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Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia is especially famous for his Wire Chair, although it may seem light and thin, it is a solid and versatile innovative solution for any home or bar , with a perfect height for all kinds of guests. Also the Bertoia stool perfectly fulfills this commitment. The result is an amazing design that mixes sculptural forms with practical functionality. Its unique structure of bent metal rods it is curved in order to provide greater comfort and it is accompanied with a removable padded seat in Italian leather. Stability is due to its legs made of powder coated iron incorporating dampers. Due to its distinguishing style, both the Bertoia chair and stool, fit in any situation from fine dining to relaxed occasions, indoor or outdoor.

The chair and the stool designed by Harry Bertoia are an icon of mid-century modern design. Bertoia found art in industrial materials creating a design that combines with any decor.

Another important element is the bar stool Wire, an adaptation of Harry Bertoia’s Side chair and it is part of the collection of Bertoia chairs of 1952. Its creator, Harry Bertoia, was a sculptor and devotes to create a collection of chairs made with bent wire. Bertoia chairs and stool are made mainly of air as sculptures where space can flow through them. They are an experiment introducing elements of architectural design in the business and leisure area, and they are still a perfect contribution for any bar or terrace.

Harry Bertoia experience in 1950 with the art of bending metal bars resulting in a collection of chairs with an innovative, comfortable and surprising element, where delicate filigree appearance contrast strength and durability.


Harry Bertoia’s chair, sculpture and functionality in the same design

Harry Bertoia is one of the most influential and appreciated mid-century American designers. His signature is his use of materials and its own minimalist style. He immigrated to the United States from Italy where he finished his studies at the Cass Technical High School in Detroit and later he studied at the Art School of the Detroit Society of Arts and Craft. He later earned a scholarship for study at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Bertoia relaunched the already dissolved metalworking workshop as department head and professor until the material restrictions during the war forced him to close the workshop.

His father-in-law influenced him in his movement towards pure abstraction and distancing from the aerodynamic style of his own principles. Harry Bertoia worked with Charles and Ray Eames developing techniques for molding wood and coming to work during a season for them.

Finally he set his own design studio, producing designs for Knoll, where he began experimenting using molded lattices and welded steel until he found his collection of Wire chair, along with other adaptations including the famous Bertoia stool. Nowadays, the Bertoia chair provides a touch of classic modernism of the 20th century to any environment, at home or work . The success of Bertoia chairs is that, despite being fully handmade, his designs not only provide functional solutions but also, as good sculptures, provide studies concerning the shape and space. Harry Bertoia is also well known for his sculptures.

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