Harry Bertoia Furniture

Harry Bertoia (Italian American, 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.

Original Bertoia Side Chairs Revisited by Clément Brazille
Original Bertoia Side Chairs Revisited by Clém...
Harry Bertoia, Clément Brazille
2010s French Modern Chairs
Created by French designer Clement Brazille, Bertoia loom chair is a reinterpretation of some of the iconic works of Italian born American designer Harry Bertoia. The chair is an ori...
 Set of Four Chairs by Harry Bertoïa for Knoll, 1970s
Set of Four Chairs by Harry Bertoïa for Knoll,...
Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Metal
Set of four chairs by Harry Bertoïa for Knoll, 1970s.  
1952, Harrie Bertoia for Knoll International a Set of Wire Dining Chairs
1952, Harrie Bertoia for Knoll International a ...
Harry Bertoia, Knoll International
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Metal
A set of original dining chairs, in plastic coated metal. One frame is in very good condition, the other ones are fair but lost some plastic coating and got some rust on the base, a...
Harry Bertoia Wire Bundle Sculpture
Harry Bertoia Wire Bundle Sculpture
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1970s American Abstract Sculptures
Steel
A very unusual form, rarely seen with stainless steel wires bundled together.
Set of 4 Knoll Chrome Harry Bertoia Chairs for Knoll
Set of 4 Knoll Chrome Harry Bertoia Chairs for ...
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Upholstery, Chrome
Great set of 4 chrome and cloth seat pad chairs designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, circa 1970s in good condition with a blue seat pad and tags in material solid and sturdy.
Bird Chair and Ottoman by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
Bird Chair and Ottoman by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel, Wool
The 'Bird' chair was designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll in 1952. This piece probably dates from the 2000s and shows very light signs of use. Tan, textured removable upholstery on st...
Harry Bertoia 2 Line Sonambient Sculpture
Harry Bertoia 2 Line Sonambient Sculpture
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1950s American Abstract Sculptures
Bronze
An elegant sounding sculpture by Harry Bertoia. Simplicity and a great tone.
Harry Bertoia Sonambient Sculpture, 1970
Harry Bertoia Sonambient Sculpture, 1970
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sculptures
Brass, Copper
Harry Bertoia sound sculpture USA, 1970 Brass and beryllium copper. Measures: 36 1/8 H x 8 W x 8 D inches. Was originally owned by the daughter of Harry's elder brother....
Midcentury Harry Bertoia Sonambient Sculpture
Midcentury Harry Bertoia Sonambient Sculpture
Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures
Brass, Copper
Midcentury Harry Bertoia Sonambient sculpture featuring seven black monel "cat-tail" tops silvered to beryllium. Copper rods silvered to brass base. In fine condition. Measures: ...
Harry Bertoia Gold Plated Bronze Sonambient Sculpture
Harry Bertoia Gold Plated Bronze Sonambient Scu...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures
Bronze
Harry Bertoia gold plated bronze Sonambient sculpture, diagonal double tonal, circa 1965. Two groupings of thin rods at different angles on poured slab of bronze. Purchased from est...
Harry Bertoia Early Wire Form Sculpture, Untitled
Harry Bertoia Early Wire Form Sculpture, Untitled
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1950s American Abstract Sculptures
Steel, Wire
A very early sculpture that represents one of the many stages of Bertoia's experimentation with materials. He felt that "Wire forms have a great range of expressions. Their construct...
Maquette for the Fountain Sculpture at the Philadelphia Civic Center, circa 1967
Maquette for the Fountain Sculpture at the Phil...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Abstract Sculptures
Bronze
The actual fountain stood outside the Philadelphia Civic Center until 2000 when it was removed and kept in storage. It was recently acquired by the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hi...
Harry Bertoia Spray Sculpture with Rare Flat Ro...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Sculptures
Stainless Steel, Bronze
Harry Bertoia's spray sculptures are one of his most identifiable forms and this one has the additional appeal of the flat rounded bronze ends rarely found on the spray sculptures.
Harry Bertoia Pressure Melt Sculpture
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1970s American Abstract Sculptures
Bronze
A unique example of Bertoia's pressure melt technique, wherein metals are heated and subjected to hammer blows to achieve the desired form. This piece is in bronze with a heavy coat ...
Monumental Copper Gong by Harry Bertoia
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles
Bronze, Copper
A massive copper gong designed and executed during the 1960s by Harry Bertoia. We have added a blackened steel base with stem to support the gong. Measurement is for the gong only.  
Diamond Wire Side Lounge Armchair by Bertoia Kn...
Harry Bertoia, Knoll International
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel, Fabric
Diamond wire side lounge armchair by Bertoia Knoll International, midcentury and original with full cover Knoll textiles fabric The diamond chair is an astounding study in space, fo...
Double Hanging Willow from the Seattle First Na...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Abstract Sculptures
Stainless Steel
Harry Bertoia. Double hanging willow from the Seattle First National Bank, Seattle, Washington, 1968. Stainless steel.
