The company has worked with several renowned designers in the industry, including Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Yves Béhar, Arik Levy, Jorge Pensi, Qdesign, Jephson Robb, Jehs+Laub, Claudio Bellini, Markus Jehs, Terry Crews and Jurgen Laub. Each designer has brought their unique vision and expertise to the brand, resulting in a diverse and innovative product range.
Bernhardt Design is committed to sustainability and social responsibility. They use sustainable and environmentally friendly materials in their production process, including recycled materials, and work towards reducing their carbon footprint. In addition to its focus on sustainability, the brand is committed to creating furniture that enhances the user's experience. They incorporate innovative features into their designs, such as modular and flexible components, to create furniture that adapts to the user's changing needs, making them a favourite among designers and architects.
From Modest Origins to Global Acclaim
Orphaned at 13, John Bernhardt jumped a box car to Oregon, hoping to become a government surveyor. He returned home three years later to pursue a career as a timber cutter. After buying a sawmill, he saw the opportunity to use timber to make solid oak bedroom furniture. Pretty soon, folks in Chicago and New York City started buying this furniture for their homes.
And so, in 1889, the Bernhardt Furniture Company was born in North Carolina. Berhardt’s skill was leveraging the area’s plentiful supply of beautiful timbers and local woodworking skills. He was never one to do things by halves, so he opened his factory with 25 employees. Over the ensuing decades, Bernhardt expanded into all aspects of furniture for the home and office, building a stellar reputation for quality and integrity and becoming one of the premier furniture companies of the 20th century.