Iconic furniture designer Adrian M. Pearsall dies at 85
September 7, 2011,
FORTY FORT, Pa. — Adrian Mount Pearsall, a former American Furniture Hall of Fame nominee known for his iconic mid-century furniture designs, has died at 85.
Trained as an architectural engineer, he left that field two years after graduating from the University of Illinois in 1950 to found Craft Associates, where he became one of the country's most prominent furniture designers during the mid-century "Atomic Age" style.
Pearsall is credited with the creation of long and low gondola sofas and free-form walnut and glass tables, and the popularization of the beanbag chair. He was nominated to the Furniture Hall of Fame in 2008.
After selling Craft to Lane in the late 1960s, Pearsall went on to launch Comfort Designs with partner John Graham, transitioning from the Atomic Age into the comfort look of the 1970s and 1980s.
Pearsall eventually left the furniture business and pursued his passion for classic yacht restoration. He also was a philanthropist for both large and small causes.
Survivors include his wife, his brother, two sons, a daughter and five grandchildren.
Viewing services will be Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and a funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Church of Christ Uniting, Kingston, Pa.
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