At FIN – Funky Interior, we are proud to offer a selection of  Harry Bertoia’s iconic designs as part of our curated collection of mid-century modern furniture. 

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Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) was an Italian-born artist and furniture designer who made a significant impact on mid-century modern design. After studying metalwork and jewelry design in Detroit and working for Charles and Ray Eames, Bertoia opened his own metalworking studio in 1946.

One of Bertoia's most iconic designs is the wire chair, which he developed for Knoll in 1952. The chair, made of welded steel wires, has a delicate appearance but is strong and sturdy. Bertoia went on to create a range of wire furniture, including tables, stools, and screens, which were widely used in public spaces and offices during the mid-century period.

Bertoia was also known for his sound sculptures, which he called "tonal sculptures." These pieces, made of metal rods, create musical tones when touched or struck. Bertoia's interest in sound and music influenced his furniture designs, which often feature curves and lines that resemble musical notes.

In addition to his furniture and sculpture work, Bertoia was also a prolific jewelry designer, creating unique pieces that showcased his interest in form, texture, and material. His jewelry designs often feature organic shapes and textures that reflect the natural world.

Overall, Bertoia's designs are characterized by their attention to detail, craftsmanship, and the innovative use of materials. His work continues to inspire designers and furniture enthusiasts today, and his wire chair remains an iconic piece of mid-century modern design.