About the ProductThe fluid lines of the Laurel bench were created to welcome the sitter. The inviting softness of the upholstery is held within an elegantly formed base crafted from solid hardwood. Inspired by Chinese antiquity, the piece represents an ongoing respect for classical forms. Mark Goetz's love for product development and his understanding of manufacturing began while working in his family's plastic injection molding business. Born outside of Pittsburgh, he was educated at Pratt Institute and spent a semester abroad to focus on furniture design and architecture at the Danish Royal Academy in Copenhagen. In 1988 Goetz founded TZ Design, a multi-disciplinary firm where he began his business by designing one-of-a-kind pieces for private commission. Goetz continues to create designs that reflect the directions he has explored over the years. Laurel bench features a three panel upholstered seat with a solid wood frame in your choice of upholstery and finish options.
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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.