About the ProductOrly is a perfect illustration of Norguet?s fashion-driven style, colorful, curvaceous, and modern. Consisting of a club chair and sofa, the collection represents a dramatic reinterpretation in seating design, emphasizing shape and proportion. "Patrick is a brilliant designer who brings innovation and excitement to product design, fashion and architecture," says Bernhardt Design creative director Jerry Helling. "He is the next wave of the French invasion of unique design, and we're honored to be bringing his talent to the U.S. with Orly." The result of Bernhardt Design?s execution and Norguet's vision is a collection of furniture that stands on its own with its dynamic shapes reduced to the most vital elements. The backrest and seating area have been stripped of ornamentation and concentrated to their most useful essences. Thus, the construction represents a simple and elegant harmony of balanced design. Far from stark, the Orly collection willfully supports Norguet's desire to maintain essential aspects of comfort, employing simple shapes reminiscent of building blocks. Playful yet powerful colors, such as candy-apple red and bright yellow, are utilized throughout the collection.
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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.