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The early days of Craft Associates— the furniture company founded in 1952 by Adrian Pearsall (1925–2011) — took shape in his mother-in-law’s duplex. There, the American architect and designer would build pieces while his wife, Dorie, would manage purchase orders and invoices. Even if the Pennsylvania-based operation was at first limited to the confines of an apartment, the company afforded Pearsall the opportunity to bring to life his residential furniture designs, such as his revered low-profile Cloud sofa, one of the contributions to mid-century modern furniture design for which Pearsall is recognized today and among the initial concepts for the now-legendary furniture company he founded. 


Pearsall studied architectural engineering at the University of Illinois and graduated in 1950. With the founding of his Craft Associates two years later, he helped usher in the Atomic Age of design, and his work, making use of natural materials and conceived with comfort in mind, was widely appealing to a postwar American consumer base. Pearsall frequently used geometric and often flamboyant shapes in his furniture, and the bold concepts were greatly influenced by prominent furniture makers of the era, such as Vladimir Kagan, George Nakashima and Florence Knoll.


Innovative, revolutionary ideas aside — Pearsall also invented the bean bag chair — the maker’s great success lay in his ability to move his flashy designs directly into the mass market, and it wasn’t long before Craft began selling its pieces to department stores in Philadelphia and New York, including Wanamaker’s and Macy’s.


Circa early 1950s, the Cloud sofa’s walnut legs and sinuous shape blended subtle flair with comfort, and its original gently swerving back became a Pearsall signature. These attributes, the permanent back of his sofa and its solid walnut base, are widely known components of his designs from the era as well as through the 1960s. Later, Pearsall integrated the Cloud sofa’s swerving back into his lounge chairs — which featured a similarly long and low gondola silhouette — and used modern fabrics in rich color combinations that boldly embraced the Atomic Age. Today, Pearsall’s designs are licensed to Restoration Hardware.


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Pair of Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Modern Cloud Kidney Shaped Sofas
By Comfort Designs, Inc., Adrian Pearsall
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Wonderful pair of kidney shaped sofas designed by Adrian Pearsall and made by Comfort Designs. These sofas have a beautiful curvaceous and sculptural design and the original two-tone...
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Adrian Pearsall Mid-Century Modern Cloud Kidney Shaped Chair
By Adrian Pearsall, Comfort Designs, Inc.
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
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Rare Model 2010-S Walnut Sofa by Adrian Pearsall
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Burbank, CA
A rare vintage "Cloud" sofa designed by architect and furniture designer Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates in the United States. This stunning sofa, also known as model 2010-S fea...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates 2-Piece Sectional Cloud Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Southampton, NJ
A vintage two piece L-shaped cloud sectional by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. Elegant curves flow along the back. New cotton velvet upholstery in Atlantic Blue. Conditio...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Adrian Pearsall Sea Blue 'Cloud' Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall, 'Cloud' sofa to be reupholstered, walnut and fabric, United States, 1970s This cloud sofa has a modern shape, and sinuous lines which create a comfortable and appea...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Adrian Pearsall Restored and Reupholstered 'Cloud' Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Adrian Pearsall, customizable 'Cloud' sofa, in walnut, United States, 1950s This cloud sofa has a modern shape, and sinuous lines which create a comfortable and appealing look. The ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Curved Two-Part Cloud Sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, USA, 1950s
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in London, GB
A curved two-part sectional Cloud sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, USA, 1950s. Set on a floating walnut base. In good vintage condition with new re-upholstery. Please ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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Outstanding Adrian Pearsall Two-Piece Curved Sofa Sectional Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Medford, NJ
Outstanding and rare two-piece Adrian Pearsall curvaceous sofa sectional. This two-piece sectional is rare because this sofa is almost always seen as a one piece sofa. Being two piec...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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1950s Monumental Adrian Pearsall Cloud Sofa Craft Associates Rare Cabinmodern
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Washington, DC
111 inch! The Upholstery is Bad. The Frame is Excellent and Sturdy. The Upholstery dusty and in need of replacement, and has a tear puncture in the back of the sofa. So ship direct...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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