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Gondola Sofa

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One look at the furniture of Adrian Pearsall (1925–2011), and it’s easy to intuit that the American designer had a background in architecture. Although Pearsall did, in fact, earn a degree in architectural engineering from the University of Illinois in 1950, he would leave the architecture field just two years later to found his own furniture company. There, his celebrated work — such as the mid-1950s Gondola sofa — continued to retain a daring structural sensibility that nodded to his early career path.


For his most famous chairs, sofas and tables, Pearsall devised cantilevered frames that mirror the imposing structural beams and silhouettes of skyscrapers. The Gondola sofa is no exception; its form has a decidedly architectural quality and also references Pearsall’s lifelong love of boats. Set on two angled front legs connected to a base band of walnut, the frame has a skeletal feel. But the slanted arms and trapezoidal back — a shape that recalls the flat-bottomed boats of Venice — embrace the sitter, providing a comfortable and even enveloping seat.


Like much of Pearsall’s most famous mid-century modern furniture, the Gondola was produced through Craft Associates, the furniture company he founded in 1952 with the help of his wife, Dorie, and brother, Richard. Early days saw Pearsall crafting furniture in the basement of his Pennsylvania home and selling it out of the back of a truck, but after the introduction of a few knockout pieces — among them the Cloud sofa and the Gondola — Craft Associates grew to be one of Wilkes-Barre’s largest employers and sold furniture to the likes of Macy’s and Wanamaker’s. The designer, who died in 2011, was nominated for inclusion into the American Furniture Hall of Fame in 2008.


Pearsall’s architecture-influenced style made him one of the early figures of Atomic Age design, the Cold War–era aesthetic defined by then-futuristic shapes and geometric patterns based on nuclear particles. The Gondola, with its skeletal base and geometric seat, fits into this camp but also caters to the comfort-centric ethos of the type of modernism emerging in Scandinavia at the time. Elements like the walnut frame and plush seat would become indicative of the Craft Associates style. Later, Pearsall would lean more into this aesthetic when he launched the aptly named Comfort Designs with partner John Graham in the early 1970s.


Although both Craft Associates and Comfort Designs no longer exist, Pearsall’s family continues to license certain designs of his to Restoration Hardware, but many early treasures, the Gondola sofa included, are long out of production.

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Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Southampton, NJ
An early Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Gondola sofa having floating Carrara marble side tables and mahogany frame. Original upholstery has been professionally steam cleaned an...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Marble

Adrian Pearsall Midcentury Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in La Grange, IL
Adrian Pearsall midcentury gondola sofa Sofa measures: 97 wide x 35 deep x 29.5 high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condition. This means the...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa in Holly Hunt Outdoor Fabric in Nubby White
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Dallas, TX
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. Newly restored. Oiled walnut base. Holly Hunt outdoor upholstery in a textured, boucle white. Fully cleanable. Black and white pillows available...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Walnut, Upholstery

Midcentury Platform Gondola Sofa by Adrian Pearsall
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Absolutely stunning floating midcentury gondola sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. Amazing lines and details make it a real show stopper. It measures 9ft in length and is ...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa on Boomerang Legs
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in San Antonio, TX
Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall gondola sofa on boomerang legs model 2303 manufactured by Craft Associates. This sofa has been fully refurbished down to the walnut wood frame. It ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Adrian Pearsall
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in San Antonio, TX
Mid-Century Modern walnut lounge chair and ottoman by Adrian Pearsall redefines the Classic wingback. Recently reupholstered in Designers Guild Ashbee large woven tweed fabric and so...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Walnut, Leather, Fabric

Midcentury Adrian Pearsall for Craft Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Oakland, CA
Large Mid-Century Modern gondola sofa attributed to Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. Features an angular case with distinctive canted arms at each end, and a low sleek profile. ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall "Gondola" Sofa for Craft Associates
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Burbank, CA
Fabulous vintage walnut "Gondola" sofa designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. Professionally refinished and reupholstered in custom chenille fabric.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Sofa, Model 2408
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Stamford, CT
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates sofa in excellent, fully restored condition. It boasts handcut high grade foam. Newly upholstered in great plains soft white velvet by Holly Hunt...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Linen, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Chicago, IL
Pearsall for Craft Associates four seat sofa with tufted back. Completely restored and reupholstered with Great Plains cotton velvet. Oiled walnut sculpted sled bases.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Walnut, Upholstery

Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Craft Associates Sculpted Gondola Sofa 2408
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Wilmington, DE
What a find. Offered is a beautifully restored 'Gondola' sofa (model 2408) designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. Features refinished sculpted wood legs and has been reuph...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Gondola sofa.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Magnificent Adrian Pearsall Sculptural Walnut Gondola Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Magnificent Adrian Pearsall sculptural walnut gondola sofa. This wonderful sofa has been re-upholstered in a fabulous woven fabric call Sunkist Vibe and looks absolutely scrumptious!...
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates Gondola Sofa on Boomerang Legs, 1960s
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern gondola sofa designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. The sofa features a solid walnut frame and legs, and it has been recently reupholster...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Floating Platform Gondola Sofa for Craft Associates
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Dallas, TX
A magnificent seating form is carved into a teak platform which floats atop a black plinth. Designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates, this floating gondola sofa
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Floating Back Sofa by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A wonderfully long, low and deep upholstered sofa having a floating back and an organic sculptural walnut sled base with a floating frontal stretcher. Reupholstery is recommended.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates 'Gondola' Sofa in Walnut and Velvet
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Model #2408 'Gondola' sofa designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates in the 1960s. Composed of a sculpted walnut base which supports the frame. Three back cushions feature a s...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall Gondola Sofa on Boomerang Legs 2303
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Wilmington, DE
What a find. Offered is an original Adrian Pearsall 'Gondola' sofa. Features a wood base with "boomerang" legs. It is in good condition, showing normal age wear with usable upholster...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Adrian Pearsall Craft Associates Large Gondola Sofa
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Ferndale, MI
Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Adrian Pearsall 'Gondola" Sofa for Craft Associates
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates Inc.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautifully restored Adrian Pearsall 'Gondola" sofa model 2408 for Craft Associates. This sofa and matching chair have been fully restored including new strapping, high grade cushion...
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Vintage 1960s American Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Adrian Pearsall Sculptural Walnut Gondola Sofa, Fully Restored Midcentury
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Outstanding Adrian Pearsall fully restored gondola sofa. This piece has been totally overhauled and reupholstered in vintage lime green wool. The back cushions are also redone in ori...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Walnut

Adrian Pearsall 'Gondola" Sofa Model 2408 for Craft Associates
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic Mid-Century Modern sofa made by Craft Associates, designed by Adrian Pearsall reflects the stunning sleek, elegant lines of Mid-Century design while remaining highly appropri...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Ultrasuede, Walnut