Burl Lawson

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Burl Lawson (born 1937) is a furniture upholsterer and the designer of the "Lawson" chair and sofa manufactured by Berkline of Morristown, Tennessee.

Lawson worked for Berkline after completing their four-month training course in upholstery in the early 1960s. He created his namesake as a personal project for his own home. The company paid him a $1,400 bonus and adopted the design for their catalog. It was most popular in the 1960s and 1970s.

Lawson moved to Tuscaloosa in 1985 and opened an upholstery shop in Northport. He currently operates out of the Grace Aberdean home furnishings shop in the Vestavia Shopping Center on McFarland Boulevard.


  • Rupinski, Patrick (May 11, 2009) "Lawson leaves his mark on furniture business." Tuscaloosa News