LENOIR, N.C. — Luxury furniture manufacturer Bernhardt Furniture, 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 designs for the company’s popular seating programs.
Martin will report to Dawn Pearson, vice president of merchandising, residential upholstery. “Cory has incredibly varied and in-depth experience in furniture design,” she said.
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 the 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.
Jean Marie Layton is senior editor for upholstery at Furniture Today. A design and furniture aficionado, she has worked as a writer/editor in industry and non-profits, in academic administration and in retail furniture sales. She pursued a master’s degree in the history of design at Parsons/Cooper-Hewitt and has a BA in history from Mount Holyoke College and an MA in liberal arts from Stanford University. Reach out to Jean Marie with your story ideas, tips and more at [email protected]