The history of the company began back in 1958 when Norman Cherner developed his iconic design. Norman Cherner was an American architect and designer. He studied and taught at Columbia University, and was an instructor at MoMA in the late 1940s. There, he became steeped in the MoMA-favored Bauhaus approach, where all the aspects and media of design were considered. In 1948, Cherner built modular, low-cost cooperative housing in upstate New York, for which he also designed the affordable furniture and all other decorative details.
The chair rose to fame when it appeared in Norman Rockwell’s 1961 painting “The Artist at Work” on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Cherner sued magazine who agreed to pay Cherner royalties, however, the chair line ceased production in the early 1970s, after which the Cherner chair was rarely seen anywhere but 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.
For the past 20 years, the Cherner Chair Company continued to produce these chairs bringing design back to life. The company returned to production Norman Cherner’s most popular projects using its original drawings and specifications, reprinted designs are made with the same attention to detail, as in the original handmade classics.
Cherner furniture is made for many years. All components of Cherner Chair products are replaceable, ensuring that chairs, tables, and stools can be indefinitely kept in service. The company attempts to minimize its environmental impact. All items are made with attention to detail and are hand-assembled from wood collected from renewable forests and 100% recyclable steel. All wood and steel components are finished with coatings that emit negligible volatile organic compounds that are not toxic to human health and the environment.