The lounge chair and ottoman designed by Benjamin Cherner is the latest addition to the Cherner seating collection. A molded plywood shell, solid bentwood arm and laminated wood base are combined to produce a dynamically comfortable and curvilinear form. Available with or without upholstered seat pads. Made entirely in the USA.
- Wood, Fabric and Leather
- Width: 54.2 cm / 21.5 inch
- Depth: 72.1 / 28.5 inch
- Overall Height: 74.6 cm / 29.5 inch
- Seat Height: 39.7 cm / 15.5 inch
After listening to countless requests from fellow architects to see his father’s designs reissued, Benjamin decided to join with his brother Thomas to form the Cherner Chair Company in 1999. Since then the Cherner Chair Company has brought back into production many of Norman Cherner’s most popular designs. Utilizing his original drawings and specifications, the reissued designs are manufactured with the same attention to detail found in the original hand-made classics. In addition to reissuing the molded plywood chairs, stools and tables, The Cherner Chair Company has introduced new designs by Benjamin Cherner.
Cherner Lounge Chair Designed by:
- Benjamin Cherner , 2012
Benjamin Cherner is the son of the furniture designer Norman Cherner and co-founder of the Cherner Chair Company.
A pioneer both in molded plywood and prefab housing; Norman Cherner is best known for the molded plywood seating line he created for Plycraft, a manufacturing company in Lawrence, Massachusetts. After telling Cherner that his design for what is now known as the Cherner Chair, 1958, had been scrapped, Plycraft’s owner continued to produce it, claiming himself as the designer. Soon after, the chair’s popularity was heightened when it appeared in Norman Rockwell’s 1961 painting, “The Artist at Work” on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Cherner sued the company, and Plycraft agreed to pay Cherner royalties, yet the whole seating line was out of production by the early 1970s.
For almost 20 years, Cherner’s seating was rarely seen outside of galleries, museums and the living rooms of few lucky collectors. This all changed in 1999, when Cherner’s sons, Benjamin and Thomas, formed the Cherner Chair Company to revive the designs and produce them as their father originally intended. The repeated success of the chairs inspired Benjamin, an architect and designer, to create a coordinating table, the Cherner Table, 2004. The Cherner Lounge Chair and Ottoman, 2012, are curvaceous and visually light, qualities that derive from the use of molded plywood. The new chair’s strength and resilience comes from “keeping the throat really skinny and playing up the slenderness.”