Room by Room – the Cherner Side Chair

This week, Room by Room with FormFire Glassworks takes a look at the Cherner Side Chair.

Made of molded layers of plywood, this chair was designed in 1958 by Norman Cherner for Plycraft. It is currently being sold by the Cherner Chair Company, now run by Norman’s sons. Although many shaped plywood chairs were released around this time, this chair has laminated layers of plywood of graduated thicknesses, which give it a slightly more traditional feel than those of a single thickness. The Cherner Chair is available in a a wide variety of styles, from the standard side chair in wood and upholstered versions, to an armchair with swooping wings, from a metal base model to a rolling desk chair. The slim throat connection between the seat and back and the gentle curves at the top and seat edges are what makes this chair so lovely and graceful.

Inspired by the apples in the photo, I pulled together a palette of accessories in brown, white and bright green. This color combination is at once warm and vibrant, and is a great way to liven up your modern home. The dining table is topped with a khaki table runner in an abstract coral motif, while a bamboo trivet protects from a hot pot. Soy sauce is poured from a delicate spout into small dishes, and glasses are placed upon cutout foam coasters. A lightbulb has been repurposed as a vase, and a cluster of them grace the center of the table.

Next week I will choose a new iconic piece and give you my picks for accessorizing your modern home.

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