About the ProductPollock's approach in designing the CP lounge was a departure from anything he had done previously. "At Pratt we were taught to sketch, model and build, and that has always been my discovery process," states Pollock. "Sixty years later with this chair, I did my first production drawing and Bernhardt made the prototype." Even though the design process was a deviation for Pollock, the inspiration for the chair, an unbroken line in space, was very familiar. "Designing using a continuous line leads you in one direction: toward simplicity," maintains Pollock. "Your eyes follow the line around the perimeter of the chair and it appears to be floating in space; it is so simple." Where Pollock used metal to trace the exterior shape of his chairs in the past, he turned to distinctive sewing techniques in the CP lounge. "The large loop stitch, made of the same material as the chair, is more subtle and adds a new dimension," says Pollock. "It also brings a higher level of craftsmanship to the chair. It is a lot like an old Jaguar, the profile of frame makes it look racy and fast, but you look inside and you see hand-sewn leather and burl. The chair has speed and craft." The CP lounge is available in two distinctly different versions. The first, CP.1, features a large loop stitch around the perimeter of the chair. Individual hand-quilted panels of leather, suede or felt are used to upholster the seat and back. The second edition is the sleek and simple CP.2 which can be selected in the customer's own material or any Bernhardt fabric or leather. The upholstered body of both versions rests on a frame of polished stainless steel.
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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.