Chair with frame in welded steel wire, chrome-plated or painted. Upholstered seat pad.
Harry Bertoia, an Italian-born sculptor, was a member of the faculty of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The name of Cranbrook is associated with many famous figures in the history of furniture design: Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames, Ray Kaiser, Florence Schust (Knoll), etc. Bertoia was at Cranbrook during the period when Charles Eames was head of the Department or Experimental Design. The wire chairs of Bertoia appeared a year after the wire chair of Charles Eames. Although they are different in form, the basic concept is similar and both make use of the same wire material.