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Renowned for his versatility, Italian-American artist Harry Bertoia turned his hand to painting, jewellery and sound sculpture designs throughout his life. Designing just one collection of furniture in his lifetime, he is nonetheless considered one of the 20th century’s most important and influential designers.
Beginning his career as a jewellery designer and metal worker, Harry Bertoia relocated to California and began his career in furniture in 1946. Working alongside Charles and Ray Eames to help develop methods of laminating and bending plywood, Bertoia was instrumental in designing the famous Eames chairs. Eventually encouraged by Hans and Florence Knoll to set up his own metal shop in Knoll’s production facility, Bertoia went on to design his iconic wire furniture collection in 1952.
A series of wired designs, the Bertoia Collection includes the iconic Diamond and Bird Chairs. Characterised by their distinctive wire frames, each chair in the statement collection is still crafted by Knoll to the highest possible standard. Praised for his other creative pursuits as well as his furniture design, Bertoia was also an accomplished artist. With solo exhibitions dedicated to his work across the USA, Harry Bertoia remains as well known for his paintings and sculpture as he does his furniture.
Bertoia Side Chair Black Base & Divina Fabric
Part of Bertoia’s 1952 Wire Chair Collection, this iconic Bertoia side chair with Kvadrat’s ‘Divina’ fabric upholstery is a sculptural structure, with clean lines of black powder-coated steel rods constructing its mid-century modern form.
Crafted from welded steel rods in a black finish that make up the seat and base, the Bertoia side chair’s comfortable seat pad is upholstered in Danish textile specialist Kvadrat’s ‘Divina’ fabric, first launched in 1984 and crafted from 100% new wool.
With a Knoll stamp of authenticity on the back of the chair, this sculptural Bertoia Side Chair is a true icon of mid-century modern design and would lend a touch of artistry wherever you choose to place it.
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