Bertoia Side Chair
Written by Katie on March 17, 2011. Permalink
Another design classic for you on this Thursday…
Made from industrial steel rods, Harry Bertoia created his iconic seating collection in 1952 at the invitation of Florence and Hans Knoll. Bertoia was given free reign to create what he wished, and the result was a reflection of his interest in metal work and open forms. Bertoia says, “If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes right through them.” A fixture of mid-century design, the chairs are now available in a variety of finishes with or without replaceable seat cushion, back pad, or full cover. The popularity of the chairs (and the royalties he received) allowed Bertoia to return to sculpture soon after completing the collection.
Knoll is the only authorized and licensed manufacturer of the Bertoia Collection which has been in continuous production since 1952.
To learn more, visit Harry Bertoia’s wikipedia page.