Norman Cherner

The American architect and designer, engineer and constructor, Norman Cherner was a pioneer of pre-fabricated housing. He graduated from and later taught at the faculty of fine arts of the University of Columbia. He wrote Make your own modern furniture (1953), Fabricating Houses from Component Parts (1958) and How to Build a House for Less than $6,000 (1960).

1947-1957. Cherner develops projects of modular pre-fabricated houses. They were brought to life for the first time in 1948 in the cooperative town of Ramapo, New York. 

1958. Cherner creates a series of chairs made of bent plywood. They bear the designer’s name. From 1958 till 1970 the chairs are produced by Plycraft of Massachusetts.

1999. Norman Cherner’s sons establish The Cherner Company – the only brand holding the rights to reproduce the Cherner Chair series.