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Harry Bertoia (Italian American, 1915–78)
Harry Bertoia (Italian American, 1915–78)

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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Diamond Chairs by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, 1980s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Lasne, BE
Pair of armchairs in chromed metal and red fabric. Wear due to time and age of the armchairs.
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1980s Central American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Metal

Diamond Chairs by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, 1980s Set 2
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Lasne, BE
Pair of chromed metal armchairs. wear due to time and age of the armchairs.
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1980s Central American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Metal

Pair of Large Diamond Chairs by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Fabulous, iconic pair of large "Diamond Chairs" by Harry Bertoia for Knoll. Black metal frames and yellow upholstery.
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Bertoia Diamond Chair in Cato/Fire Red Upholstery Full Cover & Black Frame
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in East Greenville, PA
The Diamond Chair is an astounding study in space, form and function by one of the master sculptors of the last century. Harry Bertoia found sublime grace in an industrial material, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Bertoia Diamond Chair in Cato/Hot Pink Upholstery Full Cover & Black Frame
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in East Greenville, PA
The diamond chair is an astounding study in space, form and function by one of the master sculptors of the last century. Harry Bertoia found sublime grace in an industrial material, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Bertoia Bird Chair in Journey/Banner Upholstery & Satin Chrome Frame
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in East Greenville, PA
The Bird Chair is an astounding study in space, form and function by one of the master sculptors of the last century. Harry Bertoia found sublime grace in an industrial material, ele...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Bertoia Diamond Chair with Knoll Velvet/Wine Seat Pad & Rose Gold Frame
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in East Greenville, PA
The Diamond Chair is an astounding study in space, form and function by one of the master sculptors of the last century. Harry Bertoia found sublime grace in an industrial material, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Bertoia Diamond Chair with Classic Boucle/Smoke Seat Pad & Black Frame
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in East Greenville, PA
The Diamond Chair is an astounding study in space, form and function by one of the master sculptors of the last century. Harry Bertoia found sublime grace in an Industrial material, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Bertoia Bird Chair in Cato/Fire Red Upholstery and Satin Chrome Frame
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in East Greenville, PA
The bird chair is an astounding study in space, form and function by one of the master sculptors of the last century. Harry Bertoia found sublime grace in an industrial material, ele...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Bertoia Diamond Chair in Classic Boucle/Neutral Full Cover & Black Frame
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in East Greenville, PA
Bertoia’s wire chair collection is among the most recognized achievements of mid-century modern design and a proud part of the Knoll heritage. A fully upholstered cover adds softness...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Bertoia Diamond Chair in Classic Boucle/Smoke Full Cover & Black Frame
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in East Greenville, PA
Bertoia’s wire chair collection is among the most recognized achievements of mid-century modern design and a proud part of the Knoll heritage. A fully upholstered cover adds softness...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Bertoia Bird Chair in Cato/Blue Upholstery & Satin Chrome Frame
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in East Greenville, PA
The Bird Chair is an astounding study in space, form and function by one of the master sculptors of the last century. Harry Bertoia found sublime grace in an industrial material, ele...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Bertoia Bird Chair in Cato/Sand Upholstery & Satin Chrome Frame
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in East Greenville, PA
The bird chair is an astounding study in space, form and function by one of the master sculptors of the last century. Harry Bertoia found sublime grace in an industrial material, ele...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Bertoia Diamond Chair in Classic Boucle/Neutral Seat Pad & Black Frame
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in East Greenville, PA
The Diamond Chair is an astounding study in space, form and function by one of the master sculptors of the last century. Harry Bertoia found sublime grace in an industrial material, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Bertoia Diamond Chair in Cato/Ivory Upholstery Full Cover & Black Frame
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in East Greenville, PA
The diamond chair is an astounding study in space, form and function by one of the master sculptors of the last century. Harry Bertoia found sublime grace in an industrial material, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Set of 8 Knoll Bertoia White Wire Chairs Original Seat Cushions, 1950's
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Plymouth, MA
Iconic set of 8 Knoll Bertoia chairs in remarkable condition for age with original blue cushions. These chairs from the fifties were used only as back up a couple of times a year and...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Metal

Knoll Bertoia Bench
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Minimal & clean lined, the Bertoia bench is a staple piece for every mid-century collection. Oak slatted bench with black steel legs. Designed for Knoll in 1952. Incredibly timeless,...
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1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Authentic Knoll Bertoia Asymmetric Chaise
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Authentic Knoll Bertoia asymmetric chaise, with white frame and seat cushion in excellent condition. "Harry Bertoia's 1950 experiment with bending metal rods into practical art pr...
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20th Century Minimalist Harry Bertoia Seating

