The American architect, designer and instructor Norman Cherner was an important mid-century designer, known for his advancements in plywood. Cherner was a student and taught at the Columbia University Fine Arts department and also instructed at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
He is most famous for his shapely molded plywood Cherner Chair (1958; Cherie Chair) that he designed for manufacturer Plycraft
who was producing lightweight plywood chairs for Herman Miller then. Herman Miller ceased production of the chair and recommended that Plycraft hire Cherner to design another plywood chair that would make use of the production materials and techniques that Plycraft still had. After Cherner had turned in his design, however, he was told that they had decided to scrap the project.
Cherner would later end up in a New York furniture showroom where he saw his own design for sale, attributed to the designer ‘Bernardo’. Cherner ended up suing Plycraft in 1961 as it was revealed that the owner of Plycraft, Paul Goldman, had unceremoniously lied to him and stolen his design to produce it under a fictitious name. He won, and Cherner got royalties and was properly credited, but the Cherner chairs were out of production by the early 1970s.
The Cherner chair’s distinctive, sculptural looks are also sustained by the graduated thickness of the plywood in its design. The dramatic, curving arms are fashioned a single length of wood joined to the back and tops of the front legs.
The stylish chair is also sometimes called the Rockwell Chair because it was featured on a cover of The Saturday Evening Post magazine by American painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell in the sixties.
Furniture designs that have shaped 20th century design continue to endure and be very recognizable, thanks to film and television. These iconic, celebrated designs still fit into today’s decor world as naturally and utterly as they did mid-20th century.
An easy way to immediately add thoughtful flair to your bedroom is the addition of furniture at the foot of your bed. Don’t worry, it won’t clutter your bedroom; in fact, it’ll add both storage space and personality to your decor. The choices you have aren’t just limited to a chest or trunk at the end of your bed either. A pretty slat low bench gives you a place to sit and read in your sanctum as well as use it as a book bench for those books. It’s also dead handy to put your linens down on when you are changing bed sheets or even to keep your extra blankets on.
Fiberglass is plastic that is reinforced by fine glass fibers or strands embedded in a resin matrix.
Fiberglass is a fascinatingly beautiful, durable and sustainable material that has been touted as the lumber of the future. Its vibrant aesthetics, versatility and beguiling tactility have bestowed upon the material a sort of casual but hardy connoisseurship that endures.
Fiberglass is lightweight, extremely robust, low-maintenance, UV-resistant, nonporous and chemically inert, which means that it will not react with other substances that it comes in contact with. The strength properties of fiberglass actually surpass that of heavier steel. It also holds its shape and color over its lifetime and has excellent impact and scratch resistance. Little wonder then that it is a favorite material for furniture. Fiberglass has a very comfortable finish and also takes on even more depth as it wears in, showing more complexity as compared to other plastics that merely look hazed and dull over time and scratches. Cleaning fiberglass chairs is as easy as wiping them down.