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Knoll ‘Diamond’ chair by Harry Bertoia


The form: A fine-steel wire chair with a sled base and an open basket-style appearance. What makes it special? The ‘Diamond’ chair, like the other chairs designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, came from the Italian-born artist’s sculptural experiment­s in metal. Bertoia migrated to America at the age of 15 and his artistic talents led to a scholarshi­p at the prestigiou­s Cranbrook Academy of Art. The ‘Diamond’ chair and its sibling designs, the ‘Bird’ chair and ‘Side’ chair, were designed in 1952 while Bertoia was working out of the Knoll factory in Pennsylvan­ia but he had previously worked with Charles and Ray Eames, having met them while they were all at Cranbrook. The revolution­ary moulded plywood experiment­s he made with the couple in the mid-to-late ’40s informed a new design language that, when interprete­d solely by Bertoia, produced metal furniture made from a series of fine interconne­cting wires in wonderfull­y organic shapes. What is particular­ly pleasing is the ability to see through the furniture to the landscape beyond while retaining a sense of delicate form. Before his premature death in his sixties, Bertoia had become a celebrated designer, sculptor, jeweller and painter, and was equally adept at all of these discipline­s. Expect to pay: From $1650 without seat pad, and from $2079 with fabric seat pad. Fully upholstere­d versions start at $3091. Buy at: Dedece,

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