The year 2014 marked the 125th anniversary of Bernhardt Furniture. For Bernhardt, this milestone was not only a time to celebrate, but also a time to reaffirm the values that have enabled the company to endure. Foremost among those values: creating quality furniture…and a deep commitment to people and relationships.
Unique by today’s standards, Bernhardt remains a family-owned business that is dedicated to the welfare of the community that’s been its home since 1889.
The legacy of Mr. Bernhardt continues today through its employees. Visit the Bernhardt 125 Years website to read some very inspiring Stories of Giving that highlight several of its employees and their personal commitments to helping those in need.
The company’s history, spanning more than 125 years, is a story of pioneer spirit, of opportunities recognized and realized in spite of obstacles.
Glasgow native Jephson Robb graduated with a Masters degree in Design from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2003. He received his first commission “Temple” from Tord Bootje for the British Council’s “Eight Rooms” touring exhibition in 2004. A highly respected work of design art, “Temple,” was subsequently displayed in New York, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, and Frankfurt. In 2005, Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the New York Museum of Modern Art, commissioned “Cries & Whispers” for SAFE, the first major design exhibition at the museum after its reopening in 2004. “Cries & Whispers” has since been added to the museum’s permanent collection.
In 2005, Robb received his first public art commission for the Scottish Arts Council. “Golden Age,” a 700cm diameter gold leaf circle in the centuries-old Pittenweem harbor, demonstrated the ephemeral nature of materialism. His next public art installation came in 2007 when he was commissioned by the Edinburgh Arts Festival to create an interactive art project, “Wonder,” a series of 500cm high pyramids built on Portobello Beach. Robb’s formidable bronze sculpture “Change” was commissioned as a parable for the revitalization of Scotland’s historic Clydebank. The 500cm sculpture consists of three interloping bronze circles.
Robb installed his largest public art commission to-date in 2013, “Love and Kisses,” a 25-meter long public sculpture for the Helix project in Falkirk, Scotland. In 2014, he completed his first architectural commission, designing three pavilions and two bicycle shelters for the grounds of the new South Glasgow NHS Hospital.
A frequent participant in forums on art and design, Robb has conducted workshops at Vitra’s renowned Boisbuchet summer sessions. Fusing together the traditional skills of a fine art practice with the technology of contemporary design, Robb has worked with a wide range of private clients and public organizations including Liberty of London, Frankfurt Messe, Atkins, The Environment Agency, Page/Park Architects, ARUP and Austin-Smith:Lord to create site-specific artworks, interior installations and permanent public sculptures.
During the past 10 years Robb has consulted for Bernhardt Design as art director on a number of creative projects including advertising campaigns, web design and as creative director for exhibitions at the Salone Del Mobile in Milan. In 2010, Bernhardt Design invited Robb to design his first lounge chair, “Amri”. Subsequently, in 2012, Robb added new lounge seating collections and a range of guest chairs to the Bernhardt Design portfolio. He won a Good Design Award and Best of NeoCon in 2013 for his Quiet Table Collection.