Inspired by Bertoia

Side Chair


Bertoia Side Chair BE49 Zoom

Inspired by Bertoia

Side Chair

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100% Made in Italy. Chair with steel rod welded, polished and chrome plated. Detachable cushion filled with polyurethane foam. Cover in linen - cotton, leather or leather with fur.
Bertoia chairs, with their abstract-geometric design, are made from a webbed structure of metal rods, which form both the back and the seat of the chair. Bertoia’s creations respond to practical criteria, but they are also the result of his studies on form, space and volume. In the same time, they testfy the incredibly fine manual metalworking techniques that Bertoia was a master of. Designed in 1952, the “Diamond Chair” was an immediate success and it is still in great demand all over the world. Some believe that Bertoia was influenced by his long term friendship and collaboration with Charles and Ray Eames. Certainly, in these chairs it is possible to recognize Bertoia the sculptor, with his approach to designing a chair mirroring his approach to sculpture. “Space passes through them” he said, “and, looking at them closely, our perception is that they are made of air, just like sculptures”. Polished or lacquered chromium-plated welded steel circle frame. Removable cushion filled with polyurethane foam with leather, fabric or pony upholstery.

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Dimensions W54 D54 H78 HS44,5 cm
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H. Bertoia


H. Bertoia


Assembling it had been wonderful, but I decided that one seat was not enough.

Born in Italy, Bertoia moved to the United States with his family when he was fifteen years old. There he studied painting and sculpture. His interests were extensive and varied: initially a painter, he worked primarily as a sculptor, then as a jewellery disigner, teacher of working materials’ techniques and finally furniture designer. His partnerships with Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames also proved decisive in his career.

His chairs built in steel rods (1952) were an instant success and highly sought after the world over. They fully express Bertoia’s philosophy, and his approach to creating objects. First and foremost, they are comfortable, satisfying the fundamental requirements of functionality. Yet already at first glance one realizes that they are actually sculptures, since in Bertoia’s eyes a sculpture or a chair are conceptually similar elements. And finally, these creations are a testament to the extremely refined manual technique of working metal, of which Bertoia was a master.