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This week, I – along with a couple of other editors - have traveled from Knoxville to New York City for ICFF, where there are rows and rows of contemporary furnishings to drool over. Aside from seeing a lot of up-and-coming trends, we got to meet with designer Jonathan Adler at the Kohler “We Love Color” press event. We got to speak with him briefly and check out his colorful sinks he designed for Kohler. But what caught my eye the most were the bathtub benches he specifically designed just for the event.

 Jonathan Adler Bathtub Bench

The Piccadilly Yellow color, one of four special edition colors, really popped, and the anchor pillow paired with the other patterned pillows made the bench the center of attention – aside from Jonathan, of course. editors with Jonathan Adler

Pictured (L to R): Farima Alavi, Kayla Kitts, Jonathan Adler, Liz Gray, Briana Mowrey

It was a blast to get a sneak peek at the kitchen and bathroom sink colors. I think it’s safe to say it was the highlight of ICFF.

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Well hello, Freebie Fridays fans! Hope you’ve been enjoying spring as much as I have. You told me your favorite spring activities, from the time-honored sport of “porch sitting” to spring cleaning to gardening to backyard barbecues. Fun, fun, fun! Now are you ready for me to tell you who won this month’s prize, two super-cool convertible benches from Lifetime?

Lifetime Convertible Bench

Lifetime Convertible Benches

This month’s winner is Sandy, whose favorite thing about spring is the new foliage on the trees. Sandy has two weeks to respond to our messages before we pick another random winner. Congratulations, Sandy!

Come back on May 2 for another great outdoor giveaway — don’t miss it!

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It’s finally spring, or as I like to call it, spend-every-waking-hour-its-not-raining-outdoors season. Spring, as you may have guessed, is my favorite time of the year: everything comes alive, new flower pop up every day, and it’s warm enough to read a book or eat a meal outdoors.

One lucky winner will be able to do both those things in their yard with today’s prize: Two outdoor benches from outdoor furniture and outdoor shed retailer Lifetime. Made of engineered wood, these sturdy benches won’t fade, warp or rot, so they’ll look good for years to come. But wait, there’s more! When you’re ready to eat dinner, turn the bench back upwards….

Lifetime Convertible Bench Upright
…and the bench also becomes a table! Push two together and you have a space large enough for family dining. Cool, huh? And since the bench-slash-table does double-duty, it will work just as well for an itsy-bitsy backyard as it will for a spacious one.

Lifetime Convertible Bench Table
To enter for a chance to win two Lifetime convertible benches, just leave a comment below. This week’s question: What’s your favorite spring activity? What do you wait all winter for? Tell us now!

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 9:00 a.m. ET on April 6, 2012 and 12:00 p.m. ET on April 9, 2012. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $459.98. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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I love my Brooklyn apartment, but honestly, there are just not enough rooms and spaces to decorate. Sure there’s our combo kitchen/living room and our combo office/bedroom, but I long for a long hallway or a fabulous foyer (ahem, foy-ay) to style and stage. When I saw Downtown‘s Muirfield Bench on Dering Hall, it earned a special spot in the vestibule of my fantasies.

muirfield bench

Inspired by early 19th century French and Italian design, it’s graceful, regal, and in that hot red lacquer, wouldn’t look out of place in a chinoiserie-accented abode. It’s a dramatic touch that’s perfect for welcoming company. Talk about making an entrance.

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Jessica, I’m thinking you must be psychic. Without any hesitation Jessica replied, “It’s a bench.” Barbara followed with an even more descriptive answer that it’s an “outdoor sculptural bench.” (Stephen, you must be a comedian, because no matter how I look at it, I can’t seem to figure out how you see a “turkey baster”).

Extrusions Bench + Manufacturing Process

This intriguing single component creation is called an Extrusions bench and is the work of Heatherwick Studio. To produce it, they scaled up the aluminium extrusion process that is typically used to make small components for a car. “A large press capable of exerting up to ten thousand tons of pressure, shown above, creates the extruded sections by squeezing aluminium through its die (the opening that forms the shape of the profile to be created).” Extrusions is the work of Heatherwick Studio, the same designers who created the Spun Chair we featured a few weeks ago.

I can’t imagine what I’d think seeing this bench in a park: “Do I sit on it or is that artwork?” What would you do?

Tell us in the comments below.

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