It may look delicate and airy, but the innovative Bertoia Wire Chair is a strong and versatile addition to any home or office. Its striking design merges sculptural form with practical functionality to great effect. The unique bended metal rod frame is curved for comfort and comes with a removable Italian leather seat pad, available in black. The legs are made from powder-coated iron and fitted with shock absorbers for stability. The Wire Chair's distinctive style lends itself to many uses, from elegant dining to lounging. The Bertoia Inspired Wire Chair can also be used outside, but should be kept out of the rain and stored indoors overnight.
Also known as the Bertoia Side Chair, the Bertoia Wire Chair is part of the 1952 Bertoia chair collection. A sculptor at heart, Bertoia focused on creating a series of chairs that were all made from bended wire rods. As he explained: 'If you look at the chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes through them.' His Wire Chair is perhaps the most recognisable of all Bertoia designs. It was awarded the 1962 Certificate of Merit by the American Institute of Architects and the Design Center Stuttgart Award. The collection also includes the Wire Bar Stool and the Diamond Chair.
1915-1978 (Italy-United States)
Harry Bertoia was one of mid-century America’s most influential and beloved designers, developing a use of materials and a trademark minimalist panache that would become his signature. After emigrating to the US from his native Italy 1930, Bertoia began to experiment with using moulded lattice work and welded steel to create his seminal Wire Chair, which he would go onto adapt into numerous other designs. To this day, the Wire Chair and all of its variants still bring a touch of classic 20th century modernism to any setting they sit in, be it a styling metropolitan bar or a relaxing informal dining room.
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