About the ProductPatrick Jouin has a special talent for altering the landscape of the human experience, from our view of Paris atop the Eiffel Tower to our dream state at night. He brings his unique aesthetic and underlying stories to fields as diverse as dining, commuting, shopping, sleeping, and has even challenged how products are created. Now, Jouin redefines our understanding of relaxing and working by fashioning imaginative landscapes with the elements of his new sofa system Item. The genesis of Item was not the result of a complex design brief, but rather Jouin?s fascination with language and the creation of music. "When you create several elements, as with letters or musical notes, there is the possibility to create an entire language, an entire symphony," states Jouin. He continues, "I didn't want clients to be limited to one standard sofa with a predetermined form, but to give them the opportunity to invent the shape that is right for them, for their lives, for their spaces. The idea was to present infinite possibilities based on a few simple elements." With its undulating segments that are free from right angles, Item serves as platform in creating the perfect landscape for open spaces, communal areas and even small rooms. Taking full advantage of all three dimensions, the individual elements rise, fall, twist, and turn, inventing a new seating language. Fourteen different pieces can be composed in pairs, or in any multiple the imagination might allow. Item is available in most fabrics, leather and suede.
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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.