In 1996, Jeffrey Bernett exhibited his first collection at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York and was honored with the Editor's Award for "Best of Show." Since then, he's created furniture, lighting, graphics, packaging and even transportation design. In addition to working with Design Within Reach for more than a decade, he has a long list of clients, including Boffi, Cappellini, Herman Miller®, Knoll®, Mercedes-Benz, Northwest Airlines and many others. For B&B Italia, he created the Metropolitan (2003), an inviting swivel armchair and ottoman. Its high back is the perfect mix of Italian sophistication and comfort, while the neck rest is held in place with magnets to make it adjustable for people of all heights. "A seat that flows uninterrupted into the armrest is the hallmark of this design, and creates a truly unique seating experience and a comfy place to relax," says Bernett. "Standing on its swivel base, the Metropolitan Chair was designed to look inviting from any direction." Made in Italy.
Steel frame; Bayfit® flexible cold-shaped polyurethane foam; brushed die-cast and extruded aluminum base; chair has swivel base; leather upholstery.
With his commitment to function and simplicity and a singular attention to manufacturing detail Jeffrey Bernett has won accolades in a range of disciplines, including architecture, interior design, residential and office furniture, lighting, graphic design, transportation design and fashion. His very first furniture collection, presented at the 1996 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York, received the Editor's Award for "Best of Show."
Bernett initially entered college to pursue a degree in business, then altered his course to undertake studies in furniture design in England. Along the way, he deepened his understanding of mechanics and manufacturing processes. The combination of design, business and manufacturing expertise has contributed to Bernett's stunning success as a multi-disciplinary consultant. In 2002, he established Consultants for Design Strategy (CDS) in New York. Read more >