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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, dedece.com.