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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