Bernard Chair by Jonas Lindvall



Swedish designer Jonas Lindvall designed the Bernard chair as a tribute to traditional skills.


The chair is produced by hand and is available in walnut, oak and ash.


“I set out to create a chair that visually and technically could have been made 700 years ago yet still appears modern; a reference to beauty and craftsmanship that rises above transient tastes and fashions," claims Lindvall.


"Its gentle balanced curves and asymmetric lines almost disguise its robust architectural structure. Treated lovingly, Bernard is made to last for 500 years.”


Here's some more information from the designer:


“We find rest in those we love, and we provide a resting place for those who love us” Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1091 - 1153)

The Bernard chair marks the culmination of 4 years design and development. Handmade by a small group of cabinet makers in Småland (Sweden), each piece requires 42 hours of intensive craftsmanship to perfect. Taking its name from the 12th century ecclesiastic, St Bernard of Clairvaux, the chair is Jonas Lindvall’s homage to traditional skills in an age when mass production techniques hold sway. It is a design without compromise.

Each Bernard chair leaving the workshop carries an engraved plaque listing production information and designer authentication.

Furniture: Bernard chair
Year: 2008
Design: Jonas Lindvall
Producer: Lindvall A&D
height: 795mm
width: 570mm
seat height: 445mm
seat depth: 365mm
finishes: walnut, oak and ash

Posted on Sunday June 29th 2008 at 6:00 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Mattia

    Lovely! I just wonder how comfortable it really is.

  • edward

    As an object, it is handsome. As a chair, the design lacks basic stability and strong joints. Why can’t designers produce objects that reflect the laws of physics and are usable?

  • love it

  • Martha

    About time… beautiful. it’s beautiful

  • christopher

    It’s balanced when viewed from the front, but all the other seem a bit unresolved. I still think it’s gorgeous.

  • Myles.M

    lOVE IT

  • Ryuichi

    It’s an interesting design that appears beautiful and fragile. but having looked closer at the frame it’s probably very sturdy. I like this a lot

  • Zenza

    Welcome to the 80s!

  • Edward’s statement is silly. Surely this piece abides by the basic principles of physics – the fundamental one guiding the chairs stability is the users COG – Center of Gravity – if seated upright then it’s a vertical vector slightly off center from one’s buttocks and closer to one’s crotch area, hence quite sturdy. If leaning back the moment arm is of insufficient length to cause rotation especially given the fact the occupants COG is only slightly shifted to the rear of the buttock, hence also quite sturdy – I think you might even be able to raise your legs while slightly reclining (though tilting your head back that shifts the COG and increases the length of the moment arm from the objects base support point)…this being true unless you’re a large mass of a person – or otherwise quite fatty. ;)

  • correction – “though not tilting your head back…”

  • zuy

    great: simplicity and eyes catching

  • edward

    Stability is not the issue, torque on the joints of the rear legs and the horizontal elements is. This chair is for children or as a museum piece.

  • zanzi

    clear and beautiful

  • Viktor Mari

    i love it

  • ıt’s really different!!!
    ı like it so much!

  • Sean

    I have to make a 1:5 scale model of this chair and i am wondering can anybody help me with some dimensions. i have the basic LxWxH but need some of the angles and rail widths or even a photo from a different angle as i have only been able to find the 3 pictured angles above. i would be very grateful of your help, thank you