ABOUT THE DESIGNER

Designer Harry Bertoia HARRY BERTOIA

Renowned for his versatility, Italian-American artist Harry Bertoia turned his hand to painting, jewellery and sound sculpture designs throughout his life. Designing just one collection of furniture in his lifetime, he is nonetheless considered one of the 20th century’s most important and influential designers.
Italian sculptor, university lecturer and furniture designer Harry Bertoia displayed a unique stroke of genius with his patented Diamond Chair in 1952. Bertoia was an inventor of form and an enricher of furniture design with his introduction of a new material: he turned industrial wire rods into a design icon. He worked with Charles Eames to develop his signature moulded plywood chairs. Eero Saarinen commissioned him to design a metal sculptured screen for the General Motors Technical Centre in Detroit.