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Herman Miller Cognita Storage Bench

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Herman Miller Cognita Bench
designed by Blu Dot

At A Glance:
Cognita BenchThis bench is more than just a place to sit. It's also a great piece of organizational and storage furniture. The top of the bench is divided into two sections, one a padded bench and the other, smaller section of hard top storage cabinet complete with drawers. There were plans to include a shoe shine bar, but they were scrapped as "too much."

What's To Like:
You can always trust products that are made at Herman Miller. This is also one of those products that succeeds beautifully at doing two things at once, a rare quality. Sit down on the bench to take off your shoes, then store them in the hardtop. Lift the bench top and store clothes, blankets, or anything else you've a mind to squirrel away. There are a few different colors to choose from for the padded section.

What's Not to Like:
It's pretty big and heavy for a bench that's meant to go in the home. It can be a pain to move around - but benches pretty much stay put, right?

The Bottom Line:
This is a useful and attractive bench, customizable, multi-functional, and very solid. It's a worthwhile addition to any home looking for storage solutions.

The Herman Miller Cognita Storage Bench is an answered prayer to those looking for a modern piece that will fit seamlessly into any space, provide needed storage and functionality, and is designed to look good at a low price. Designed by the Minneapolis-based company, Blu Dot, the Cognita Bench will create the extra needed space to store linens, office supplies, files, sweaters, and much more. The simple lines of the Cognita Bench and color options give customers the ability to make their Cognita Storage Bench blend into its surroundings or make a bold statement in any space.

The two-top bench is designed with both a soft cushion on one side and a hard top on the other, making the Herman Miller Cognita Storage Bench perfect for a variety of uses. The hard-top section of the bench lifts to reveal a roomy compartment made for larger items like hanging files, sports equipment, or towels. Underneath the soft cushion, a removable organizing tray and two drawers provide necessary organization for smaller items in the home or office. The Cognita Bench is produced with brushed steel legs and a walnut case, and the hard surface top and drawer fronts come in a white finish. The Cognita Bench soft cushion is a polyester/wool blend and is available with color options chocolate, chili, or celery.

The Cognita Storage Bench will enhance the space in your home or office:

    • Cognita Storage BenchPlacing the Cognita Bench in a highly-trafficked hallway could provide family members with a functional piece of furniture that provides organization, comfort, and ease to a household. One might find a child sitting on the soft cushion to take off their cleats after practice, or a mother resting her grocery bags on the hard walnut top.

    • Another customer may choose to place their Cognita Storage Bench in an office. Instead of using a standard file cabinet for those hanging files, this customer has their files hidden neatly beneath a bench that also provides extra seating and space.

  • To provide extra storage in their bedroom, a couple may choose to use the Herman Miller Cognita Storage Bench at the foot of their bed. The Cognita Bench will not only provide hidden storage for bed linens and towels, but its simple design, sleek finish, and color options will allow this couple to choose a piece that will blend effortlessly in their room.

As you can see, the deep storage space and drawers provide limitless options for customers to better organize their lives and store items out of sight, while bringing good design into their home or office.

"I just purchased a Herman Miller Cognita bench from you guys, and I wanted to commend Paul's fantastic customer service. I chatted and emailed back and forth with him all afternoon - it was a pleasant and very useful surprise that he was actually in your showroom. His advice was practical and informed and he was extremely helpful. I would not have made the purchase without his service - it was a deal-maker for me. Furthermore, Paul has made a loyal customer of me, and I will make my next furniture purchase from you guys, and I will seek out Paul specifically for help."

-Jacob Sisk, NY

Cognita Bench Review
Read an independently conducted review of the Herman Miller Cognita Bench. Learn about its features, pros, and cons.

The Herman Miller Cognita Storage Bench is also known by the following manufacturer Item Number: HM400.

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Materials & Measurements

Materials:
2-piece hinged top with walnut case and stainless steel legs. Wool/polyester blend cushion top.

Overall Dimensions:
18" h x 54" w x 18" d

Front of bench has a 2.75" h and a 5.25" h drawer on the right side. File compartment provides 33.5" of side-to-side filing for letter-, legal- and A4-sized hanging files.
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Assembly Instructions

Download PDF assembly instructions for the Herman Miller Cognita Bench (requires Adobe Reader).


About The Manufacturer

Herman Miller Authorized Retailer

Herman Miller is an industry leader in the integration of cutting edge technology to furniture and other household items to make everyday life more comfortable, convenient, and stylish. Herman Miller stands out at the forefront of such fields as ergonomic technologies, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and customizable furniture items.

