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Monday, December 6, 2010

Adrian Pearsall

Adrian Pearsall (1926- ) was trained as an architect but is best known for his furniture design. With his brother Richard and wife Dorie, he founded Craft Associates in 1952 and saw immediate success providing affordable, quality furniture that incorporated the use of bold styling and unique color combinations.

Influenced by Vladimir Kagan and George Nakashima, Pearsall is best known for his dramatic high-backed chairs, sofas with attached end tables and his signature gondola sofas, which have become highly valued among collectors. After the sale of Craft Associates to Lane in 1968, Pearsall became a partner at Comfort Designs.

In 1962, Pearsall designed his family’s home in Pennsylvania, a 10,000 square foot ranch which featured six bedrooms, an indoor pool, floor to ceiling glass, elaborate interior stonework, custom fireplaces, multiple courtyards and, probably the most spectacular feature of all, a island dining room situated in a reflecting pool.

A recent ad in Atomic Ranch, placed by the Pearsall family, is offering the fabulous home for sale, as Pearsall is now in his 80s and suffering from a syndrome similar to advanced Alzheimer’s. Pearsall’s family is in the process of cataloging all his designs on the Adrian Pearsall site.

I recently got a Pearsall couch for $125, and my daughter picked up a Pearsall coffee table base and end table base (without glass) for $8.  There's a blue version of the white chairs below at a local mid-century shop Lula B's for $2500, and it's taking all my willpower not to go put it on layaway.

Reupholstered gondola sofa, 1950s

High-back sculptural wingback chairs, 1960s

Sofa, 1960s

Tables, 1960s
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  1. Oh gee! Look at that bottom photo! Perfect pool for hot southern California where I live! lol...

  2. Oh, absolutely! I think we all ought to build two or three of those, don't you? :)

  3. One will for each of us so when we visit each other we'll feel right at home. Okay, who's building first? That pool is such a beauty.

  4. While we're at it, we might as well build a replica of the whole house, because I kinda like the idea of having a dining area surrounded by water. The only problem is that I'd have to leave a trail of breadcrumbs when I went from one room to the next, so I could find my way back. It's 10,000 opposed to my little ranch that weighs in at a whopping 1200 sf. :)

  5. wonderful blog..cant wait to read thru it...:) wonderful to see a fellow Blogger and a MCM enthusiast

  6. @Sudha So happy you stopped by and even happier that you liked my blog. I look forward to your visiting often.