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After listening to countless requests from fellow architects to see his father's designs reissued, Benjamin joined 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. Cherner Chair products are made in The USA and available from The Cherner Chair Company and through dealers worldwide.
In addition to reissuing Norman Cherner's molded plywood chairs and stools, the Cherner Chair Company has introduced new designs by Benjamin Cherner.
The Cherner Chair Company is the sole licensor of Norman Cherner and Benjamin Cherner designs.
Our primary environmental philosophy is that you will never find a Cherner Chair product in a landfill. Cherner designs are featured in design collections worldwide, our products are manufactured to last, to cherish, and to hand down to future generations. All components of Cherner Chair products are replaceable, insuring that our chairs, tables, and stools can be indefinitely kept in service.
We are committed to minimizing the environmental impact of all of our products:
Components: All of our products are manufactured with attention to detail and hand assembled from woods collected form sustainably managed forests and with 100% recyclable steel with 25% recycled content.
Finishes: All of our wood and steel components are finished with coatings that emit negligible volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Foam Materials: All of are upholstery foam materials are part of an open loop system which can be recycled when replacement is required.
Packaging: All of our products are shipped in materials that may be recycled repeatedly. Our corrugated cardboard containers are specially designed to minimize the amount of packing material required to ship each product.
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. Educated in the Bauhaus tradition of interdisciplinary design, he became interested in housing as industrial design. His first houses were built in 1948 for a cooperative housing development in Ramapo, NY. These homes were examples of this total design concept and included affordable furniture designed specifically for these low-cost modular dwellings. One of the first pre-fabricated houses in the United States was Cherner's "Pre-built." It was designed, produced and assembled in 1957 for the U.S. Department of Housing. After being exhibited in Vienna it was shipped back to Connecticut to become his first home and studio outside of New York City.
Norman Cherner's furniture designs include the "multi-flex" modular storage system, the "Konwiser Line" of furniture and lighting, and molded plywood seating for Plycraft which he designed in 1958. The molded plywood ‘Cherner Chair' became his most recognized design and is found in furniture collections worldwide.
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. At the same time he also began his own practice, embarking on a lifetime exploration of architecture and furniture design. Norman Cherner's books include: "Fabricating Houses from Component Parts" (1958) "How to Build a House for Less the $6,000" (1960), "Make your own Modern Furniture" (1953) and "How to Build Children's Toys and Furniture" (1954).
Benjamin Cherner is the son of the furniture designer Norman Cherner and founder of the Cherner Chair Company. He heads a multi-disciplinary design studio in Lower Manhattan. His home, a duplex penthouse in New York's East Village has been featured in The New York Times, Dwell magazine and the first New York Open House tour. His building designs often incorporate his father's as well as his own furniture designs. He is a registered Architect in New York and Connecticut and holds degrees in Architecture from Arizona State university and Columbia University. He has a dog named Red.