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Harry Bertoia

American, Italian, 1915-1978

Sculptor, furniture and jewelry designer, graphic artist and metalsmith, Harry Bertoia was one of the great cross-disciplinarians of 20th-century art and design and a central figure in American modernism. Among furniture aficionados he is known for the wire-lattice Diamond chair (and its variants such as the tall-backed Bird chair) designed for Knoll Inc. and first released in 1952. As an artist, Bertoia is revered for a style that was his alone. Bertoia’s metal sculptures are by turns expressive and austere, powerful and subtle, intimate in scale and monumental. All embody a tension between the intricacy and precision of Bertoia’s forms and the raw strength of his materials: steel, brass, bronze and copper.

Fortune seemed to guide Bertoia’s artistic development. Born in northeastern Italy, Bertoia immigrated to the United States at age 15, joining an older brother in Detroit. He studied drawing and metalworking in the gifted student program at Cass Technical High School. Recognition led to awards that culminated, in 1937, in a teaching scholarship to attend the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Bloomfield Hills, one of the great crucibles of modernism in America. There, Bertoia made friendships — with architect Eero Saarinen, designers Charles and Ray Eames and Florence Schust Knoll and others — that shaped the course of his life. He taught metalworking at Cranbrook, and when materials rationing during World War II limited the availability of metals, Bertoia focused on jewelry design. He also experimented with monotype printmaking, and 19 of his earliest efforts were bought by the Guggenheim Museum.

In 1943, he left Cranbrook to work in California with the Eameses, helping them develop their now-famed plywood furniture. (Bertoia received scant credit.) Late in that decade, Florence and Hans Knoll persuaded him to move east and join Knoll Inc. His chairs became, and remain, perennial bestsellers. Royalties allowed Bertoia to devote himself full-time to metal sculpture, a medium he began to explore in earnest in 1947.

By the early 1950s Bertoia was receiving commissions for large-scale works from architects — the first came via Saarinen — as he refined his aesthetic vocabulary into two distinct skeins. One comprises his “sounding sculptures” — gongs and “Sonambient” groupings of rods that strike together and chime when touched by hand or by the wind. The other genre encompasses Bertoia’s naturalistic works: abstract sculptures that suggest bushes, flower petals, leaves, dandelions or sprays of grass. As you will see on these pages, Harry Bertoia was truly unique; his art and designs manifest a wholly singular combination of delicacy and strength.

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$1,989
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Iconic Designs from Harry Bertoia
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Diamond Chair
Diamond Chair
Bertoia Side Chair
Bertoia Side Chair
Bertoia Bird Chair and Ottoman
Bertoia Bird Chair and Ottoman
Bertoia Bench - 400Y/410Y
Bertoia Bench - 400Y/410Y
Vintage Steel Mesh Side Chair by Harry Bertoia
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Cape Town, WC
Bertoia’s side chair is a definitively iconic expression of mid-century sensibility with a particular emphasis on the relationship between aesthetics and durability. Its silhouette i...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia

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Steel

  • Vintage Steel Mesh Side Chair by Harry Bertoia
  • Vintage Steel Mesh Side Chair by Harry Bertoia
  • Vintage Steel Mesh Side Chair by Harry Bertoia
  • Vintage Steel Mesh Side Chair by Harry Bertoia
H 28.75 in. W 21.26 in. D 22.84 in.
Set of 3 Harry Bertoia for Knoll Bar Stools
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Amarillo, TX
Set of 3 Harry Bertoia bar stools by Knoll Excellent condition Red knoll pads Made in Italy Measures: 43”H x 21.75”W x 22”D Seat height 29.5” Knoll stamp.  
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2010s Harry Bertoia

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Metal

  • Set of 3 Harry Bertoia for Knoll Bar Stools
  • Set of 3 Harry Bertoia for Knoll Bar Stools
  • Set of 3 Harry Bertoia for Knoll Bar Stools
  • Set of 3 Harry Bertoia for Knoll Bar Stools
H 43 in. W 21.75 in. D 22 in.
Midcentury Orginal Ottoman Bertoia for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Original vintage ottoman designed by Harry Bertoia for knoll with chrome finish and original wool upholstery. In very good vintage condition. No rips or rust to chrome. Ready for use.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia

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Steel, Chrome

Set of Five Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia for Knoll Wire Bar Stools
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An iconic and authentic set of five barstools designed by Harry Bertoia and produced by Knoll. These consist of heavy heavy chrome plated frames with tan covers. Signed twice with pa...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia

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Chrome

1952, Harrie Bertoia, Footstool for Bird Chair
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Original footstool with original upholstery, which can be redone for extra price for the bird chair of Harrie Bertoia. The bird chair is an astounding study in space, form and functi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia

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Metal

  • 1952, Harrie Bertoia, Footstool for Bird Chair
  • 1952, Harrie Bertoia, Footstool for Bird Chair
  • 1952, Harrie Bertoia, Footstool for Bird Chair
  • 1952, Harrie Bertoia, Footstool for Bird Chair
H 15.36 in. W 22.45 in. D 16.54 in.
Chrome-Plated Metal Ottoman by Harry Bertoia
By Harry Bertoia
Located in lyon, FR
Chrome-plated metal ottoman by Harry Bertoia. Knoll International edition, circa 1955. Signed Knoll on the back (see photo). Very good condition. Dimensions : W 59.5 cm x D43 c...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia

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Metal

  • Chrome-Plated Metal Ottoman by Harry Bertoia
  • Chrome-Plated Metal Ottoman by Harry Bertoia
  • Chrome-Plated Metal Ottoman by Harry Bertoia
  • Chrome-Plated Metal Ottoman by Harry Bertoia
H 14.97 in. W 23.43 in. D 16.93 in.
Wire Bar Stool by Harry Bertoia for Knoll Inc, 1970s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Lasne, BE
Black metal stool. Seat height 77cm. Wear due to time and age of the stool.
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1970s Central American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia

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Metal

  • Wire Bar Stool by Harry Bertoia for Knoll Inc, 1970s
  • Wire Bar Stool by Harry Bertoia for Knoll Inc, 1970s
  • Wire Bar Stool by Harry Bertoia for Knoll Inc, 1970s
  • Wire Bar Stool by Harry Bertoia for Knoll Inc, 1970s
H 41.93 in. W 21.07 in. D 22.45 in.
1960's Harry Bertoia Design for Knoll Associates Fitted Cover Wire Side Chair
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Early example of the Harry Bertioa for Knoll Associates side chair with fitted green seat and back cushion. Gloss black frame. Marked Knoll Associates 320 Park Ave. NY, NY Chair h...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia

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Metal

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Bertoia Barstool - 428C
Bertoia Barstool - 428C
Average Price
$3,026
Number Available
3
Bertoia Barstool - 428C
By Harry Bertoia
Materials
Metal, Chrome, Fabric, Animal Skin, Faux Leather, Fiberglass, Leather, Plastic, Steel
Styles
Mid Century Modern
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Bertoia Barstool - 427C
Bertoia Barstool - 427C
Average Price
$3,200
Number Available
2
Bertoia Barstool - 427C
By Harry Bertoia
Materials
Metal, Chrome, Fabric, Upholstery
Styles
Mid Century Modern
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Harry Bertoia furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture Harry Bertoia are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Harry Bertoia collection of furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. 159 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 3 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Harry Bertoia were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by George Nakashima, Michael Taylor and Warren Platner. The prices for Harry Bertoia furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $400 and tops out at $295,000, while pieces like these can sell for $4,200 on average.

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