Bertoia, Harry

born March 10, 1915, San Lorenzo, Italy
died Nov. 6, 1978, Barto, Pa., U.S.

Italian-born U.S. sculptor and designer.

He attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art and later taught there (1937–43). He worked in California with designer Charles Eames before joining Knoll Associates in New York City in 1950. His achievements there included the Diamond Chair (commonly known as the Bertoia chair), made of polished steel wire and covered with elastic Naugahyde upholstery. He also produced "sound sculptures" that were activated by the wind and numerous works for corporations and public spaces.

The Diamond chair designed by Harry Bertoia, 1952

By courtesy of The Knoll Group

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▪ American artist
born March 10, 1915, San Lorenzo, Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
died Nov. 6, 1978, Barto, Pa., U.S.
 Italian-born American sculptor and designer, best known for his monumental architectural sculptures and the classic Bertoia chair.

      Bertoia attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and taught painting and metalworking there from 1937 to 1943. He worked in California with designer Charles Eames (Eames, Charles; and Eames, Ray) (q.v.) before joining Knoll Associates in New York City in 1950. His achievements there included the Diamond chair (more commonly known as the Bertoia chair), made of polished steel wire, sometimes vinyl coated, and covered with cotton or with elastic Naugahyde upholstery.

      Bertoia claimed that his sculpture evolved when the jewelry he was designing “kept getting larger and larger.” Some of his later works, the “sound sculptures,” were designed to be activated by the wind or by hand to produce pleasing metallic or airy sound patterns. His numerous major works for public areas include huge decorative flow-welded metal “Sculpture Screens” for major corporations and educational institutions, a large copper and bronze fountain, “Waves,” for the Philadelphia Civic Center; the bronze sculpture “View of Earth from Space” at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C.; and a “sounding” fountain piece for the sunken outdoor plaza of the Standard Oil building (later renamed) in Chicago.

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