Vintage Norman Cherner Furniture



2015-06-26 10:33:51

Vintage Norman Cherner Furniture is original furniture created by the celebrated American architect and designerNorman Cherner. Brief history and description

Norman Cherner was an influential furniture designer who experimented in all aspects of design including glassware, lighting, graphics and much more. He was also one of the pioneering architects behind America's first pre-fabricated houses, which began to appear during the 1950s.

But for the past 50 years, it was Cherner's molded plywood chairs that have helped make him a household name, as they have appeared in numerous different hotels, restaurants and homes around the world.

The Cherner Chair Company became the sole licensor of Norman Cherner's furniture items after being founded in 1999 by Norman's sons (Thomas and Benjamin Cherner).


Norman Cherner Barstools

Treadway Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio sold a Norman Cherner barstool (with a taupe vinyl seat and back cushion and metal footrest) for $650 in March of 2009.

Norman Cherner Chairs

A set of eight Norman Cherner walnut plywood dining chairs are worth around $8,000, while a set of four are worth around $5,500, and a set of six around $6,000.

A single Norman Cherner walnut armchair with birch arms is worth around $850, and a single Norman Cherner armchair made of bent plywood and vinyl upholstery is worth around $500. A single Norman Cherner molded plywood armchair with walnut veneer, on the other hand, is typically worth around $600.

Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey sold a set of four Norman Cherner laminated walnut and aluminium armchairs with a matching dining table for $2,700 in June of 2011.

Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers in Massachusetts sold two Norman Cherner chairs with a triangular back, a black upholstery, bent curvilinear arms and four bent legs for $1,100 in June of 2009.

Norman Cherner Desks

The Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey sold a Norman Cherner birch double pedestal desk with four drawers for $750 in April of 2009.

Guide for collectors

A complete set of Norman Cherner's dining chairs are considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors. The 1958 molded plywood armchair is also considered to be the most rare and valuable as it has been said to be a "midcentury icon" for furniture design.

Restoration of a Norman Cherner furniture item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring a Norman Cherner furniture item may decrease its value).

For more information regarding vintage Norman Cherner furniture items, visit the Cherner Store or the Cherner Chair Company's official website.

(All values based on auction results from

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