About the project

We were delighted to be involved in this critically acclaimed project and to provide pieces for so many areas of the museum including the dining room, Education Centre, galleries, boardroom and offices.This project not only showcases the craftsmanship of our woodworking but also our specialist metalworking and upholstery skills

For The Ashmolean Dining Room, operated by award winning deli company Benugo and designed by Path Design, Benchmark made a stunning bar with a ship lapped dull polished zinc front and solid fumed oak top.   Dominating the dining area and also made by Benchmark were two 3.5 metres oak sharing tables with distinctive leg detailing and bespoke 6m fabric upholstered banquettes with loose cushions and fumed oak legs to provide a a sofa effect.  Benchmark also made waiter and greeting stations, smaller dining tables and occasional tables and stools for the waiting area.

For the Boardroom, we supplied our own Clifton Table from the Benchmark furniture range.  Made in special sizes, the ash tables, adapted from a design by Terence Conran, connect to provide flexible seating for up to twenty people to use for meetings and functions and fold flat when not in use.  The tables are teamed with Gubi chairs, also supplied by Benchmark. In addition, desks and meeting tables were made for the office spaces.

Working with Rick Mather Architects and Metaphor, Benchmark  fitted out the education centre with full height storage and provided oak and metal framed bench seating for the 39 galleries.  We also made the metal plinths used throughout the museum to display the previously unseen treasures, including two 3 metre high plinths that needed to be structurally engineered to ensure that they could safely display the statues that dominate the atrium.


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Key Facts & Features

Client: Benugo/Ashmolean Museum
Architect: Rick Mather Architects
Interior Designers: Metaphor
Project Scope: Restaurant Loose & Fitted Furniture, Bar, Boardroom & Display Plinths
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