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$ 1,750

Bertoia Upholstered Barstools in Fiberglass & KnollTextiles Fabric, Set of 3

Documentation Makers Label/Invoice
Origin United States
Period 1950-1979
Materials Original KnollTextiles Fabric, Chromed Steel, and Fiberglass
W. 21.75 in; H. 43 in; D. 22 in;
W. 55.25 cm; H. 109.22 cm; D. 55.88 cm;
Condition Good. Minor wear consistent with age and history
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description The great Harry Bertoia was first and foremost a sculptor, this was understood by Florence Knoll. When Bertoia was approached by Knoll to develop some designs for their furniture line, she did not put emphasis on a particular product. The request was simple; if Bertoia arrived at an interesting motif in his work, show it to Knoll.

Bertoia was in pursuit of a design which conformed to the body when sitting. His sculptor-like approach led to him discovering the use of bent rods as a visually weightless support system. To Bertoia, it was like sitting on air.

The shown set of 3 Bertoia Stools are the bar height of his design and sport molded fiberglass seats, another groundbreaking material of the time. The white fiberglass seats are securely anchored to their chromed steel bases around which a footrest is attached. These particular stools are somewhat special in that their fiberglass seats have been retrofitted to accommodate an upholstered cover, this process was completed by a Knoll technician soon after these stools were produced c. 1960. The result is Harry Bertoia’s iconic design as an assemblage of timeless fiberglass, minimalist chromed steel, finished with vintage KnollTextiles fabric. These remain in their original condition with minor wear consistent with age and history.
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern
Incollect Reference Number 465196
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