Iconic Midcentury Modern Designers – Harry Bertoia

Bertoia Diamond Chair

Harry Bertoia

Background: A student and then a teacher at Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy of Art (a proving ground for many well-known Modernist designers), Bertoia specialized in scupture, and later got into jewelry making (he designed Charles and Ray Eames wedding rings during WWII!) before moving on to industrial design and going to work for Knoll.

Iconic Piece: The Diamond Chair, a sculptural wire seat Bertoia created for Knoll. He said of the chairs: “If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes right through them.””The open-weave wire is his trademark; he created several other chair designs with the same material.

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