Harry Bertoia was an Italian-born American designer and sculptor. He was born on 10th March 1915 and belonged to the most beautiful era of American design. After receiving a grant to study at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in the United States in 1937, he encountered many famous designers such as Charles and Ray Eames. In 1950, he started his own studio, where he worked with Hans and Florence Knoll. Their furniture was successful from the beginning but the Diamond Chair of 1952 was one of the most exceptional works.
The Diamond Chair is a surprising piece of furniture. It has a unique design that remains inimitable to the present day. Its curves make it truly modernist. A wire netting inspired body and open cocoon style characterise this primarily chrome-plated steel chair and its diamond shape. The seat rests on four legs connected front and back, with open diamond spaces recalling emancipation movements. It also has a practical cushion to sit on. More decoration than furniture, this chair is often seen in bars, cafés and lofts. It is made and sold in many specialised shops.
The Diamond Chair is magnificent as both a useful and ornamental item.