As a theater and dance student at the University of West Virginia, Ted Boerner developed an intuitive
sense of the body and the space it occupies – an awareness that now lends his furniture its genial angles
and careful proportions. He attended NYU for grad school and began his career as a set and costume
designer. “Propping scenes and imagining the things that characters would surround themselves with
made me think about how important furniture is to people,” says the designer. Modern sofas often
claim minimalist appeal, but few can also tout the comfort of the Theatre Collection (2001). Designed to
accommodate the human body with studied proportions and simple geometry, Theatre’s comfort stems
from its form rather than excessive layers of stuffing. With a gently angled backrest, full seat depth and
elevated armrests, Boerner’s signature artisanal details are evident throughout. A gleaming chromed
steel base runs the entire depth of the design, and welted seams lend strength and definition to the
upholstery. Ships with legs unattached to save on packing materials. Made in U.S.A.
Kiln-dried hardwood corner-blocked frame; unidirectional web suspension; high-density, high-resiliency foam cushions with Dacron® wrap; chrome-plated steel base.
The trappings of 20th century Americana are frequently evoked in Ted Boerner's furniture: a Lucite table that resembles a 1940s juice tumbler, a sleek upholstered chaise with the silhouette of a folding pool lounger, a dining table with a Lincoln Log like base. Ted Boerner's childhood summers in rural Wisconsin were filled with midcentury modernist inspiration, much of which stemmed from his grandfather's rustic log cabin. Outfitted with Eames chairs, a hand built modern staircase and a tangible patina of historical vitality, it was a setting steeped in the same simplicity and well-wrought comfort that Boerner has become known for in his furniture designs.
As a former theatre and dance student at the University of West Virginia, Boerner developed an intuitive sense of the body and the space it occupies an awareness that would later lend his furniture designs their genial angles and careful proportions. After a shift in academic focus, he earned his BFA in theatre design and continued in the field as a grad student at NYU. Returning to his home turf of Wisconsin, Boerner worked as a production designer for a classical repertory theatre with which he traveled extensively, designing sets and costumes for a myriad of productions. Read more >
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Theatre Armchair, Cotton Twill
Theatre Armchair, Basket Weave
Theatre Armchair, Broad Weave
Theatre Armchair, Ducale Wool
Theatre Armchair, Lama Tweed
Theatre Armchair, Pebble Weave
Theatre Armchair, Textured Stripe
Theatre Armchair, Maharam Divina
Theatre Armchair, Maharam Milestone
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