Bertoia Asymmetric Chaise
1952, 2005 Bertoia Asymmetric Chaise
Harry Bertoia 1952, 2005
The sculptural Asymmetric Chaise was designed by Harry Bertoia in 1952 but was never produced. In 2005 Knoll, and Bertoia's family brought this design to light, extending the Wire Collection, some of Bertoia's timeless and most renowned work. Rilsan-coated finish is suitable for outdoor use.
Born in Italy, Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) moved with his parents to America as a young man, where he studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, entering the studio of Ray and Charles Eames after graduating where he developed their moulded plywood designs. In the 1950s, he began working with Knoll for whom he designed his famous wire-framed Diamond and Bird chairs. His design career with Knoll was brief, but so powerful and enduring that the royalties alone from his series allowed him to turn his attention to sculpture for the rest of his life.
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