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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.

Find a range of vintage Craft Associates furniture on 1stDibs.

Average Sold Price
$3,775
Styles
Materials
Adrian Pearsall Grand Boomerang Sofa in Tibetan Wool
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, 'Boomerang' sofa, model '1600-S', Tibetan wool, walnut, United States, 1960s This boomerang sofa has a unique shape based on angular lines, c...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Craft Associates

Materials

Wool, Walnut

  • Adrian Pearsall Grand Boomerang Sofa in Tibetan Wool
  • Adrian Pearsall Grand Boomerang Sofa in Tibetan Wool
  • Adrian Pearsall Grand Boomerang Sofa in Tibetan Wool
  • Adrian Pearsall Grand Boomerang Sofa in Tibetan Wool
H 26.97 in. W 124.41 in. D 70.87 in.
Pair of Adrian Pearsall Ebonized Ribbon Cocktail Tables
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Hanover, MA
Original matched pair of Model 2454-TGO Ribbon coffee tables designed by Adrian Pearsall and produced by Craft Associates of Wilkes Barre, PA, in their original ebonized walnut finis...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Craft Associates

Materials

Glass, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall 'Cloud' Sofa in Illustrative Red Fabric
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall for Crafts Associations, cloud sofa, fabric, walnut, United States, 1960s The cloud sofa features a long, asymmetrical seat with sinuous lines by Adrian Pearsall. ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Craft Associates

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Lawrence Peabody Modern Sofa for Craft Associates Furniture
By Craft Associates, Lawrence Peabody
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Lawrence Peabody Manufacturer: Craft Associates Furniture Period/Model: Mid-Century Modern Specs: Walnut, thick weave fabric This Lawrence Peabody modern sofa for C...
Category

2010s American Modern Craft Associates

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Two-Piece Curved Sectional
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Houston, TX
Elegant Mid-Century Modern two-piece curved sectional designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, c. 1960's. This uncommon design is a true collectors piece, with very few exam...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Craft Associates

Materials

Chenille

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Brutalist Glass Top Dining Table / Desk
By Paul Evans, Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Hudson, NY
Amazing Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Brutalist piece in the manner of Paul Evans. Table base with glass table top. Glass table top measures 76" x 40" and is included. Table b...
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Mid-20th Century American Brutalist Craft Associates

Materials

Epoxy Resin, Glass, Resin

Adrian Pearsall Craft Associates Brutalist Mohair Chairs 4 Avail Priced Per Pair
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Hudson, NY
Freshly upholstered in a very deep blue gray mohair creating chairs that are like new. Heavy based Brutalist chairs present well as occasional chairs due to their sculptural design. ...
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Mid-20th Century American Brutalist Craft Associates

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Composition

Modern Leather Side Tables Topped in Copper, Catawba Series
By Craft Associates
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Modern leather side tables topped in copper, Catawba Series. These modern leather side tables topped in copper are part of the Catawba Series designed and scheduled for our Januar...
Category

2010s American Modern Craft Associates

Materials

Leather

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Craft Associates furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Craft Associates furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Craft Associates furniture there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 110 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 43 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Craft Associates was created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Warren Platner, Charles Eames and George Nakashima if you are looking for additional options. The prices for Craft Associates furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $550 and tops out at $26,400, while pieces like these can sell for $5,185 on average..

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