The Cherner Chair Company has brought back many of Norman Cherner’s most popular designs. Utilizing his original drawings and specifications, the reissued designs are made in the USA with the same attention to detail found in the original handmade classics. Although best known for his furniture design, Norman Cherner’s work included almost all aspects of design: from graphics, glassware, and lighting, to his pioneering work in prefabricated housing. In addition to reissuing Norman Cherner designs, The Cherner Chair Company also features new designs by Benjamin Cherner.
Alongside Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner (1914-2007) was perhaps the most influential Danish furniture designer of the 20th century, coming closer to nearly any other to defining the look and feel of mid-century Danish modernism. As a young man he trained as a carpenter and cabinetmaker, but soon graduated into furniture design. He’s most noted for his work with wood, primarily in the design of chairs. His round chair (immortalized in the Kennedy-Nixon debates of 1960), China chair, swivel chair, deck chair, Y chair, flag halyard chair and wishbone chair stand out as classics amidst an oeuvre full of them. After his apprenticeship in cabinetmaking, he attended the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts then went to work in Arne Jacobsen’s architecture office. He founded his own office in 1943 and went on to design more than 500 different chairs.
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In the 1950s, while Scandinavian designers were paving the path with organic designs made of natural materials, architect Verner Panton (1926-1998) was concocting futuristic creations out of plastic with a Pop aesthetic. Born in Denmark, Panton was introduced early on to Danish design legends Pøul Henningsen and Arne Jacobsen. Henningsen introduced Panton to product design—Panton knew he wanted to be an artist and Henningsen helped him find his focus—and Jacobsen introduced him to Danish manufacturer Fritz Hansen, for whom Panton designed the Bachelor Chair and Tivoli Chair. Panton's boundary-pushing designs (inflatable furniture, chairs made of molded plastic) were capitalized by Vitra, who manufactured his Flying Chair and, perhaps Panton's most famous work, his eponymous chair. Over 40 years since its creation, the Panton chair rivals the Eames lounge chair in popularity among today's modern design enthusiasts.
Finnish furniture designer, born in 1932, came of age as the post-war boom was sweeping Europe in the late 1950s and 1960s. Most famous for his Ball Chair, which evokes the Swinging Sixties better than nearly any other piece of furniture design. Aarnio's work has meant an expansion of what can be done with plastics and fiberglass. The Pastil Chair and Tomato Chair followed and he scored another hit with the suspended Bubble Chair.
Danish company Skargaarden was founded in 2008 and produces furniture that is designed for leisure. The brand emphasizes that its line of chairs, sofas, tables, and accessories are meant for enjoyment and relaxation, rather than stressful or mundane activities. As a contemporary Scandinavian brand, Skargaarden has its roots in the minimalist Scandinavian furniture from the 1950s and ’60s, especially in its use of bentwood and teak. But the brand is also forward-looking, and designs furniture with its own DNA—it features intricate details and shows its expert craftsmanship without being overly complicated.
In 1944, Wilton Carlyle Dinges founded the Electrical Machine and Equipment Company (Emeco) in Hanover, Pennsylvania utilizing the skills of local craftsman. During WWII the U.S. government contracted with Emeco to make chairs that could withstand water, salt air, and sailors while still being lightweight and strong enough to last for a lifetime. Aluminum was the obvious choice, and Emeco named the chair with a number: 1006, though most know it today as the Navy chair. Emeco believes in being sustainable by making products that last, and each Emeco chair is built to last 150 years.
Born in Nieuwleusen, the Netherlands, in 1975, Dutch designer Bertjan Pot uses his infatuation with textures and skins to create furniture and lighting for famed manufacturers like Montis and Moooi. After learning to weave and knit while studying at the Design Academy Eindhoven—which has also produced designers like Dror Behshetrit, Tord Boontje, Marcel Wanders, and Piet Hein Eek—Pot transformed his interests into now-iconic fixtures like the Random Light, Random Chair, Carbon Chair with Marcel Wanders, Non-Random Chair, and Lazy Bastard Chair. He continues to live and work in the Netherlands.