Erwine (1909-2003) and Estelle (1915-1997) Laverne both trained as painters at the Art Student’s League under Hans Hofmann. In the 1930s they pooled their collective talent and focus into design, establishing Laverne Originals in 1938, an influential New York company driven by their precise and unique modern artistic style. From studios originally located on the old estate of Louis Comfort Tiffany in Nassau County, New York their primary products were fabrics and wall coverings. They eventually relocated to a headquarters on 57th Street in New York City where they experimented with an innovatively sparse showroom and created several series of remarkably sculptural organic furniture. The company later grew to Laverne International.