A master of mid-century furniture design, American visionary Norman Cherner is renowned across the globe for his innovative and technologically-advanced creations. Considered an unassuming hero of modern design, Cherner is the brain behind the iconic moulded plywood Cherner Chair, which remains incredibly coveted today.
A student and later a teacher at the Columbia University Fine Arts Department, Norman Cherner also spent part of his career as an instructor at New York’s MoMA from 1947 until 1949. Trained in the Bauhaus tradition, Cherner soon found himself on a lifelong exploration of multidisciplinary design, creating a vast repertoire of creations; from furniture, glassware, lighting and accessories to his pioneering work in low-cost prefabricated housing.
Determined to make affordable design a reality, Norman Cherner wrote numerous books on the subject and even created a prototype for low-cost housing in upstate New York to accommodate the surge of post-war prosperity and the baby boom. However, it is for the moulded plywood seating he created for Plycraft that Cherner is best-known. Honoured with furniture in the permanent collections in prestigious museums such as the Vitra Design Museum, the Cherner Chair remains a design icon.
Cherner Classic Walnut Armchair
The 1958 moulded plywood armchair by Norman Cherner is an icon of mid-century furniture design, showcased in exhibitions worldwide, including the Vitra Design Museum in Germany.
Reissued in exacting detail from Cherner’s original drawings, the armchair is the perfect synthesis of moulded plywood and a solid bent wood construction: structurally robust yet elegantly lightweight.
Crafted entirely in the USA, Cherner’s collection of walnut-veneered, ‘wasp-waisted’ furniture includes a side chair, bar stool and complementary dining table.
Products by Norman Cherner