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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 Mid-century modern classics in action

In Celebration of Bertoia Chairs


Posted by Becky | View all posts by Becky
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Those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile know I have a serious chair fetish. While I’d never pick one favorite, Harry Bertoia’s wire chairs are right up there at the tippy top of the list. Thus, I am super-excited that we are now carrying these licensed chairs, made by Knoll. So excited in fact, I thought I’d share the coolest shots of this chair I coud find.

First, let’s get a look at the naked chair:

“If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes through them” -Harry Bertoia

This is very fitting, as Bertoia was trained as a sculptor.

Here’s the sexiest Bertoia wire shot ever taken:

This is Jocelyn Lane circa 1960, enjoying a Diamond chair poolside. Be warned: If you sit in one with shorts this short on, you will get a waffle pattern on the back of your thighs. You can avoid this by buying a seat cushion, a full cover or wearing pants.

Here is the coolest person who ever sat in a Bertoia Chair:

Laurence Fishburne turning three side chairs into a lounging spot, in Paley Park, which is the coolest pocket park use of Bertoia Chairs.

By the way, all of the Knoll products we carry are 15% off through September 30, 2012. Just use coupon code CLASSIC

*Found a few of these photos on Pinterest and have no idea how to track down the propert credits,  if you know any of them, PLEASE leave it in the comments section so I can add them!

About Becky

Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!



  1. KMP says:

    September 28th, 2012 at 4:37 am (#)

    The Bertoia chair it’s such a classic that you cannot think mid century design and dont think Bertoia ….it’s one of those chairs that are truly timeless and require respect …one of the most durable chairs as well …nothing happens to them!…A big fun and love the shot with Jocelyn Lane…first time to see that photo…Thanks for sharing

  2. Jolie Smallwood says:

    October 2nd, 2012 at 6:30 am (#)

    I thought Bertoia chairs were cool even when I was a little kid. You are probably far too young to remember this show, but the kids sat in Bertoia stools and I always remembered that. Now I have a Diamond Chair and a Bird Chair.

    I tried to paste the photo but couldn’t. If this link won’t work try Googling Art Linkletter kids show images.

    Thanks for your articles!

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