Bertoia, Harry

Bertoia, Harry

(bĕrtoi`yə), 1915–78, American sculptor and furniture designer, b. Italy. Bertoia emigrated to the United States in 1933 and joined Knoll International (1950). There he designed chairs that brought him wide acclaim. Important examples of his sculptural works are a structural screen for the Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, New York City, and a bronze panel at Dulles International Airport, Washington, D.C.
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Bertoia, Harry (b. Enrico)

(1915–78) sculptor, designer; born in San Lorenzo, Italy. He emigrated to the U.S.A. in 1930 and studied (1937–39) and then taught painting and metal crafts at the Cranbrook Academy of Art (in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) (1939–43). He worked for the Evans Products Company, Venice, Calif., (1943–46), then established his own workshop in Bally, Pa. Although he regarded himself as primarily a sculptor, he was known for his early cubist-influenced silver coffee and tea services, and for his furniture, especially the "Bertoia chair" (1952), with its slender metal legs and frame and mesh-like seat.
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