Design Hunter™ Q+A with Jerry Helling
President and Creative Director of Bernhardt Design, Jerry Helling was also the catalyst for mid-century Design master Charles Pollock’s latest creation: the CP Lounge
What you do:
President and Creative Director, Bernhardt Design
Your latest project:
“America Made Me”, an exhibition for the London Design Festival, which will present the best work from American companies and American designers.
Who are three people that inspire/excite you:
1) Fabien Baron – Everything he touches is done to perfection, he truly has the Midas touch, and is a nice man to top it off.
2) Tyler Brule – He is a brilliant man, he takes action, and he creates while other people talk.
3) Bob Weinstein – The creator of Miramax and now the Weinstein Company, is living proof that quality and commercial success are not mutually exclusive, even in Hollywood.
What is your favourite…
London is my favourite large city and San Sebastian is an amazing smaller town.
hotel/place to stay:
luxury goods company:
value for money company:
type of chair:
Bar stools: My favourite is our Aro by Lievore Altherr and Molina
Also, I’ve loved the Lem stool Shinn Azumi did for Lapalma for many years.
Double pepperoni, cheese and onion pizza at Bonnie Brae Tavern, Denver
Diet Dr. Pepper
Bar at Hotel Costes, Paris
Item of clothing for…
leather & shearling Overcoat from Buenos Aires
White seersucker shirts from Barneys
American Progress and Time by Jose Maria Sert, Rockefeller Center, New York.
National Portrait Gallery, London
Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
item in your studio:
A painting Charles Pollock did for me.
piece of technology:
I guess it is actually an app: HBO Go
It always changes, but right now I’m fascinated with Ernest Hemingway.
President Jed Bartlet from the West Wing. If only he were a real person!
desire to see people succeed.
What does the term ‘Design Hunter’™ mean to you?
Constantly looking for the perfect combination of aesthetics, quality, and performance. To me those attributes represent good design and it takes some hunting to find them.