Cherner - The story

Norman Cherner

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. Meanwhile, he began his own practice, embarking on a lifetime exploration of architecture and furniture design.

Norman Cherner's furniture designs include the "multi-flex" modular storage system, the "Konwiser Line" of furniture and lighting, and molded plywood seating for Plycraft which he designed in 1958. The molded plywood "Cherner Chair" became his most recognized design and is found in furniture collections worldwide.

Benjamin Cherner

Benjamin Cherner is the son of the furniture designer Norman Cherner and founder of the Cherner Chair Company. He heads a multi-disciplinary design studio in Lower Manhattan. His building designs often incorporate his father's as well as his own furniture designs. He is a registered Architect in New York and Connecticut and holds degrees in Architecture from Arizona State university and Columbia University.

The Cherner chair company

After a countless number of requests from fellow architects to see his father's designs reissued, Benjamin joined with his brother Thomas to form the Cherner Chair Company in 1999. Since then the Cherner Chair Company reissued many of Norman Cherner's most popular designs using his original drawings and specifications. The same attention to detail can be found in the reissued designs.

In addition to reissuing Norman Cherner's molded plywood chairs and stools, the Cherner Chair Company has introduced new designs by Benjamin Cherner.

Sustainable Design

The Cherner's primary environmental philosophy is that you will never find a Cherner Chair product in a landfill. Cherner designs are manufactured to last and to hand down to future generations. All components of Cherner Chair products are replaceable, insuring that chairs, tables, and stools can be indefinitely kept in service.

All Cherner's products are made to minimize the environmental impact. Whether components, finishes, foams or packaging: every effort is made at each stage of production.