Roger bench spotlights crisscross legs in a zinc finish from Made Goods ($1,300 to $2,200). Roger bench
Circe bench Adding a hint of ancient graphics, Greek key accents embellish the Circe bench from Currey & Company, finished in glamorous red gold leaf ($810).
CTC/Howard Elliott Collection An antique bronze frame and black faux leather combine to form the classically styled bench from CTC/Howard Elliott Collection ($180).

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