Harry Bertoia Chairs

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.

Bertoia Diamond Chair by Knoll International
Bertoia Diamond Chair by Knoll International
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Harry Bertoia diamond chair with black wool pad manufactured by Knoll. Stainless steel and welded steel rod construction
Pair of Child's Chairs by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
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.
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.  
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...
Diamond Wire Side Lounge Armchair by Bertoia Knoll International, Midcentury
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...
Pair of Black Harry Bertoia Child's Chairs by Knoll
Pair of Black Harry Bertoia Child's Chairs by K...
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
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.  
Pair of Smaller Black Wire Bertoia Children's Chairs with Yellow Fabric by 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 ...
Rare Pair of Red Fiberglass Knoll Bertoia Stools
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
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...
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia for Knoll Chrome Diamond Chairs
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....
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.  
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.
Two Bertoia Knoll Diamond Chairs
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Wrought Iron
Classic Bertoia diamond chair, manufactured Knoll. These chairs are being offered and priced individually but we would love to see them stay together. Both show very light cosmetic w...
Bertoia Wire Chair
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Bertoia wire chair in original condition. Vintage yellow vinyl upholstery has minor tear. Original tag on bottom.
Bertoia Child Chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll,...
Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century American Chairs
Steel
Bertoia child chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, USA, 1960s Bertoia child chair Harry Bertoia for Knoll, USA, 1960s Powder coated steel Measure: H 24.25 in, W 15.75 in, D 16.5 i...
Original Harry Bertoia “Diamond” Chair
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel, Paint
Original Harry Bertoia "Diamond" chair for Knoll, distressed industrial finish.
Bertoia Baby Chair with Cushion, Harry Bertoia ...
Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century American Chairs
Naugahyde, Steel
Bertoia Baby Chair with Cushion, Harry Bertoia for Knoll, USA, 1960s Bertoia Baby Chair with Cushion By Harry Bertoia for Knoll, USA, 1960s. Powder coated steel, Naugahyde. Measures...
Harry Bertoia Diamond Chair with Red Wool Pad
Harry Bertoia
Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Stainless Steel, Wool
Harry Bertoia diamond chair with red wool pad manufactured by Knoll. Stainless steel and welded steel rod construction.
Knoll Bertoia Wide Diamond Chair
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel
Authentic wide version of the iconic Diamond chair designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll. Made of a welded metal mesh frame powder coated in white with a powder coated black base. The ...
Pair of Bertoia for Knoll Dining Chairs
Harry Bertoia, Knoll Associates Inc.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Metal
Nice pair of dining chairs designed by Bertoia for Knoll. Matched pair, both in very good, original condition, both retain Knoll 655 Madison Ave labels (circa 1980s). Measures: Seat ...
Pair of Bertoia for Knoll Dining Chairs
Harry Bertoia, Knoll Associates Inc.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Pair of Bertoia design for Knoll wire dining chairs, with off-white pad seats. Nice vintage pair retaining the original Knoll label (655 Madison Ave). Measures: Seat height 18, fine,...
Original Large Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia...
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel, Rubber
Super cool pair of original large diamond chairs designed by Harry Bertoia and manufactured by Knoll. These are the larger version of the diamond chair and have rubber shock mounts s...
Pair of Harry Bertoia for Knoll Blue Fiberglass...
Harry Bertoia, Knoll Associates Inc.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Steel, Fiberglass
Handsome pair of Knoll Associates hard shell fiberglass side chairs by Harry Bertoia. These two are royal blue with a black wire base and retain their original tags. They are over-al...
Bertoia Bar Stools by Knoll - 2 Left!
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Steel
Sold in pairs...these Bertoia bar stools in black metal have original vinyl blue seat pads. Excellent condition. Price reflected is for two stools. ONLY two of these stools remain...
Vintage Black Original Bertoia Chair
Harry Bertoia, Knoll International
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel, Plastic
Vintage black original Bertoia chair, with red seat pad, designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll in the 1950s.  
Harry Bertoia "Diamond Chair"
Harry Bertoia
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Metal
Diamond easy chair designed by Harry Bertoia with nice patina.
Pair of Bertoia Diamond Chairs
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Pair of Bertoia for Knoll diamond chairs. Iconic midcentury design, no damage, welds or repairs. Measure: Seat height 16.
Harry Bertoia Black Metal Chairs with Black Lea...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel, Leather
Set of four Harry Bertoia black metal chairs with black leather upper and lower pads, circa 1960s. Excellent condition. Manufactured by Knoll.
