March 25, 2015
Harry Bertoia furniture designs for Knoll are celebrated in a March 23, 2015 piece by Curbed, the online community that focus all-things design, decor, and shelter.
The piece also highlights Bertoia at 100, the March 18, 2015 centennial celebration of Bertoia’s birthday, at the Knoll New York Showroom.
Rachel Doyle of Curbed writes, “The Italian-born, Pennsylvania-based artist designed a collection of iconic wire chairs for Knoll, completed over 50 public sculptures, created intricate jewelry pieces, and even dabbed in experimental sound art.”
“Working with wire, metal, plywood, the designer used the line as his muse,” Doyle continues. “His most celebrated furniture design is probably the sculptural diamond chair, which he designed from wire for Knoll in 1952.”
Bertoia excelled at "bringing a line alive," says Glenn Adamson, the Nanette L. Laitman Director of Museum of Arts and Design and Bertoia at 100 speaker. "He only had one or two ideas, but they were powerful ideas. Josef Albers had color, for Eames it was the compound curve, Jonathan Ive is all about corners. For Bertoia, it was the idea of the line and variation across mediums."
Today, Knoll produces Bertoia’s Asymmetric Chaise, Barstool, Bench, Bertoia Bird Chair, Diamond Chair and Side Chair.