Friday, May 09, 2008

Designer of the Week: Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia is one of my favorite designers. My husband has a good eye for finding things at thrift stores and spotted a pair of diamond chairs one day for $1.98 a piece! The covers on them were very ratty and torn, so we took them off and use the chairs in their basic wire form. My favorite chairs and thrift store find ever! Here's a little info on Bertoia that I found on DWR:
"Bertoia's career began in the 1930.s as a student at the Cranbrook Academy of Art where he re-established the metal-working studio and, as head of that department, taught from 1939 until 1943 when it was closed due to wartime restrictions on materials. During the war, Bertoia moved to Venice, California, and worked with Charles and Ray Eames at the Evans Products Company, developing new techniques for molding plywood.
All of his work bears the hallmarks of a highly skilled and imaginative sculptor, as well as an inventive designer, deeply engaged with the relationship between form and space."

bar stool

side chair with full cover

diamond chair

sculpture screen

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