Cory Martin Joins Bernhardt as Upholstery Product Designer
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Bernhardt has appointed Cory Martin as Upholstery Designer for the residential upholstery division. In his new position, Martin will work with the Bernhardt team to create new upholstery designs for the company’s popular seating programs.
Martin reports to Dawn Pearson, Vice President of Merchandising, Residential Upholstery. “Cory has incredibly varied and in-depth experience in furniture design. He’s going to offer an amazing set of skills and insight to Bernhardt, which will help us continue our leadership in forward-thinking design and beautiful new products,” said Pearson.
Martin said: “I’m thrilled to be a part of the Bernhardt team and to be back in the heart of furniture design here in North Carolina. Bernhardt is an iconic brand known throughout the world, and I’m excited to bring my design experience to this fantastic company.”
Martin was most recently in Nicaragua for 10 years as the founder of Maderas Artisans Missions Collective where he taught apprentices in difficult living situations how to design and create furniture. He will continue to work with that vocational school and its staff to keep the program running and supporting its students. A graduate of the Kendall College of Art and Design, Martin has also worked with Verellen, Otto & Moore, Henredon, and Hickory Chair.
Headquartered in Lenoir, Nc, Bernhardt Is a Luxury Heritage Brand that Has Long Been Associated with Iconic Furniture Design. Founded in 1889 by John Mathias Bernhardt, the Company’s History Began Over 130 Years Ago. Since Then, Families of talented artisans and employees have passed down their skills, creativity, and artistry, forming the bedrock of the company. Today, Bernhardt continues that legacy with a passion for inspired design. Led by the family’s 4th generation, Bernhardt has grown into the country’s largest family-owned furniture company and a leading global furniture manufacturer, with eight manufacturing facilities in North Carolina, six offices overseas, and sales representatives in 50 countries. Characterized by the use of uniquely beautiful materials and an elevated design aesthetic, Bernhardt furnishings are instantly recognizable. They can be found in beautiful homes, hotels, offices, universities, and other fine properties worldwide. For more information, visit bernhardt.com.