Pair of Black Harry Bertoia Child's Chairs by K...
Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Naugahyde, Wire
Pair of black Bertoia Child's chairs with original orange Naugahyde. Original vintage condition. Original tag on bottom of one of the cushions.  
Iron Sculpture 'Spray' by Harry Bertoia, circa ...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures
Iron sculpture 'Spray' by Harry Bertoia, circa 1960.
Early Harry Bertoia Wood Slat Bench for Knoll I...
Harry Bertoia, Knoll Associates Inc.
Mid-20th Century Benches
Early Harry Bertoia designed wood slat bench for Knoll International, circa 1960. Awesome form and design. Has wrought iron legs and the wood has wonderful color. In excellent origin...
Harry Bertoia Child's Chair in White with Origi...
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Children's Furniture
Steel, Upholstery
A universally recognized design, this Bertoia child's chair has a white seat with a black base and the original turquoise seat pad.
Pair of Child's Chairs by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
Harry Bertoia, H. G. Knoll and Associates
Vintage 1950s American American Modern Chairs
Original pair of child's chairs #425. Designed in 1955. Welded steel tops and steel rod bases.
Harry Bertoia "Six Branches" Stainless Steel Sc...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures
Stainless Steel
"Six branches" sculpture, with stainless steel wires silvered together in two clusters per "branch" onto stems of stainless steel, by Harry Bertoia, American 1960s. This sculpture co...
Early Modern Harry Bertoia for Knoll Iron and O...
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1950s American Modern Benches
Iron, Oak
Early modern oak slatted bench with an iron frame designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll. Could also be used as a coffee table.  
Harry Bertoia Patinated Bronze Gong
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures
Bronze
This gong has an amazingly distinctive form and an incredible patina. It is a smaller scale than the Classic solid bronze gongs he created. It comes with a Stand and mallet of approp...
Sonambient Sculpture by Harry Bertoia
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Abstract Sculptures
Bronze, Copper
An atypical form for Beartoia's (1915-1978) sonambients given it's split in the centre of the rods. I desirable size for display in the home and a typically wonderful sound quality.
Rare Harry Bertoia Stainless Steel Wire Sculptu...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures
Stainless Steel
Over many years Bertoia worked with various designs using stainless steel. This piece is reminiscent of the spray sculptures but is a rare if not unique form produced during that per...
Harry Bertoia 'Diamond' Chairs for Knoll, 1950s
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Metal
Harry Bertoia for Knoll, 'Diamond' chairs, white coated metal, United States, 1950s (later production) The Diamond Chair is, according to Knoll, an astounding study in space, form...
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Knoll Diamond Chairs...
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Chrome
Pair of chrome with period 1970 purple fabric diamond chairs by Harry Bertoia for Knoll.
Pair of Smaller Black Wire Bertoia Children's C...
Harry Bertoia, Knoll International
Vintage 1980s Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Pair of black metal Bertoia childs chairs with yellow the original Naugahyde pillows. This pair is smaller than most of the children's chairs available. $125 flat rate front door ...
Harry Bertoia Spray Sculpture on Slate Base
Harry Bertoia
20th Century American Sculptures
A signature work of art that is fun and wonderful, from the great Harry Bertoia. Sculpture comes with "Certificate of Authenticity".
Rare Pair of Red Fiberglass Knoll Bertoia Stools
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Stools
Metal
Very scarce pair of fiberglass Bertoia stools with original label and date on bottom.
Midcentury Harry Bertoia Diamond Chair by Knoll
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Metal
Knoll started production of Harry Bertoia's Diamond chair in the early 1950s. Since then it has become one of the most iconic designs of Mid-Century Modernism. The welded black steel...
Harry Bertoia Hand-Hammered Silver Gong Pendant...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Collectible Jewelry
Silver
Bertoia had a natural talent for working in metal. At Cranbrook Academy of Art he ran the metal studio and often created jewelry for his colleagues and classmates. This piece was mad...
Harry Bertoia Patinated Silver Brooch with Cora...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1940s American Collectible Jewelry
Coral, Silver
An unusual piece of Bertoia's jewelry with a figurative quality. This brooch was included in an exhibit, "In Nature's Embrace: The World of Harry Bertoia" at the Reading Public Museu...

Harry Bertoia Monoprint

By Harry Bertoia
Harry Bertoia Monoprint
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Prints
Paper
Large mono-print by Harry Bertoia, initialed and numbered 1857 on rice paper set mounted in oiled walnut frame. From the Bertoia Family collection. A beautiful rendering of his sculp...
Chromed Midcentury Harry Bertoia Diamond Chair ...
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Chrome
Large diamond chrome chair designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll in 1952. The chair has its original red full fabric cover. The chromed steel is in good condition. Ottoman measures: ...
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia for Kn...
