Harry Bertoia was born in Italy in 1915 and passed away in 1978. He was a sculptor, an artist and one of the most prominent designers of modern classic furniture in the 20th century.
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May 19, 2010 1:07:23 PM
Few designers have had the lasting impact on modern furniture design that Harry Bertoia has had. Born in Italy in 1915, Bertoia moved to the United States at the age of 15 to study art. Principally interested in sculptural works using metal, Bertoia went on to study at the Detroit Society for Arts and Crafts, and, later, the Cranbrook Academy of Art. While at Cranbrook, Bertoia met and eventually partnered with the likes of Walter Gropius, himself a master of modern furniture design and founder of the Bauhaus School, Charles and Ray Eames, who also made great contributions to modern furniture design and architecture, and Edmund N. Bacon, who went on to become a renowned architect.
After a stint with jewelry making during World War II, Bertoia moved to California to work for the Evans Product Company, where he was principally hired to illustrate training manuals. While at Evans, however, he began experimenting, along with the Eameses, with plywood, eventually developing molded plywood splints that would eventually be frequently used in modern furniture design.
In 1950 Bertoia, preferring to get back to working with metal, moved to Pennsylvania to work with Hans and Florence Knoll, designing several pieces for their furniture company. It was during this time that Bertoia designed his most iconic piece, the diamond-shaped wire chair. This masterpiece of modern furniture design remains a classic in its simplicity, yet stunningly modern and innovative. Essentially a diamond-shaped steel wire grid, the metal is raised on steel legs and is molded and padded to provide a comfortable seat. With a single, thick wire to frame the diamond and smooth out its rougher edges, Bertoia’s diamond chair remains popular even six decades later and has spawned countless copies and spin-offs. Modern furniture stores such as EZ Mod Furniture sell not only the diamond chair, but at least three “Bertoia-style” wire chairs in varying colors and shapes, and even have child-sized versions available. Most Bertoia “Diamond” chairs are still made by hand as effective mass production methods have proved difficult to find.
Bertoia’s modern furniture designs were so popular and sold so well that he was soon able to devote himself to sculptural work full time. His sculptures can still be seen, and in some cases heard, in art museums in Brooklyn, Cleveland and Philadelphia and even the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Bertoia also experimented with metal sculpture that made sounds, a concept similar to wind chimes, which he called “Sounding Sculpture.”
With an undeniable artistry and mastery of metals, Harry Bertoia’s contributions to modern furniture design and art cannot and will not be forgotten. His designs, especially the diamond chairs, remain a popular and stylish choice for many people looking to furnish and decorate their homes or offices.
Jan 8, 2010 12:30:17 PM
At Ezmod Furniture, our modern classic furniture is designed by some of the most world renowned designers of the last hundred years. Even though some of these individuals passed away decades ago, their advances in furniture design, architecture and color schemes still set the tone for designers everywhere. One such designer is Harry Bertoia.
Harry Bertoia was born in Italy in 1915 and passed away in 1978. He was a sculptor, an artist and one of the most prominent designers of modern classic furniture in the 20th century. He visited America when he was 15 and chose to stay in America, living in Detroit while attending design school. He opened his own design shop in 1939, first focusing on jewelry design and metal work, and later he moved to California where he provided technical work for airplane and medical equipment.
After moving to Pennsylvania in 1950, Bertoia's career designing modern classic furniture truly took root. It was here that he designed his famous "Diamond Chair" a chair whose design included a lattice design of welded steel. His chair caused major unrest in the furniture design world, with lawsuits being filed over patent issues. In the end, Bertoia's unique furniture design took hold throughout the country, and the world, making him one of the most prominent figures in modern classic furniture design of the last 100 years.
Ezmod carries many Bertoia designs, including the Bertoia Style Wire Chair (which comes in various colors), the Bertoia Style Wire Barstool and Bertoia Style Diamond Wire Chair. Each item possesses a unique design, is incredibly sturdy and is offered in a variety of colors to match any color scheme. Our modern classic furniture is amazingly priced, and these items are no different. Some of them are up to 25 percent less than what just about every other website and store are offering them for.
If you need quality modern classic furniture, designed by world renowned artists at an amazing price, then Ezmod is the right website for you. Check out selection and see how easy it will be to furnish your house, condo or apartment with high quality modern classic furniture.
Dec 4, 2009 12:46:11 PM
Modern classic furniture combines classic designs and contemporary style in order to create works of art that give definition to any room. Nowhere is this more evident than in the work of Harry Bertoia, the famous Italian sculptor, university lecturer and furniture designer. Bertoia was, first and foremost, a sculptor and this served as the launching pad to many of his furniture designs. One of his most famous and era-defining works is the Diamond Chair. Created in 1952, the Diamond Chair is an intricate work of art that was included in a series of furniture that utilized bent metal rods to make practical and comfortable seating options. Bertoia’s vision was one of great genius; he successfully took a material that had not been used in furniture design (industrial metal rods) and converted it into a practical and functional seating option. The Diamond Chair has undoubtedly become one of the most replicated designs in modern classic furniture; it is one of the defining pieces of art of the 1950s and continues to be popular to this day. Thinking as a true sculptor, Bertoia said of the Diamond Chair, “If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes through them.”
Ezmod Furniture offers a high-quality reproduction of Bertoia’s classic Diamond Chair at a price that is below the list price. Our version of Bertoia’s Diamond Chair features a sturdy chrome base and frame as well as a leatherette cushion that is padded with foam for added comfort. Our Bertoia Style Diamond Chair follows the same design principles as the original and features a shape that contours to all kinds of body types. Our chair is highly stylized and blends in well with any modern classic furniture that you already have. Our Bertoia Style Diamond Chair can be placed in any room; it can be used as seating around a dining room table, in the living room, and in any office setting. The versatility of the Bertoia Style Diamond Chair makes it one of our more attractive options available. Our chair also comes complete with rubber stoppers at the bottom to protect your floor and to keep the chair firmly in place.
We offer high-quality reproductions of many of the most important furniture designs of the twentieth century. These modern classic furniture designs have the longevity that makes them relevant to any living area or office today, they complement any modern setting. Our prices are below that of our competitors and list price so that you can enjoy these pieces of art at an affordable price. And right now, just in time for the holidays, Ezmod Furniture is offering an additional 10% off of any item in our store. Simply enter code HOL09 when checking out at our site to take advantage of this great offer and be sure to visit our site at www.ezmodfurniture.com to browse through our wide selection of modern classic furniture.