anne lounge chair

anne lounge chair

Design Ross Lovegrove
Solid American Walnut, upholstery
Made in USA by Bernhardt Design

"When thinking about this project, my starting point was the American courthouse chair. These chairs were such a visible part of the American landscape because of their very powerful presence. Using this historical reference, I wanted to create a chair that is contemporary and a reflection of my design vocabulary. I have worked with so many different materials in my career and used various technologies, but I have never designed a wood chair, and it is something I have always wanted to do.

As in all my work, the Anne chair is about sculpting a material: creating something that has a human dimension and looks interesting from any view. In the case of chairs, there must be some reference for the eye to read comfort and tactility. For this reason I wanted to use walnut, because it has so much character and depth. It is a warm material, and you can almost feel the age of the tree in its personality.

This Anne chair is complex to make and It is a combination of old-world craftsmanship and technology using master carvers and seven Axis CNC machines. My concept for the leather seat was similar to people buying jeans that look and feel a little broken-in before they are worn. I wanted the seat to be very fluid, almost as if it were poured into the frame, as opposed to being a distinctly separate element. This casual draping effect speaks to prior use and provides a visual cue regarding comfort. The final result is a chair that is rather timeless, one where it is difficult to assign a time and date." - Ross Lovegrove

Ross Lovegrove studied design at Manchester Polytechnic and subsequently trained at the Royal College of Art in London. At frog design, he contributed to the design of the Sony Walkman and Apple computers. As an in-house designer for Knoll International in Paris, Lovegrove worked on the Alessandri office system. As a co-member of the Atelier de Nimes, along with Philippe Starck and Jean Nouvel, he acted as a design consultant to Luis Vuitton, Cacharel, Dupont and Hermés. In 1990, he created Studio X in London. Lovegrove is inspired by forms of the natural world, the possibilities of new manufacturing techniques and the ability to evoke an emotional response in users.

The Anne chair, which derives its name from Bernhardt Design founder Anne Harper Bernhardt, is available in solid American walnut with a hand oiled natural finish. The seat has a flange stitch detail and is available in your choice of leather in a range of color-ways.

25.6" w | 25" d | 29.5" h | seat: 16.5" h

$2,462.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(please allow 14-16 weeks for this special product to be created and shipped to your location)

Ross Lovegrove

Ross Lovegrove studied design at Manchester Polytechnic and trained at the Royal College of Art in London. He has contributed to the design of the Sony Walkman and Apple computers, been in-house designer for Knoll International in Paris, co-member of the Atelier de Nimes, and acted as a design consultant to Luis Vuitton, Cacharel, Dupont and Hermés. In 1990, he created Studio X in London. Lovegrove is inspired by forms of the natural world, the possibilities of new manufacturing techniques, and the ability to evoke an emotional response in users.
Bernhardt Design was founded in 1980 by the 125-year-old Bernhardt Furniture Company. In 2001, Bernhardt Design cemented its reputation as a leader and innovator in furniture design and production by partnering with Ross Lovegrove to create the iconic Go Chair, the world’s first magnesium chair. Since then, President Jerry Helling has assembled an international roster of creative talent, including Arik Levy, Jaime Hayon, Jeffrey Bernett, Lievore Altherr Molina, Yves Béhar and Charles Pollock. Bernhardt Design strongly supports the rising generation of creative talent through its interdisciplinary course at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and the ICFF Studio program.
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