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Craft Associates

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In its inaugural days, iconic mid-century modern furniture brand Craft Associates was largely the work of founder and forward-thinking designer Adrian Pearsall and his wife, Dorie. The pair assembled sexy, stylish furniture in their Pennsylvania basement that they later sold from the back of a truck to the era’s marquee department stores in Philadelphia and New York City.

The New York–born Pearsall (1925–2011) served in the Navy before earning his architectural engineering degree from the University of Illinois in 1950. He abandoned architecture after only a couple of years and turned instead to furniture design, opening Craft Associates in 1952 to sell his sophisticated living room seating, dining room furnishings and more. Flush with dynamic angles and clean lines, Pearsall’s sculptural, expressive designs — coffee tables, luxurious lounge chairs and more — helped define the style of the Atomic Age. With the help of Dorie and working in partnership with his brother Richard, Pearsall oversaw the expansion of Craft Associates into a leading employer of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, with popular furniture including architecturally striking tables as well as plush beanbag chairs.

From Craft, there was Pearsall’s low-slung Gondola sofa, which embraces the sitter with its enveloping, geometrically rich form, his range of glass-topped tables — most boasting provocatively shaped wood slabs that serve as bases — as well as his skinny, high-backed upholstered walnut armchairs. Pearsall drew on his background in architecture for the organic and eye-catching structures of these pieces in addition to his larger scale work. One of his biggest projects was the complete design of his family’s 10,000-square-foot Pennsylvania home in Forty Fort, which boasted an indoor pool, sauna, tennis court and ice cream bar.

After growing his business to 800 employees, Pearsall sold Craft Associates in 1968 to Lane Furniture, which continued producing his pieces into the late 1970s before halting production. With business partner John Graham, Pearsall established a new company, Comfort Designs, in the 1970s, while also devoting time to his lifelong hobbies of sailing and restoring classic yachts.

A company called New Craft Associates revived Pearsall’s brand’s name, referencing mid-century-era furniture design in its current projects while not formally associated with Pearsall or his family. Restoration Hardware has also reissued some of his Craft Associates designs, with Pearsall and his company’s distinctive furniture remaining popular statement pieces adaptable to any home.

Find a range of vintage Craft Associates furniture on 1stDibs.

Average Sold Price
US$4,303
Styles
Materials
Pair of Midcentury Adrian Pearsall Cube Pedestal Tables in Walnut and Travertine
By Milo Baughman, Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates, Harvey Probber
Located in Framingham, MA
Pair of walnut and travertine pedestal side tables designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. Perfect as end tables or use together as a coffee table. Italian travertine is fr...
Category

1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Craft Associates

Materials

Travertine

Glass Top End Table by Pearsall
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in New York, NY
Classic glass top table with sculptural wood base designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. This example is in very fine, clean and original condition, ready to use. Glass ...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Craft Associates

Materials

Glass, Walnut

  • Glass Top End Table by Pearsall
  • Glass Top End Table by Pearsall
  • Glass Top End Table by Pearsall
  • Glass Top End Table by Pearsall
H 19 in. W 28 in. D 20 in.
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Mid-Century Modern Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in West Hartford, CT
Stunning Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates sofa with removable cushions. Great lines and better scale measuring 75" wide. The fabric was just reupholstered in a solid black pleath...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Craft Associates

Materials

Fabric, Textile, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Sculptural Mom & Pop Lounge Chairs in Ivory Bouclé, c. 1960s
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Sculptural pair of Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Mom & Pop lounge chairs newly reupholstered in highly durable soft ivory white bouclé fabric circa 1960. High art design that's ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Craft Associates

Materials

Bouclé, Upholstery

Iconic Oversized Adrian Pearsall Sofa with Compartment, USA, 1960s
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Miami, FL
Wonderful all original sofa with storage compartment in very good vintage shape by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, 1960s, USA.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Craft Associates

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Adrian Pearsall Ribbon Coffee Table in Walnut and Glass for Craft Associates
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Framingham, MA
Excellent all original example of an iconic sculptural walnut and kidney shaped glass "Ribbon" coffee table by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. Unbelievable original condition. ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Craft Associates

Materials

Glass, Cut Glass, Wood, Walnut

Modern "Bonnie" Dining Chair for Craft Associates Furniture
By Craft Associates, Laura Trenchard
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Laura Trenchard Manufacturer: Craft Associates Furniture Period/model: Mid-Century Modern Specs: Solid walnut, leather, cane Modern "Bonnie" dining chair, for Craft Asso...
Category

2010s American Modern Craft Associates

Materials

Cane, Walnut

Pair of Adrian Pearsall Swivel Chairs in Ivory Bouclé c. 1970s
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Sculptural swivel chairs by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates circa 1970 freshly and professionally reupholstered in luxurious Ivory Bouclé. Furniture that's art. Arms gently slop...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Craft Associates

Materials

Bouclé, Upholstery

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Craft Associates Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Craft Associates Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Craft Associates Furniture there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 118 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 43 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Craft Associates was created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by George Nakashima, Charles Eames and Warren Platner. The prices for Craft Associates furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $400 and tops at $18,400, while pieces like these can sell for $5,200 on average.