Vintage Set of Six Harry Bertoia Model 420C Chrome Steel Wire Chairs
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Throughout the 1950s and 60s, no person better demonstrates cross disciplinarian design as Harry Bertoia. Known as a sculptor, furniture designer, graphic artist, jewellery maker and composer, Bertoia's artistry shone through in each discipline, making him one of the most celebrated creatives of this period.
Bertoia's designs not only addressed functional requirements but were also studies in form and space.
Best known in furniture design for creating the diamond chair for Knoll in 1952. One of the most distinctive and sculptural pieces of the mid 20th century period, constructed from steel mesh perched upon a tubular steel frame. The infamous diamond chair blueprint soon evolved into various other designs, including the Model 420C chair as seen here. Mechanised production was attempted but it was found that the chairs were easier to produce by hand.
In general good condition for their age, the chrome frames have all been painstakingly hand polished, ridding them of years worth of dirt and rust, and as a result have shined up a treat. One of the frames has had a new spot weld around the hole that the bolt goes through, we've also had a couple of missing bolts replaced.
The seat pads although in good condition do feature some marks here and there, with two of them featuring some surface damage, as photographed. We've had new supporting straps to the underside of the cushions replaced as these had gone very slack, and had poppers missing to some.
Each chair measures approximately 54cm wide, 59cm deep and 74cm tall with a 45cm seat height.
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