Harry Bertoia (1915 – 1978)



 

Harry Bertoia was an Italian-born American artist, sculptor and modern furniture designer. He studied painting and sculpture at the Cass Technical High School in Detroit and then went on to study at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. It was at Cranbrook that he met Charles Eames and in 1946 he moved to California to help Charles Eames develop methods of bending and laminating plywood.

 

Bertoia gained American citizenship in the mid 1940s and set up his own metal workshop with Hans and Florence Knoll. It was here that he developed 5 wire chairs that propelled him to international stardom.  The chairs were such a huge commercial success that Bertoia earned enough royalties to be able to devote himself almost exclusively to sculptural work.

 

Products inspired by Harry Bertoia:

 

Harry Bertoia Style Wire Dining Chair

Harry Bertoia Style Diamond Chair

Harry Bertoia Bar Stools

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