About the Product"The design process with Cycle was based on the reduction of elements. Following a geometric approach we wanted to create something that appears very light yet is elegant and speaks to quality," states Wittmann. "When you are doing something without embellishments every line and every detail is critical," adds Landuris. "We spent days working on the juncture of the metal base as it turns to meet the upholstery. That transition had to be perfect to make the piece work." The Cycle family of products is comprised of a round stool, two round benches and an oval bench. In each, a tailored upholstered cushion floats above two symmetric loops of stainless steel. The exception is the elegant elongation of one metal loop to create the oval bench. The sheer simplicity of the benches and stools allow them to blend into a furniture landscape or to stand out as strong accents when they are upholstered in active fabrics or colorful leathers.
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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.