Monday, May 3, 2010
RYAN- The Diamond Chair – Harry Bertoia
The Diamond chair was invented 1952 by Harry Bertoia, an Italian-born modern furniture designer. The chair first appeared in a collection called Bertoia Collection for Knoll in a studio in Pennsylvania. The Diamond chair, also known as the “421” chair, was among five other wire pieces in the collection made together with Harry Bertoia and Hans and Florence Knoll.
The chair is made with welded steel rods in polished or satin chrome, or bonded rilsan, a very durable adhesive-fused nylon-dipped finish. The cushions on the seat are connected through snap-locks around the edges to smoothly fit onto the chair. The chair is chemical, scratch and chip resistant due to the style and materials it is made from.
In Bertoia's own words, "If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes right through them."
As Bertoia was a sculptor/ artist he used many of his sculpting techniques for his designs, such as weaving wire strands.