Revisiting a Classic: The Cherner Armchair

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Never has plywood made me weak in the knees like the Cherner Armchair, designed by Norman Cherner in 1958. The popularity of the chairs has grown since 1999 when the Cherner Chair Company began using the original prototypes to recreate this MCM classic. Owning one of these armchairs is a mid-century modern lover's dream come true.

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In an unfortunate contradiction to Cherner's belief that good design should be affordable, these new models will cost you a pretty penny. Still, the beauty of the molded plywood and solid bent wood construction can't be denied, even if it must be admired from afar.

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What might be lesser known than the beautiful curves of the chair is that Cherner Chair Company continues to manufacture all of their chairs in the United States while maintaining a commitment to minimizing the environmental impact of their products. Wood is from sustainably managed forests while the steel is 100% recyclable and made of 25% recycled content.

The Cherner Armchair is available for purchase from hivemodern and nestliving.

(Image credits: top - Design Within Reach, middle - hivemodern.com, bottom - Light Locations)