In addition to producing some of the most outstanding office furniture in the world, Herman Miller has also taken on the responsibility of manufacturing some of the most celebrated furniture designs by some of the world's most famous designs. These "modern classics" include works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. Herman Miller celebrates these famous mid-century designers' works through its extraordinarily precise manufacturing techniques and industry-leading green production processes.

Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 40 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, serving customers virtually anywhere in the world. Herman Miller is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, while manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.


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Design Story

Storage is always a problem. We never have enough of it. Stuff piles up. The car fights for space in the garage. Things we need end up in cabinets and drawers meant for other things. Enter the Cognita storage bench by Minneapolis based design firm Blu Dot. It stores all kinds of things efficiently - so you can actually find them when you need them - while looking great and providing both a soft place to sit and a hard top that can hold drinks and snacks or small office equipment.

While the bench was designed to be a residential piece for use anywhere in the home, it's highly functional for the home office. It contains plenty of file storage without looking like it. At the same time, the bench handles residential needs, including linen storage and hospitality. Its design is modern, yet the bench complements classic pieces by designer included in the Herman Miller Lifework collection. And though the look is elegant, BluDot designed Cognita to be a subtle presence that doesn't draw too much attention to itself.


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Herman MillerCognita Bench
 
3.9

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (7)
  • Durable (5)
  • Comfortable (3)
  • Easy to assemble (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Informal (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Midrange shopper (5)

    Reviewed by 8 customers

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    4.0

    Pleasantly Surprised!!

    By Doug

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Easy To Assemble
    • Sturdy

    Cons

    • Very Firm Cushion

    Best Uses

    • Bedroom
    • Blanket Storage
    • Entryway
    • Office

    Comments about Herman Miller Cognita Bench:

    I had read that manufacture of the bench in China was being discontinued due to quality issues. This was the last container coming to the US - for distribution of pieces already made. So I was prepared to return it, but I can't find anything wrong, and I'm very picky. I consider it a minor issue that it's not all that comfortable to sit on. (It is a bench, after all.) It's very heavy, well made, and stores a ton of stuff. I'm very happy with the purchase.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Delivery was promt. The box had pretty significant damage, but surprisingly, the bench inside was completely unscathed. The delivery person called ahead to announce his arrival. He also went out of his way to help me unpack the bench, and waited patiently while I examined it for damage - which I did not find. Very good delivery experience.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice Cognita Bench

    By BC

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Comfortable
    • Sturdy

    Cons

    • Drawer could be smoother
    • Soft closing mechanisms

    Best Uses

    • Dining Room
    • Informal
    • In the study

    Comments about Herman Miller Cognita Bench:

    We use this in the study to store paperwork and stationary. It is a beautiful piece of furniture.

    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    arrived damaged

    By russ

    from huntington beach, ca

    About Me High-end Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Herman Miller Cognita Bench:

          Smart properly arranged for order cancellation.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Cognita Bench

          By Katbarn

          from Denver, Colorado

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Herman Miller Cognita Bench:

              Our mud room is open to our kitchen. We needed something that looked good, but was functional. We throw the kids shoes, hats, gloves, etc. in the bench. Still haven't figured out what to use the shallow top opening for yet. Kids can stand on the bench to reach the hooks & shelves we installed above. The only thing I did not think about was the depth of the bench. It has to stand a couple of inches from the wall so that the top compartments can open. We had very limited space between the wall and where our door opens. Due to the couple of extra inches, the fit is not great. But besides that it looks awesome and hides the junk!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Amazing combo of delish and function

              By Snobby Shopper

              from NYC

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Pragmatic

              Cons

              • Friggin' heavy

              Best Uses

              • Anywhere

              Comments about Herman Miller Cognita Bench:

              More original and smart stuff from [...]. This bench doubles as a filing cabinet and supply drawer but it's attractive enough to display in a modern living room.

