Harry Bertoia was Italian-born but moved to the United States after visiting his older brother and studied art and design and jewellery-making there (he actually designed and created wedding rings for Charles and Ray Eames), even opening his own metal workshop. He later on worked for Charles and Ray, ultimately parting ways with them due to creative disagreements (Bertoia purportedly also contributed much to the development of the Eames Plywood Chairs though he has never been officially credited), and then (prodded by his wife) later on, Hans and Florence Knoll, who was a former classmate of Bertoia’s.
Think Bertoia and his Diamond Chair immediately springs into mind. The Diamond Chair (1952; Rhine Lounge Chair with a seat pad option and Kevina Lounge Chair) is actually Bertoia’s last furniture design before he focused on his artistic pursuits. He came up with the highly original design when given free commissioned reign and capitalized on his intimate knowledge of metals. Bertoia spent months and months experimenting working with open forms and steel mesh before he came up with an extraordinary chair that was, as he referred to it, “made mainly of air, like sculpture”. The Diamond Chair features a surprisingly delicate fliligreed pattern in a large, gracefully curved diamond that belies its pure strength thanks to the industrial material used. Bertoia succeeded in making art out of the metal that had been hitherto unused and it was a resounding commercial success. Its uniform good looks as well as unexpectedly high comfort factor make the Diamond Chair at home everywhere, even outdoors. The Diamond Chair also comes in an upholstered version. It was originally handmade as its design was not suitable for mass production processes.
The Bertoia Asymmetric Lounge (1952; Kevina Lounge Chair) is the most sculptural of Bertoia’s chairs yet had never made it to production until 2005. It is basically an asymmetrical chaise longue version of his iconic Diamond Chair and has a round seat pad.
The Bertoia Side Chair (1952; Jagger Side Chair) is another visually striking creation with the same lattice work but slightly less lounge-y than its counterpart, the Diamond Chair. The welded wire form affords a springy feel to the chair. The Bertoia chairs are truly wonderful and classic, cementing Harry Bertoia’s chair designer status as the ‘Man of Steel’.
Furniture designs that have shaped 20th century design continue to endure and be very recognizable, thanks to film and television. These iconic, celebrated designs still fit into today’s decor world as naturally and utterly as they did mid-20th century.
An easy way to immediately add thoughtful flair to your bedroom is the addition of furniture at the foot of your bed. Don’t worry, it won’t clutter your bedroom; in fact, it’ll add both storage space and personality to your decor. The choices you have aren’t just limited to a chest or trunk at the end of your bed either. A pretty slat low bench gives you a place to sit and read in your sanctum as well as use it as a book bench for those books. It’s also dead handy to put your linens down on when you are changing bed sheets or even to keep your extra blankets on.
Fiberglass is plastic that is reinforced by fine glass fibers or strands embedded in a resin matrix.
Fiberglass is a fascinatingly beautiful, durable and sustainable material that has been touted as the lumber of the future. Its vibrant aesthetics, versatility and beguiling tactility have bestowed upon the material a sort of casual but hardy connoisseurship that endures.
Fiberglass is lightweight, extremely robust, low-maintenance, UV-resistant, nonporous and chemically inert, which means that it will not react with other substances that it comes in contact with. The strength properties of fiberglass actually surpass that of heavier steel. It also holds its shape and color over its lifetime and has excellent impact and scratch resistance. Little wonder then that it is a favorite material for furniture. Fiberglass has a very comfortable finish and also takes on even more depth as it wears in, showing more complexity as compared to other plastics that merely look hazed and dull over time and scratches. Cleaning fiberglass chairs is as easy as wiping them down.