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Craft Associates Chairs

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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.

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Creator: Craft Associates
Lawrence Peabody for Craft Associates Mid Century Lounge Chairs, a Pair
By Lawrence Peabody, Craft Associates
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Lawrence Peabody for Craft Associates mid-century lounge chairs - a pair. Each chair measures: 27 wide x 18 deep x 29 high, with a seat height of 17 inches and arm height of 24 in...
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Adrian Pearsall Craft Associates Extra Large High-back Chair Model 2139-C
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
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One of Adrian Pearsall's larger chairs, this one is 54" tall and sits like a throne on wheels. The chair is structurally sound but will need to be reupholstered and refilled. A great...
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Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Lounge Chair
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Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Spindle Back Lounge Chair
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Adrian Pearsall Nely Upholstered in Ivory Boucle Fabric Swivel Chair
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Lawrence Peabody for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Lounge Chairs, Pair
By Craft Associates, Lawrence Peabody
Located in Countryside, IL
Lawrence Peabody for Craft Associates Mid Century walnut lounge chairs - Pair Each chair measures: 23 wide x 29 deep x 27.5 high, with a seat height of 16 and arm height/chair cle...
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Adrian Pearsall Craft Associates Pair Brutalist Side Chairs
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Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Lounge Chair
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Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Lounge chair These chairs measure: 30 wide x 32 deep x 28.5 inches high, with a seat height of 16 and arm height/chair clea...
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Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Recliner
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Recliner This chair measures: 26 wide x 62 deep x 36 high, with a seat height of 17 and arm height of 21.5 inches All pieces...
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Adrian Pearsall Craft Associates Iconic Slim Jim High-Back Lounge Chair
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
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Newly upholstered Pearsall Slim Jim chair, quite magnificent. Set apart by its height, 55" tall. One of Pearsall's most coveted pieces and, therefore, hard to find. It is in great co...
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Located in Countryside, IL
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates mid-century swivel lounge chair. This chair measures: 38 wide x 31 deep x 30 high, with a seat height of 16.5 and arm height/chair clearance 2...
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Mid Century Walnut Back Chair in Yellow Loro Piana Cashmere by Adrian Pearsall
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This refined Mid-Century Modern chair was realized by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates in the United States, circa 1970. It features a sculptural base with hourglass form cross s...
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Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Scoop Lounge Chair
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Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates mid century walnut scoop lounge chair This chair measures: 27 wide x 36 deep x 32.5 inches high, with a seat height of 18 and arm height of 19...
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Purple Mohair Pearsall for Craft Associates Highback Lounge Armchair
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
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A stunning Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates highback lounge armchair reupholstered in stunning purple mohair fabric. In excellent condition. Dimensions: 27"W x 30"D x 41"H, arm h...
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Adrian Pearsall Craft Associates Slim Jim High-Back Lounge Chair
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in West Hartford, CT
Elegant, rare, coveted Pearsall Slim Jim chair. It's height, at 55", sets this chair apart from the crowd. Iconic Pearsall design throughout. Includes original headrest. The fabric i...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Craft Associates Chairs

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Adrian Pearsall Wing High Back Chairs for Craft Associates, circa 1965
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Adrian Pearsall Wing High back chairs in Shearling for Craft Associates, circa 1965.
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Lawrence Peabody for Craft Associates Mid Century Walnut Settee Loveseat
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Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid Century Spindle Back Lounge Chair
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Craft Associates chairs for sale on 1stDibs

Craft Associates chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Craft Associates chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 5 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original chairs by Craft Associates were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by Kipp Stewart, George Nelson and Charles Pollock. Prices for Craft Associates chairs can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $2,850 and tops out at $12,500, while pieces like these can sell for $3,995.

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