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Bernhardt Anne

This chair is complex to make and references both the old and new Bernhardt. It is a combination of old-world craftsmanship and technology using master carvers and seven Axis CNC machines. My concept for the leather seat begins at the end, so to speak. The intention was similar to people buying jeans that look and feel a little broken-in before they are worn. I wanted the seat to be very fluid, almost as if were poured into the frame, as opposed to being a distinctly separate element. This casual draping effect speaks to prior use and provides a visual cue regarding comfort. The final result is a chair that is rather timeless, one where it is difficult to assign a time and date.” The chair was named Anne, after Bernhardt Design’s founder Anne Harper Bernhardt.