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Chrome
What a find. offered is a very cool pair of Harry Bertoia Knoll chrome diamond chairs. They are in excellent condition for their age, showing minor wear. The chairs are signed Knoll....
1952, Harrie Bertoia for Knoll International a ...
Harry Bertoia, Knoll International
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Metal
Set of six White Bertoia. The chairs are except for some traces of wear like some black stains and stripes, in good condition. One of the shells has some damage on top (picture #14)....
Set of Four Knoll Bertoia Side Chairs
Harry Bertoia, Knoll Associates Inc.
21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Metal
Newer edition of the classic side chair. Powder coating is slightly thicker than earlier more vintage models.
Set of Four Knoll Bertoia Side Chairs
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Metal
Set of four vintage Harry Bertoia for Knoll wire side chairs in deep blue.
Harry Bertoia Steel Wire and Gypsum Form Sculpt...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures
A wonderful example of the creative genius of Harry Bertoia. This 1960s example of bundled metal wires encased in a gypsum form is one of Bertoia's more obscure forms. COA available.
Kinetic Harry Bertoia Sculpture
Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures
A fascinating kinetic sculpture. Biomorphic rotating metal discs cantilevered on metal rods and attached to square wooden base. Provenance accompanies.
Harry Bertoia Wire Chairs for Knoll Internation...
Harry Bertoia, Knoll International
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Fabric, Steel
These early production and all original Harry Bertoia for Knoll International wire chairs are one of the most iconic designs of Mid-Century Modernism. The chairs are constructed of w...
Important Harry Bertoia Silver, Ebony and Coral...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1950s American Collectible Jewelry
Coral, Silver
Bertoia stopped producing jewelry in the late 1940s except for rare occasions when he would barter a piece in exchange for materials from his metal supplier. This piece has remained ...
Harry Bertoia Silicone Bronze Gong
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1970s American Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures
Bronze
One of the many popular forms Bertoia worked with the split gongs have both an amazing visual and sounding presence.
Harry Bertoia Hand-Forged Silver, Ebony and Sil...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Collectible Jewelry
Ebony, Silver
This early wire wrapped pendant was likely made by Harry Bertoia while he was at Cranbrook.
Harry Bertoia for Knoll Red Diamond Chair, 1960s
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel, Fabric
Large Bertoia diamond chair measuring 28.75 in H x 40. in W x 29.5 in. What a wonderful addition to your Mid-Century Modern decor.  
Harry Bertoia Patinated Bronze Bush Sculpture, ...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1970s American Abstract Sculptures
An extraordinary example of Bertoia's greatly desired Bush form. It's size and irregular form make this a rare opportunity to acquire an important example of Harry Bertoia's work.
Bertoia for Knoll Child Size Chairs
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel
A scaled down Harry Bertoia design for Knoll, child's black wire chair in black, circa 1960s. One of two we have on stock.
Set of Four Original Harry Bertoia for Knoll Bl...
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Steel
Set of four original vintage Harry Bertoia for Knoll indoor outdoor Black Wire Dining Chairs with two-piece seat cushions from the 1950s-1960s. Featuring enameled Black Wire frame wi...
Very Early Harry Bertoia Iron and Wood Slatted ...
Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Iron, Wood
Amazing benched designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll. Simple iron base with ash or white oak slats. This particular bench is 82" long, unlike the more common 72" versions. It spent ma...
Harry Bertoia Brass Melt Coat Panel Sculpture M...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1950s American Abstract Sculptures
Steel, Brass
The multi panel melt coat sculpture was a maquette given to George Bunshaft from Harry Bertoia as a gift. He commissioned Bertoia to create his now famous screen for the Manufacturer...
Harry Bertoia Wire Side Chairs Original Rust Re...
Harry Bertoia
20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Stainless Steel, Fabric
Harry Bertoia wire side chairs produced by Knoll Int. in the late 1960s. Original full cover upholstery fabric in rust red - inlay foam redone / new. Wonderful dining set in a great ...
Important Harry Bertoia Sculptures from Stemmon...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Abstract Sculptures
Brass, Bronze
This important grouping of Bertoia sculptures were the centerpiece of the Stemmons Towers International sculpture garden in Dallas, Texas.
Harry Bertoia Bronze Melt-Pressed Sculpture, US...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Abstract Sculptures
Bronze
Bertoia's pressure melting or forging, technique had its roots in his earlier work in jewelry. Bertoia subjected the metal to heat and the hammer to mold it into the shapes he desired.
Harry Bertoia Sculpture Screen Commissioned by ...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1950s American Sculptures
Brass, Steel
Sculpture screen from a set of ten commissioned by architect and interior designer Florence Knoll for the First National Bank of Miami. The screens were amongst the earliest of appro...
Harry Bertoia Bush Form, 1968
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures
Bronze, Copper
Harry Bertoia rare bush form with rare base USA, circa 1968 Welded copper, bronze, applied patina. Important private collection Sold with "Certificate of Authenticity" from...
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