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Harry Bertoia was born in Udine, Italy and emigrated in 1930 with his family to the United States. Six years later he graduated from the Technical High School, Detroit and was trained afterwards at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts, Michigan.

Later on Bertoia established at Cranbrook a metalworking studio and taught there from 1939 to 1943.

After the war he worked with the Charles and Ray Eames at the Evans Products Company developing techniques for moulding plywood. This let later to a partnership with the Eameses, when Bertoia worked with them at the Plyformed Products Company in Venice, California.

His innovative wire chairs, designed for Knoll International in 1951, were commercially very successful. Because of their transparent character they fit well in libraries and lounge areas. Info source: www.directclassics.de

Harry joined Charles Eames in California to do ongoing experimental work on molded plywood. This work stemmed from a continuation of the Eames/Saarinen chair design that won the MOMA furniture competition, which could not be succesfully produced. In addition, he was happy to contribute to the war effort making airplanes parts manufactured by Evans products Co, where Eames was director of Resarch & Development.Harry's solutions were being absorbed with no credit to him. He chose to move on. He spent two years in San Diego, at Point Loma Naval Electrical Lab. He worked on a project involving human engineering and stroboscopic photography, designed to evaluate equipment. this is where he began making sculptures after hours.

In 1950, at the request of Hans and Florence Knoll, Harry moved to Pennsylvania with his family. They offered him free reign to design whatever he wished - furniture or sculpture - with full credit, which was their policy with all designers. Harry enjoyed the freedom to do whatever he wished and created entirely new forms. The Bertoia Diamond chair series was introduced in 1952 by KnollHarry designs the "421" chair, better known as the Diamond chair. Harry also designs all the jigs for the production of the item.The chair is introduced in 1952. Info source: www.directclassics.de

 

       
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more about Organic Architecture: iDesign / Keystones / 50s Industrial Design

Bertoia's wire chair 360 degrees 3d visualization : iDesign / design objects / wire chair

more about Harry Bertoia: bertoiaharry.com , www.directclassics.de

more about Alvar Aalto: architect.architecture.sk , franingram.wordpress.com

 

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