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Wire

Vintage Harry Bertoia for Knoll Bird Chair and Ottoman with New Covers, 1980s
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in San Francisco, CA
A 1980s Bird chair and ottoman by Harry Bertoia for Knoll with black frames and new two-tone orange upholstery covers. Designed by Bertoia as part of his 1952 collection for Knoll...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel, Steel

Set of 6 Knoll Bertoia Side Chairs
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Pasadena, TX
Set of 6 Knoll Bertoia side chairs Harry Bertoia's 1950 experiment with bending metal rods into practical art produced a revered collection of seating, including the exquisite Berto...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Set of 4 Chairs by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia
Located in lyon, FR
Set of 4 chairs by Harry Bertoia for Knoll. Black steel. 1970s. Very good condition.
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Chromed and Red Harry Bertoia Large Diamond Chair and Ottoman for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Naples, IT
The diamond chair is an astounding study in space, form and function by one of the master sculptors of the last century. Like Saarinen and Mies, Bertoia found sublime grace in an Ind...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Chrome

Diamond Chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll International
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Brussels, BE
Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll International.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Harry Bertoia Diamond Easy Chairs Produced by Knoll in America
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Malmo, SE
Pair of diamond easy chairs designed by Harry Bertoia. Produced by Knoll in America.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Metal

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 Seating

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Metal

Harry Bertoia Chrome Bar Stools with Citron Yellow Covers for Knoll, a Pair
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Miami, FL
Iconic set of two bar stools by Harry Bertoia for Knoll International. Chrome frames with original citron yellow covers. United States, 1970s. Stamped Knoll on frame.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Chrome

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Knoll Diamond Chairs by Harry Bertoia
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Pair of chrome with period 1970 purple fabric diamond chairs by Harry Bertoia for Knoll.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Chrome

Diamond Chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, Full Cover Plum Knoll Tweed
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Saint Petersburg, FL
Fully restored vintage Bertoia diamond chair by Knoll. (2) Available, sold separately. Our team used the original pattern to recreate a new cover in beautiful plum colored Knoll twee...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Stainless Steel

Harry Bertoia for Knoll Associates Model 428C Barstool, Signed First Generation
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This early production and all original Harry Bertoia for Knoll Associates Molded Shell Bar Height (Model 428-C) Barstool is a first generation production from the mid/late 1950s to e...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Knoll Bertoia Wire Bar Counter Stool
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Single Knoll bar stool by Harry Bertoia. Seat pad labeled with tag and printed into the fabric Knoll. Has some loss to vinyl coating, pictured. Very tight and sturdy, will make a goo...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Set of 6 Original Vintage Harry Bertoia for Knoll Wire Dining or Side Chairs
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Metal wire chairs, marked with the Knoll sticker. Comes with original dark brown leather cushions with a beautiful patina. The chairs were broken in the middle where they bend back,...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Metal

Child Chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Wonderful set of child sized side chairs designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll. Set was painted light blue at one point and have a wonderful patina. Pictured with Herman Miller fibergl...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Metal

Harry Bertoia for Knoll "Bird Chair" and Ottoman
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Laguna Hills, CA
Iconic bird chair and ottoman in a black finish. We have the pad for both pieces in purple the foam is in decay and needs to be replaced. Original Knoll label.   
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Bird Chair in Black by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, Early 1950s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Very early production bird chair in black by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, early 1950s. Professionally cleaned but maintains its original black finish with beautiful patina throughout, ne...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Metal

Pair of Early Harry Bertoia Wooden Benches for Knoll International, circa 1960
By De Coene, Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Ghent, BE
A great pair of early Harry Bertoia designed wood slat benches for Knoll International, made in Belgium by De Coene under license of Knoll International. The wood slats been refinish...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Metal

Set of Three Harry Bertoia Children's Wire Chairs with Yellow Seats for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Miami, FL
Original 1950s set of three Harry Bertoia wire child's side chairs with yellow Naugahyde seat cushions for Knoll. Each chair maintains the original Knoll label on the underside.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Knoll Bertoia Bench
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An early edition of the iconic model 400 slatted bench, designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll. A minimal form, comprised of solid oak slats balanced on Y-shaped legs. Contrasting black...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Oak

Pair of Black and White Baby Bertoia Chairs
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in San Diego, CA
A rare set of baby Harry Bertoia chairs, we sand blasted and powder coats them very nice condition, a rare find these were from my private collection. got them like 10 years ago its ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Metal

