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Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia
San Lorenzo 1915 - Barto USA 1978

Bertoia left Italy at the age of 15. He studied sculpture and painting at the Institute of Technology in Detroit. He became a teacher at the Detroit School of Arts and Crafts and at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts in 1937. He became involved in furniture design in the 40’s. He perceived the chair as a sculpture, giving importance to the intrinsic colours and features of the metal. His chairs are today renowned the world over.