Bertoia Diamond Chairs with Black Wool Pads by ...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Stainless Steel, Wool
Harry Bertoia diamond chair with black wool pad manufactured by Knoll. Stainless steel and welded steel rod construction. Two chairs available. Price is per chair. Measure: Seat heig...
Bertoia Diamond Chair by Knoll International
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Stainless Steel
1972 Harry Bertoia diamond chair by Knoll International. Excellent condition. Original pad retained if desired to use as template to make new pad. Measures: Seat height is 14 inches.
Bertoia Diamond Chairs for Knoll
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Leather, Chrome, Plastic
Early Knoll production with custom Napa leather bikini cushions.
Pair of Baby Bertoia Chairs
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Adorable pair of vintage, 1960s, baby-sized wire chairs designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll. These miniature versions of Bertoia's iconic Industrial chair design are great additions ...
Pair of Bertoia for Knoll Wire Side Chairs
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Nice pair of Bertoia design for Knoll wire side chairs in black with original yellow pad seats. Clean, original, ready ton use.
Pair of Harry Bertoia 'Diamond' Chairs for Knoll
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Metal
Pair of 'Diamond' chairs by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, white coated metal, turquoise cushion, 1950s (later production) The Diamond Chair is, according to Knoll, an astounding study in...
Harry Bertoia 'Diamond' Chair for Knoll
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Metal
'Diamond' chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, white coated metal, turquoise cushion, 1950s (later production) The Diamond Chair is, according to Knoll, an astounding study in space, f...
Bertoia for Knoll Diamond Chair
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Steel, Upholstery, Chrome
Authentic early production by Knoll, circa 1975-1985. A Mid-Century Modern Classic in fine, all original condition with original periwinkle upholstery.
White Chairs by Harry Bertoia Model. No. 420, c...
Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs
this presented set of four chairs was designed by Harry Bertoia 1950-1952 and produced by Knoll Associates, New York, 1950s. This design Classic set is a construction; made of white...
Four Harry Bertoia for Knoll Wire Chairs with O...
Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Metal
A set of four original Harry Bertoia for Knoll white wire chairs with original green seat pads, USA, 1960s. Ships worldwide - please contact us directly for a quote.
Set of 8 Harry Bertoia Wire Chair/Side Chair fo...
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel
Set of four Harry Bertoia wire chairs/side chairs for Knoll black. Design year: 1952. Designer: Harry Bertoia. Manufacturer: Knoll. Materials: Welded steel rod, black Rilsan coating...
Vintage Bertoia Bird Chair and Ottoman with Ful...
Harry Bertoia
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel, Wool
Vintage Bertoia bird chair and ottoman with full cover in Classic black bouclé for Knoll.     
Pair of Early Bertoia Wide Diamond Chairs
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Stainless Steel, Wool, Chrome
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...
Classic Modernist Wire Bertoia Six Side Chairs ...
Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Iron, Rubber
Classic modernist wire Bertoia six side chairs Harry Bertoia for Knoll. Outdoor coated version.
Vintage Mid-Century Knoll Bertoia Bird Lounge C...
Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Stainless Steel
Bird chair designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, 1952. Polished chrome steel upholstered in original red fabric.
Set of Harry Bertoia Childs Chairs, Original Kn...
Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Children's Furniture
Two-six available Harry Bertoia childs chairs, white with black base, originals vintage with Knoll orange Pads, circa 1963.
Green Bird Chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, USA
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Metal
Bird chair designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, USA. Polished chrome steel rod construction upholstered in original green fabric, 1952.
Bird Chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Metal
Bird chair designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, USA. Polished chrome steel rod construction upholstered in original black fabric. 1952.
Set of Four Diamond Bastools by Harry Bertoia f...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1950s American Chairs
Steel, Wire
Set of four diamond bastools designed by Harry Bertoia, 1952. The Bertoia Barstool is part of Harry Bertoia's iconic 1952 wire collection, an astounding study in space, form and fun...
Vintage Original White Knoll Bertoia Mesh Side ...
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel
The Bertoia side chair is composed of delicate steel rods that have been precisely interwoven and welded to create airy, sculptural seats. Despite their delicate filigreed appearance...
Set of Four Original Wire Chairs by Harry Berto...
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1950s American Chairs
Metal
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).
Pair of Bertoia child's chairs by Knoll
Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel, Upholstery
The classic Bertoia wire chair was produced in the standard size for adults, but also in two smaller sizes for children. This pair is the larger of the two kid's sizes. They were oft...
Vintage Harry Bertoia for Knoll Black Side Chair
Harry Bertoia
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
PVC, Wire
Original welded black mesh seats by Harry Bertoia for Knoll International. Cushions sold separately. Other colors for cushion available.
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