              Service and delivery comments:

              The bench showed up with a warped lid. The customer service at Smart Furniture is terrific and we worked it out promptly.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              An Independently Commissioned Review

              By Wes at Delegator

              from Chattanooga, TN

              Independent Professional Review by Delegator.com

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Great Storage

              Cons

              • No 'Wow' Features

              Best Uses

              • Bathroom
              • Bedroom
              • Hallway
              • Living Room
              • Multi-purpose

              Comments about Herman Miller Cognita Bench:

              First Impressions
              The Cognita Bench from Herman Miller is a multi-purpose storage and furniture system that looks great in any home. It's designed to store practically anything, from papers and files to toys, books, photobooks, clothes, and household items. It has several different storage options, including drawers that pull out (two on the right hand side) and open up (one on the top right), and a deep, wide space (left and center) than can hold larger items, or simply more items. The top of the Cognita Bench has two different surfaces that can serve several different purposes. For instance, the upholstered section, about two thirds of the bench from left to center, is great for sitting, or for arranging objects that don't need a hard surface to stand on. The top right section is the hinged drawer cover, and it's hard surface can accommodate drinks, pictures, books; anything you'd want to rest or arrange on a hard top surface. All the different uses for the Cognita Bench make it good for nearly any room in your house, from the living room (coffee table, storage, remote holder) to the bedroom (winter clothes storage, blanket storage, general use chest), bathroom (towels, first aid kits, cleaning products) or hallway (all-purpose storage, shoes and coats). The Cognita Bench looks great, comes from a very well respected company, and really performs.

              The X Factor
              The X factor for the Cognita Bench is undoubtedly it's versatility. There are very few storage needs or purposes this piece of furniture can't handle. It works in the bathroom, holding towels and toiletries, it works in the living room, supporting feet, drinks, picture frames, and storing various living objects; it works in bedrooms and hallways, holding clothes, blankets, what have you; and it work everywhere as a place to sit. It's an X-man bench, and that's it's x factor.

              Second Opinion
              I didn't think the seat on the bench was all that comfortable. I expected it to be much softer and more inviting, despite it's dual role as a cover and lid for the storage space underneath it. The storage options were good, and everything else was up to par, but I do wish the seat was a bit softer and more comfortable for users.

              The Bottom Line
              The bottom line for the Cognita Bench is general excellence. It works well in almost any home, in almost any room, performing almost any storage task. It has small limitations, but they're generally insignificant compared to the handsomeness and high performance of the bench. Highly recommended.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Beautiful! Love it!

              By Elaine the Herman Miller fan

              from Miami, FL

              About Me High-end Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Comfortable
              • Easy To Assemble
              • Ergonomic
              • Lightweight
              • Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Informal

                Comments about Herman Miller Cognita Bench:

                The bench is so nice looking. It has excellent storage space inside too. We just use it to put out shoes on and put things on top. Not the most comfy seating though...

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love It

                By Mom Going Clutter-Free

                from Arlington, VA

                About Me Midrange Shopper

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Comfortable
                • Easy To Assemble
                • Sturdy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Entryway
                  • Informal

                  Comments about Herman Miller Cognita Bench:

                  We use this in the entryway and love it. It's a beautiful piece and perfectly stores the kids' things (shoes, mittens, hats) in the drawers and jackets and scarves can quickly be thrown into the bench. It's comfy enough that my son likes to sit and read books on it. Like that we can move it to the office once it's not needed in the entryway. [...]

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                  Shipping & Delivery


                  Shipping Rate:
                  Standard curbside shipping for this item is free within the contiguous U.S.

                  Availability:
                  The Cognita Bench is in stock and ready to ship. Very limited quantities are available, so order yours today!

                  Standard Ship Method: Standard Curbside - $0.00!
                  We use this service anytime an item is too large or too fragile to ship with UPS or FedEx. The shipping companies we use may not be household names like UPS and FedEx, but they are committed to providing you with an equally awesome experience. With curbside service, your item will be left at the curb, just inside your driveway or placed next to your front door. When your order arrives to the station in your home town, you will be contacted to schedule a delivery day and time. An appointment will be made prior to delivery and a signature will be required. Please note that this service does not include delivery inside your home or office, so be prepared. If you want to save a little money on shipping and have friends to help you move and unpack, this is your best option.

                  Shipping Upgrade: Inside Delivery - $99.00 per item
                  Inside delivery is a cost effective way to have large, heavy items delivered inside your home or office when you just do not want to be bothered by moving and lifting. For this reason, we strongly recommend this service. When your order reaches the local station in your area, you will be contacted to schedule a delivery appointment (with a 4-5 hour window).

                  For additional information, please see our shipping and delivery policies page.


                  Product Q&A


                  Q: Is assembly required?
                  A: No assembly required- comes fully assembled.

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                  Warranty


                  The Cognita Bench is offered with 1-year manufacturer's warranty.