Company:Bernhardt Design

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Bernhardt Design
IndustryContract Interiors: Contemporary office furniture and textiles for the contract market. Available through architectural and design firms.
HeadquartersLenoir, NC, U.S. Flag of the United States.svg
ProductsUpholstered seating, wood products, tables, wall units, wood seating

Bernhardt Design is an American modern furniture company. The company was founded in 1983 as a new line of commercial furniture under Bernhardt Furniture Company. Bernhardt Design is known for working with a wide variety of international designers and for their investment in programs supporting young designers and students. They sponsor an interdisciplinary course with Art Center College of Design students that allows students the opportunity for their designs to go into production. Bernhardt Design also sponsors ICFF Studio, a yearly scholarship program that gives young designers exposure at the ICFF Furniture Fair in New York City.[1][2]


Bernhardt Furniture Company was founded in 1889 by John M. Bernhardt. Orphaned at 13, John Bernhardt left for Oregon to become a government surveyor but returned home three years later to pursue a career as a logger and timber cutter. After buying a sawmill, he saw an opportunity to use timber in the manufacture of sturdy oak bedroom furniture. The company he started quickly found a market in such urban centers as Chicago and New York City. As the business grew under the leadership of the Bernhardt family, new product categories, dining room and living room furniture were added and additional facilities were built or purchased from other furniture manufacturers.

Until the 1980s, the company was vertically integrated, having a veneer mill, lumber yard and numerous kilns as well as adhesives and particleboard plants. By 1981, Bernhardt began sourcing globally and now has offices in four Asian countries, staffed with 50 employees. The company still has a significant manufacturing operation in western North Carolina, with 12 facilities and 1500 employees.[when?]

In 1983, Bernhardt Furniture added a line of commercial furniture, Bernhardt Design which offers conservatively styled casegoods, conference and occasional tables, guest, lounge and wood guest chairs. Gradually, the product line expanded, adding more contemporary products and multi-purpose tables and seating and conference chairs. In order to encourage student designers to make their products suitable for mass markets, Bernhardt Design sponsors an interdisciplinary course with the world-renowned Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Selected students in program have their products in the standard product line. Bernhardt Design also sponsors ICFF Studio, a scholarship program which gives deserving designers global exposure to manufacturers, retailers and the media.[3]


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