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Design by Harry Bertoia, 1952.
Harry Bertoia's 1952 Seating Collection includes the magnificent "Bird Chair". Born of an experiment with bending metal rods into art, the Chair is inventive and comfortable. Their appearance is delicate, yet these chairs are strong and durable. In Bertoia's own words, "If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes through them." The Bird Chair is offered with a full cover and glides.
An element not-to-be-missed in virtually any environment, from home to workspace. The Bertoia Bird Chair is constructed with lasting techniques and materials. The frame is welded steel with rods polished in Chrome or bonded Rilsan, making it scratch, chip and chemical resistant. The Bird Chair features stainless steel connections and four plastic glides. Offered with a full cover in a variety of textiles. A coordinating Ottoman is also available.
The Bertoia Bird Lounge Seating is Greenguard certified. The Knoll logo is stamped into the base of the chair.
Material(s): Welded steel and fabric (content dependent on textile/leather selection)
Great lounger, check the fasteners though.
By: Scott R., Homeowner (North Carolina, USA)
The chair and ottoman are wonderful pieces of design and are very comfortable. One thing I really appreciate is that the back comes up high enough to rest your head. We have an Eames lounge and its obvious that Ray & Charles didn't account for people 6' tall. The ottoman is a nice addition. I've never sat in one with an ottoman prior to my delivery. It makes the lounge experience. One thing I was a bit dissatisfied with was its assembly. I was not present when the chair was delivered, so I'm not sure if it was a factory issue or the delivery company. After two days a fasteners came loose. I reinstalled the one and re-torqued the others (all very loose). It's been fine since. Buon Natale, Scott R
Designer: Harry Bertoia
Italian sculptor, university lecturer and furniture designer Harry Bertoia displayed a unique stroke of genius with his patented Diamond Chair for Knoll International 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. Educated at Detroit Technical High School, the Detroit School of Arts and Crafts and Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Bertoia taught metal crafts at Cranbrook. He worked with Charles Eames to develop his signature molded plywood chairs. Eero Saarinen commissioned him to design a metal sculptured screen for the General Motors Technical Center in Detroit. His awards include the craftsmanship medal from the American Institute of Architects, as well as AIA’s Gold Medal.View other products by Harry Bertoia
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