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Icons at The Conran Shop: Cherner Chairs

With clean lines and elegant proportions, Norman Cherner’s classic ‘wasp-waisted’ chairs are steadfast icons of mid-century furniture design.



Ever since Norman Cherner created the initial design in 1958, Cherner Chairs have been showcased in exhibitions worldwide, including the Vitra Design Museum in Germany.

Reissued in exacting detail from the Cherner's original drawings, the armchair and side chair are the perfect synthesis of moulded plywood and solid bent wood construction: structurally robust yet elegantly lightweight. Moulded and assembled entirely by hand, the chairs are elegant and sculptural, with fluctuating planes of plywood that create the signature wasp-waisted structure and ensure a strong, robust form.

Crafted entirely in the USA, Cherner’s collection of walnut-veneered, ‘wasp-waisted’ furniture also includes a bar stool and complementary dining table.




Norman Cherner 1920-1987


Norman Cherner, 1960. Courtesy of The Cherner Image Archive, churnerchair

Norman Cherner, 1960. Courtesy of The Cherner Image Archive,


American architect and designer Norman Cherner studied and taught at the Columbia University Fine Arts Department and was an instructor at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City from 1947 to 1949. During this time, he also explored the Bauhaus movement, embarking on a lifetime exploration of multidisciplinary design: from furniture, glassware, lighting and accessories to his pioneering work in low-cost prefabricated housing.

Cherner’s work with plywood revolutionised modern attitudes towards furniture design in the mid-19th century. Best-known for the moulded seating he created for Plycraft, Cherner was an innovative and unassuming hero of modern design.