Bernhardt Names Summer Thornton as New Designer in Residence

  •    Author: Mike Jasfer

Bernhardt recently announced that it has tapped Summer Thornton as their Designer in Residence. Known for her modern maximalist viewpoint, Summer Thornton ( will take her turn interpreting the iconic company’s design legacy.Bernhardt’s Designer in Residence will be celebrated in conjunction with the Hearst Luxury Design Collection (Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Town & Country, and Veranda). For this Market’s iteration, Veranda and its editor Steele Marcoux will be serving as the exclusive media partner.“We were excited to see the response to our first Designer in Residence tribute to design in October,” says Alex Bernhardt Jr., President and CEO of Bernhardt. “Designer Nick Olsen set a high bar with his creative vision last fall. After that amazing and inspiring celebration, we can’t wait to see what Summer Thornton creates for us this April. Our Designer in Residence series is truly honoring the art of creating stunning interiors, and we continue to be inspired here at Bernhardt by these talented interior designers.”“The only guideline for Bernhardt’s Designer in Residence is that there are no guidelines. This is a space where imagination and creation are celebrated and revered.” says Gregory Heller, Vice President of Merchandising for Residential Casegoods. “Thornton has a fearless use of color, pattern and texture, and an ability to bring a fresh point of view to traditional design.”Chicago-based Summer Thornton is a rising interior design star who has been included on such prestigious lists as the 1stdibs 50, Luxe Gold List, Traditional Home’s 10 New Trads, and Sotheby’s 20 Designers to Watch. With an irreverent spin on traditional design and her bold use of color, Summer has created stunning interiors nationwide, including dramatic beach homes in Naples, a Tuxedo road estate in Atlanta, a Telluride ski lodge, and a plethora of projects in Chicago’s most exclusive buildings. Her work has consistently been featured in major shelter publications, including five recent covers.About Bernhardt: Bernhardt Furniture Company, Inc. headquartered in Lenoir NC, has been crafting fine furniture since 1889. Still privately owned by the founding family, this heritage brand produces a wide range of luxury indoor and outdoor furniture that’s fashionable, well-made, and designed for modern living. Please visit for more information. About Veranda: VERANDA ( is one of the world’s most exquisitely produced interior design magazines, reaching an audience of 1.6 million (MPA April 2015). It is the unparalleled source for luxury living, featuring the finest in home decoration, style, jewelry, travel, culture and more. Every issue celebrates the art of living well by giving its readers entrée to the most fascinating people, places and things in style today. VERANDA is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst, a leading global, diversified media, information and services company. Hearst attracts more readers of monthly magazines than any other publisher. Hearst Magazines’ print and digital assets reach 155 million readers and site visitors each month—two-thirds of all millennials, and over 80% of Gen Z and millennial women in the country (source: 2019 comScore/MRI 11-18/S18). With more than 25 brands in the U.S., the company publishes over 300 editions and 245 websites around the world.
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