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Reimagining American Furniture Classics

comments (9) May 30th, 2014 in blogs

Ed_Pirnik Ed Pirnik, Senior Web Producer
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Read more on the Bernhardt Furniture Companys reimagining of the classic American Windsor rocker at the New York Times. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Read more on the Bernhardt Furniture Company's reimagining of the classic American Windsor rocker at the New York Times.

Photo: New York Times

When Lenoir, North Carolina's Bernhardt Furniture Company began preparations for its 125th anniversary, they set out to completely reimagine a variety of classic pieces of American furniture. In order to get a fresh take on American classics, they chose to enlist three European pros to get the job done.


What Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance (French), Ross Lovegrove (Welsh) and Jephson Robb (Scottish) came up with was a Winsdor rocker unlike any you've ever seen. The rocker, which uses a variety of old-world and modern techniques to achieve a curvy frame that "merges the glides, armrests, and back into one continuous line is a real winner in terms of design, and you can have your own for a cool $2,900 bucks.


In a world where it's tough for any artisan or craftsman to come up with a truly unique design, Duchanfour-Lawrence, Lovegrove, and Robb nailed it. Here's to a job well done!


Read more on the Bernhardt Furniture Company's reimagining of the classic American Windsor at the New York Times.

posted in: blogs, windsor, rocker

Comments (9)

wallacejohnston wallacejohnston writes: Bernhardt design web page with link to Drawing Library

Posted: 2:01 pm on September 6th

wallacejohnston wallacejohnston writes: Beautiful and innovative craftsmanship. The inclusion of steam bending, CNC boring and sculptured components is mind boggling.

I also found 2D and 3D orthographic drawings on the Bernard website. These are in DWG format with PDF viewing/printing

My Assisted Living Center has no shop facilities but I do have SketchUp and AutoDesk 2014 with which I am trying to create an STL for a scale model for desktop 3D printing on Makerbot (Instructables or Thingibot)

Any CAD savy readers out there?

Wallace Johnston

Posted: 1:41 pm on September 6th

d1947 d1947 writes: Said "Shaker" when I meant Windsor, but my comments include both. Thanks.
Posted: 8:42 pm on May 31st

d1947 d1947 writes: The best version of the rocker I have seen in a very long time. Kudos to all involved. Not convinced it is "Shaker" so that attribute doesn't stick. That said, great work, great design and many thanks. Also, the price is on the bottom end of fine design and great craft. Keep up the good work.

Posted: 8:40 pm on May 31st

Wixom Wixom writes: Ajenriquez, and Ray_SHARR, Windsor is in Canada, in the Ontario province, south of Detroit, Michigan, right across the river. Just sayin'. Cool chair, nonetheless. If I could find plans for this chair, that would be awesome!
Posted: 3:15 pm on May 31st

BillYork BillYork writes: This is a great eye catching piece! The flow of the curves from the front and the optical tricks from the side make this chair a functional piece of art. American Windsors have been around since before the Revolution...I think it's safe to refer to the style as American Classic.
Posted: 11:28 am on May 31st

ajenriquez ajenriquez writes: Yes of course everyone knows where Windsor is and the origins of this style. Know-it-alls get their jollies by correcting others; here even to the exclusion of giving credit to an outstanding piece of work. Really this is an awesome piece! Thank you Mssrs Duchaufour-Lawrance, Lovegrove and Robb! This is truly inspirational.

Ariel Enriquez
Posted: 11:19 am on May 31st

Ray_SHARR Ray_SHARR writes: A similar style of chair was first seen in England as early as the sixteenth century. What we know as a windsor chair today was first shipped from Windsor, in South-East England, to London in 1724. It's certainly a classic but in this case not American.
On the other hand Shaker furniture is an American classic.
Posted: 9:58 am on May 31st

user-3097439 user-3097439 writes: 'American classic'? Do you guys know where Windsor is?
Posted: 9:20 am on May 31st

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