Bernhardt Design was founded in 1980 by the 130-year-old Bernhardt Furniture Company and continues to be a leader and innovator in furniture design and production. During the past 20 years, President Jerry Helling has assembled an extraordinary creative team that has positioned Bernhardt Design as one of the leading international design companies with a roster of talent that includes: Ross Lovegrove (London), Arik Levy (Paris), Jaime Hayon (Valencia), Luca Nichetto (Venice), Yves Béhar (San Francisco), Patrick Jouin (Paris), Fabien Baron (New York), Monica Förster (Stockholm), CuldeSac (Valencia), Mario Bellini (Milan), Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance (Lisbon), Raleigh Denim (Raleigh), Farg & Blanche (Stockholm), Charles Pollock (New York), Claudia and Harry Washington (San Salvador), Anabela Chan (London), Océane Delain (Paris), Joe Gebbia (San Francisco), Tift Merritt (Raleigh), Terry Crews (Los Angeles) and Chrissa Amuah (London).
Setting a precedent for leadership within the corporate community, Bernhardt Design founded and annually sponsors an interdisciplinary course with the world-renowned Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, challenging students to create world-class designs for mass production. The company also sponsors the ICFF Studio, a scholarship program that provides emerging design talent exposure to manufacturers, retailers, and media from around the world.
American Design Honors, an annual award to recognize the most noteworthy American designers, was established by Bernhardt Design in 2010. Internationally, Bernhardt Design supports young designers through their sponsorship of the annual Contempo program conceived to advance the design profession in El Salvador, and America Made Me, a program to promote new brands and young American design talent abroad.
Arktura was founded by Rob Kilian, Chris Kabatsi, and Kevin Kane, three architects and former classmates at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Their mission was to leverage cutting edge technology and software in combination with a deep understanding of design to push the boundaries of manufacturing. Our now global team continues on this mission, finding new ways to fuse design with novel technologies and methods to allow architectural products and custom manufacturing to take on new synergies. We leverage these every day to deliver elegant and innovative client-driven design solutions that elevate and inspire the worlds where people live, work and play.Every Arktura project benefits from our commitment to systematic research and development. We embrace leading manufacturing technologies and consistently open doors to new ways of working. When it comes to client interactions and project management, our curiosity and ingenuity allow us to act as true design partners, listening closely, exploring possibilities and adapting our processes accordingly.
Those same qualities make us nimble manufacturers. Our factory operates as a design and engineering studio, constantly bridging the gap between the digital and the physical world. Whatever the assignment, we operate within tolerances normally found in aerospace industries—where competitors measure in fractions of inches, we measure in micron