In 1999, Norman Cherner's sons, Benjamin and Thomas, honored the requests of various architects, and began bringing their father's Cherner Chair back into production. The success of the Chair inspired Benjamin – a New York-based architect and multidisciplinary designer – to create the Cherner Table (2003). Introduced at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), the Table echoes the curved plywood lines of the Chair. Lightweight but strong, the Cherner Table has a solid core of multi-ply beech wood, overlaid with a walnut veneer. Made in U.S.A. The Cherner Table is a fully licensed product of Cherner Chair Company.
A pioneer both in molded plywood and prefab housing, 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 from 1947 to 1949. Here he also explored the Bauhaus movement, embarking on a lifetime exploration of multidisciplinary design, from furniture, shelving, glassware, lighting and even toys to his pioneering work in low-cost prefabricated housing.
Early in his career, Cherner envisioned houses as a total design concept and designed affordable furniture specifically for these low-cost modular dwellings. He wrote about his theories in Make Your Own Modern Furniture (1953), How to Build Children's Toys and Furniture (1954), Fabricating Houses from Component Parts (1958) and How to Build a House for Less than $6,000 (1960). One of his first prefabricated houses 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 and uncrated to become his first home and studio. Read more >