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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.

Your name: 

Jerry Helling

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…
travel destination:  

London is my favourite large city and San Sebastian is an amazing smaller town.

hotel/place to stay: 

Hotel Costes, Paris

luxury goods company: 


value for money company:


design classic: 

1961 Jaguar e type convertible

new design:

James Dyson industrial hand dryers

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


Arzak, San Sebastian (dinner)

The Ivey, Los Angeles (lunch)


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.


Cy Twombly


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

historical figure:

It always changes, but right now I’m fascinated with Ernest Hemingway.

fictional character:

President Jed Bartlet from the West Wing.  If only he were a real person!


itunes addiction


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.

Bernhardt Design

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