Bertha Schaefer

Posted on August 07 2018

Bertha Schaefer’s accomplishments were extraordinary, especially for a woman born just before the turn of the century in Mississippi. She’s perhaps the designer I most admire.

She studied at Parson’s School of Design and went on to open two businesses in NYC, Bertha Schaefer Interiors and several years later The Bertha Schaefer Gallery of Contemporary Art. She designed interiors for homes, apartments, hotel lobbies and restaurants. Her gallery featured European and American painters and sculptors. She single-handedly launched the careers of dozens of artists.

It was her interior design work that caught the attention of Joe Singer (Singer & Sons Furniture). She designed several pieces for Singer & Sons and her designs debuted alongside pieces Singer & Sons commissioned from Italian designers. Her partnership with Singer & Sons lasted from 1950 to 1961.

Her curiosity, constant desire to innovate and impressive portfolio of work had a lasting impact on post-war American architecture and design. She helped change the way we live and the homes we live in.

One of my favorite Bertha Schaefer designs was part of her original collection for Singer & Sons. I love the sensuous curved walnut backs on the chairs and the tailored legs. The chairs were made expertly Italy. They are rare beauties and a wonderful addition to any room.

Call to schedule a time to see the Bertha Schaefer pieces we currently have in stock.

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