About the ProductFor most people a subway commute is anything but interesting, not so for Marc Thorpe. The idea for his latest creation, Area tables for Bernhardt Design, occurred while riding the subway. States Thorpe, "The form for Area actually came to me while looking at a New York subway train window. The rhythm of the interconnecting window frames was really interesting, and I felt this seamless repetition would be perfect for creating the framework of a table." "Occasional tables are challenging for most designers," says Creative Director of Bernhardt Design Jerry Helling, "because designing small tables requires a great deal of restraint. It is similar to the old adage about well-mannered children; they should be seen and not heard." Area, with its quiet simplicity, is the embodiment of this principle. It was created to assimilate discretely with many different design styles and let the art work and more dominant furniture pieces set the tone. "To me, it was about designing tables that enhance their surroundings and aren't competitive or don't try to alter the context of a room," adds Thorpe. Vertical and horizontal elements flowing from one intersection to the next without interruption comprise the structure of the Area table. A streamlined sleekness is created by combining convex and concave bevels in each of the structural elements. The use of almost imperceptible joinery contributes to the feeling of fluidity in its overall appearance. Crafted in solid walnut, Area tables can be purchased in a natural oiled finish or in a range of paint finishes. The tables are available as both occasional tables and coffee tables in several shapes and sizes.
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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 in leveraging the area’s plentiful supply of beautiful timbers, and local woodworking skills. Never one to do things by halves, he opened his factory with 25 employees.