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Craft Associates

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In its inaugural days, iconic mid-century modern furniture brand Craft Associates was largely the work of founder and forward-thinking designer Adrian Pearsall and his wife, Dorie. The pair assembled sexy, stylish furniture in their Pennsylvania basement that they later sold from the back of a truck to the era’s marquee department stores in Philadelphia and New York City.

The New York–born Pearsall (1925–2011) served in the Navy before earning his architectural engineering degree from the University of Illinois in 1950. He abandoned architecture after only a couple of years and turned instead to furniture design, opening Craft Associates in 1952 to sell his sophisticated living room seating, dining room furnishings and more. Flush with dynamic angles and clean lines, Pearsall’s sculptural, expressive designs — coffee tables, luxurious lounge chairs and more — helped define the style of the Atomic Age. With the help of Dorie and working in partnership with his brother Richard, Pearsall oversaw the expansion of Craft Associates into a leading employer of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, with popular furniture including architecturally striking tables as well as plush beanbag chairs.

From Craft, there was Pearsall’s low-slung Gondola sofa, which embraces the sitter with its enveloping, geometrically rich form, his range of glass-topped tables — most boasting provocatively shaped wood slabs that serve as bases — as well as his skinny, high-backed upholstered walnut armchairs. Pearsall drew on his background in architecture for the organic and eye-catching structures of these pieces in addition to his larger scale work. One of his biggest projects was the complete design of his family’s 10,000-square-foot Pennsylvania home in Forty Fort, which boasted an indoor pool, sauna, tennis court and ice cream bar.

After growing his business to 800 employees, Pearsall sold Craft Associates in 1968 to Lane Furniture, which continued producing his pieces into the late 1970s before halting production. With business partner John Graham, Pearsall established a new company, Comfort Designs, in the 1970s, while also devoting time to his lifelong hobbies of sailing and restoring classic yachts.

A company called New Craft Associates revived Pearsall’s brand’s name, referencing mid-century-era furniture design in its current projects while not formally associated with Pearsall or his family. Restoration Hardware has also reissued some of his Craft Associates designs, with Pearsall and his company’s distinctive furniture remaining popular statement pieces adaptable to any home.

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Expertly Restored Adrian Pearsall Armless Gondola Sofa for Craft Associates
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Medina, OH
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Lawrence Peabody Wing Chair for Craft Associates
By Craft Associates, Lawrence Peabody
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Lawrence Peabody Manufacturer: Craft Associates Furniture Period/Model: Mid-Century Modern Specs: Walnut, velvet Yardage: 6 yards This Lawrence Peabody wing chair for Craft Associates...
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2010s American Modern Craft Associates

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Modern "Bonnie" Dining Chair for Craft Associates Furniture
By Laura Trenchard, Craft Associates
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Laura Trenchard Manufacturer: Craft Associates Furniture Period/model: Mid-Century Modern Specs: Solid walnut, leather, cane Modern "Bonnie" dining chair, for Craft Associates Furniture are expertly handcrafted in solid walnut and cane. Each chair base is constructed by hand from solid wood and hand caned backs. The chairs are finished with a commercial grade matte finish. Craft Associates Furniture is proud each piece is made in the US. They strive to Craft a product that will Stand the test of time. They use the best materials and have the best craftsman in the business. We Stand 100% behind this product. All pieces are available in: Teak, walnut or ziricote "Modernism means freedom - freedom to mix, to choose, to change, to embrace the new but to hold fast...
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Cane, Walnut

Craft Associates Modern Lounge Chair, 2002, the Parallax
By Craft Associates
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Laura Trenchard Manufacturer: Craft Associates Modern Furniture Period/Model: Mid-Century Modern Specs: Walnut, Mohair Yardage: 6 yards, 5.5 meters condition Craft Associates Modern lounge chair - 2002 - The Parallax...
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Mohair, Walnut

CraftAssociates Credenza, Peabody Modern Walnut Credenza, Cane
By Craft Associates, Lawrence Peabody
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
CraftAssociates Credenza, Peabody Modern Walnut Credenza, Cane The CraftAssociates Credenza, Peabody Modern Walnut Credenza, Cane is expertly hand crafted. The Peabody collection pieces are licensed reintroductions for Craft Associates®. This cabinet is built with a solid oak frame, door fronts, interior shelf and legs. It features beautiful cane front door that have slide left to right covering an adjustable shelf. This cabinet is amazing and has perfect proportions to be used in multiple settings. It is available in custom wood and variations (different sizes). Craft Associates® Furniture is proud each modern piece is made in the US. We strive to craft a product that will stand the test of time. We use the best materials and have the best craftsman and upholstery in the business. We stand 100% behind our product. History Lawrence “Larry” Peabody (1924-2002) was an architect, interior designer, and furniture designer. As an American born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, his distinctive design were often influenced by his Scandinavian roots. Lawrence studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark and at the Rhode Island School of Design. His early career with Selig Mfg. Co. was prolific and helped put both himself and Selig on the map for modern furniture. He then started Lawrence Peabody & Associates in 1955, a design firm in Boston which included a vast client list (Sears, Roebuck & Co., Kohler, Regal Rugs, Boyd Lighting, Chapman Lamps, and Richardson Brothers). In 1961, Mr. Peabody won a Citation for Merit for his Peabody Collection for Richardson/ Nemschoff. Winner of the 1962 International A.I.D. design award for his wood frame rattan cradle chair...
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2010s American Modern Craft Associates

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Cane, Oak

Craft Caned Dining Chairs, Bonnie Caned Dining Chairs, Leather and Walnut
By Craft Associates, Laura Trenchard
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Craft caned dining chairs, bonnie caned dining chairs, leather and walnut Designer: Laura Trenchard Manufacturer: Craft Associates Furniture Pe...
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2010s American Modern Craft Associates

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Cane, Walnut, Leather

CraftAssociates Nightstand, Cambre Modern Walnut Nightstand
By Laura Trenchard, Craft Associates
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
CraftAssociates Nightstand, Cambre Modern Walnut Nightstand These Laura Trenchard modern nighstands - Cambre Collection for Craft Associates Furniture are expertly crafted. The legs and door fronts are constructed by artisans from solid walnut. The frame is solid Solid walnut as well. This piece can be customized in size, wood species for door and legs and custom lacquer finish for the frame. The nightstands are shot with a Craft Associates Wing Chair...
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2010s American Modern Craft Associates

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Walnut, Wood

CraftAssociates Dining Chairs, Modern Dining Chairs, 1901, White Leather
By Laura Trenchard, Craft Associates
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
CraftAssociates Dining Chairs, Modern Dining Chairs, 1901, White Leather These modern dining chairs, 1901 for Craft Associates Furniture in white leather are expertly handcrafted. E...
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Craft Associates furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Craft Associates furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 198 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 106 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Craft Associates were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Harvey Probber, The Tailored Home, and Florence Knoll.

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