Harry Bertoia


Harry Bertoia


U.S.A.  / Belgium


Beautiful chrome Diamond chair model 421, designed by Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) for Knoll International, in Belgium produced by De Coene in the 50's.
It was Charles Eames who motivated the sculptor Harry Bertoia to design a chair, the result was a set of different wire chairs produced by Knoll International. Bertoia turned industrial wire rods into a design icon: transparent and comfortable.
This chair is in very good vintage condition, complete with its original seat in brown hopsack.


75 cm × 85 cm × 75 cm

Zeer mooie chrome Diamond chair, model 421, ontworpen door Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) voor Knoll international.

Deze is geproduceerd door de Kortrijkse Kunstwerkstede Gebroeders de Coene, die in 1954 een licentie kreeg voor de productie en verkoop van Knoll-Meubilair in de Benelux. 

Het was Charles Eames die de beeldhouwer Harry Bertoia motiveerde om een design stoel te maken. Bertoia maakte van industriële metaaldraden een echt design icoon: licht en comfortabel.

Zowel de stoel als het originele kussen bevinden zich in een mooie vintage staat.

Aangekocht van de eerste eigenaar.

Did you know

Harry Bertoia was an Italian (American naturalized) painter, sculptor and designer. He is renowned for his sculptural, organic and functional approach of design.

Passionate about sculpture, he created seats with a sculptural design thanks to his knowledge. So they have the particularity to be composed of braided steel wire that offers an original and attractive perception of the forms, the space and the geometry. The “Diamond chair” (1952), the “Bird chair” (1956) and the “Barstool chair” (1952) are the most striking works.


Harry Bertoia was born in 1915 in Italy. At the age of 15, he moved to the United-States. After he studied design and art at the Cass Technical High School, he joined the Cranbrook Academy of Art where he met the couple Eames. They worked together to elaborate technical of bending for the plywood. However, they could not be agreed on some subjects, so they decided to stop their collaboration. 1950 he began to work with Knoll. Two years later, he designed the mythic chair named “Diamond chair”. With his geometric forms and audacious technical, Harry Bertoia had changed the modernism movement.


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