About the ProductBelieving that good design is not only physically beautiful but also emotionally connected, furniture designer Brandon Kim created the Lilt chair for Bernhardt Design based on young memories of sitting and playing on tree branches. "Inspired by the most comfortable, fun, and relaxed sitting experience, I wanted to create a lounge chair for people to share personal moments and build bonds with one another," said Brandon Kim. Lilt invites you to sit back and let go. Combining simplicity with sleek gesture, Lilt achieves its elegance through a metal frame and an upholstered seat shell. The four legs and outer edges of the seat perfectly align on the same angle and degree to emphasize every independent element in the lightweight chair. The central triangle in the middle of the frame depicts the angles of a tree branch. The chair is extremely durable and surprisingly strong for the weight because of this triangular structure. "I first met Brandon Kim at the Art Center College of Design in 2012 when he was part of our studio course to design wooden chairs. His concepts were on trend for the market, but they couldn't be realized in wood," said Jerry Helling, President of Bernhardt Design. "After the studio completed, we worked with Brandon to transform the chair using metal instead of wood. We are now thrilled to introduce his work as part of Bernhardt Design." The Lilt chair is available in polished or brushed stainless steel; it can be upholstered in Bernhardt Textiles or the customer's own fabric or leather.
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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.