• Knoll Bertoia Bench by Harry Bertoia
  • Knoll Bertoia Bench by Harry Bertoia
  • Knoll Bertoia Bench by Harry Bertoia
  • Knoll Bertoia Bench by Harry Bertoia

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Bertoia Bench

Harry Bertoia 1952

This simple design was the first piece of furniture created by Harry Bertoia for Knoll. Although the bench does not have the signature wire grid of his more recognizable 1952 collection, the welded wire base shows an early exploration of the material and foreshadows what was to soon follow.

Details

Construction and Details
  • Optional firm foam seat cushions with welt detail are available in range of KnollTextiles and Spinneybeck® leathers
  • Slats available with black or white painted finish or outdoor-suitable solid teak
  • Bench slats are solid wood and are pre-treated to help prevent sagging and warping
  • Base is constructed of welded steel rods and finished in polished or satin chrome or black or white powder coat
  • Plastic glides included on sled base to protect floors
  • Knoll logo is stamped into the base of the bench
Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification:
  • GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®

Downloads for Bertoia Bench

General Info

Planning Tools

Finishes

Cushions available in a variety of KnollTextiles and Spinneybeck Leathers.

See approval matrices in the downloads section for more detail.

  • color Black
  • color White
  • color Teak
  • color Polished Chrome
  • color Satin Chrome
  • color Black
  • color White

Dimensions

Characteristic of the early environment at Knoll, Hans and Florence never demanded that Bertoia design furniture, but instead encouraged him to explore whatever he liked. They simply asked that if he arrived at something interesting, to show them. Bertoia later explained the process:

“I went around and discovered, quite soon, that I was not the man to do research. My feeling was that had to come from an inward direction. I began to rely once more on my own body. I began to think in terms of what I would like as a chair. It started very slowly…I came into rod or wire, whether bent of straight. I seemed to find myself at home. It was logical to make an attempt utilizing the wire.

"Once more, I went through the procedure of positioning, considering the possibility of shapes, then relating, of course, what the wire itself could be, what shapes it might take, whether there were any tools to do it with. There are many aspects of the same things coming into one’s mind, but the very first thing was whether a shape would come up that would begin to serve as a chair, sitting on it, etc. One was taking the shape of a side chair; another was beginning to extend to care of the head. This developed to the point where something could be held on to…You know, when you have something in front of you that can really physically be held, it becomes easier to make changes.”