Harry Bertoia for Knoll Set of Four Mid-Century Modern Chrome Bar Stools
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Original modern chrome wire bar stools in excellent condition. Made by Knoll International in the US, circa 1970-1980. Iconic modern design. New seat pads were recently made in brig...
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Late 20th Century Harry Bertoia Seating

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Chrome

Upholstered Bird Chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Bird chair designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, 1950s. White wire frame on black rod base. Newly upholstered in lime green Maharam wool.
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Harry Bertoia Mid-Century Modern Vintage Set of Four White Dining Chairs, 1950s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Vienna, AT
A Harry Bertoia Mid-Century Modern vintage set of 4 dining chair or side chair, which show a white coated metal construction. This iconic design by Harry Bertoia was designed in the...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Metal

Bird Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Boston, MA
Part of Harry Bertoia's 1952 collection of sculptural wire furniture for Knoll, the fanciful bird chair features a low seat, a high back, and wide armrests. A durable black finish co...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Harry Bertoia Wide Diamond Chair with Black Seat and Chrome Base for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Miami, FL
Original wide diamond chair with authentic seat cover from the 1960s designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll. The upper seat has been professionally powder-coated in satin black and the ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Chrome

Harry Bertoia for Knoll International '400R' Coffee Table or Bench
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Harry Bertoia for Knoll International, coffee table or bench '400R', beech, metal, United States, 1950s Early bench designed by Harry Bertoia, manufactured by Knoll International. A...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Metal

Set of Six Matte Black Harry Bertoia for Knoll Dining Chairs
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Ferndale, MI
Six original and guaranteed Knoll Harry Bertoia formed wire dining chairs on wrought iron bases. Freshly powder coated in matte black.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel, Steel

Set of Four Original Wire Chairs by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of four original wire chairs by Harry Bertoia for Knoll. Early 1950s edition, not recent reproductions. Very sturdy and in great vintage condition (not new).
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1950s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Metal

Harry Bertoia Child's Chairs in White with Original Knoll Seat Pads, USA, 1960s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
A universally recognized design, these Bertoia child's chairs have black bases and the original seat pads.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Harry Bertoia Wire Chairs with Original Green Seat Covers, Knoll, USA
By Harry Bertoia
Located in London, GB
Priced individually. Two remaining. Harry Bertoia for Knoll black wire chairs with original green seat covers. In very good vintage condition. Ships worldwide. UK customers pleas...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Metal

Pair of Early Bertoia Wide Diamond Chairs
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in East Hampton, NY
The wide diamond is the largest of the Bertoia seating group and like the bird chair, has shock mounts between the seat and the base which offers an additional measure of comfort. Th...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Stainless Steel, Chrome

Harry Bertoia Chrome Diamond Chairs by Knoll with Black Seat Covers
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Portland, ME
Authentic Harry Bertoia Diamond chairs made by Knoll, circa 1985. Bertoia's wire chair designs are evergreen icons, and the Diamond chair remains distinctive and striking through the...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel, Chrome

Green Barstool by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A spare and sculptural stool crafted from shaped steel rods retaining the original woven green wool upholstery. Measures: 40.5" tall, seat height 31". Designed by Harry Bertoia in 1...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

1960s Fiberglass Shell Barstool by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A barstool with a black fiberglass shell on splayed, painted legs.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Fiberglass

Black Diamond Chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Boston, MA
Designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll in 1952, the Diamond chair is a classic of steel-rod construction. This 1970s production contrasts a black frame with a seat pad upholstered in an...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

3 Bertoia Chrome Chairs with Green Cushions
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Zurich, CH
3 Bertoia chrome chairs with green cushions.
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Chrome

Harry Bertoia for Knoll Wide White Diamond Chair & Ottoman with Pink Upholstery
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia for Knoll wide version diamond chair with ottoman, frames are original white paint an original but faded pink Knoll textile covers. Minor scuffs to f...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Harry Bertoia for Knoll Child's Side Chair
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in St. Louis, MO
Early Harry Bertoia for Knoll child's wire coated mesh chair. In vintage condition, with some loss to coating, stains, crazing and having all four original floor glides.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Wire Diamond Lounge Chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll in Red
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An iconic Classic designed by Harry Bertoia and produced by Knoll. This model features a chrome-plated steel frame with red fabric cover. Knoll label present on chair frame.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Steel

Bird Chair and Ottoman by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Paris, FR
Bird chair and its ottoman, vintage blue leather. By Harry Bertoia for Knoll. Dimensions of stool : 39 x 60 x 43 cm.
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1970s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Seating

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Leather