Jeffrey Bernett was born in Illinois and studied design at Parnham College in the United Kingdom, before founding the design firm CDS in New York in 1995. He presented CDS’s first collection, Ideas for Production, at the 1996 International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City, and was awarded the top honour, the Editor’s Award for Best of Show. Since then, the firm has gone on to win a number of awards and prizes, with work spanning several disciplines: residential and office furniture, household products, lighting, industrial packaging, transportation design, communication and graphic design, and interior architecture. Bernett has worked with a range of furniture brands, including B&B Italia, Boffi, Cappellini and Ligne Roset. Other clients include BMW, Boeing, Condé Nast, Mercedes Benz, Michael Kors and Northwest Airlines/Delta.