Harry Bertoia (1915 - 1978)
The multi-faceted and rebellious designer Harry Bertoia studied thanks to a scholarship at the Cranbook Academy of Art. He worked artistically skillful skills in sculpture, which he incorporated later with the creations of its furniture. First only in America, he obtained soon after worldwide recognition for his work. The linking of production methods and material to be processed played an important role for Bertoia. Bertoia moved to Pennsylvania in 1950 to set up his own studio. He began working for Hans Knoll, in which arose five designs for seating. One of them has become famous as the Diamond Chair. After a dispute with the furniture company Herman Miller and slight modifications to the Metal fabric of the seat, the Diamond Chair became a sales success. The license revenue from its armchairs allowed Bertoia to focus only on his sculptural work and his sound sculptures. With these sculptures he produced some LPs entitled Sonambient.
The Wire Chair can be regarded as the highlight of his furniture designs, which sprang from a very own series of steel chairs. The unique construction of this design classic is based on the Bertoia's property, to connect sculptural ideas under modern standards with ease and a strong awareness of substantive ways. In this he was a true master of his art.