Harry Bertoia


Born in Udine, Italy, Harry Bertoia emigrated with his family to America in 1930. In 1936, he gradua-ted from the Cass Technical High School, Detroit and from 1937 to 1939 trained on a scholarship at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts. He established the metal workshop there and as head of that depart-ment taught from 1939 to 1943. Later, he worked with Charles Ray Eames at the Evans Products Company developing techniques for moulding plywood. After the war, he worked for a short period at the Eameses’ Plyformed Products Company in Venice, California. His innovative wire chairs designed for Knoll International in 1951 were so successful that the royalties from them made it possible for him to concentrate on his career as a sculptor.


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