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Harry Bertoia 1915-1978

Harry Bertoia 1915-1978

"The urge for good design is the same as the urge to go on living."

Italian born artist Harry Bertoia may never have considered furniture design had he not entered the cauldron of creativity that was Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1937. Upon being awarded a scholarship to study painting and drawing at Cranbrook, Bertoia’s serendipitous meeting with fellow Cranbrook residents Charles Eames, Florence Knoll and Eliel Saarinen helped direct his focus towards three-dimensional work.

After establishing a metal workshop at Cranbrook, where he taught, among other things, jewelry design (he made Charles and Ray Eames’ wedding rings), Bertoia’s instinct for experimentation and innovation was crucial (if officially un-credited) in the evolution of the famous Eames plywood chair, which may never have seen mass production were it not for Bertoia’s penchant for innovative problem solving. Encouraged by Florence and Hans Knoll to continue his explorations with metal, Bertoia emerged with the remarkable 'wire' furniture collection, an ethereally beautiful, inspired melding of sculpture and design, fitting for a man long accustomed to visual expression via the built form. Introduced in 1952, Knoll’s Bertoia collection, in continuous production for more than half a century, remains both a technological and visual benchmark of 20th Century design—but just a single data point in a rich artistic life defined by more than 50,000 created works.

Bertoia Asymmetric Chaise No Cushion by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Asymmetric Chaise No Cushion $7,031.00
Bertoia Asymmetric Chaise With Cushion by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Asymmetric Chaise With Cushion $7,844.00
Bertoia Asymmetric Upholstered Chaise by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Asymmetric Upholstered Chaise from $8,056.00

Bertoia Barstool Unupholstered by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Barstool Unupholstered $1,089.00
Bertoia Barstool with Seat Pad by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Barstool with Seat Pad $1,245.00
Bertoia Bench by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Bench $2,417.00

Bertoia Bird Lounge Chair by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Bird Lounge Chair from $3,054.00
Bertoia Bird Ottoman by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Bird Ottoman from $996.00

Bertoia Child's Diamond Chair with Full Cover by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Child's Diamond Chair with Full Cover from $918.00
Bertoia Child's Diamond Chair with Seat Cushion by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Child's Diamond Chair with Seat Cushion from $707.00
Bertoia Diamond Chair with Full Cover by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Diamond Chair with Full Cover from $2,119.00

Bertoia Diamond Chair with Seat Cushion by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Diamond Chair with Seat Cushion from $1,210.00
Bertoia Gold Diamond Chair by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Gold Diamond Chair from $2,094.00
Bertoia Molded Shell Bar Height Barstool by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Molded Shell Bar Height Barstool from $585.00
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Bertoia Molded Shell Counter Height Barstool by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Molded Shell Counter Height Barstool from $585.00
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Bertoia Molded Shell Side/Dining Chair by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Molded Shell Side/Dining Chair from $354.00
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Bertoia Outdoor Bench by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Outdoor Bench from $1,785.00

Bertoia Side Chair Unupholstered by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Side Chair Unupholstered $613.00
Bertoia Side Chair with Full Cover by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Side Chair with Full Cover from $1,146.00
Bertoia Side Chair with Seat and Back Cushion by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Side Chair with Seat and Back Cushion $1,197.00

Bertoia Side Chair with Seat Cushion by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Side Chair with Seat Cushion from $770.00
Bertoia Two-Tone Side Chair by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Two-Tone Side Chair $794.00
Bertoia Two-Toned Diamond Chair  by Knoll
Knoll Bertoia Two-Toned Diamond Chair  $1,237.00

Handkerchief Unupholstered Shell Arm Chair by Knoll
Knoll Handkerchief Unupholstered Shell Arm Chair $670.00