Bertoia diamond chair – I like to write about furniture design here on the blog, because I always discover something new in the history of the designers. One of the most interesting features that we perceive these artists is the affinity they have with certain material, with which spend their lives developing their art, as is the case with the designer and sculptor Harry Bertoia and his work with metals.
Harry Bertoia was born in Italy in 1915 and still young moved with his family to the United States where he made his academic and professional career. Between the late 30s and early 40s it was a fellow and professor at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts. His contemporaries and colleagues were no less than Euro Saarinen, Charles Eames and bertoia diamond chair.
In the 50 Bertoia designed an exclusive line for Knoll Associates consists of chairs folded and welded wire with vinyl or chrome cover. Among them, highlight the bertoia diamond chair (Diamond Chair) in 1952/53, with its unique and perfect way. The work of Harry Bertoia as a sculptor influenced his son to follow the same path. Val Bertoia explains that the chairs designed by the father in the ’50s were not made by a furniture designer, but a sculptor, in his view, were “sculptures that contain the human body comfortably above the ground.”